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Where is the Health Minister

onebigvoice Scope Member Posts: 741 Pioneering
I try to keep up with what is going on but can any one tell me who or where is the Health Minister.
  Since the latest reshuffle I don't know who does what any more?
We know or supposed to know that the government changes as for the best, but for who?  If we are going to get any improvements the first thing I have noticed is that we are being not allowed to represent our cases to the DWP.  You can have a MR and FOI but the Decision Maker still seems to call the shots.  Three cases brought back to a Tribunal have not even started.  The DWP have stated that they made a better offer so the case is lapsed?  If I ask for an MR or FOI to support my claim what right has a decision maker to lapse the case where things have been altered or not shown in the first decision.  It's become a spend on a presenting officer to attend if we can get that far and then weeks or months later, after being left in silence say they cannot do any more so the case was closed?
  There is no accountability from either the Assessment company or the DWP.
As I have stated since my friend and Terminal Cancer Patient died in June this year, the DWP have not resolved the claim to pay the back pay they owed to his children?  I rang them a month ago to have them tell me that when he died his claim stopped?  They did not even send a letter to his parents or to explain why it took over two years to even start his claim.
  Do you still think we don't need a Health Minister?  Here in Wales Mark Drakeford is stepping down and our Health Minister states its not up to here every thing is done from London, so if we don't have a minister in London and the one in Wales won't do anything, where does that leave us?  


  • Geoark
    Geoark Community member Posts: 1,463 Disability Gamechanger
    The Health Secretary is Victoria Atkins. As parliament is currently not open she is probably either working on her remit, which is not the DWP, or taking a break.

    Considering the state of the NHS, yes.

    As an individual I stood alone.
    As a member of a group I did things.
    As part of a community I helped to create change!

  • onebigvoice
    onebigvoice Scope Member Posts: 741 Pioneering
    If this government wanted to fix the NHS or any other company on strike it could do so.
      Its not only about MONEY but working conditions and contracts of employment.  Contracts of employment were altered to take into account teh Pandemic where not only were people told to stay home but were encouraged to nwork from home.  That was then this is now, people lost there loved ones parents and children during the pandemic where people in the NHS when to work knowing that either the person they left the day before may not still be alive or that they stayed in work so as not to INFECT THEIR OWN FAMILY.  Is this how we "level up" and pay these people who lost so much?  Even survivers have traumers of what they went through, would you like to have played Russian Roulette with your life to be rewarded like this? 
      This government should never have been given any control over the NHS and certainly not over the issue of contracts to supply PPE or "guide" this country anywhere but down the drain.  And they can't even do that right with the number of discharges into the rivers and estuaries of raw sewrage still going on.
      Why is the country not up in arms about how long they have waited for the compensation they deserve and firstly stop all CONTRACTUAL JOBS until there is a resolution?  No what the government state is that you have to supply minimum cover when on strike, but they also do not state THAT ALL CONTRACTORS WORKING IN THE NHS ARE ON REDUCED HOURS OR THAT THE CONTRACT IS SUSPENDED, THIS MEANS all,  UNTIL THE USE OF CONTRACTORS INSTEAD OF NHS WORKERS IS RESOLVED.
      If tomorrow the Unions decided to stop all contract workers, and only use NHS staff to do NHS jobs including assessments, what would the government do?
      Revert to the contract of employment that the NHS already have and force the NHS to use Contractors?
    SORRY, Candour states that a contractor must abide by the Main holders of the contractual agreement, which also covers Contractual or third party workers.
      THIS MEANS, all contract work stops tomorrow, all hours worked will revert back to before the Pandemic since they have never renegociated a "new deal" and all the Money making jobs that have been farmed out over the years will be bought back under the NHS Umbrella.
      And that's only starters.  If you want to take 2 YEARS TO RESOLVE AN ISSUE, THEN CARRY ON.  Give back to the NHS what belongs to the NHS, give back to the NHS the working conditions they deserve and hours that are not excessive.  How many hours in a week does a Doctor or NURSE work?  Are those under Health and Safety considered safe to work week after week? remembering they are assessing people that may include life changing decisions.  Would you like to be assessed after a week of patient after patient all shouting at you for treatment or help?  How long would you last?
      I am sorry the country should all be out the front banging there Sauspans and banging doors and windows of every MP in the country every day till they realise WE DO SUPPORT THE NHS IN MORE THAN MONEY, and now its time to put an end to a governmen t that will supply bullets and rockets to other countries but won't stand up and say enough is enough, and either send in forces to saturate the area and clear out what they say is wrong street by street if necessary.
      Are we afraid that the supporters of Hamas will cut off our oil? Gas or Electricity supplies?  When you left Europe what happened then?  We are still here?  Why are, and as much as I support Green Peace, allowed to stop Investment in Britain to become self sufficient yet the very people causing the problem at the summit were allowed to make deals outside to produce even more for use.  Why is Britain hell bent on achieving Zero Carbon by 2030 or what ever other date they want to dream up, yet for instance Free Carrier Bags were given a levey of 5p which is now 10p and 15p was to go to charity to restrict the use of single use bags, now the use for life bags are 25p minimum and the hessian ones are £1.50 to £3.00 each?  Does this go to charity?  The government charge a levey on each bag sold and last year £6.3 MILLION WENT TO A GOOD CAUSE, but what they didn't say was that 406 MILLION carrier bags were sold from 119 retailers taking part?
      Do these ECO warriers realise the amount of Bi-products we get from Fossil Fuels?
    Back to the NHS return what does not belong to the government to the People of Britain and give us back what we are actually paying for an NHS run by the NHS for the People that pay into it not fill there pockets with the best easy, money making bits.     
  • onebigvoice
    onebigvoice Scope Member Posts: 741 Pioneering
    In answer to the above on the news today a Dr Beth Howell's decided to open a Private surgery to help aleviate the strain on the NHS.
      She states that she will give a 20 MINUTE CONSULTATION for £25 which I find strange since why don't the NHS do this?
      This would mean for the Consultation you get on the NHS under the national insurance the NHS c ould charge £75 AN HOUR to the government since the doctors would go back to work if paid the same, Wouldn't they?  Would you?  You also have to realise gthat as doctors in a private clinic, they have to get permission from the claimant to access their medical history, and what happens if the Private Doctor decides that surgery may be needed?  Do they also arrange for private surgery as well or are they just giving a diagnosis for some one else to do the treatment.
      This is not new since Dentists do exactly the same but if work is to expensive for the patient to pay for they are sent to the nearest Dental Hospital.
      It just says if you have some money and you can pay to get a diagnosis early then you will.
    There has been no mention on the news as to what happens if they find something?
  • onebigvoice
    onebigvoice Scope Member Posts: 741 Pioneering
    Well having had to ask again who is on our side in government has given me the same old answers, its not in my remit.  The bit I like is they are not willing to state who's it actually is?
      They can't keep ducking and weaving sooner or later, hopefully sooner, I will get my meeting.
    Only one AM in the senedd and her MP who has had my case for some time has bothered to answer.  So lets give them the the emails that they want to state that the DWP will contact me and see where we go from their.
  • woodbine
    woodbine Community member Posts: 11,642 Disability Gamechanger
    It's a Tory govt. NON of them are on our side, never have been and never will be, they are too busy now preparing themselves of a decade on the opposition benches...imho the only place for them, they have spent 14 years making a right mess of this country and we will not forgive or forget.
    2024 The year of the general election...the time for change is coming 💡

  • onebigvoice
    onebigvoice Scope Member Posts: 741 Pioneering
    Having watched the news in Wales lately about the Pandemic, I stated that it is all right to have the big titles and be paid the big bucks, but sooner or later you're going to have to do something for your "keep"
    QUESTION: Were we prepaired for the pandemic?  As best as we could, we were lead by the government.
    When did Wales think about building the Nightingale Hospitals?  We were about 6 weeks into the pandemic and reralised it would last more than 12 weeks.
    Was any Welsh Minister involved in the sighting of the hospitals?  No, yet they were built in the stadium and the football grounds?  Yes, who gave permission?  We don't know....

      Instead of using HUBS around Cardiff, which were closed down and still are because of Lack of funding they chose both grounds as they said no one will be using them while the pandemic was on.
      But think if they were built at the hubs they could have been used as a respite to help the NHS and the growing list of people awaiting treatment.
      Where is the equipment now?  Sold off, not to the NHS, for next to nothing, who knows to who? 


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