It’s 12:09. Woke with a headache at 7am. 800mg ibuprofen + 1g Paracetamol + 100mg Tramadol and it still hurts the same.
Richard Branson’s company becomes one of the first of many vultures to start picking over the rich, tender flesh of the NHS now that it has been splayed open by the Bill. Telegraph.
Just think how many people will now be able to claim they have been fucked by Richard Branson. On the NHS.
Some very interesting information has come to light following a study which … suggests that it is the ward staff, and not the patients, who play the key role in influencing how much conflict and containment occur on psychiatric wards.
One day someone will take the risky step of talking to staff. Every single nurse knows this. All of them. Without exception. You know exactly what sort of shift you would have – regardless of what might happen – by looking at who you were working with. If you had the right staff then you knew that no matter what happened – from tables being thrown, people being damaged, threats, self-injury – all would either be calm or antagonistic. It wasn’t rocket science. Go into ANY psych ward and ask the staff who they don’t like working with and they will tell you. It has nothing to do with whose fingerprints are missing from the kettle at shift end and everything to do with how that person interacts with patients.
One staff member can create trouble and the patients pay for that as do the staff. There is no need for it. Patients are not there for amusement or trouble to help pass the shift yet some staff would think they are – and no-one likes them. You can even ask the patients which staff they don’t like and again you will have the same people named.
Student nurses know this. Managers know it. Domestic staff know it. But someone just funded someone a stack of money to basically say that water is wet.
Look at it this way: who has control on a ward? It is they who decide – sometimes minute by minute – what goes on and how the outcome will be determined.
New insight into acute inpatient psychiatric care | Mental Healthy.
Somnolence – a state of near-sleep, a strong desire for sleep – is horrible. Sitting here barely able to function when all I want to do is lie down and close my heavy eyes to sleep.
In other news last night I ate Christmas pudding with ice-cream and it was lovely. If I still used Twitter I’d have posted that.
These two facts are not related.
Testicular zap ‘may stop sperm’ BBC News
Well it would if you applied it at the right time. Totally spoil the mood it would.
“The answer is not what can we do to prevent deaths because of a lack of health insurance. There’s?—?I reject that number completely, that people die in America because of lack of health insurance,” Santorum said to a crowd of 100. Link
It’s bad enough that a Presidential candidate says that, it’s worse if he believes it and it’s truly amazing that many people in the USA actually believe that. Sorry – that’s “many people who have good health insurance and don’t really have a clue”. Santorum and Romney look very scary from here both for the USA and the rest of the world. George W Bush did enough damage with the “God told me it was the right thing to do” approach and both these guys fit that mould perfectly. Isn’t it strange that the USA condemns so many other countries and faiths for their fundamentalism yet they are way more extreme in their views. I firmly believe that the words ‘health’ and ‘making a profit’ should never be acquainted. I was there when the Tories brought in NHS Trusts and I saw the way budget cuts impacted our Learning Disability service. But to say what he did beggars belief.
Additionally: 10 things you didn’t know about Rick Santorum…