NHS Discrimination

! This post hasn't been updated in over a year. A lot can change in a year including my opinion and the amount of naughty words I use. There's a good chance that there's something in what's written below that someone will find objectionable. That's fine, if I tried to please everybody all of the time then I'd be a Lib Dem (remember them?) and I'm certainly not one of those. The point is, I'm not the kind of person to try and alter history in case I said something in the past that someone can use against me in the future but just remember that the person I was then isn't the person I am now nor the person I'll be in a year's time.

Two examples of NHS discrimination today …

Discrimination #1

The Welsh Assembly today announced that it is abolishing parking charges in Welsh hospitals.

In Scotland, parking charges in hospitals are capped to £3 per day in the 6% of hospitals that charge for parking and in Northern Ireland only 20% of hospitals charge for parking compared to 92% in England. Twelve hospitals in England make over £1m per year in parking charges.

Discrimination #2

A new inhaler has been developed for asthma sufferers that improves the rate at which the drug is absorbed into the body helping the estimated three quarters of patients who don’t have enough lung capacity to take their inhaler properly … take their inhaler properly.

The Scottish Medical Consortium (SMC) – the public body charged with spending English taxes on the NHS in Scotland – has already approved the new inhaler for use on the NHS but the laughably named National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) won’t make its decision until later this year and if it costs money I think we know what the decision is going to be.

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  1. axel (1214 comments) says:

    At a vague tangent, if Scotland goes independent, will the ‘UK’ still exist?

    If it does’nt, then we will all be out of Europe, which is not neccesarily a bad thing.

    But if does still exist, how can it? When one half of the partnership has gone?

  2. wonkotsane (1133 comments) says:

    It all depends on whether the British government declares England the successor state to the UK or not. If Scotland left there would still be a UK, it would just be the United Kingdom of England, Wales and Northern Ireland. If the union dissolved completely then one nation would normally take on the role of the successor state so that international treaties continued to take effect – a bit like demerging a company, the parent company generally retains the contractual obligations that applied to the whole previously.

    I believe that strictly speaking Wales is part of England as the last act of parliament to explicitly declare the status of Wales that I’m aware of confirmed its annexation to England. Northern Ireland isn’t actually a nation either strictly speaking, it’s a province.

  3. axel (1214 comments) says:

    Wales was conquerred and crushed, pretty much like Cornwall and Northumbria.

    Oki, i was not aware of the concept of ‘successor state’, that seems cool.

    Were the Irish not dealt with in 1801 and some odd union of crowns type thing?

  4. wonkotsane (1133 comments) says:

    Northern Ireland didn’t exist until the Irish Free State was created. It’s never been a country.

    The most recent example of the concept of a successor state was probably Serbia which carried on as Yugoslavia after the break-up.

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