This Isn’t Unheard of in the United States, Either

At the end of this post, please click the link to an article on The Independent’s site.  It describes how forty-seven prosecutions for sex offenses in the jurisdiction covering England and Wales have been dismissed due to lack of disclosure by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). Defense attorneys were kept in the dark about details that could have helped their clients.  This happens in many countries, including the United States.  We’ll never know how many innocent people have spent time in prison or had their reputations ruined after oversights or corruption interfered with their defense.  Likewise, we’ll never know how many dangerous … Continue reading This Isn’t Unheard of in the United States, Either

Yes, I’m Part English. And Irish. And Welsh. And I Haven’t Traveled.

Please see the link at the end of this post.  It goes to a Mental Floss UK article by James Hunt, explaining something most Americans find confusing. Some of us are sophisticated with our ancestry, and some of us are not.  I blame my lack of sophistication on the fact that I’ve never so much as applied for a passport. Still, I’m learning the dialect used by people in the country where most of my father’s family came from:  England.  The internet helps, when I find a website that’s trusted to post accurate information.  The out-of-print reference book British English A … Continue reading Yes, I’m Part English. And Irish. And Welsh. And I Haven’t Traveled.

Let’s Hope This is as Good as it Sounds

At the end of this post, please find a link to an article posted today on The Guardian’s site. Until recently, Theresa May preferred to avoid saying too much about National Health Service (N.H.S.) England funding because her party was avoiding saying too much.  Pressure from Jeremy Corbyn and quite a few other people — including the general public — may be working, though. Lack of N.H.S. funding has been fatal to some patients.  There’s no way around resolving the problem, especially with baby boomers getting older.  Don’t scapegoat immigrants.  More people are needing more care, regardless. It’s the same in the … Continue reading Let’s Hope This is as Good as it Sounds

Treating Eating Disorders Early

Note:  I am not a mental health professional.  My knowledge of this topic is from personal experience and books for the general reader. I’ve suffered sporadic anorexic episodes since I was a child.  I’m fifty-seven now, and happily, I can say the last two relapses were years apart.  The most recent was in 2015, though, and I don’t know whether the monster will be back anytime in the future. I become ill easily when I stop eating, and I can’t stand being ill.  So, the anorexic stuff has never reached the point where I’ve been admitted to a hospital with … Continue reading Treating Eating Disorders Early

Unacceptable Maternity Hospital Conditions “Improving”

National Health Service maternity hospitals in England are overwhelmed.  Underfunding and a shortage of midwives have resulted in one in four women experiencing labor or childbirth without help from caregivers. There’s a slight improvement in statistical figures since a similar survey was conducted in 2015. Please click the link to read the report on The Guardian’s site by Denis Campbell. https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2018/jan/30/nhs-leaves-one-in-four-mothers-alone-during-labour-or-childbirth?CMP=twt_gu&__twitter_impression=true Continue reading Unacceptable Maternity Hospital Conditions “Improving”

Take Me to Your Leader — Unless She’s in Denial

Please click the link below to read political commentary by Andrew Sparrow at The Guardian.  It includes a video (running time: under two minutes) which should give you an idea of Prime Minister Theresa May’s attitude toward the National Health Service funding crisis in England. If you don’t live in the United Kingdom, you might find Mr. Sparrow’s reference to No. 10 mysterious.  It’s 10 Downing Street, the address of the residence/office of the Prime Minister. What’s this business of a Tory politician suggesting all’s good with the National Health Service in England, using the reasoning that conditions are worse under the Labour … Continue reading Take Me to Your Leader — Unless She’s in Denial

The Financial Strain on N.H.S. Hospitals is Life-Threatening

Last February, Bethany Shipsey died of an apparent overdose of diet pills in the Accident and Emergency Department at Worcestershire Royal Hospital in Worcester, England, U.K.  The Coroner has not yet released a full conclusion to the investigation, but an announcement is expected next month. For years, we’ve heard about the tax burden on the wealthy in the U.K. being eased during the Nineteen-Eighties, as well as the consequences for the general population.  Today, Steve Morris, a journalist with The Guardian, posted a report on the death of a patient last year in an N.H.S. Trust hospital.  It seems likely Bethany Shipsey’s death … Continue reading The Financial Strain on N.H.S. Hospitals is Life-Threatening

N.H.S. Patients Must Wait

I live in the United States, where many of us have admired the National Health Service (N.H.S.) in the United Kingdom (which some of us refer to generically as “England,” although England is only part of the U.K.). I was born in 1960, and as far back as I can remember I heard Americans say, “If we lived in England, we could just get treatment without showing an insurance card or having our family arrive at the hospital with a truckload of cash.” (Clarification: In the early 1980s — yes, the Reagan Years, as incredible as that sounds — a … Continue reading N.H.S. Patients Must Wait