Large corporations such as Virgin and Serco already run 10% of our GP services. The STPs will ensure even more departments being farmed out to private companies, which will naturally cherry pick all the easiest and most profitable bits Continue reading Subterfuge used to set up our NHS for privatisation
You probably remember David Cameron telling us that the NHS was safe in his hands. In fact he’s used this expression on a number of occasions, most recently during the General Election campaign in 2015. He said, “We can’t go … Continue reading NHS not safe in the hands of private companies
The following story is an illustration of what private provision of health care in the NHS could look like. For many years I went to the same dentist: Kelvin House on Nelson Road. That ended just over three years ago, … Continue reading Dental Costs are painful – even for NHS patients
Yesterday I went up to London with my family: my brother, my two sisters, and my niece, Beatrix. We caught the 10.24 from Whitstable. This is the earliest direct train to Victoria in off-peak hours. There used to be two trains an hour going to Victoria. Now there is only one. It used to take an hour and 20 minutes. It now takes an hour and a half. Trains from Whitstable to London are slower and less frequent than they were in the 19th Century. When we got to the station there was a long queue at the ticket machine outside … Continue reading Bring Back British Rail: Jeremy Corbyn the only choice.
It seems that the closure of the Gladstone Road Post Office in Whitstable is a foregone conclusion. In a statement to the Gazette last week Post Office spokesman Cathal Wogan said: “When a preferred franchise partner is identified we will conduct a public consultation.” “When” not “If”. You should also note the sequence of events. First they intend to find the partner, and only after that will they allow us a public consultation. There will be no consultation over whether we want a franchised Post Office in the first place. Our MP, Julian Brazier, says he has no objection to … Continue reading Privatisation making postal service worse
According to my dictionary, Irony is defined as an “incongruity between actual circumstances and the normal, appropriate, or expected result.” Incongruity, yes. Incongruity between what is said, and what actually happens. Incongruity between the public face of an event, and what lies behind it. A kind of opposition between appearance and reality. It is also interesting to note that it is rooted in the Greek word for dissembling, meaning to conceal or disguise one’s true motives, to lie or to deceive. That’s exactly it. In the period following Margaret Thatcher’s demise, and leading up to her funeral, the ironies have been heavy … Continue reading The Irony of the Iron Lady: why people turned their backs at Margaret Thatcher’s funeral
I’ve had the same dentist for the last nearly thirty years, ever since I first came to Whitstable: Howard Paterson of Kelvin House in Nelson Road. I think I can say that we’ve always got on – as much as … Continue reading Choice is nothing more than an illusion
As you will know by now, the post office in Gladstone Road, Whitstable is about to close. This will come as no surprise to people who use the facility regularly, as it has been abundantly clear for some time that it is being run down. There are hardly any leaflets available, there are no pens along the counter where the public queue, and nothing seems to be on sale any more. The whole office has a dreary and neglected air. This is only one of 70 post offices up and down the country that are due to close or to … Continue reading Post Office Closures and the Privatisation Agenda