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...and an article from Full Fact checking inconsistencies in a Daily Mail article having a go at GPs.

 

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There are some important caveats to figures showing GP appointments drop off later in the week.

 

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I have mixed feelings about this HB

 

Some GP's practices certainly need a kick up the jacksie .. rather than a carrot - we have one locally

Some GP practices really need more funding and more doctors rather than any kicking - we have a couple of those locally

 

BUT - I have no doubts whatsoever that the populists, even the more remnant Toryish ones like Javid, wont do anything that addresses the real problems for the bucketloads of taxpayer money they will squander .. unaccountably.

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BBC News - Covid test lab in Wolverhampton suspended over wrong results https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-54923641

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"Those who are still infectious - estimated to be a few thousand people tested in the past week or so" ...

 

"The error could mean thousands of people infected with Covid were wrongly told to stop isolating, and may have infected others."

 

NOT-NHS test and trace - Fascicle from start to finish

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On 08/10/2021 at 09:25, hightail said:

In my area the number of infections is horrendous - the rate per 100k was well over 1k at one point but it is going down again now.  Sounds awful but it wasn't reflected in hospital admissions or deaths as it was/is schoolchildren.  At one point there were 15 children off with confirmed cases from a single class in the local primary school.  I believe their parents' generation are also showing disproportionate rates of infection but it doesn't appear to be hitting others.

 

Do you think that was exacerbated by an apparent resistance to mask wearing in your area?

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BBC News - Covid test lab in Wolverhampton suspended over wrong results https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-54923641

 

heck - at least 10% error rate (so far) in false negatives reported from the looks of it

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mmm - looks like another of the no history new company awarded £100M plus contact 'somehow' jobbies

 

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Immensa Health Clinic was awarded the £119million contract in October last year to carry out coronavirus testing.

 

 

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IMMENSA HEALTH CLINIC LTD - Free company information from Companies House including registered office address, filing history...

 

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3 hours ago, tobyjugg2 said:

Do you think that was exacerbated by an apparent resistance to mask wearing in your area?

Absolutely not.  Where I'm seeing a lack of masks is in town, not in this conservative country backwater.  Typical example - 27/9, tube from Leicester Square to King's Cross at around 11pm I'd generously estimate around 50% compliance with mask wearing.  There's nothing special about this particular date/time/route, it's that I can recall it with some accuracy because I made a particular train out of St Pancras.  I see nothing different at other times and nobody says a thing.  That's on TFL where mask wearing is still supposedly mandatory. 

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50% mask wearing on transport here in a English relative 'backwater' (reasonably large town) is a pipe dream, as is anything more than 25% (at best) mask wearing in supermarkets. Our covid rate is quite high too.

.. All the other UK+NI nations have stricter and more sensible (IMO) and scientifically supported stance.

So do you think the other nations are right?

 

and do you think vaccine-less and mask-less people should be on public transport or in extended close contact with our children, elderly and sick ?

 

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I can't remember if we mentioned that Door Matt was offered a job as UN envoy to help Africa to recover from Covid.

 

According to several people on Twitter, the UN seem to have read the joint select committee report on the UK's handling of the pandemic and withdrawn the job offer.

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Yep

 

WWW.INDEPENDENT.CO.UK

Anti-poverty campaigners protested over his role in blocking vaccines for developing world

 

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I haven't done my usual levels of sanity check on the figures and claims yet but ...

 

Who will get access to Merck’s new antiviral pill?

Molnupiravir, an antiviral medication made by Merck, could herald a not-too-distant future when a simple pill could keep people infected with the coronavirus from dying or falling severely ill. The drug is easy to distribute and can be taken at home. Trial results showed it halved the risk of hospitalization and death among high-risk people early in their infections.

Unlike the manufacturers of some Covid vaccines, Merck will allow generic manufacturers in India to sell the pills at a far lower price in more than 100 poorer countries. Most nations in sub-Saharan Africa, where vaccination rates are as low as 3 percent, are covered by the deal. The company has also applied for emergency-use authorization from the F.D.A.

Drug-access advocates say the Merck licensing deal is an encouraging start but only a small step toward equity. It is unclear how much of the generic product will be available next year, and the agreements leave out many undervaccinated nations, such as Ukraine, that have been hit hard by Covid.

Competitors: Several other drug makers, including Pfizer, are expected to announce efficacy data from trials of their own Covid medications; the companies said it was too soon to comment on whether they would enter into similar access agreements.

 

-NYT

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On 15/10/2021 at 14:44, tobyjugg2 said:

mmm - looks like another of the no history new company awarded £100M plus contact 'somehow' jobbies

 

WWW.DAILYMAIL.CO.UK

Immensa Health Clinic was awarded the £119million contract in October last year to carry out coronavirus testing.

 

 

FIND-AND-UPDATE.COMPANY-INFORMATION.SERVICE.GOV.UK

IMMENSA HEALTH CLINIC LTD - Free company information from Companies House including registered office address, filing history...

 

 

 

and the VIP lane pals offenses get worse and worse, with both Jenny Harries and Gov spokespersons either incompetent or lying (or some convenient mix of the two):

 

"on Friday, Dr Jenny Harries, the chief executive of the UK Health Security Agency, said the lab was “accredited to all of the appropriate standards”, while on Monday a government spokesperson told the Guardian: “The lab was fully accredited by the UK’s independent accreditation service before being appointed.”

 

"But Ukas said neither Immensa Health Clinics nor Dante Labs had ever been awarded Ukas accreditation, which is intended to ensure labs meet minimum quality standards.

Companies require the certification, or must be in the process of applying for it, if they wish to provide Covid testing."

 

 

 

 

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Neither Immensa nor Dante Labs has ever been accredited, Ukas says, contrary to government comments

 

 

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and as if Johnson needs any less credibility on the run up to COP

 

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Exclusive: Drax’s Yorkshire power plant has emissions roughly equal to that of Ghana, analysis claims

 

Drax’s Yorkshire power plant has emissions roughly equal to that of Ghana, analysis claims

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Hospital admissions are six times higher – and deaths are three times higher – in Britain when compared to European nations.

 

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Indeed. I was just thinking 'Here we go again'. NHS trusts are saying they have problems and want to move to Plan B, Indie Sage scientists are saying things need to change. But HMG isn't listening and says everything's fine. 

 

Meanwhile Chris Whitty has at least stressed the importance of masks, ventilation and so on. 

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Chris Whitty on Twitter earlier.

 

'COVID-19 cases are rising and winter is drawing closer.

 

1) If you have not been vaccinated, now is the time.

2) If you are offered a booster please take up the offer.

3) Ventilation, masks in crowded indoor spaces and hand washing remain important.'

 

What about schools, offices, etc, amongst others?

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The Good Law Project has come into possession of documents on the discharge of patients from hospitals into care homes without testing last year, provision of PPE and more.

 

It's pretty depressing and the worst thing is that they could probably have tested people beforehand, rather than putting care home residents and staff at risk. Awful.

 

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Cathy Gardner lost her dad to Covid last year. His death certificate just says ‘probable COVID-19,’ because he was never tested. Her dad was supposed...

 

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3 hours ago, honeybee13 said:

Chris Whitty on Twitter earlier.

 

3) Ventilation, masks in crowded indoor spaces and hand washing remain important.'

 

 

Not necessary according to Johnson (the Liar)

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Here's Ian Dunt's opinion piece in i-news on how the government never seems to learn lessons from the past or from other countries. :classic_sad:

 

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It's the same old story: a seemingly endless cycle of inadequacy and error

 

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They have a policy and they are sticking to it:

 

'Herd immunity' + 'let the bodies pile high'

 

... + 're-open the VIPals lane and get as much money as we can to them before our credit rating and worthless credibility makes it impossible'

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Well, belatedly they're pushing vaccinations for over-12s and boosters but late. If kids had been jabbed before schools started back, arguably far fewer cases would have been spread that way.

 

Why do so many people not have invites for their boosters yet, when they qualify?

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“We’ve been really clear that we all have a role to play. If not enough people get that booster jab, if not enough people who are eligible for that original offer of a vaccine don’t come forward, if people don’t wear masks when they really should… it’s going to hit us.”

- Javid

 

So wheres the requirement?

 

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Criticism has come in from the British Medical Association after the Government said it would not yet implement Plan B restrictions.

 

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BMA claims ministers ‘wilfully’ risking lives
 

Britain resists new coronavirus restrictions

Amid rising numbers of cases, the British government has rejected calls to reimpose coronavirus restrictions, while warning that such measures might be needed if the rollout of vaccine booster shots fails to contain the worsening situation. Britain, which administered vaccines early, is now reporting one of the highest rates of new cases in the world as the vaccines’ effectiveness wanes.

“We will do what it takes to make sure that this pressure does not become unsustainable, and we won’t allow the N.H.S. to become overwhelmed,” said Sajid Javid, the health secretary, referring to Britain’s National Health Service, which is already under pressure. He warned that new cases could surge to 100,000 a day.

 

The British government’s contingency plan would reimpose some restrictions that were scrapped in England in July, including mask-wearing rules and urging people to work from home. Those visiting nightclubs and other venues could be required to show proof of their vaccination status or of a recent negative test.

 

Analysis: Experts believe cases in Britain are rising because large numbers of children are unvaccinated and schools do not require face coverings. Mask wearing is less prevalent than in some other parts of Europe, where masks are often required indoors and where cases per capita are much lower.

Data: Britain has reported over 40,000 new cases for seven consecutive days, and 869 patients were admitted to hospitals on Saturday. The daily death toll rose to 223 on Tuesday, the highest number since March

 

-NYT

 

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REAL breaking news

Boris Johnson has blamed the slow booster jab rollout on people not coming forward for their vaccines.

Speaking from Northern Ireland, the prime minister insisted there was adequate supply. “It’s a demand issue. We really urge people to come and do it,” he said.

His remarks come after Labour claimed two million eligible people are yet to receive an invitation for their booster doses.

 

Those who what loose women will have seen them (including Street Porter) stating they want the booster but cant find anywhere to get one anywhere local to them, and sites saying they can't just cant get the people trained people to do the jabs as the volunteers that did it last time are all back at work

 

BUT Johnson 'The LIar' says its the publics fault, and not his fault

 

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Two million eligible people have not received an invitation, Labour says - but prime minister insists it is ‘a demand issue’

 

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Despite the rapid start of vaccinating the population, the UK now has the 13th highest vaccination rate in Europe and the government has received criticism for the (lack of) speed of its booster program and the (lack of) availability of vaccines for 12-17 year olds.

 

- and falling - 11th not long ago

 

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Belgium, Ireland, and Portugal are among the European countries with the highest number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered per 100 people.

 

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