Friday, 24 June 2016

Spin off

In all the political turmoil and blood letting, am I alone in fervently hoping that one of the casualties will be our detested Health Secretary?

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Celebrity stupid

There is an inexplicable tendancy among human beings to look for information, not from the qualified and knowledgeable, but from the rich and famous. A prime example would be the reporting in the newspapers today of the view of the footballer David Beckham on theEU referendum. So why is he considered an authority? Not only has he spent much of the last 20 years living outside the UK, he's not actually renowned for his intelligence. These quotes will perhaps illustrate my point.

I definitely want Brooklyn to be christened, but I don't know into what religion yet.

My parents have been there for me, ever since I was about seven.

Alex Ferguson is the best manager I’ve ever had at this level. Well, he’s the only manager I’ve actually had at this level. But he’s the best manager I’ve ever had.



So in this vein this is Dave Asprey. A very wealthy American businessman, who, for some reason, has so far escaped an entry on the“Encyclopedia of American loons”. He has a fairly standard list of looney views, including advocating homeopathy and inventing his own, unremarkable diet. He's nonetheless considered very influential with the public in the field of health & fitness.

Possibly my favourite bit of delusional bollocks coming from him is his assertion that men should not orgasm more frequently than dictated by a special formula, Age, minus 7, divided by four. Using this formula your average 16 year old would have to wait about 2 days between events. I think most young men that age would be hard put to leave it two hours. 


And DZ at his age, should be leaving it over two weeks! Fuck off Dave, you're having a larf! Apart from anything else we have prostate cancer to ward off.

Dave has also firmly announced his intention to live to be 180 years old. Good luck with that one Dave. I think you'll find eventually that, as all Discworld fans know, when death comes to visit you he's not come for an argument.

Friday, 22 April 2016

Appraisal

About a month ago I posted a copy of a German short film on basic life support. One guaranteed to keep it's audience riveted. I've been wondering. Can I claim studying this film as part of my CPD, or personal development or whatever bullshit term is in vogue these days?


Monday, 18 April 2016

Recidivist

A fascinating development in the dispute between the junior doctors and Jeremy Hunt is that it now appears that he does not actually have the authority to impose his hated new contract. Could this be true. Could it be that he is so ignorant about the limits of his own authority that he could have made such a mistake. Or, worse, maybe he knew full well and was cynically and beligerently bluffing. 

Either way he has form. He exceeded his authority once before, in the fiasco over Lewisham accident and emergency services. The high court at that time slapped him down without mercy. The likelihood is that he's about to get another kicking.

How has someone so manifestly, utterly unsuited to his position managed to cling on so long?


Friday, 15 April 2016

Blackmail

I see that the chair of the GMC, and the NHS Medical Director are both urging the junior doctors to call off their planned strike. I don't think we should take them too seriously. These two individuals have long ago sold themselves to government and it was inevitable that Hunt would wheel out these two puppets to say what they've been told they're expected to say. They're nothing more than mouthpieces.

Also inevitable is that Hunt and his puppets would hide behind the patients, warning of the consequences to them of withdrawing emergency care.

Let's be clear about this. There will be no consequences. The Consultants are solidly behind the juniors in this. The Consultants will cover the emergencies. Obviously they will. The patients requiring emergency cover will not suffer in any way.

So, Bruce Keogh, and Terence Stephenson. You've nailed your colours to the mast. Now fuck off, your strings are showing.