Wednesday, 20 July 2011

ARE WE TAKING OUR EYE OFF THE BALL?


With all this phone-hacking/the Monster Murdoch, shite which seems to be involving about 75%  of all MSM stories currently, are we taking our eye off the ball?

I believe that it is the first duty of a civilised society to look after the old and ill and to educate their young.  SOUTHERN CROSS HEALTHCARE, a private health company have just gone tits up.  They own a substantial number of care homes all across the United Kingdom with over 37,000 residents.  Now the first question we should be asking is, should private companies be allowed to provide healthcare?  That's the question these care home  residents, (the ones not suffering from dementia that is) and their relatives will be asking.  If we have to pick up the bill for these homes where does that leave the concept of private healthcare in the UK?  SOUTHERN CROSS are still running a  website which is where the photo came from.  They also tell us that:

"Looking for a care home can be a daunting task. However, choosing a home with consistently high standards of care for an older relative or a loved one with a disability is often the right choice and the best choice for them. In our Care Homes around the country we provide a supportive, enabling environment that encourages independence and individuality.
Our experienced team at Southern Cross can assist you with the many questions that you will have when it comes to finding the right home, the right type of care and how to find the right advice about funding".  Aye right!


In England, students are being told that they are going to be charged £9,000 per year for their education at university.  In Scotland we have a different attitude, I believe, to that of England.  We believe that our young people should not pay to go to University and not only that, but anyone from outside the country wants to come to University here,  should pay, but unfortunately due to some strange anomalies in the EU system, it is only students from the rest of the UK who pay.  The media in England is trying to turn this into a, 'anti-English, Scottish Government' issue, which it's not as we want to charge all non-Scots.  We in Scotland tend to have the same attitude to our ill, which again to my mind is commendable.

So as we head towards another global meltdown, the phone hacking scandal agenda seems to be being promoted only by journalists and politicians.  It doesn't have the same meaning to the general public, as the MPs' expenses scandal, IMO and I think most of you would agree, that the quicker, our elected representatives, get rid of it and get back to things that really matter to the us, the better.

11 comments:

Dioclese said...

"It's a good day to bury bad news"

Dark Lochnagar said...

Greekers, yes and I fear it will be a good couple of months!

throbber said...

You seem to have missed the reason for the collapse of Southern Cross DL.
Southern Cross don't own any care homes. A venture capitalist company bought Southern Cross. Sold ALL the care homes. POCKETED all the cash. Then rented the homes back from the new owners. Being venture capitalists they repeatedly knocked down the rent they paid to the new owners of the care homes. Eventually the care homes couldn't operate as they stopped paying their rents. Southern Cross went bust and handed the keys back.
It's the way things now work. Rover went the same way. A few men got very rich on a small investment then buggered off when the going got tough.

throbber said...

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1394351/Former-Southern-Cross-tycoon-Stephen-Schwarzman-owns-5-houses-worth-77m.html

Dark Lochnagar said...

Throbs, i realise what happened and the fact that venture capitalists can take over a good company and ruin it makes the point as far as I'm concerned that health is too important an issue to be privatised. By all means, make sure it's run properly and BTW they could cut half the nurses at out patients' clinics and no one would notice the difference, but everyone seems obsessed about cutting managers. Managers are who make sure the thing is running properly FFS, they should be the last people you cut, but it s too emotive an issue to be cutting nurses!

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Dark Lochnagar said...

Throbs, oh there has been plenty of dodgy money made, that's why it should be privatised.

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