Patient care is under threat at more than 60 NHS hospitals which are “on the brink of financial collapse” because of costly private finance initiative schemes, the Health Secretary will warn.
Andrew Lansley says he has been contacted by 22 health service trusts which claim their “clinical and financial stability” is being undermined by the costs of the contracts, which the Labour government used extensively to fund public sector projects.
The Daily Telegraph can disclose that the trusts in jeopardy include Barts and the London, Oxford Radcliffe, North Bristol, St Helens and Knowsley, and Portsmouth.
Between them the trusts run more than 60 hospitals which care for 12 million patients.
There is already evidence that waiting lists for non–urgent operations have begun to rise as hospitals delay treatment to save money. Adding to this are growing fears over the impact of the financial crisis on care this winter.
It also emerged last night that the Coalition was expected to announce it is abandoning Labour’s calamitous £12billion NHS computer scheme. Ministers will dismantle the National Programme for IT, a “one size fits all” project started in 2002 which has never worked, and replace it with regional schemes.
However, the total cost of the deals is often far more than the value of the assets. As a result, Mr Lansley says, the 22 trusts “cannot afford” to pay for their schemes, which in total are worth more than £5.4billion, because the required payments have risen sharply in the wake of the recession.
Mr Lansley told The Daily Telegraph: “Over the last year, we’ve been working to expose the mess Labour left us with, and the truth is that some hospitals have been landed with PFI deals they simply cannot afford.
“Like the economy, Labour has brought some parts of the NHS to the brink of financial collapse. Tough solutions may be needed for these problems, but we’ll help the NHS overcome them. We will not make the sick pay for Labour’s debt crisis.”
Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme this morning, Mr Lansley denied that the NHS was on the brink of financial crisis but said some trusts were struggling to cope with “an enormous legacy of debt”.
He said hospitals would not be allowed to collapse financially.
“There are many hospitals that are well run, do not have a legacy of debt and do have projects which are perfectly sustainable. My point is that we have looked since the election and are working together with individual trusts to arrive at a place where they are financially, and in terms of the quality of their services, sustainable for the future. We can only do that if we work closely with them,” he said.
“This is about making very clear that we are not only working on unsustainable PFIs, but also working with legacy debt that the NHS has been left with, working on the IT programmes which were on an unsustainable scale of contractual commitments that didn’t meet the need of the NHS’s customers.
“Across the board, we have to tackle Labour’s legacy of poor value formoney and debt.”
Over the next few weeks, Department of Health officials and executives at the 22 trusts will develop detailed plans for dealing with the crisis. Their proposals are expected to include significant cost–cutting and the renegotiation of PFI contracts.
Money will also be moved from NHS trusts that are in better financial shape to cover the debt costs at those that are struggling. However, officials are braced for the need to use Whitehall funds to bail out some hospitals.
Among the trusts which have contacted Mr Lansley to inform him of their severe financial problems are several London institutions, including South London Healthcare, Barking, Havering and Redbridge, and North Middlesex.
Outside the capital, other trusts to have approached the health department include Wye Valley, Worcester Acute Hospitals, Mid Yorkshire, and Walsall.
After the general election last year, Mr Lansley ordered officials to establish why some NHS hospitals were under–performing. The health department is assessing the financial position of every hospital. It is understood that the PFI costs have emerged as a leading factor in poor patient care in some areas.
The Health Secretary decided to disclose the list of hospitals in difficulty and is expected to announce the rescue plans for each trust next month.
Earlier in the year, The Daily Telegraph disclosed the extremely poor value offered by many PFI schemes. Taxpayers are having to pay more than £200billion for schools, hospitals and other projects whose capital value is little more than £50 billion.
In one example, a hospital in Bromley, south east London, will ultimately cost the NHS £1.2billion, more than 10 times what it is worth. Another hospital was charged £52,000 for maintenance that cost £750. The annual cost of the schemes is almost £400 for each household.
The public payments for PFI deals are typically linked to inflation and therefore the cost to taxpayers has increased by up to a third since the beginning of the credit crisis, according to the National Audit Office. Last month, MPs on the Treasury select committee effectively called for a moratorium on new PFI projects, which it said were “like a drug” as the costs were not apparent at the outset.
George Osborne, the Chancellor, has tightened the rules on the deals.
Earlier this year, John Healey, the shadow health secretary, admitted in an interview that Labour ministers had failed when negotiating the multi–million pound schemes for hospitals.
“There is definitely a case for saying we were poor at PFI, poor at negotiating PFI contracts at the outset,” he said.
Companies who run PFI schemes boast profit margins of up to 71 per cent on the projects, but have come under growing pressure from MPs and ministers to return some of their “windfall profits”.
A temporary NHS chief executive was paid £387,000 for 141 days in the job at a hospital trust which had a deficit of millions of pounds. Derek Smith received £387,260 from Dorset County Hospital foundation trust between September 2009 and July last year, including £10,793 in expenses. The trust was £5.1million in debt when it hired Mr Smith and has since reduced staffing levels to cut costs.
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Scientists said on Thursday they recorded particles travelling faster than light – a finding that could overturn one of Einstein’s fundamental laws of the universe.
Antonio Ereditato, spokesman for the international group of researchers, said that measurements taken over three years showed neutrinos pumped from CERN near Geneva to Gran Sasso in Italy had arrived 60 nanoseconds quicker than light would have done.
“We have high confidence in our results. We have checked and rechecked for anything that could have distorted our measurements but we found nothing,” he said. “We now want colleagues to check them independently.”
If confirmed, the discovery would undermine Albert Einstein’s 1905 theory of special relativity, which says that the speed of light is a “cosmic constant” and that nothing in the universe can travel faster.
That assertion, which has withstood over a century of testing, is one of the key elements of the so-called Standard Model of physics, which attempts to describe the way the universe and everything in it works.
The totally unexpected finding emerged from research by a physicists working on an experiment dubbed OPERA run jointly by the CERN particle research centre near Geneva and the Gran Sasso Laboratory in central Italy.
Vesta appears to have experienced some powerful forces. Several craters more than 50 kilometers in diameter mar its surface. Near Vesta’s south pole is a particularly large example that is 460 kilometers wide. Since Vesta has a mean diameter of 529 kilometers (Vesta is not quite spherical: 564 x 531 kilometers), it represents an impressive portion of the asteroid’s over all physical size. The crater is about 13 kilometers deep, with an 18 kilometer high central peak.
Dusty aggregations, or so-called “protoplanetary disks,” are thought to be where gravity pulls wispy gases together until they reach pressures great enough to ignite thermonuclear fusion. As the “Nebular Hypothesis” concludes, any remaining clumps of dust and gas not absorbed by the new star swirl around, attracting other bits, until they condense into planets. The Solar System is said to have been created in this way billions of years ago. Asteroids are typically considered to be the “leftovers” after the major planets and moons formed.
A close examination of Vesta’s surface casts doubt on the notion that the large craters could have been created by an object smashing into it, especially when those craters share walls that are thin and undisturbed by blast effects. The alternative explanation—formation by plasma discharge—is well supported.
The shallow craters, the overlapping rims and the lack of impact debris are important considerations in the theory of electrical effects. By thinking only in terms of meteor impacts, landslides and other familiar geological forces, NASA is ignoring the one possibility that makes all the disparate features they see cohesive: an electrically dynamic Solar System in its formative phases, when cosmic thunderbolts carved the surfaces of planets and moons.
In a standard Newtonian impact scenario, craters should form as dish-shaped holes with a blanket of blast debris surrounding the rims, sorted from largest to smallest particles depending on distance from the explosion. On Vesta, there is a decidedly different landscape. The craters are clean and most are found in collections, as if a shotgun blast struck the area.
The most obvious evidence for a plasma discharge is the steeply carved cliffs on Vesta. These features are not expected in an impact scenario. The visual evidence also reveals long canyons and furrows, some of which are ten kilometers wide, cut into the equator. A closer examination shows that those trenches (no matter what size) are chains of craters.
Asteroid formation does not require that one object smash into another one for there to be craters. Electric arcs can scoop out material, accelerate it into space, and leave behind deep pits. They tend not to disturb the surroundings, so they are used in industrial applications to finely machine metal parts. Based on laboratory analysis, that is what has occurred on Vesta: spark discharge erosion.
Planetary scientists ignore electrical explanations, which rectify the anomalies in other theories, because they know almost nothing about plasma and electric charge movement in space. Electricity can create the very things they are sending out probes to study.
By Wawmeesh Hamilton September 20th, 2011 Find Article Here:-
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CIFA) has deemed fish tested in the wake of the Japan nuclear disaster as radiation free, but will not divulge where samples were taken from.
According to the CFIA, results from 12 fish samples showed minimal detectable levels of the radioactive particles Cesium -134 and Cesium -137. The results are below Health Canada’s “actionable levels,” said CFIA spokesperson Mark Clarke. The CFIA released the results of its tests on Friday, September 16.
West Coast salmon migration routes are near waters that are feared contaminated with radioactive fallout from the nuclear reactor that was damaged by the earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan last spring. The agency did not answer repeated questions about where the samples were taken from in B.C., saying only that they were came from various processing stations.
The testing was done just as a precaution, authorities said. They had not expected to find anything. They waited till now because, although the twin disasters happened in March, the fish did not return to spawn until now.
Stó:lō Tribal Council fisheries advisor Ernie Crey said he is puzzled at the agency’s reticence about where the fish were taken from.
“It’s this kind of response from government officials that give rise to suspicion among Canadians,” Crey told Indian Country Today Media Network. “There is simply no good reason to withhold this information from the public.”
Testers could have picked the fish up from a processing plant, caught them on a recreational fishing charter or bought them from a commercial boat, Crey said.
CFIA will continue to monitor the situation in Japan and assess impacts on Canada’s food supply. But “no additional testing is planned,” CFIA spokesperson Alice d’Anjou said.
Fish continue to migrate through waters affected by the reactor disaster, Crey said. Therefore salmon testing should be longitudinal, he said. If long-term testing isn’t carried out and something is found later, then there could be consequences from the top down, he added.
Crey recalled Canada’s 1985 ‘Tuna-gate’ scandal, in which tuna found by officials to be unfit for human consumption was later given political assent to be sold.
“The minister and likely several people down the line lost their jobs over that,” Crey said. “Those are the kind of consequences that current and future politicians responsible for public health can expect over this if something is found down the road.”
September 8th, 2011 Author: Emily Louise Church Source: 9/11 Truth News
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Over 60,000 people took part in this event .
It was the largest demonstration in Japan for over 50 years .
September 19, 2011 – JAPAN – Typhoon Roke is forecast to strike Japan at about 19:00 GMT on 20 September. Data supplied by theUS Navy and Air Force Joint Typhoon Warning Center suggest that the point of landfall will benear33.1 N,135.2 E.Roke is expected to bring 1-minute maximum sustained winds to the region of around120 km/h (74 mph).Wind gusts in the area maybe considerably higher. According to the Saffir-Simpson damage scale the potential property damage and flooding from a storm of Roke’s strength (category 1) at landfall includes:
•Storm surge generally 1.2-1.5 metres (4-5 feet) above normal.
•No real damage to building structures.
•Damage primarily to unanchored mobile homes, shrubbery, and trees.
•Some damage to poorly constructed signs.
•Some coastal road flooding and minor pier damage.
There is also the potential for flooding further inland due to heavy rain. The information above is provided for guidance only and should not be used to make life or death decisions or decisions relating to property. Anyone in the region who is concerned for their personal safety or property should contact their official national weather agency or warning centre for advice. –Alert Net