A quadruple ’whammy’? The 99% finance pomp and ceremony, underwrite nuclear pollution, bear the cuts and lose some ‘human rights’
Today a reader sent a copy of the Patients’ Association Weekly news which points out the current ‘crippling’ lack of community care. This means that patients who are ready to leave hospital, cannot be discharged. This is leading hospitals to cancel thousands of operations.
Evidence from the Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM) indicates that the UK now has the lowest number of beds per capita in Europe, with 11,000 attendances per consultant – the highest of any developed country.
The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) records a total of £4.6billion social care cuts in 2015, 31% of the social care budget. This has led to 466,000 fewer adults receiving social care than they did in 2009, during the height of the financial crisis. In 2016, funding was increased by £170m, though research suggests that maintaining 2015 levels of service would have required £1bn in additional funding.
NHS England’s Chief Executive, in July, requested that any extra health expenditure should be earmarked not for the NHS but for the social care budget.
Former justice minister Ken Clarke and former attorney general Dominic Grieve QC, warn the move to remove some human rights could undermine the rule of law and risks putting the UK into conflict with the European court.
Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has vowed to oppose the plans, something which could lead to a “complete standoff” between Westminster and Holyrood.
The plans are said to contravene various national agreements. The Sewel convention dictates that parliament cannot legislate for devolved matters without the consent of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
‘We’re all in this together’ – ‘in the best of all possible worlds’: ‘None so blind as those who won’t see’:
Meanwhile money can be found to finance pomp and ceremony, to underwrite the arms industry, to give financial support to nuclear pollution and to condone illegal emission levels in major cities causing hundreds of thousands to enter the country’s underfunded hospitals and then block beds because of its underfunded social care.