Setting up the Health Service to fail. Exhausted nurse sums up what many NHS workers think of Jeremy Hunt

David Burke in The Mirror 25th July 2015 , and the Metro carry a link to a video of Nurse Jacqui Berry telling the truth. Jacqui does not realise there is no NHS, and she may not state that health care is covertly rationed, but she speaks from the heart. NHSreality agrees that staff are working weekends.. and the reason that deaths are higher at weekends and in changeover months (August and February) is that there is not a full compliment of staff and back up services available for patients 24 hours, and the changeover August day is in Holiday time. To counter this should need an increase the budget for Health by approximately 1 or 2/7 or 14%, and a move from August/Feb to September/March or October/April for staff training changeover. The Health Services are too big and cumbersome..


Exhausted nurse sums up what many NHS workers think of Jeremy Hunt

An NHS nurse has left a tearful message for health minister Jeremy Hunt the morning after finishing a 14 and a half hour shift.

Jacqui Berry’s eyes well up as she tells how she took inspiration from a fortune cookie with her Chinese takeaway – which she ordered because she was too exhausted to cook.

Her voice wavers as she said: “Yesterday evening I left the hospital an hour and a half late – 14 and half hours after I first arrived. I’m not complaining that happens sometimes, it was a hard day.

“When I got home I didn’t have the time or the energy to make a healthy, nutritious meal so I got a Chinese takeaway.

“Hopefully this pattern doesn’t cause me to develop a costly and complicated long-term condition like diabetes.

“Anyway I got this fortune cookie which read: ‘Sooner or later those who win are those who think they can.

“We have to fight them [Government] and we have to start thinking we can win.”

Mr Hunt has recently come under attack for his plans to enforce seven-day working for NHS staff.

More than 175,000 people have signed a petition calling for him to be sacked or tweeted messages on #ImInWorkJeremy.

Open letters from medics have gone viral on Facebook, including one from 34-year-old Janis Burns.

She blasted the £7,000 MPs’ pay rise and complained many doctors earn less than the £41,000 for managers in coffee chain Pret a Manger.

One furious nurse on £26,000 told Mirror Online of the horrors of an average shift – comforting a dead patient’s wife as she collapsed screaming in hysterics.

And junior doctor Benjamin Carter blasted Jeremy Hunt as a ‘totalitarian Disney villain’, telling him: “My colleagues have children that they only fleetingly see because of work.”

Anti-austerity campaigner Ms Berry added in her message posted on You Tube: “Last week health minister Jeremy Hunt accused of of being a bunch of 9 to 5-ers which is ironic coming from someone heading off for a seven-week break.

“It may surprise the minister to learn that people don’t become critically ill exclusively within office hours

“The truth is we already have seven day working in the NHS it just this government doesn’t want to pay us for it.”

Is there a future for the NHS? Live Debate – The Guardian

Call for public debate on NHS finances post-Budget – NHS …

Medical leaders call for debate on funding NHS in England …

The PFI hospitals costing NHS £2bn every year

NHS drugs to be stamped ‘Funded by the Taxpayer’ to reduce waste

Lydia Wilgress for Mailonline reports 25th July 2015: ‘I’m in work Jeremy… are you?’: Angry doctors take to Twitter to post pictures of themselves on duty after Jeremy Hunt claimed medics weren’t doing enough weekend shifts 

August comes around again – don’t be ill this month

Dont be Ill in August & particularly on the 11/12th …. A reminder that nothing much has changed and how hard it is to make the change

Improving safety needs a “buy in” by professionals. Scapegoating and denial, and causing antagonism are not the way to treat professionals.. but they might start a war.

A new philosophy, what I believe: allow Trust Board members to use the language of rationing in media press releases

Let hospitals go bust, says watchdog – What I believe



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About Roger Burns - retired GP

I am a retired GP and medical educator. I have supported patient participation throughout my career, and my practice, St Thomas; Surgery, has had a longstanding and active Patient Participation Group (PPG). I support the idea of Community Health Councils, although I feel they should be funded at arms length from government. I have taught GP trainees for 30 years, and been a Programme Director for GP training in Pembrokeshire 20 years. I served on the Pembrokeshire LHG and LHB for a total of 10 years. I completed an MBA in 1996, and I along with most others, never had an exit interview from any job in the NHS! I completed an MBA in 1996, and was a runner up for the Adam Smith prize for economy and efficiency in government in that year. This was owing to a suggestion (St Thomas' Mutual) that practices had incentives for saving by being allowed to buy rationed out services in the following year.

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