Trust Nigel Farage’s judgement? He wants a US-style healthcare system here:

“I think we’re going to have to think about healthcare very, very differently. I think we are going to have to move to an insurance-based system of healthcare.

“Frankly, I would feel more comfortable that my money would return value if I was able to do that through the marketplace of an insurance company than just us trustingly giving £100 billion a year to central government and expecting them to organise the healthcare service for us. We’ve doubled expenditure on the NHS in 15 years — and we haven’t got frankly double the return.”

Lots of people forget or were never taught that the NHS exists because huge swathes of the post-war working class came home with organisational skills, military skills, solidarity and serious fucking grievances. The NHS was never a benevolent gift or a natural fact of life, it was a desperate bribe from a ruling class that genuinely feared insurrection.

If they ain’t scared we’ll take everything, they won’t give us anything. 

A senior police officer says a 16-year-old girl with mental health issues is in police custody because no NHS beds are available in the whole of the country.

Assistant chief constable Paul Netherton, from Devon and Cornwall Police, said she was detained on Thursday night and sectioned on Friday lunchtime.

She should have been taken to hospital, but police were told there were no places for her, he said.

Mr Netherton took to social media to express anger over the incident, which he said was “unacceptable.”

A spokesman for NHS England said on Saturday night that a “local place” for the girl had been found. “She will be moved this evening,” he said.

Speaking on Sky News during the day, Mr Netherton said he felt compelled to speak out about the problem because police were “frustrated” about the treatment of the girl, and about the way the use of cells for such matters restricted the capacity of the police to deal with criminals.

Earlier this month the Commons health select committee warned that children as young 12 were being held in police cells overnight when suffering a mental health episode

In an effort to increase public awareness, Britain’s National Health Service kicked off a campaign of placing billboards across the country encouraging people to live healthier lives. The billboards simply suggested that readers contact their doctor if they were feeling under the weather. Back in February of 2014, on a particularly windy and rainy afternoon (read: an afternoon) in Leicester, England, a man was walking down the street when he noticed that one such billboard was coming detached from the wall it was affixed to and had begun “flapping about.” The man went into the building to report the loose sign, after which he and the building’s owner came out and stood beneath it, wondering what should be done about it. They didn’t have to wait long for an answer, and that answer was “RUN!” That’s because, at that precise moment, the 15-by-30-foot sign came flying at them like a Kaiju had just finger-flicked it. It missed the building’s owner by inches, but Mr. Good Samaritan wasn’t so lucky — it landed plumb on top of him, crushing him beneath it and opening a nasty gash on his head. Shocked bystanders popped their monocles and ran to his aid, some saying the impact was so loud that it sounded like a car crash.

5 Real Coincidences That Prove God Has a Sick Sense of Humor

I just felt I should spread this because i have had the evening from hell due to my own stupid lack of listening to details- basically expected a new anxiety medication to work one way, it did not, I freaked out, and had no idea if it was safe to take my regular medication on top of it. At 10pm on a Sunday. Who you going to call?

111, guys. Within a few minutes I was talking to an out-of-hours doctor called Steven who reassured me that I could take the other medicine, advised me to eat, chatted for as long as I needed, calmed me down and was basically awesome. He also checked I was going back to see the GP and, as the link says, they can arrange stuff like GP appointments and even an ambulance for you if you think you need it.

Whatever you’re struggling with, even if you feel like you can’t or don’t want to bother your family or friends and don’t think it’s ‘important’ enough to go to A&E, try 111. These people are THE BEST.

Thanks, Steven. <3

The man who hung his premiership on the following promise…

These are my five guarantees. Guarantees you can hold me to and that I will be personally accountable for:

  1. We will not endanger universal coverage, we will make sure it remains a National Health Service.
  2. We will not break up or hinder efficient and ­integrated care – we will improve it.
  3. We will not lose control of waiting times – we will ensure they are kept low.
  4. We will not cut spending on the NHS – we will increase it.
  5. And if you’re worried that we are going to sell off the NHS and create some ­American-style private system – we will not.

David Cameron, June 2011

  • CAMHS:*Waiting lists are really long*
  • Government:.....
  • CAMHS:*People are being placed in therapy that doesn't work for them, and being placed back on another waiting list when they complain*
  • Government:.....
  • CAMHS:*Not getting the funding they need to make a different*
  • Government:.....
  • CAMHS:*Just generally really crap*
  • Government:.....
  • Government:..........
  • Government:.............
  • Government:lol let's make massive budget cuts

This is a masterpost all about self harm. 

"Self harm is when somebody intentionally damages or injuries their body. It is a way of coping with or expressing overwhelming emotional distress." 

A useful website for explaining self harm is nhs.uk

Another useful website is mind.org.uk

Useful organisations:

Links about self harm via my blog:

If you are self harming, please see your GP for help. You can also use the useful contacts and organisations. I’m always here for support, help and advice.

 

What are your dreams for trans healthcare?

What are your dreams for trans healthcare?

My ideal trans healthcare would be based on the fact that it’s natural and normal for humans to have a range of gender identities and expressions. And that trans people are the experts on their own lives and should have autonomy over their own bodies.

You would self-refer. Then you would attend an information session where you could learn about the different treatments available (hormones, surgery, hair removal etc). You would learn about benefits, risks, what treatments can and can’t do. No gatekeeping, no diagnoses, no intrusive questions about your sex life and family history from complete strangers with clipboards. Then if you decided you wanted to go ahead with treatments you would have an individual consulation with a surgeon/endocrinologist/etc. They would check you understood the risks and benefits and discuss any relevant issues related to your personal physical health which might affect treatment options/risks. If you decided to go ahead at this stage you would sign a document to say you had had the risks explained to you and give informed consent and waive any right to sue the NHS so long as standards of care were reasonable (ie you promise not to sue if you changed your mind).

Oh and if anyone from the NHS is reading this, incidentally I think it would save you a LOT of money…. all those gatekeepers are expensive..

What’s yours?


(written for and posted by Alex on the NBIP website, posted to tumblr by Kay)