PUBLIC SERVICE CUTS

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Post by Tizer » 27 Jan 2018, 11:52

If there is a concern over failure to pass on evidence in rape and sexual assault cases surely they'll have to review all cases of crime.

The staffing problems in the police force seem to echo the situation in Boot's Chemist pharmacies. The company claims the branches are fully staffed but customers say otherwise. There's an example today of a man being dispensed the wrong tablets.

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Post by Stanley » 28 Jan 2018, 05:15

I heard that concern voiced yesterday in an interview with a barrister who specialises in the defence of rape and sex crimes. He also said that a major factor was the withdrawal of Legal Aid which has starved the legal process of resources.
I've commented this morning on 'Forgotten Corners' about the disappearance of the police from our streets. I heard an interview with a retired policeman yesterday in which he detailed examples of the failure of the systems to join up together. He gave the example of a sex offender being transferred to a prison without his specific offence being made clear to the prison authorities and other instances. We keep hearing about miracle IT systems which are going to be accessible to everyone in the process but this doesn't seem to be happening.
The Boots affair interests me. Over the decades pharmacists have been very successful in raising their status to something that is almost on a par with the doctors. This has been good for their remuneration but I don't see much evidence of it raising the quality or speed of service. I have a personal beef here in that last month when I went for my prescription on the day the young girl told me it would be ready and was publicly chastised by a slip of a girl for being there too early despite me telling her that I had followed instructions! This left a bad taste in my mouth and this month I went for my pills the day after they said they would be ready. The same slip of a girl couldn't find my order and it took three of them to dig them out of the shelves..... Add to this the fact that if you ask for a proprietary medicine you are questioned about who it is for and lectured on its use. I always react and point out I have been using them for 80 years without killing myself.
I shall stop, I am ranting, I want to go back to the days of Mr Elmer the chemist on Newtown.....
By the way, I always double check that my Metformin is correct....... I don't trust them to be always right!
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Post by PanBiker » 28 Jan 2018, 09:45

I would be trying the other dispensing chemist in town Stanley.
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Post by Tizer » 28 Jan 2018, 10:03

When I was at Boots in the 1970s our shop had a pharmacist, two dispensers and a trainee dispenser (me). There were always at least two qualified staff present and prescriptions were checked by both before being handed over, except for those for which were obviously harmless. A main cause of errors now is the proliferation of brand names and generic names for drugs so that similar ones get confused.

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Post by Stanley » 29 Jan 2018, 05:19

I think I am going to do that Ian......
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Post by Stanley » 08 Feb 2018, 06:05

The National Audit Office warns that there is a serious shortage of social care workers, the Adult Care system in particular is in trouble and the NAO takes the Health department to task for allowing this to happen. The government's only response at the moment is to allow councils to raise Council Tax by 6%. Remember there are more cuts still in the pipeline. How long can this stripping out of basic services go on?
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Post by plaques » 08 Feb 2018, 09:08

The Council tax is well known for being a regressive tax hitting the poorest the hardest It is estimated that the poorest pay 8% of their income while the richest lose 2%.Link. Quote..The Institute for Fiscal Studies’ Paul Johnson even described it as "being deliberately regressive in its design". All that the Government is doing by shifting the funding from general taxation onto the Council tax is to deliberately increase inequality. The general idea being that most people will blame the Council for a deterioration of services while they see their local tax increase. A prime example of "not me gov". Shifting the 'cause and effect' below the immediate horizon makes it more difficult for lesser mortals to grasp what the real root of the problem is especially when statements are made like " we have increased spending across the band". Smoke and mirrors that result in the poorest paying more for less.

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Post by Stanley » 09 Feb 2018, 04:41

P, I couldn't have put it better. It's a Salt Tax!
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Post by Stanley » 15 Feb 2018, 06:55

Read THIS BBC report of research done on life expectancy in Britain. The gap between the richest and poorest children in 2001 was 7.2 years, it is now 8.4 years. Forget making excuses, this is an indictment on how we are governed and policies of austerity and deprivation will not be helping.
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