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09_july_2016

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,488

Saturday 09 July 2016.

Dear Mr Cameron,

What the EU referendum and the Chilcot report have brought into the spotlight is something that has been glaringly obvious for a very long time, we can no longer afford or tolerate the lack, indeed the absence, of government accountability.

Aside from banking and the financial markets, witness the 2008 financial crisis and post Brexit behaviour, no other form of employment enjoys such complete protection from being held accountable for policies and decisions which affect vast numbers of people at such great personal cost.

No one should be above the law and given that we are, in reality, not all equal before the law, the current situation needs turning on its head. Currently, those with the least have the least protection in law, whilst those with the most have the most protection.

There is no justice as long as a 23-year-old can be jailed for six months for stealing £3.50 worth of water bottles from a supermarket during the 2011 riots whilst not a single banker has been prosecuted for the financial crisis.

You made an election pledge in 2010 that there would be no more top down reorganisations of the NHS, yet the The Health and Social Care Act 2012 ‘Abolished the Secretary of State for Health’s ‘duty to provide’ a national health service throughout England’. That act of social vandalism effectively spelled the end of the NHS which has been stealthily and deceitfully pursued ever since.

Currently, Britain is a rudderless ship, you have washed your hands of Britain following the vote to leave the EU and the three most prominent Brexiteers, Boris Johnson, Michael Gove and Nigel Farage, have all walked away following their campaigns of deceit. I also note that Priti Patel has crawled under a stone and is keeping damned quiet. Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, has mocked their behaviour and accused them of abandoning ship, as he put it, “I would have thought that they would have had a plan. Instead of developing a plan they are leaving the boat.” Not forgetting that you had no plan for such an eventuality either.

George Orwell’s Animal Farm could have been written for Britain today – ‘all animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others’. It was no accidental flight of writers fancy that this was said by a bunch of greedy self serving pigs.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2011/aug/15/riots-magistrates-sentencing

http://blogs.channel4.com/factcheck/factcheck-camerons-broken-promises/20429

The Health and Social Care Act 2012

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2013/mar/02/doctors-bemoan-nhs-privatisation-by-stealth

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/jun/14/priti-patel-struggles-to-explain-how-uk-would-spend-cash-not-sent-to-eu

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/eu-chief-juncker-slams-resigning-brexiteers/news-story/ba7a67decaa7daabe53eedaad4f277fd

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22_june_2016

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,471

Wednesday 22 June 2016.

Dear Mr Cameron,

The one thing I can say about the EU referendum and the Tory campaign is that it has been run by the fantastically corrupt for the fantastically corrupt.

I have never witnessed a more brutally corrupt campaign which has sowed discord and confusion at every step of the way.

Ipsos MORI found that 47 per cent of the public believe the claim that we pay £350 million a week to the European Union. Why would they not? It is a lie that has been ruthlessly promoted with malicious intent.

I saw some clips of you in a TV studio facing the public. What boggles my mind is that people would actually go to such an event, sit docilely in seats and ask you questions as if anything you say will be of any value to them whatsoever.

In America snake oil salesmen used to go around the country preying on folks with their magic elixirs of life. In Britain people will happily attend a TV event to participate in the same sort of flannel from politicians who not only have a vested interest in lying but have a proven track record. Isn’t that so, Mr no more top down reorganisations of the NHS?

Michael Gove, Boris Johnson and Priti Patel all claim that money saved from EU membership can be spent on the NHS. These are Tory policy decisions that are not in the remit of any of those politicians and I have heard no such commitment from you, Jeremy Hunt or George Osborne in the event of a majority vote for Britain’s exit. As such these ‘suggestions’ do not represent real term benefits, they are mere speculation against the facts over the last six years which show that the break up and privatisation of the NHS is inevitable due to Tory policy and a deliberate starvation of funds.

The reality is that Jeremy Hunt and Simon Stevens, CEO of NHS England, have launched their ‘Footprints’ plan which will close services and sell off NHS land and hospitals which, unless we fight them tooth and nail, will happen regardless of the EU result. Part of that plan is to reduce the number of A&E departments from 144 A&E departments in England (2013 figure) to only 40-70. This is social vandalism by stealth on a grand scale for which you have absolutely no political mandate.

I can do no better than repeat the words of Aneurin Bevan in 1956 for today, you Tories have “besmirched the name of Britain. You have made us ashamed of the things of which formerly we were proud. You have offended against every principle of decency and there is only one way in which you can even begin to restore your tarnished reputation and that is to get out! Get out! Get out!”

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/nearly-half-of-britons-believe-vote-leaves-false-350-million-a-week-to-the-eu-claim-a7085016.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/04/14/eu-referendum-spend-brussels-billions-on-nhs-instead-boris-johns/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-eu-referendum-36523764

The NHS is being deliberately starved of funds, and this proves it

https://www.opendemocracy.net/ournhs/deborah-harrington-madeleine-dickens-and-caroline-molloy/hunt-and-stevens-leaving-their-dirty

http://nhap.org/are-we-really-going-to-lose-more-than-half-our-aes-in-england/

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2015/03/02/michael-sheen-nhs-cuts-speech_n_6783056.html

http://www.newstatesman.com/uk-politics/2010/02/aneurin-bevan-1956-speech

22_april_2016A letter a day to number 10. No 1,410

Friday 22 April 2016.

Dear Mr Cameron,

I do not count it any sign of weakness to say to you that I am heart broken. I have never wept more in my life than I have wept since 2010 and I say that without a hint of shame. Rather I say it in the certain knowledge that my humanity has been assaulted and abused and therefore every atom of my being stands strong and tall in revolt.

53,000 junior doctors, each trained to assimilate facts and from those facts make a diagnosis and a decision that will, many times, be in life and death situations, for which they willingly bear the responsibility and will do everything in their power to get right. These are the experts to whom we entrust our lives when we are at our most vulnerable and in desperate need, we surrender our lives to their care.

Jeremy Hunt has wilfully and knowingly misrepresented the facts in pursuit of an agenda to privatise our NHS in which he needs to break junior doctors to further his aims of destabilising our NHS so that he can present privatisation as his only viable solution to a situation you and your government have entirely manufactured. Hunt has even had the temerity to lay the blame for this situation on junior doctors and the BMA, accusing the BMA of deceiving junior doctors and lighting the touch paper, causing this dispute.

To suggest for one moment that junior doctors are bleating sheep being led by the nose is itself a monumental insult to their intelligence and ours. It is a measure of the utter disdain and contempt that you have for us that you think nothing of uttering bare faced lies not just to parliament but to the people. ‘No more top down reorganisations of the NHS’, really, Mr Cameron, a manifesto pledge, really? That was a bare faced lie as Lansley and now Hunt set about the piecemeal destruction of our greatest post war achievement.

Did this exist in isolation that would be bad enough but you have set about the destruction of the welfare system, public services, education, housing, the right to legal representation, the poor and vulnerable, in fact the entire social contract between government and the people. Shredded.

Anyone with a soul should be heart broken, that is the least of it, that this blanket attack on us was clearly a planned and orchestrated operation prior to 2010 demands an accounting. Whilst our hearts must always remain open we must set our wills like tempered steel and oppose this hideous trafficking in peoples lives for profit.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/jeremy-hunt-blames-bma-for-making-doctors-angry-about-new-contract-a6874711.html

https://stevetopple.wordpress.com/2016/04/18/jh/

http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2015/04/there-may-be-nothing-vote-theres-plenty-vote-against

02_october_2015A letter a day to number 10. No 1,218

Friday 02 October 2015.

Dear Mr Cameron,

It is long overdue that Jeremy Hunt, that well known typing error and minister in charge of dismantling our NHS, was placed in the stocks and exposed to the public ridicule and retribution he so richly deserves.

As an object lesson I would like to see the reaction if MPs were contracted to work six days a week, Monday to Saturday, working shifts between 7am until 10pm on standard pay in parliament with only a 20 minute break in their working day. The tantrums would raise the roof. Mark Simmonds resigned as an MP last year claiming that his £120,000 salary wasn’t enough to live on, despite being able to claim £27,875 expenses towards renting a home closer to parliament, which alone is £5,239 more than the starting salary of a junior doctor.

We’ve seen the legal profession taking to the streets in protest and now junior doctors in your dismal dismantling of Britain.

Earlier this year I had a life saving operation at 3.30am thanks to the dedicated staff of my local hospital. They deserve every incentive and reward for the work they do but Hunt chooses to penalise them and make tough, demanding, jobs even harder.

If Hunt had any good intentions towards our NHS he would have arranged to implement his policies over time ensuring that training and staff could match the changes without adding more stress and increasing difficulties on staff already under pressure. Instead, as it says in the book he co-authored, ‘Direct Democracy’, he is hell bent on de-nationalising (privatising) our NHS and, indeed, advocates an American style insurance scheme. Ever since he got his filthy hands on our NHS he has worked tirelessly to destabilise it and undermine it, all done with the appalling dishonesty we expect from the Tories.

Hunt shows no desire to serve the people of this country, but those with a vested interest in the privatisation of our NHS, including fellow Tory MPs. He (and Andrew Lansley) is the proof in the pudding of your lie to the nation before the 2010 general election that there would be ‘no more top-down reorganisations of the NHS’. Another of your 2010 pre-election promises was that you would ‘cut the deficit, not the NHS’, £20 billion in cuts soon put the lie to that.

This attack on junior doctors will see many leave if it is implemented and will act as a deterrent for many who might otherwise have chosen to pursue such a career. If people are going to be saddled with huge debts of up to £70,000 for training with no worthwhile job at the end of it, why would they bother? What you are doing to our NHS is a national disgrace and the vilest treachery.

http://www.aagbi.org/news/aagbi-statement-proposed-trainee-contract

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/oct/01/junior-doctors-contract-unfair-archaic-discriminates-women

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/sep/29/junior-doctors-contract-row-nhs-explainer-health

http://www.theguardian.com/law/2015/jul/15/barristers-vote-to-join-solicitors-legal-aid-protest

http://www.cityam.com/1407845172/here-s-600-properties-mark-simmonds-can-afford-london-despite-resigning-claiming-120000

http://www.nhscareers.nhs.uk/explore-by-career/doctors/pay-for-doctors/

http://www.greenbenchesuk.com/2012/09/jeremy-hunt-co-authored-book-in-2009.html

http://anotherangryvoice.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/12-things-tories-nhs.html

http://socialinvestigations.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/compilation-of-parliamentary-financial.html

http://anotherangryvoice.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/12-things-tories-nhs.html

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2011/oct/17/nhs-cuts-impact-on-patients-revealed

http://conservative-speeches.sayit.mysociety.org/speech/601556