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UK drinking limits

February 17th, 2016 | Posted by iomadmin in Alcohol - (0 Comments)

The new recommended limits for consumption of alcohol in the UK have proved contentious. Dame Sally Davies, the UK Chief Medical Officer has come out with some new much lower limits and included a few things which don’t add up. For example, the UK is now the only country in the world which recommends the same limits for both men & women. Apparently her motivation is that drinking is so dangerous that men should be pushed to reduce their intake to the same as women even though there is no medical reason for it!

She also managed to severely damage her credibility when during the launch of the new limits she told the assembled press that there was no medical benefit to drinking small amounts of alcohol and that the idea was an urban myth. Very interesting statement to come from a scientist who you would expect to be up to date with the literature on the subject as several good quality studies do actually show such an effect. You can read the Spectator Health article on this as a quick source.

Frankly her pronouncements about the dangers of the demon drink have become increasingly deranged and she has certainly seriously exaggerated the risks. All in all she gives a good impression that she is part of the prohibitionist lobby, like Alcohol Concern, and she won’t be happy until alcohol is banned completely. That’s been tried before somewhere hasn’t it, and that didn’t turn out well either!

Jeremy Hunt and the NHS

February 11th, 2016 | Posted by iomadmin in National news - (0 Comments)

I was quite appalled to read today that Jeremy Hunt has imposed a contract on the NHS despite vocal opposition from the 55,000 doctors involved. Apart from the bullying, it raises many questions about his motives for doing so. Let’s face it, he’s made no secret of the fact that he would like to see our NHS changed from a national service to one based on individual insurance policies. This really has to make him the most unsuitable person to be in charge of the NHS. He claims that it will benefit patients but his arguments so far don’t bear scrutiny – you can’t increase the amount of cover provided without also increasing the resources and so far his strategy for that seems to be “work the doctors harder!”.

Certainly my feeling is that I will believe 55,000 doctors before I believe Jeremy Hunt. Reminds me about the old joke:

Q: How do you when a politician is lying?

A: His mouth is moving!

You only have to look at the USA, which already uses this unfair system, to see the results: a country with the most advanced medical care in the world but where regular access to that care is only available to the rich! It’s almost unbelievable that in the richest country in the world people die from preventable and treatable medical conditions just because they are poor. I’m sure that most developing countries manage to do better. It certainly makes you wonder how much money Hunt is getting from the private health care sector to promote this system.

 

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February 2nd, 2016 | Posted by iomadmin in General | Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

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