I've been reading Rachel Clarke's book over the last few evenings and this is what has inspired me to ramble on the blog today. The mixture of humanity, sharp analysis and reasoned argument makes Rachel's excellent book absolutely essential for anyone interested in medicine, the NHS or healthcare. The way in which the government have ignored precisely this kind of incisive intelligence sums
From their very inception I was concerned at the implications of that wonderful, so they said, innovation; the ASBO. Having to impose such I did my judicial duty but without enthusiasm. ASBO was but the first of many so called exclusion notices. For the last ten years constables have had the authority to issue a written exclusion notice to anyone considered to represent a "risk of disorder", even if they are not drunk or have committed no offence. The aim is to enable the police to stop violence escalating by immediately removing potential troublemakers from the scene. As a matter of interest David Davis, the shadow home secretary at the time, said the Conservatives would consider backing the proposals but said Labour "has form for making headline-grabbing announcements only to fail to follow them up"; another politician`s words coming back to haunt him.......as if they care; it`s happening all the time. Soon to follow was the CRASBO; criminal anti-social behaviour order. I sat on the very first hearing in this...
More than 400 patients have been helped by a lifesaving partnership between ambulance staff and firefighters in Norfolk.
A pilot project between the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) and Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) to help the most critically ill patients started on 18th July 2016.
Since then firefighters have responded to 405 medical emergencies across the county to help save lives when someone is unconscious and not breathing.
Firefighters from Great Yarmouth, Gorleston, King’s Lynn, Norwich, North Walsham, Sheringham and Thetford are dispatched to cardiac arrest calls alongside ambulance staff and volunteers.
Wendy Risdale-Barrs, EEAST Co-responding Regional Lead, said: “These latest figures are a testament to the excellent collaborative work in Norfolk between our emergency services. I would like to pay tribute to everyone for getting behind the scheme since day one which has made a significant impact on the lives of many.
Plumis won in the Home & Bath category. “We are delighted to have been recognized as one of the outstanding products of 2017, alongside a host of other exciting products” said Design Director, Yusuf Muhammad.
A man from Whitley Bay who rescued a pensioner from his burning home last month has been honoured for his bravery. Paul JARVIS, 63 came to Fire Service HQ today, Monday July 17 to receive the thanks of Tyne & Wear Fire Authority for his actions on 16th June. Mr Jarvis, a retired builder was driving along Hillheads Road in Whitley Bay on his way home after work, when he noticed a fire visible inside the property, with dense fire gases coming from a first floor window. He parked up and ran to the house, entered through the front door and discovered a fire in the hallway. As he went through to the kitchen he found the 84-year-old occupant in a confused and disorientated state from the effects of smoke inhalation. Paul led the pensioner out of the property to safety, fire crews then quickly arrived and the victim received medical treatment for smoke and burns to his left leg. Mr Jarvis was given oxygen for the effects of smoke. He also looked after the pensioner's pet dog for a time until it...
FIREFIGHTERS are asking residents to take care with electrical appliances after two house fires in one day caused by heaters.
On Friday, July 14, crews were called to Pryce Avenue, Wigan, at 8.41am then another crew were called to Count Street, Rochdale, at 2pm.
On both occasions the fires are believed to have been started accidentally by portable heaters setting fire to furniture close by.
Fire investigators found that the tragic fire that killed a mother and her three children in Bolton on Saturday, July 8 was also likely to have been caused by a heater that was accidentally switched on.
Officers from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service and Greater Manchester Police carried out a joint investigation in Rosamond Street and it is believed that the fire was caused accidentally by a halogen heater in the living room at the front of the house.
Chair of the Fire Committee, Cllr David Acton, said: “GMFRS has seen a number of fire recently that appear to have been caused by heaters, including the terribly...
Did I mention I’d been to France?! … see above! We arrived home late last night and now have a recovery day before the harsh reality of work, first thing in the morning! I had a very interesting experience once I’d arrived at Calais until disembarkment because of a discussion on social media which I found too interesting to ignore and which arose from the lack of beds to allow for an urgent admission to hospital. An AMHP found themselves in an invidious, albeit increasingly common position over the weekend following a Mental Health Act assessment after the police use of section 136. The lead doctor in the assessment was unable to provide a PICU bed to allow the AMHP to complete their legal application to a psychiatric intensive care unit so, after various escalations to NHS managers and no doubt a considerable amount of frustration by all involved, the man was released, his 72hrs assessment period having expired. This happened notwithstanding the AMHP describing the man as a “high risk to others” … and that there...
You are, by definition, all senior Police Officers, yet you seem to have lost touch with the fine officers that form the Front Line.
As you are obviously aware, when the Conservative-led coalition came to power in 2010 there were 142,363 Police Officers in England and Wales, excluding BTP, or 145,015 if you include BTP. The next set of government statistics are due for release on 20th July, but the last set, up to end of September 2016, shows that there were 122,859 Officers, excluding BTP, or 126,252 including BTP. I expect that figure to have fallen again when the latest levels are revealed.
Every one of your members has worked your way up from lowly Constable to Chief Constable or Commissioner. Every last one of you.
Collectively, and individually, you KNOW what the Front Line has gone through in the last seven years, you have been there.
Of the 122,859 officers left in England and Wales, 121,167 are what I would call ‘Front Line”‘, Constables, Sergeants and Inspectors. Anybody above the rank of Inspector...
The statement addresses reports of responders suffering overdose from handling or being in proximity to these opioids. Hopefully, this joint statement will help reduce some of the concern and hysteria caused by these stories, and prevent unnecessary delays in treating critical patients without endangering responders.
The statement reads:
“To date, we have not seen reports of emergency responders developing signs or symptoms consistent with opioid toxicity from incidental contact with opioids. Incidental dermal absorption is unlikely to cause opioid toxicity. Reports of emergency responders developing symptoms after contact with these substances have described nonspecific findings such as...
It would seem that MOJ has decided that more Justices of the Peace need to be appointed. The article in this local newspaper is one of many similar I have read over the last few months. What does strike me, however, is the quote of a new magistrate when commenting on a decision of custody, "There were long discussions about whether it was the right thing to do, what purpose it would serve and the impact on both the defendant, and of course the wider community and the victim".
He does not mention Guidelines or public protection except for "impact". I also consider it questionable if "the right thing to do" is part of a structured sentencing exercise. As far as I am aware the victims` considerations should not inform sentencing. But then having been appointed 20 years ago my attitudes, training and experience might now be considered anti deluvian if I were still active.