Blood Sweat and Profits – marketisation of the blood service

A couple of weeks before Christmas Little Nicky Machiavelli brought to your attention the scandal that is going on in the National Blood Service under the guise of reorganisation. Market driven policies are being introduced, regional blood banks are to be closed in favour of a centralised service. Cost cutting is given as the justification, the consequences of delaying emergency surgery on an accident victim because blood products have to be transported a couple of hundred miles on our gridlocked motorways are not even considered.

If you think this is wrong and want to help you can get involved on Monday Jan 7th. Here’s how.

How can you help: We are calling a co-ordinated phone blockade about the proposed NBS cuts to coincide with the return of parliament on 7th January.

Please telephone, fax or email the UK Health Minister outlining your concerns about the cuts to the National Blood Service. Help tie down his phone and fax machine on January the 7th and help us make an impact.

Alan Johnson MP

Phone:-
0207 219 1305
0207 219 6637
01482 219211

Fax:-
01482 219211
0207 219 5856

Email:-
windlet@parliament.uk
johnsona@parliament.uk

This blog will bring more news of the campaign and info about how you can support it. Follow our tag link to blood shown below for web sites dedicated to this cause.

Is The Blood Bank Run By Northern Rock?

Little Nicky tries to avoid stress, my oversized adrenal glands can cause a lot of trouble, especially when something makes me so angry I start going green. This mail I received from a contact at facebook made me so angry I went very bright green. So will you too when you read it.

This meddling with the Blood Transfusion Service can only mean one thing, the morons are thinking of privatising the blood transfusion service. So successful was the business of buying and selling blood in America, it contributed to the spread of the HIV and HEP C viruses.

This of course made millions of people customers for life of the pharmaceuticals manufacturers. Isn’t free enterprise wonderful?

I hope many of my readers will want to support this campaign and the people behind it who cannot be named because of the fascistic attitude of NHS management to workers who tell the truth about what is being done to OUR health service by the self serving “managers” who run the service providing sections. Contact the campiagn here or use any on the links in the article below to find out how you can support the campaigns nationally or locally.

Your life could depend on this. Over to my anonymous informant.

Dear campaign supporter

The Save Our Blood Service facebook group has gathered a massive number of members and is growing all the time. We have a paper petition with 7000 signatures from around the West Mids which we will be presenting to the council (and getting the media to cover) very soon. We are also contacting patient groups around the country.

* We are now asking for your valuable help with a quick and easy action that you can all do, to build mounting pressure on the Board of Directors not to reduce local processing and testing labs.

The NBS Board is appointed by the Health Minister and is ultimately responsible to the government. We need volunteers to email councillors in the affected cities telling them you are opposed to the NBS cuts and expressing your anger. This is not glamorous, but it will build pressure on local councils to adopt stances against the closure, which is strategically vital for the campaign at the moment.

* Why is this necessary? Flooding of lazy councillors inboxes with queries about the NBS cuts will make them pay attention and make them more likely to look into the restructuring plans.

The response of Sheffield and Birmingham councils has shown that the board of directors has not bothered to properly inform the local authorities about the mad scheme and what it will mean for the health service. We hope to make the directors sweat by grassing them up and raising the interest in the strategy from their political masters. They don’t think they have to answer to the staff or the public, but they do have to answer to the government!

* The campaign has developed detailed lists of all the local councillors in all of the affected areas to make life easier. You can find the list here:
http://secouncillors.wordpress.com/

(see tabs at the top of the page for different cities/areas) and use them to select who you write to.

* Also to save you time we have a few model/example emails that you can use – see end of message.

We need to do this mass lobby on a massive and co-ordinated scale to
make it properly effective, so we are asking for every supporter of the campaign to make that extra effort. Please take a minute to contact councillors using these templates, and let us know who you have hit, along with any response you get from them, at the campaign email address:
nbs.sos@googlemail.com, so that we can keep tabs on how much volume we are bombarding these guys with.

Thanks for your support!
NBS SOS

Save Our Blood Service blog with many local links
http://nbs-sos.blogspot.com/

Links to NHS campaign groups
http://www.healthemergency.org.uk/linksuk.php

My critics, people such as the boy-scientist Ben Goldacre and his imaginary friends (why make ’em up Benny – boy, are you afraid to face Little Nicky?) will sneer that by not naming my contacts I prove than I am making this stuff up. Nobody will be taken in of course, we all know what happens to NHS whistle-blowers which is why I cannot give a clue to the contact in this instance or the name of my personal whistleblower Dr. Honeybuns who asked me to stir things up for Goldacre for the way he ridicules people who suggest it is far from proven that there is no link between Autism and the MMR virus. Unfortunately he shoots himself in the foot when he fails to mention his main claim to fame is a medical journalism award he won for an article exonerating MMR from any link with autism, was actually funded by one of the main manufacturers of the MMR vaccine.

Little Nicky Machiavelli will keep you updated on this story and others which reveal the rottenness at the heart of the medical profession and the way our leading Doctors profit from their cosy relationships with drug companies.

(Re your earlier threats to sue me Ben, I have not heard from your lawyers yet. Perhaps someone told you I would slaughter you in court)

Do not make the mistake of thinking these criticism apply to all doctors. Most of the profession are honest, hard working and put the interests of their patients first.

Please point all your blog friends to the National Blood Transfusion Service campaign and other crookery in the NHS.
Bloggers can make a difference.