Archive | March 15, 2012

U.K: The Death of the National Health Service

U.K: The Death of the National Health Service

 

From Sam, Antonia, Alex, Alice, Jamie, Ricken and the rest of the Avaaz team

Public outrage is gripping the country as the Prime Minister persists with a bill that would dismantle the NHS and open the field to private companies. The government refuses to publish its internal report on the risks of the reforms, one reason among many why thousands of health professionals and many politicians oppose the changes. If we now build a massive outcry we can sway our last line of defence — the House of Lords — to save the NHS.

Let’s call on the undecided members in the House of Lords to keep the knives off our NHS and ensure we can all read the official risk report — sign here and circulate. Our voices will ramp up the pressure as we deliver our petition when we reach key milestones between now and Monday:

The coalition promised no top-down reorganisation of the National Health Service. Yet it’s brought in a bill that threatens to turn large chunks of the NHS over on a plate to private health care companies and cost-cutting consultants, threatening a tidal wave of privatisation that will leave our health system expensive and fragmented, with many of us getting only low-quality care. Citizens are outraged — according to the latest polls, over half of us want the new bill to be scrapped.

Public opposition has already delayed the bill and forced several amendments, but the government is refusing to halt the reforms, wrongly insisting that opponents are just a minority group of disgruntled health care professionals and political opponents. The fight for the NHS now depends on the 200 members of the House of Lords who don’t belong to a political party. They aren’t used to public scrutiny, so if we target them now, we can win and ensure that any reforms of our precious health service are done in concert with health professionals and patients.

We only have until Monday to tip the balance. The recommendation to delay the debate until after the risk register has been released will throw the NHS a lifeline and allow us all to see the likely impact of this bill. Sign the petition, and send widely.

http://www.avaaz.org/en/last_chance_to_save_the_nhs/?vl

Britain is proud of the NHS, which has saved countless lives and won admirers across the world. Let’s act now and ensure our health care system stays free for all.

More information:

NHS reforms: Lib Dem divisions resurface as bill returns to parliament http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/mar/13/nhs-reforms-lib-dem-divisions?newsfeed=true

Time is running out to save the NHS http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/time-is-running-out-to-help-the-nhs-760964

NHS costs soar as GPs focus on health reforms http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/mar/12/nhs-reform-gps-too-busy?

Cabinet ‘revolts against health reforms’ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/9073613/Cabinet-revolts-against-health-reforms.html

Cameron should scrap NHS bill and drop Lansley, says influential Tory blog (The Guardian) http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/feb/10/cameron-scrap-nhs-bill-lansley

NHS Reforms: More Than Half Of Voters Want To See Changes Dropped (Huffington Post) http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/02/21/nhs-reforms-voters-poll-dropped-health-and-social-care-bill_n_1289969.html?ref=uk

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Cancer Causing Cell Phones

Cancer Causing Cell Phones

 

From Alexandra Bruce

 

In 1993, when the cell phone industry’s chief lobbyist hired epidemiologist and pathologist Carlo to refute claims that cell phones — which had never been subjected to pre-market testing — cause cancer, no one thought he would discover otherwise.

But after six years of exhaustive analysis and peer review, the results proved, according to this report, that radiation from a cell phone’s antenna can cause the formation of micronuclei red flags for cancer in the brain. Children, in particular are more susceptible to the radiation than adults.


“Visit any public building, college classroom, courthouse or commuter train and look around: You’ll see people using not just wireless phones but also wireless laptop computers and miniature palm tops [SmartPhones],” write Carlo and Schram. “What you won’t see are the microwaves that are criss-crossing a confined space where a number of people who are not even using these instruments are bombarded by these waves.”

It sounds creepy. And Carlo, an epidemiologist who once oversaw a multimillion-dollar research project on health for the cellular industry, believes the news is not good: there may be a link between cell phone use and brain tumors. The research is not conclusive, but Carlo and Schram think it’s disturbing enough to warrant government action. Needless to say, the industry that once backed Carlo’s work now considers him persona non grata.

Due largely to Carlo’s co-authorship, Cell Phones is unavoidably a one-sided story. Key business figures didn’t agree to interviews. In fact, this might have been a better book if it were written by Schram, with Carlo as one of several major characters rather than a collaborator. Then again, it would lack the passionate advocacy that will draw many readers to it. And even the most skeptical may want to take a few of the simple safety precautions the authors recommend in a concluding chapter, such as wearing a headset or earpiece when using a cell phone, in order to keep a distance from the radiation-emitting antennae.

One look at the x-ray photos reproduced in the book, which show how radiation easily penetrates skulls, will give even the most impervious observer second thoughts. One thing is probably certain: This book is a harbinger of litigation. If Carlo and Schram are correct about their concerns, the cellular industry–as unbelievable as it sounds–may go the way of Big Tobacco.

–John J. Miller (This text refers to the Hardcover edition).

From Publisher’s Weekly review of ‘Cell Phones: Invisible Hazards in the Wireless Age: An Insider’s Alarming Discoveries About Cancer and Genetic Damage’:

In 1993, when the cell phone industry’s chief lobbyist hired epidemiologist and pathologist Carlo to refute claims that cell phones — which had never been subjected to pre-market testing — cause cancer, no one thought he would discover otherwise.

But after six years of exhaustive analysis and scrupulous peer review, the results proved, according to this report, that radiation from a cell phone’s antenna can cause the formation of micronuclei red flags for cancer in the brain. Children, in particular are more susceptible to the radiation than adults.

Carlo reported his findings to the industry and the FDA and advocated for continued research, but both parties still maintain that cell phones are safe. Here, Carlo and syndicated columnist Schram retrace Carlo’s scientific undertaking and what they cast as a sinister web of corporate greed and masterful PR “spin” that choked his efforts.

Schram provides the primary narrative, with Carlo’s insights and recollections scattered throughout, a format that grows repetitive. Despite the captivating story, many consumers won’t want to slog through the detailed scientific explanations to get to the bottom-line safety recommendations.

Journalists, policymakers and consumer advocacy groups, however, will find this no-holds-barred book extraordinarily informative as they continue investigations of the industry. Agent, Ronald L. Goldfarb.

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