General views around St. Peter's hospital, Chertsey. Main Entrance. GL

Pharmacy chaos at St Peter’s Hospital

I recently spent a spell in St Peter’s Hospital, Chertsey, and was exceedingly impressed by the work, devotion, and expertise of the Health Care Assistants and Nursing, staff. That being said, I experienced and was aware of the pressures on A & E – with many NHS customers lay on uncomfortable trolleys and worryingly waiting for a bed to become available (I prefer the title of ‘customer’ to ‘patient’, because I don’t believe that ill people should be patient when receiving a slow delivery service).

The usual explanation, for what is often described as “bed blocking”, is that many elderly patients are lay in beds in the Hospital Wards, waiting for specialized care in the community provision. There is no doubt that such an explanation is valid and the government needs to provide significantly improved funding for care in the community. Such should enable needy NHS customers to flow more easily from a trolley in A & E to a bed in the Hospital Ward.

That being said, I found via observation and complaint, that a systematic Pharmacy problem, in St Peters Hospital, is significantly contributing to “bed blocking”. This problem resulting in customers being discharged from hospital having to sit on their hospital beds waiting for many hours while Pharmacy sort out their medication so they can go home. For example, I was told the day before that I would be going home tomorrow. Despite such (and being advised that my medication had been sent to Pharmacy early in the AM on the day of leaving) I was waiting sat on my bed from 9am until 6pm for permission to leave. What is more, with a third of the Ward customers being discharged, beds were tied up for hours on end – all waiting for Pharmacy medication. Indeed, this was not an isolated occurrence, there was clear evidence to suggest that the Pharmacy problem occurs many, many, times daily. The net result being that while seriously ill customers lay on trolleys in A & E, those being discharged are frustratingly waiting many hours for their medication to be sorted. Continue reading

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Why You Should Buy Local Food: 10 Reasons


1) Food grown locally tastes far better than imported produce. Yes, some vegetables might look wonky but the flavour they are bursting with surely make up for that. Locally grown food is likely to arrive on your dinner table within a few hours of being picked. The same cannot be said for those strawberries we import from Spain.

2) Not only does it taste better, local food also provides more nutrients. Farmers harvest crops at their peak making sure we get the ripest highest quality food. There is also no need to treat vegetables and fruit with chemicals or wrap them in plastic for days of transportation. Not only would you contribute to a healthier lifestyle, but you would also help the environment whilst at it. Continue reading

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Labour and Brexit …

CorThere is no doubt that Owen Smith establishes a politically appealing argument when he states that there should be a second EU referendum. The logic being, possibly before Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty is invoked, that the people should have a clear picture of what Brexit involves so they can endorse the governments approach (or oppose that approach).

Clearly, with an estimated 65% of Labour Party supporters having voted to remain in the EU – there is some logic to the Owen Smith argument. His stance could certainly persuade some party members to vote for him in the Labour Party leadership contest.

In comparison, Jeremy Corbyn seems more guarded and content with the Labour Party accepting the outcome of the June 2016 EU referendum – albeit that the ‘Vote Leave’ majority of 52-48% is hardly convincing. Many people have put the reluctance of Jeremy Corbyn to advocate the need for a second referendum as being indicative of his lukewarm support for the EU. Continue reading

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Serious implications for the Labour Party …


The recent decision of the National Executive Committee of the Labour Party to suspend ALL Labour Party branches throughout the UK has extremely serious implications for democracy and the Labour Party.

Many activists within the Labour Party see an expansion of local democracy as a vital ingredient. We want to see an expansion of democracy within the workplace, within local communities. We want to see MEP’s being given more democratic powers. We want to see the decentralisation of planning, decision making, etc. We want to see power decentralised.

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Local dictators …


Many people have criticised the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Labour Party for their decision to suspend all UK branches of the Labour Party. Indeed, it has frequently been referred to as indicative of a dictatorship that is undermining democracy and human rights (Article 11 of the ECHR – Freedom of Association).

optionalWhile this NEC suspension of branches prevails, we should be worried about the impact this is having at grass roots level.  This freezing of democracy at the grass roots level is extremely worrying since it has the potential of enabling control by ‘Executive Officers’ – some of whom are enjoying the freedom to operate as ‘local dictators’.

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Labour needs a Westminster Leader.

JCWe all know that Nicola Sturgeon is the Leader of the Scottish Nationalist Party. However, the SNP also have a Westminster Leader in Angus Robertson MP. Logically, the reason for this is because Nicola leads in the Scottish Parliament and does not have a seat in the Westminster Parliament.

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A cautious welcome to Drake Park …

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Drake Park (1) are a set of outline plans to build homes on land adjacent to Field Common Lane, Walton-On-Thames. Those plans were withdrawn and some amended plans (Drake Park 2) have been submitted.

There is no doubt that the proposals to build 1024 homes on land adjacent to Field Common Lane, Walton-On-Thames, is a significant development (Planning number 2016/2217). Initially, one must have concerns that it is to be built on what can be described as ‘green belt land’. However, it can also be described as a ‘former quarry site’ that does not readily provide public access.

As somebody who lives close by, on Field Common Estate, I do understand the reservations that many people may have. That being said, I also recognise that there is a massive shortage of housing and we need to see more houses being built in order to met that housing need. It is also the case that more house building will help improve the economy of our country. Continue reading

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Creating a ‘Hersham Community Council’.


HershamThe electoral Boundary Commission review, requested by Elmbridge Borough Council, has resulted in Hersham being split up. Indeed, significant parts of what was Hersham North and Hersham South, have been moved into nearby Esher or Weybridge. We are left with a smaller Hersham Village ward – but the identity and community of Hersham (as we know it now) is effectively being destroyed.
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‘Labour Yes’ should promote a post-austerity message for Europe.

euAs a pro-European I welcome the formation of a ‘Labour Yes’ campaign group. However, I note that it is being:

“… jointly chaired by Pat Glass, Labour MP for North West Durham, and Phil Wilson, MP for Sedgefield. The group will co-ordinate Labour MPs to speak up in European debates in parliament, make the case in constituencies and reach out to businesses, trade unionists, universities and other organisations who have an interest in Britain’s future position in Europe (Source: The Guardian 14/6/2015) .”

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Let’s make a tenants ‘right to buy’ a human right.


Let’s make a tenants ‘right to buy’ a human right.

The Government seem intent on drafting a British Bill of Rights. Obviously, such a Bill must include freedom of expression, freedom from discrimination etc. Indeed, it seems inevitable that all of the civil rights currently included in the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) can be expected to be included in the British Bill of Rights.

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