Health Care


I await the outrage:

Hundreds of GPs are administering second Covid jabs just three weeks after the first in defiance of NHS advice, triggering a rebuke from the UK’s vaccines authority.

The rollout of second doses up to nine weeks earlier than official guidance – as well as instances of vaccines distributed to 16- and 17-year-olds – has prompted concern over a postcode lottery in access to protection against coronavirus.

6 months back we were all told that first doses first was a terrible idea because the vaccines had been tested using a 3 week gap. The move to a 12 week gap – an entirely pragmatic one, designed to get some protection to many in the face of shortages – was decried by the usual suspects.

So, who wants to bet on the reverse ferret where using the vaccines as they were actually tested is now decried?

First Nations school deaths

An interesting question here.

So, those residential boarding schools in Canada. With graves of kids around them. An important subject because the death of a child is an important subject.

At which point an interesting question. What was the death rate?

No, not did children die – because this is, however shattering, something that happens. But how many children? How many compared to the death rate for children on the reservations (I know, they’re not called that in Canada but you know what I mean)? Even, compared to the death rate in the society more generally at that time?

Two hundred years ago child mortality – and yes, that was much more about under ones than school age children but still – was horrific for everyone. Something largely solved by drains. It’s still horrific in some parts of the world.

It’s Sowell’s question all over again. “Compared to what?”

The death rate at those schools was what and compared to what?

That third wave

This little corner of Portugal has gone backwards. Bars close early, at lunchtime on weekends. The primary schools are now closed again.

A certain amount of performance theatre stuff here. However. We also have news today that while cases in the UK are rising hospitalisations aren’t. Which puts those claims that Boris et al have handled vaccinations badly into focus. That is, if Britain is doing vastly better than other paces then what does that say about relative performances?

Well, no, not exactly

Countries like Australia and the United Kingdom have independent boards that evaluate a new drug’s effectiveness and set a price based on that estimated value.

Actually, they set the amount they’re willing to pay. And sometimes they don’t get the drug therefore. For the price is still negotiated, even if one offer is set……

Somehow just very English

Or, as we might also put it, mad. So:

Fellow climbers knew him as Long John Silvester on account of his bedraggled hair, wonky teeth and gangly frame – brought about by Marfan syndrome, a genetic disorder that contributed to his weak heart and weaker kidneys.

Marfan, eh? So, what do the doctors say about that?

Physical activity
The American Heart Association made the following recommendations for people with Marfan syndrome with no or mild aortic dilation:[48]

Probably permissible activities: bowling, golf, skating (but not ice hockey), snorkeling, brisk walking, treadmill, stationary biking, modest hiking, and doubles tennis.
Intermediate risk: basketball (both full- and half-court), racquetball, squash, running (sprinting and jogging), skiing (downhill and cross-country), soccer, singles tennis, touch (flag) football, baseball, softball, biking, lap swimming, motorcycling, and horseback riding.
High risk: bodybuilding, weightlifting (non-free and free weights), ice hockey, rock climbing, windsurfing, surfing, and scuba diving.

Hmm. So he then goes and spends his life climbing the Himalayas then paragliding over them.

Nothing quite like screaming “Fuck You!” at a genetic disability, is there?

How Glorious.

This is not in fact true

There’s also the question of what is causing the decline in sperm counts. If we take seriously the idea that environmental pollutants are hostile to sperm production, we would expect to see the starkest declines among men living in the most polluted environments. It is well established that the global poor – ie those predominantly (but not exclusively) living in the “other” countries – bear the greatest burdens of environmental pollution. Yet the authors and the media have instead jumped to frame the crisis as one facing “western” men; what is ignored is the fact that the study’s data was insufficient to draw any conclusions for men in the “other” category.

Depends which pollutant.

That’s just simple logic.

Here it’s important too. What’s the most likely pollutant that would affect sperm levels? Endocrine disruptors. What’s the biggest source? Women pissing the remains of the pill into the then reprocessed water supply. Where’s this load likely to be highest? In the rich western countries.

Not saying that’s definitively right – just that the logic being used above ain’t right either.

Amusingly late to the party

The root cause of pandemics – the destruction of nature – is being ignored, scientists have warned.

The argument then going on to be well, everyone should spend tens of billions $ the way we want.

Except the pandemic wasn’t caused by the violation of nature, was it? Rather. the violation of good sense….meaning that the answer is to stop humans being stupid, a much more difficult task.

And why not?

Where is the Marshall Plan for the NHS?
The non-Covid healthcare crisis calls for radical steps to save lives and ensure the system is fit for purpose

Sounds good to me, let’s get the Americans to invest in it all.

An excellent idea and yet……

Can’t help thinking that they’re missing a trick here. The basic idea is excellent:

Sanitary towels and tampons that turn pink if a woman has thrush are being developed by scientists in India.

There are all sorts of infections that attack the lady bits. Warm, moist – well, except for certain hellions of course – etc, bugs love it.

“Through this technology, we have shown that everyday personal products such as sanitary pads and tampons can be transformed into simple yet effective analytical devices rather economically,” Dr Mani said.

“Possible variations of the technology could see all manner of diseases being tested through these devices.

“Our own lab is working on integrating a multimodal testing system onto sanitary pads and tampons which could test for numerous pathogens/biomarkers for a myriad of urinary tract infections simultaneously.

“It’ll essentially be a one-stop-shop for most of your testing needs and will return significant autonomy to disenfranchised women who may not have access to traditional testing either due to low resources or social taboos.

“In its final form, we envisage the product being used just as any other sanitary pad or tampon but with the added benefit of indicating if there is an infection present.”

Can’t fault the idea.

It’s just the colour that worries. The normal discharge is red, pink just seems a bit close to that for a diagnostic test. Why not blue? Or green, or orange, or summat?

Ah, unions eh?

Doctors hit back at NHS bosses over orders to see patients face-to-face

The particular joy being:

The BMA said the change by health officials was “tone deaf”, suggesting it had been issued in reaction to media coverage “rather than based on the needs of the profession”.

They don’t even bother to fake a concern for the needs of patients, do they?

Given? Really, given?

Non-NHS healthcare providers given £96bn in a decade, says Labour
Exclusive: Analysis reveals amount of money flowing to for-profit firms, voluntary groups and not-for-profits

It might be they’ve charged that much for services rendered but we don’t normally think of that as “given” do we?

Further, as that’s well under 10% of the NHS budget it’s not enough.

Guess what?

Thousands of UK doctors are planning to quit the NHS after the Covid pandemic because they are exhausted by their workloads and worried about their mental health, a survey has revealed.

Almost one in three may retire early while a quarter are considering taking a career break and a fifth are weighing up quitting the health service to do something else.

They didn’t ask about those taxes on pensions pots. We do actually know this is a problem, we really are over the Laffer Curve peak here.

Wonder why they didn’t ask? Maybe because we do actually know this is a problem, we really are over the Laffer Curve peak here?

Can we have bids for the NHS please?

Boris Johnson’s government has been accused of corruption, privatising the NHS by stealth, operating a “chumocracy” and mishandling the pandemic and climate crisis, by Sir David King, a former government chief scientist.

“I am extremely worried about the handling of the coronavirus pandemic, about the processes by which public money has been distributed to private sector companies without due process,” he told the Guardian in an interview. “It really smells of corruption.”

Who in buggery would buy it?

Given that, you know, it loses £150 billion a year?

Now, the idea that someone should be paid to do the operations is out there. But why is paying Circle or someone to do a hip replacement rather than some NHS team to do it selling off the NHS? It’s still health care treatment free at the point of use…..

Well, doesn’t this disprove PHE?

Public Health England insists that we’ve an epidemic of child obesity:

A software mistake caused a Tui flight to take off heavier than expected as female passengers using the title “Miss” were classified as children, an investigation has found.

The departure from Birmingham airport to Majorca with 187 passengers on board was described as a “serious incident” by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB).

Apparently not then. For if all were given that obese weight then this wouldn’t have happened, would it?

They want to kill us all

The new abouttobeOAP compuslory morning exercise centres will be alongside the A1, A2, A3 and A4…….for London. Other areas we’ll get to.

Someone having grasped that post-retirement and soon after it death makes the government a fortune.

This is amusing

Med3000 was originally the placebo used in a clinical trial of another of Futura’s erectile dysfunction gels, which scientists had been working on for more than a decade. That gel failed in the study, whereas the dummy treatment, Med3000, yielded “statistically significant and clinically meaningful” improvements. Futura decided to focus its efforts on the placebo gel instead.

The placebo worked better than the drug under trial……