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Post by sequested 04.05.21 7:31

I doubt it BlueBag. The BMGF still persists and therefore she’s still culpable. I wouldn’t have thought she can cite lack of knowledge, she’s been photographed all around the world next to Billy Ray Virus, smirking as they cull the unwitting.
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Post by Silverspeed 04.05.21 8:35

Could be an expensive divorce settlement.
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Post by Tony Bennett 04.05.21 10:39

Article today by political writer James Delingpole:

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The funeral of our craven, spineless media



By James Delingpole May 4, 2021


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IN THE unlikely event that Britain ever slid towards tyranny, I used to imagine, our greatest bulwark would be our frank and fearless press.


Sure, there’d be some media organisations – the BBC and Channel 4 obviously, the ultramontane Financial Times and the slithy Guardian probably, the Ecommunist definitely – which would quickly find an accommodation with our new totalitarian overlords. But not those voices of the shires or the workers: not the Daily Telegraph, not the Daily Mail and most definitely not the super soaraway Sun.


How wrong can you be? It’s not just every single newspaper and TV news station, right and left, that has betrayed us. But also pretty much every single commentator, including those whose stock in trade was (supposedly) telling it like it is without fear or favour.


Almost to a man and woman they’ve either surrendered after some token resistance or been totally useless throughout. Masked, cowed, compliant, Britain is a pale shadow of what it was just 18 months ago. ‘That England that was wont to conquer others/Hath made a fatal conquest of itself.’ Lots of people are to blame for this wholly avoidable disaster. But definitely among the worst offenders in that rogues’ gallery of shame is our craven, spavined and spineless media.


The first inexcusable thing our media did was to blow the ‘pandemic’ (itself a misnomer) completely out of proportion. While it’s true that in the early months of last year there was a lot of misinformation around, much of it fomented by the Chinese Communist Party’s efficient propagandists, there was plenty of evidence to contradict the official narrative that this was Britain’s biggest crisis since the Second World War. Stanford epidemiologist John Ioannidis, for example, inferred early on using data from the Diamond Princess cruise liner that Covid was in fact no more virulent than a fairly bad flu. But little was made of this, the media preferring to regurgitate scare fiction such as Professor Neil Ferguson’s notorious Imperial College computer models projecting up to 500,000 deaths.


'If it bleeds, it leads’: we can all understand that tendency, especially among the tabloids. But besides generating hysteria, our media has traditionally been equally keen to generate scoops, to speak truth to power, and to conduct proper investigative journalism. Not since early 2020, though, it hasn’t. Rather, it has largely assumed a role it has never previously adopted, not even in the darkest days of the war, as the government’s bought and paid-for mouthpiece.


And not just the government’s. Both the Telegraph and the Guardian have been paid millions of dollars by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to promote their coverage of something called Global Health Security. Bill Gates’s GAVI organisation is very keen to promote vaccination worldwide. But what if there are underlying problems with this scheme? What if Gates himself is a bad actor? Do you think those multi-million-dollar donations make it more or less likely that the press will report these issues impartially?


Early in the pandemic, I spoke to one newspaper proprietor who told me his readers were so petrified of coronavirus that they would not dare to go back to work even if there were no lockdown. Another tabloid editor put it to me that you contradict your readership’s prevailing mood at your peril. I get this: the media helped create a monster that it was subsequently unable to control. At the same time, though, our media has never just been about pandering to readers’ prejudices; it has also long been good at doing something called ‘shaping public opinion’. With coronavirus, though, it hasn’t bothered.


This is odd when you think that, from the Reithian BBC to the campaigning tabloids, the media has often played a paternalistic role in trying to improve its audience’s lives. By rights, the last eighteen months should have seen endless human interest stories about teenage suicides, ruined educations, destroyed businesses, closed pubs, the unconscionable cruelty of making children wear masks in class, the iniquity and unBritishness of vaccine passports, plucky rebels defying the burgeoning tyranny. Instead, what we’ve had to endure mainly is endless Captain Tom and ‘gawd bless our NHS’ and patently nonsensical drivel about Matt Hancock’s latest scary Covid variants.


Sure, a little bit of licensed dissent has been allowed to creep into the comment pages. But it’s all far too polite and far too forgiving of the government: continuing, even now, to attribute to bumbling incompetence and arse-covering what is in fact increasingly obviously something much more orchestrated and sinister.


There are so many important questions that our mainstream media has mostly failed to ask, not least at those ridiculous Number Ten press conferences where the press’s default position seems to be: ‘Why weren’t more draconian policies adopted earlier?’


What don’t get asked are the questions that really matter: Why have cheap effective treatments such as hydroxychloroquine and Ivermectin been suppressed? Why are healthy young people with functioning immune systems being railroaded into having experimental and potentially dangerous jabs? Why, whenever countries such as Israel have a mass roll-out of these supposedly safe jabs, is there a noticeable spike in the death rate? Since when – as per a recent tweet by the vaccine-promoting Sun – did ‘herd immunity’ become a ‘discredited’ concept? 


Why are we wearing masks and maintaining lockdowns when there is copious evidence – from control countries such as Sweden and US states such as South Dakota which shunned both – that they don’t work? Why, given that all the ‘vulnerable’ have received the vaccine, is the Johnson administration (and those of many other countries too) still refusing to grant us back our freedoms? What about the huge sums of taxpayers’ money handed over to pharmaceutical giants for vaccine orders that can never possibly be used? If the NHS was ever in crisis, how come those Nightingale hospitals remained empty throughout?


Currently, those pages and news bulletins which aren’t filled with distracting, silly stories about Carrie Symonds’s taste in interior decor are dominated by stories about India. Apparently there has been a massive spike in coronavirus cases and deaths, causing hospitals to be overwhelmed, oxygen supplies to run low, and pyre upon pyre of burning corpses. Elements of this may be true but it’s what we’re not being told which is the really interesting part.


To find out what’s really going on in India there’s no point looking anywhere in the papers or on TV. Instead you have to look at Ivor Cummins’s Twitter feed or be part of Robin Monotti Graziadei’s Telegram group. Out there in the wilder reaches of the internet, brave, principled, super-well-informed citizen journalists are doing the job our mainstream media is no longer capable of: sifting fact from fiction, getting to the bottom of the story, telling you the truths that vested interests would rather you didn’t hear.


Did you read about the suspiciously large number of Indians who’ve died within days of taking the vaccine? Or how villagers are being bullied by police into taking PCR tests and jabs which they don’t at all want, preferring traditional Ayurvedic medicine? Or the pressure being brought to bear on President Modi, both by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, but also the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) which is actually deploying officers of its Epidemic Intelligence Service in India to carry out ‘Covid-19 surveillance’?


This isn’t normal. It’s part of a bio-security takeover by a globalist elite whose underlying motives appear far from benign. Sovereign nations are no longer sovereign. India (Brazil too) is being used to promote the scare narrative that while cases and deaths may be falling in Europe and the US, other parts of the world are falling prey to ‘new variants’ so we must remain in a constant state of high alert. We are being played – brainwashed, gaslit, propagandised – on an unprecedented scale. And the people making this deception possible are the very same people who by rights ought to be exposing it but who have instead decided (or been made to understand) that to do so wouldn’t be helpful to their career.


2020 heard the death knell for the mainstream media (we could see it was moribund in its abject and shaming failure to acknowledge, or even look at, the massive election fraud which cheated Trump out of his rightful second term as president) and 2021 sees its funeral. Our supposed guardians in the media haven’t merely looked the other way while our livelihoods have been destroyed and our liberties have been stolen: they’ve actually cheerled the whole catastrophe.

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Amelie McCann (aged 2): "Maddie's jammies!".  

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Post by sequested 04.05.21 11:53

The truth is now only what YOU perceive it to be. You can't knowingly get the truth form any other source. Even what you yourself hear, see, touch, smell may not be what it purports to be.

And for you to perceive the truth for yourself, you must be a critical thinker.
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Post by BlueBag 04.05.21 13:51

Tony,

That's a great piece from James Delingpole.

If we ever get out of this with some form of normality and democracy intact - the issue of the press, the Fourth Estate needs to be addressed.

If you control the mainstream media you control the narrative, it's never been so controlled as it is now.

Something needs to happen to make sure what has happened never happens again, that free speech is sacrosanct, that dissent and opposition get an equal voice too. 

That social media is an open platform free from censorship.
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Post by Verdi 04.05.21 14:23


[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:If you control the mainstream media you control the narrative, it's never been so controlled as it is now.

Something needs to happen to make sure what has happened never happens again, that free speech is sacrosanct, that dissent and opposition get an equal voice too.

That social media is an open platform free from censorship.

Mainstream media continues to control the narrative, always did always will. The only difference now is they can expand unfettered by way of the internet - free from censorship one might say.

Social media is no better than mainstream media. It controls the narrative from a different perspective.

That simple fact is made apparent by how people individually interpret what they read, hear or see. The information highway is a labyrinth of false information, distorted viewpoints, baseless gossip .... danger!

Don't give me any response about critical thinking. We are all critical thinkers in our own way, it doesn't require a university degree to think for yourself. Even if it's only reading today's headline and thinking 'what a load of rubbish'. We all do that I'm sure, and then continue to read the same twaddle day after day after day.

Most folk just want to get on with their lives without being strangled by outside motives, speculation, theorising, what ifs, just supposing blah .

Free speech doesn't change the world. never did never will. Come what might, there will always be evil and there will always be good - it makes the world go round.

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Post by BlueBag 04.05.21 15:31

So what do you propose in place of free speech?
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Post by Verdi 04.05.21 17:14

I don't propose anything in place of free speech.

There is no solution to world problems, never was never will be as long as humans roam the planet.

All we, the people, can do is muck along and make the best of what we've got.

The more fortunate are welathy and have no problem surving whilst others deprived of fortune - through no fault of their own, starve to death if not struck down by disease.

It's an unfair world but all the talking will never change the reality of life on planet earth.

An ideal world? If only ....

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Post by Tony Bennett 04.05.21 20:37

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:Tony,

That's a great piece from James Delingpole.

If we ever get out of this with some form of normality and democracy intact - the issue of the press, the Fourth Estate needs to be addressed

If you control the mainstream media you control the narrative, it's never been so controlled as it is now.
YES.  And YES.  And YES.

There is a very important 'free speech' case going on at the moment.

It concerns the arrest of Pastor John Sherwood, aged 71, on Friday last week. He pastors a small church in Finchley, London. He and one or two colleagues go out preaching in town squares, with a soapbox and some placards showing Bible verses, in and around west London; Slough and Uxbridge are common venues for him.

His arrest at Uxbridge, and a Daily Mail report are here: 

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You can see a video of the arrest and make up your own minds. He said something about a court case back in the 1970s against the editor of Gay News, who published a poem and a drawing portraying Jesus Christ as a homosexual. One can imagine how the Muslims might have reacted if that had been the Prophet Mohammned. Pastor Sherwood also condemned: "adultery, fornication, homosexuality and lying", quoting a verse from the New Testament.   

There was a similar case in 1997 when street preacher Alison Redmond-Bate was arrested, charged and convicted of what today we would call a 'hate crime'. I think it was under the Public Order Act, if memory serves. 

The case was overturned by Justice Sir Stephen Sedley, who gave one of the most resounding judgments on free speech that this country has ever heard. Here is how he framed his judgment in acquitting Alison:  

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"I am unable to see any lawful basis for the arrest or therefore the conviction... There was no suggestion of highway obstruction. Nobody had to stop and listen. If they did so, they were as free to express the view that the preachers should be locked up or silenced as the appellant and her companions were to preach.
"Mr. Kealy for the prosecutor submitted that if there are two alternative sources of trouble, a constable can properly take steps against either. This is right, but only if both are threatening violence or behaving in a manner that might provoke violence.
"Free speech includes not only the inoffensive but the irritating, the contentious, the eccentric, the heretical, the unwelcome and the provocative provided it does not tend to provoke violence. Freedom only to speak inoffensively is not worth having. What Speakers' Corner (where the law applies as fully as anywhere else) demonstrates is the tolerance which is both extended by the law to opinion of every kind and expected by the law in the conduct of those who disagree, even strongly, with what they hear.
"From the condemnation of Socrates to the persecution of modern writers and journalists, our world has seen too many examples of state control of unofficial ideas.
"A central purpose of the European Convention on Human Rights has been to set close limits to any such assumed power. We in this country continue to owe a debt to the jury which in 1670 refused to convict the Quakers William Penn and William Mead for preaching ideas which offended against state orthodoxy.
"To proceed, as the Crown Court did, from the fact that the three women were preaching about morality, God and the Bible (the topic not only of sermons preached on every Sunday of the year but of at least one regular daily slot on national radio) to a reasonable apprehension that violence is going to erupt is, with great respect, both illiberal and illogical.
"The situation perceived and recounted by PC Tennant did not justify him in apprehending a breach of the peace, much less a breach of the peace for which the three women would be responsible. No more were the Magistrates justified in convicting the appellant or the Crown Court in upholding the conviction. For the reasons I have given, the constable was not acting in the execution of his duty when he required the women to stop preaching, and the appellant was therefore not guilty of obstructing him in the execution of his duty when she refused to comply.
"Although, therefore, the Crown Court's questions do not pose the key issue, I would answer both questions in the negative and allow this appeal".


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Amelie McCann (aged 2): "Maddie's jammies!".  

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Post by BlueBag 05.05.21 7:12

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:I don't propose anything in place of free speech.

There is no solution to world problems, never was never will be as long as humans roam the planet.

All we, the people, can do is muck along and make the best of what we've got.

The more fortunate are welathy and have no problem surving whilst others deprived of fortune - through no fault of their own, starve to death if not struck down by disease.

It's an unfair world but all the talking will never change the reality of life on planet earth.

An ideal world?  If only ....
Do you think there is any point to speaking about the Madeleine McCann case?

I must admit I find your position very strange.
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Post by Jill Havern 05.05.21 7:54

Very good ^^^ Blue Bag.

I just posted it on my facebook page - it was immediately deleted and I was given a warning for another 30 day ban.

Harsh.

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eta: I just tried to post on facebook and I have indeed been banned anyhoo.

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Post by Liz Eagles 05.05.21 7:55

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:
[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:I don't propose anything in place of free speech.

There is no solution to world problems, never was never will be as long as humans roam the planet.

All we, the people, can do is muck along and make the best of what we've got.

The more fortunate are welathy and have no problem surving whilst others deprived of fortune - through no fault of their own, starve to death if not struck down by disease.

It's an unfair world but all the talking will never change the reality of life on planet earth.

An ideal world?  If only ....
Do you think there is any point to speaking about the Madeleine McCann case?

I must admit I find your position very strange.
I must admit it is fairly obvious that you yourself Blue Bag teeter on the edge of disclosing your dislike of Jews and Muslims to prove something or other.

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Post by BlueBag 05.05.21 9:06

Dear Liz Eagles,

I dislike Zionism and Islam.

Pick a fight elsewhere.

Thanks.
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[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:Very good ^^^ Blue Bag.

I just posted it on my facebook page - it was immediately deleted and I was given a warning for another 30 day ban.

Harsh.

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eta: I just tried to post on facebook and I have indeed been banned anyhoo.
Wow.

Social media and free speech eh?
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Post by JimbobJones 05.05.21 10:25

The illusion of free speech has been chucked in the bin. They were pretending we had it for years. It was always a very thin veneer of civil ruling tolerance, overlaying a festering bottomless quagmire of stinking septic authoritarianism. Now, they dont care if we know it was all window dressing.

"You have the right . . . to free speech. So long as you are not dumb enough to actually try it".
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Post by Jill Havern 05.05.21 11:02

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:
[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:Very good ^^^ Blue Bag.

I just posted it on my facebook page - it was immediately deleted and I was given a warning for another 30 day ban.

Harsh.

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eta: I just tried to post on facebook and I have indeed been banned anyhoo.
Wow.

Social media and free speech eh?
I'm not even allowed to post in my CMOMM facebook group - and I'm the owner/admin!!  angry
I didn't even post that graphic in there - I posted it on my own page.

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Post by Verdi 05.05.21 13:24

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:I must admit I find your position very strange.

Nought strange about me or my position.

I say what I think, offend or please - 'tis the nature of the beast. I guess it comes under the global category 'freedom of speech'.

Obviously I don't make myself clear, thus pave the way for misinterpretation.

Carry on regardless ....

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Post by Verdi 05.05.21 14:02

There’s a reason you’ve not seen your GP recently – and frankly it’s a scandal

Despite what Matt Hancock may say about the NHS and its ‘advances’, our lives should not be at the mercy of bureaucrats

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4 May 2021 • 7:12pm

Have you managed to see your GP lately? I mean, actually see them in person, not on a screen, or heard them during a consultation down the phone? Or have you, perhaps, been asked to send the surgery a photo of the tumour on your leg, which is what one reader tells me happened to her 94-year-old mother?

If you have seen a GP, congratulations! You are one of the lucky ones. What follows is a story about a lovely woman, a beloved wife, mother and dear friend, one of the tens of thousands who wasn’t lucky.

Back in November, Nick Stokes emailed the Planet Normal podcast to protest that the NHS was being turned into the “National Covid Service”, and misinformation was being spread about hospitals being overwhelmed. “If there is a shortage of beds, that happens every single year – it is not due to Covid! I can remember several years of black alerts, ambulances unable to unload etc due to flu cases, but I don’t remember everything else being cancelled or people being told to stay at home.”

As the former chair of a major NHS Hospital Trust, Nick knew what he was talking about. In February, he wrote to us again, this time with shocking personal experience of the National Covid Service. “I would never have imagined the nightmare we have now had. Since the summer, my wife Joy has been complaining of leg and bottom pains to our GPs on the phone, only to be fobbed off. The doctors put it down to arthritis. Yet my wife previously had breast cancer 15 years ago, which should have rung alarm bells.

“The pains worsened in October, but the receptionist still refused to make a face-to-face appointment, saying we could be given a telephone one but no more.

“Due to Covid, face-to-face was said to be for emergency only. We were told we could self-refer to physio (the surgery wouldn’t do it), yet, when we did, all the physio would do was a phone consultation followed by some exercises. Our GPs ignored our increasingly frantic requests (and letters from physios) for an X-ray or scan. Weeks passed and Joy’s condition continued to worsen until she could not walk unaided. Eventually, her pain became so severe, I demanded painkillers. Only then did the GP book her an X-ray for early January.”

The X-ray revealed that cancer had eaten into Joy’s hip and femur. A major operation followed. Nick was utterly distraught on behalf of his wife of 46 years. “Is it surprising that we are both bitter and traumatised? This, Allison, is the truth of what happens when Covid is all that matters. If I hear Matt Hancock say once more that GP and hospital services are looking after all those who need the NHS, I will scream. If I hear him boasting that GPs can now provide the same service through telephone contact, I will throw something at the TV.

“The truth is very different. Our GP actually admitted that he was horrified how my wife had deteriorated when he eventually saw her in person! The cancer that was not diagnosed because our GPs would not see patients face-to-face has spread, not just to Joy’s bones, but into her brain. She is too weak to commence the full cancer treatment. Joy is fearful and frightened while I cannot contemplate life without her. Turning the NHS into the National Covid Service has caused my wife and I endless pain and suffering.”

Joy Stokes’s funeral was last Thursday. She was 69 years old. Nick said it was a struggle to get the numbers down to 30 for a Covid-compliant service “for somebody as popular as Joy”. It is a mark of the woman that her very last visit, when she was clearly dying, was to console a friend in the village whose cancer was also terminal.

Nick has given me permission to share his darling wife’s story with you because he wants those GPs who are still hiding behind their receptionists to know that reserving face-to-face appointments for “emergencies only” can be a death sentence.

With pubs and restaurants doing their level best to offer a service outside under an awning in the foul weather, with hairdressers cutting hair wearing PPE, with Covid deaths reported as one on Monday, what possible excuse do GPs still have for not seeing very sick, scared people like Joy Stokes?

Before Covid, around eight out of 10 GP appointments were conducted face to face. At the height of lockdown, in April 2020, that figure reportedly fell to between seven and eight per cent. The widely lamented failure to resume appointments in person has given rise to the suspicion that GPs will never get back to normal. Indeed, Covid is being used as cover for driving though a change in working practices which would be abhorrent to most British people, should they ever be consulted.

One Telegraph reader tells me she recently had a letter from her doctor saying that, henceforth, he would only offer video appointments. Richard, another reader who, after a fortnight, finally managed to get through on the phone, was told by his doctor that she needed to know his blood pressure before she renewed his medication.

“Great, at least I get to see her in person!” thought Richard. Not a bit of it. He was frankly astonished to hear the GP suggest that he buy a blood pressure monitor – “You can get one for around £20” – and do the reading himself. No further prescriptions would be issued until Richard told the doctor his blood pressure.

Is this what the future holds? DIY diagnosis which spares GPs the tedium of having to, you know, do their job? Just to be on the safe side, Marjorie, I’d purchase some goggles and a chainsaw for an impromptu, at-home amputation.

How many GPs support these innovations which fly in the face of good medical practice as it has been taught for centuries?

“I listened to Nick’s email about his wife on Planet Normal and I felt embarrassed to be a General Practitioner,” wrote Andrew from Devon. “The failure to see patients face to face has been awful. I hate it! We are trying to assess people, over the phone, with every symptom under the sun e.g. pain, breathlessness, weight loss, depression etc. It’s impossible. I’ve been trying to see patients face to face throughout this whole crisis. I lobby my fellow practice partners about returning our surgery back to normal, but sadly they remain cautious about a waiting room full of people. This is despite over 90 per cent of our patients aged over 50 having been vaccinated! Why are so many so-called ‘educated’ people still scared? I recently had a couple of cases where, were it not for seeing the patient face to face, the patient might no longer be with us. The thought makes me shudder. I desperately want Nick to know that there are GPs out there who have continued with face to face consultations as we know this is all too often the best way.”

Others GPs have emailed to tell me about their own Joys, patients whose cancer could have been picked up if only they’d been examined in person. “This afternoon, I saw someone in his forties with Stage 4 lung cancer,” writes Claire, a GP in east London. “Poor guy doesn’t stand a chance.”

Like Andrew, Claire has pleaded with colleagues to go back to normal surgery, seeing all patients face to face, but she’s been told this is “not allowed because we can’t do the social distancing required in our small waiting room”. At the moment, any patients fortunate enough to be seen are given a specific time to come in, well apart from other face-to-face appointments. “Apparently, there are no plans for this to change,” says Claire, “I’m thinking of leaving my job. This is not patient care, I feel like an administrator.”

Who or what is responsible for this insidious, deeply worrying revolution in primary care? One practice manager says that NHS England dictates Standard Operating Procedure and that GPs will be breaking their contract (with regard to patient safety and wellbeing) if they return to the previous pattern of working. Doctors are still expected to see face-to-face those that need it, “but NHS England expect that to be a definite minority”.

The guidance says GPs can’t go back to the way things were unless patients in the waiting room can be socially distanced, and most surgeries have small waiting rooms where that isn’t possible. Plus, the consulting room has to be cleaned down after each patient, so they can only see half as many patients as previously.

Honestly, how pathetic! If The Dog and Duck can put up a marquee in the car park to serve drinks, why can’t GPs think creatively and do the same for blood tests? Most women would gladly have half a shandy with their smear test.

Behind these sly manoeuvrings, I fear there are other, financial, concerns at work. A recent report said that demand for GP appointments has soared in the last year, at the same time as thousands of extra GPs promised by the Government have still to materialise.

Back in April, Matt Hancock said that “patients who have got used to online GP and outpatient appointments during the crisis may not want face-to-face appointments when things go back to normal”. The Secretary of State stressed that the NHS “must not lose” the digital “advances” that have been made during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Advances for whom, Secretary of State? They’re not advances if you’re a woman called Joy with excruciating pain in your leg who couldn’t get to see a GP who would probably have taken one look at her and referred her for an urgent scan, which would have found her cancer earlier, and enabled her to start life-prolonging treatment.

Here’s the thing, Mr Hancock. Most people still want to see a GP, not send them a photo of their ailment or take their own blood pressure. They don’t care to be part of your cost-cutting, digital healthcare revolution which strips the human touch from the doctor-patient relationship.

Nick Stokes asked me to tell his wife’s story so people would insist on better care from their GP and the Government might change the rules for surgeries “because at least then Joy’s suffering will end in her leaving the world with a positive legacy”. Are you able to see your GP? Are you a GP who wants to see patients but can’t? If so, please let me know. Our lives shouldn’t be at the mercy of bureaucrats who don’t care about the emotional consequences of their rules.

Let us be on the side of Joy. Not sorrow.

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Post by Tony Bennett 05.05.21 14:14

Big Tech doesn't like that bit of satire upthread.

The powerful don't find this spoof funny.

At all: 

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Got my jab today, arrived 0900 for 0915, allowed downstairs in a cavernous sports centre about 0925, booked in, sat on chair and read half a paperback taken specially for the occasion, booked in again (given the information we already all know), then again properly with full name and Health Number, then jabbed (2 seconds), then made to sit for another 20 minutes to see if we are all going to die, overseen by a tubby girl in full white scrubs and white crocs, who was either a nurse or some random girl on her way to slaughter some chickens, and then released on the dot of a few minutes past 1045.
Back in 3 weeks to do it all again, when I shall finish the book.   Gunther Grass, Cat and Mouse.  I last read it at University half a century ago. The glue is getting very brittle, and the paper has gone a pale brown.    And it is still strange and hard work, only know I realise more clearly how his political views were woven into the story.
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Let’s hope you don’t go pale brown & a bit brittle, Peter !
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Post by BlueBag 06.05.21 13:42

More lockdown deaths:


BBC wrote:There were 7,423 deaths from alcohol misuse last year - a rise of 20% from 2019, the Office for National Statistics says.


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BBC wrote:There were 7,423 deaths from alcohol misuse last year - a rise of 20% from 2019, the Office for National Statistics says.


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There is also a reluctance by people of a certain age who do not live in built up areas to wax lyrical about how things ought to be.

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Post by Verdi 06.05.21 14:18

I've just had a visitation from Mr Doom and Gloom - affectionately known by me as Gollum!

Me:  Have you given yourself over to the experimental drug trial, by way of the COVID-19 pique?

He:  Yes!  [spoken joyfully]

Me:  Any problems?

He:  No!  [spoken enthusiastically and proudly showing the hole in upper arm]

Me:  Good!  

He:  Have you had yours?

Me:  If you mean have I been piqued  no, never!

He:  But but but

Me:  No buts, just no! Do you personally know of anyone who has been infected with the coronavirus code named COVID-19?

He: Yes! [said with fear in the eyes]. A man locally, they say he died.

Me: Oh did they now! Do you know for fact that this persona died with COVID-19?

He: No, it's what they say [talking very sheepishly]

He:  But India, what about India

Me:  India has a very poor health structure and also ongoing problems with respiratory diseases.  It's not COVID-19, it's media hype

He:  But but but, you must

Me:  Okay stop there, let's not go there again

Visit over!

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