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Independent Health Concern Caring for the Community in Wyre Forest


From MONDAY 15TH NOVEMBER Following the attack on MP David Amess & the car-bomb incident in Liverpool - both classified as ‘Terrorist Incidents’, the government have up-graded the national Threat Level to SEVERE Threat levels are designed to give a broad indication of the likelihood of a terrorist attack. LOW means an attack is highly unlikely MODERATE means an attack is possible, but not likely SUBSTANTIAL means an attack is likely SEVERE means an attack is highly likely CRITICAL means an attack is highly likely in the near future

Severn Success

The Severn Valley Railway is to benefit from a grant of £1,012,900 - and odd amount, you might think - which will cover its Staff Pay and Running Costs between 01 October 2021 and 31 January 2022 - ahh, that explains it. This comes from the “Culture Recovery Fund” - which makes the SVR a thing of culture, that’s nice - and the money (the important bit) comes from the ‘Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage’ which the ‘National Lottery’ administers, together with the ‘Partnership for Historic England’, on behalf of the ‘Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’. And its so nice to know that there are that many QUANGOs providing work for ex-politicians and ex-everything else (probably). Still .. this will “keep everything ‘on track’ .. “ for the moment.
How gratifying to learn that our money is being so well spent. Official figures showed that there are now 36 managers at NHS trusts and clinical commissioning groups who earn £250,000 or more (more than £100,000 over and above the Prime Minister’s salary) compared to 23 in 2020. Those earning at least a quarter of a million pounds has risen by more than 50 per cent in just one year. And they’ve done such a good job .. .. haven’t they ? “More tea, Vicar ?” More than 6,500 tonnes of food was thrown away by NHS trusts over the past year, at a cost to the health service around £1.1 million for the 2020/21 financial year, according to the NHS’s own figures. But it’s really much more than that .. ‘cos .. that’s only what the kitchens throw out (where they’re required to measure things). Six and a half thousand tons does not include food that’s sent to the Wards _ not handed out _ not eaten _ left “on the side of the plate” _ and then thrown out. So .. even more waste that’s being wasted. “Lies .. damned lies .. and statistics” Dr Jenny Harries is the chief executive of the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) .. and ‘bully for her’. She is understood to have been the source of a now contested claim by Sajid Javid, the Health Secretary, that there is typically a 17-day lag between patients becoming infected and requiring hospitalisation. Independent experts (and we’re all for Independence) point to Office for National Statistics (ONS) data which suggests an average delay of nine or 10 days. Important difference ? Well, ‘Yes’, since many of the restrictions to our way-of-life are imposed as a result of this data (now being described as “Dodgy Data”). Dr Harries has also claimed that omicron was “probably the most significant threat we’ve had since the start of the pandemic” .. even though others think it’s no worse than a bad cold (even if it is more infectious). The latest UKHSA data show that people infected with the variant were between 50% and 70% less likely to be admitted to hospital than with ‘delta’. Her interpretation of what facts there are underwrite the Government’s policy. We can only hope (and pray) that someone, somewhere, knows what they’re doing.
SPEED CAMERAS The A449 - the Kidderminster to Worcester (M5) dual-carriageway - already reduced from two lanes in each direction down to one for much of it’s length - has a high number of speed and average speed cameras installed ( YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED ). Since October 2021, nearly 1,500 drivers (1,459 - to be precise) have been ‘caught’ speeding on the Hartlebury / Ombersley section - which has a 50 mph limit . This follows a large number of crashes - several of which have involved multiple fatalities. HELPFUL HINT: Use your ‘cruise control’ and set your speed to under 50mph.
Beware this ‘scam’ this Winter Police are warning of an investment scam that has cost more than 300 people around £45,000 each in Worcestershire and Shropshire. 'Clone firm' scams are where fraudsters imitate genuine firms and offer slightly better than market rates to appeal to those looking for long term, 'safe' ways to invest their money. Victims end up transferring their savings directly to criminal gangs, under the false belief that they are sending them to a legitimate investment firm. Often, victims will not realise that they’ve been scammed until months later, when they fail to receive quarterly returns or investment reports. West Mercia Police has reported more than 300 victims have lost a staggering £6.9 million between December 2019 and December 2020, and Action Fraud said data reveals losses of more than £78 million between January-December 2020 across the UK, with victims losing £45,242 each on average.