ELDERLY CARESome Facts to go with the Figures•The £86,000 “cap” on what you’re obliged to spend on your long-term elderly residential care .. is mis-leading !The £86,000 social care cap announced this week will fail to cover all care costs, meaning many people will still be paying £200,000-£400,000 to pay for their care, and having to sell their homes to fund where they’ll sleep in their final days.•Where does the Prime Minister think that they are going to get that £86,000 without selling their home ?•The fine print of the plans revealed that the lifetime cap on social care costs of £86,000, to be implemented in October 2023, applies only to “personal care”, the physical acts of caring that are regulated by the Care Quality Commission. •This means that it will not cover all residential costs.•These are known as “hotel costs”, which includes accommodation, cleaning and the food provided – costs which often far exceed the personal care costs for those paying to stay in residential care. •Care Homes balance the number of private funders (those paying their own way) with those being paid for by the local authority (often at a lower cost). •Hotel costs ought to be the same across the country, but they’re not.
A ‘Royal’ Solution for Ladies and Gentlemen ‘In Waiting’
With waiting times at Worcester ‘Royal’ Hospital exceeding 12 hours at times in September .. the “solution” has been found !And the “solution is .. .. .. ?Turn the Ambulances round and send then to Redditch’s ‘Alexandra’ Hospital instead !!And that for all of a fortnight - from Monday 20th September.It will, according to the C.O.O. (Chief Operating Officer) ensure that “ .. Patients get the right care, in the right place, at the right time.”So, presumably, treating them at Worcester would mean the wrong care, or the wrong place, or the wrong time ?
What’s really essential to the NHS ?
AswebattleCovidandcopewithincreasingnumbersofknifeandgunwoundsamongouryouth,justwhatdoyou think the NHS can find the time and cash (OUR cash, remember) to spend it on ?£220,000 so that ‘Stonewall’ can judge the “inclusion” of 40 NHS Trusts, to “benchmark” them, on their ”diversity” !!And that’s IN ADDITION to the £500,000 spent over that last 3 years for Stonewall’s “advice” !!!Makes being a ‘BLT’ attractive.
“Dirty electric cars”.. .. says Volvo. “Dirty .. dirty !”
Volvo says it can take up to 9 YEARS of driving before the electric version of a car becomes greener than its petrol equivalent.EmissionsfromMAKINGEVscanbe70%higherthanpetrolmodelsascarbon-intensiveproductionforbatteryand steel makes its EVs more polluting to manufacture than models with a petrol engineAtcurrentglobalelectricitymix,itneedstobedrivenalmost70kmiles-9yearsbasedonaverageUKmileage-to offsetitshigherproductionemissions(thoughthiscanbereducedtolessthan30kmilesifEVsarechargedwith“green energy” .. Whatever that is ?)Electric versions of Volvo cars (and all other EVs since the same laws of physics apply across the galaxy) will only become greener overall after covering between 30,000 and 68,400 miles.
Keep the kids out of the kitchen !
TheBBA_BritishBurns Association_warnthatthenewon-line“game”called‘Squid’islandingincreasingnumbers of children in hospitals with serious and life-changing burns.SouthKorancompetitorsareseensnapping-offtheedgesofhoney-combsugartoleaveashape..butBritishchildren can’tfindthissweetproductinourshopsandsoaremakingtheirown,athome;and,sincesugar‘boils’at150 oC,any splashes-orfingerspokedintothemixtureto‘tasteandtry’-arecoveredwithamassthatCAN’TBEWASHEDOFF.. and cools SLOWLY .. burning as it does so !
The next phase of this year’s ‘Help Us, Help You’ campaign focuses on the NHS 111 service and launched this week across TV, video on demand services, out of home, paid search and social media. This will be supported with consumer PR activity, multicultural communications and partnership work. The aim of the campaign is to encourage people to use NHS 111 online first when they have an urgent but not life-threatening medical need, rather than going straight to A&E/Emergency Departments.The activity will also seek to increase awareness that NHS 111 online makes it easier for patients to get the treatment they need in the right place. NHS111onlinecanalsodirectpatientstourgenttreatmentcentres,GPs,pharmaciesandemergencydentalservices and, if needed, arrange a call from a healthcare professional.Thetargetaudienceforthiscampaignisalladultswithafocusonyoungpeople(20-29)andparentsofchildrenaged 5-12 years. The campaign will run from 1st November 2021 until the end of March 2022.
MARTIN BELL, Dr TAYLOR’S INDEPENDENT “BUDDY” IN PARLIAMENT SAYS …
“Theideaofputtingsomebodyforwardinthisrock-solid Torysafeseatisworthexploring.Ithinkitisagood idea.Itneedssomebodyoutsideofpolitics,preferablywithgoodlocalconnectionsthattheLibDems, Labour and Greens could all agree to support.”MartinBell,theformerBBCwarcorrespondent,whodefeatedNeilHamiltonatthe1997electionby campaigningonananti-sleazeticket,isbackingcallsforanindependentcandidatetofighttheToriesin Owen Paterson’s vacated North Shropshire seat.