The run down to Christmas is underway now as the panic sets in.
My Brother has phoned and we will doing our annual present swap next Saturday. Thats when I know it is almost here.
We have been getting the Motorhome ready, new batteries are in as ray has been doing that today.
Presents are all bought wrapped and I have sent the final posted ones. The cost of postage is so dear nowadays.
We have done well selling the Calenders but we would like to raise more money for The June Hancock Research Charity.
The weather has been very cold and blowy and we now have a new word in the weather forecast. Storm Bomb.
BBC weather presenter Carol Kirkwood said it would be a “wild” day from north Wales northwards, while it would be “blustery” further south.
Explosive cyclogenesis – known colloquially as a “weather bomb” – is when a storm intensifies as the pressure at its centre drops rapidly (by more than 24 millibars in 24 hours).
The storm currently affecting parts of the UK formed in this way.
Speaking from Barra in the Outer Hebrides, Donald MacLeod, coxswain of the island’s lifeboat, said there was rain, hail and “plenty of wind”.
He said the storm had “grown through the night”, adding: “The swell conditions are pretty bad to the west – it’s showing about 14m (45ft).”
Here in the South the wind has died down and we had a sunny but cold day. It allowed us to go shopping for a new TV. We have bought a larger one. I took the dog for a walk while Ray went in and looked at what was going and then I joined him. It looked huge in the shop and after struggling to the and from the car to get it in doors, it doesnt seem that large at all.
Back in the warm again I got on and cooked dinner while Ray set it all up.
A advert that I think saves lives is this one.
Please dont let your love one keep coughing and not visiting a GP to sort it out. This last year we have educated GP’s to what Mesthelioma symptoms are. They have a check list for when a patient presents
themselves to the surgery coughing or breathless.
It might be something so innocent but it could be something naughty.
Asbestos in UK Schools. A quite interesting image from Spencer Solicitors. It is becoming a fight to rid our schools of Asbestos.
It is time the problem is resolved. More than 75 per cent contain asbestos.
Fourteen thousand schools were built after the second world war and
almost all those built before 1975 contain asbestos. Most of the other
schools that were refurbished during this period also contain asbestos.
The materials of greatest concern are those that readily release asbestos
fibres such as asbestos lagging, sprayed asbestos and asbestos insulating
board (AIB), all of which are present in schools. Asbestos is not only found
in lagging in pipes and boiler rooms, it was also sprayed on ceilings and
structural beams or used extensively in the construction of schools in
walls, ceilings, heating baffles, window and door surrounds, with much of
it in locations that are vulnerable to damage by children.
The MRC report assessed lifetime asbestos exposures and estimated the
numbers of asbestos fibres inhaled by a child during their time at school
with the asbestos being in good condition. It concluded that every day,
background asbestos fibre levels in schools are five to five hundred times
greater than outdoor levels. The report stated “Children attending schools
built prior to 1975 are likely to inhale around three million respirable
asbestos fibres … Exposure to asbestos in school may therefore constitute
a significant part of total exposure.”
It was discovered in 1987 that slamming a door just
five times released levels of amosite fibres more than six hundred times
greater than background levels, despite the fact that the AIB panels
around the door appeared to be in good condition. As no warning was
issued to the thousands of other schools with potentially the same
problem, the release of asbestos fibres continued
Committee that a reasonable estimate is that in Britain between 200 and
300 people will die each year of mesothelioma because of their asbestos
exposure experienced as a child at school in the 1960 and 1970s. Over a
twenty year period that means that between 4,000 and 6,000 former
pupils could die. Although asbestos is generally managed better now it is
also older and most of it remains in place, therefore increasing the risk of
fibre release and exposure. So long as the exposures continue, then so
will the deaths.
Inspections carried out over the last five years have found flaws in
asbestos management in a number of schools that have required advice
and enforcement action to be taken. Common faults include a lack of
asbestos awareness and poor standards of training; asbestos
management plans found to be ineffective; confusion over areas of
responsibility; and the less accessible asbestos has frequently not been
identified because of inadequate surveys. A report by the Asbestos
Consultants Association, ATAC, concluded that the systems of asbestos
management in many schools are ineffective and at times dangerous.
They stated: “These are not minor problems that have crept in over
recent years; rather they are fundamental problems that are endemic in
schools in the UK.
I will leave you to continue to read the report but there is a great problem that must be looked at properly.
There is to much talking and not enough sorting and the problem grows and grows
The Saatchi Bill. will be further debated on Friday (December 12) in the Lords. Slowly it moves forward.
Yesterday December 10, 2014 Sarah Wollaston MP was granted leave to hold an adjournment debate on the Medical Innovation Bill.
The Bill team were also invited to meet Dr Wollaston earlier in the week to discuss the Bill. We thank her for that meeting and for requesting the debate.
During the debate Dr Wollaston raised several important points about the Bill, which could formally come to the Commons in early January.
The points revolve around patient safety and scientific rigour – issues which have been raised by senior doctors and lawyers in the House of Lords and which have been discussed with peers in committee and in bilateral meetings with Lord Saatchi, health ministers Earl Howe, George Freeman and Department of Health lawyers and officials.
On the back of these meetings, amendments have been laid which address the issues raised, and they will be further debated on Friday (December 12) in the Lords.
Chief Medical Officer Dame Sally Davies and NHS chief Sir Bruce Keogh, who has inputted into the Bill himself, remain satisfied that the Bill is robust, safe and will enhance, not hinder scientific research.
Summing up in favour of the Bill, Minister George Freeman said:
‘I want to close with some supportive quotes the Bill has received from a number of important people, lest the House should form the view that it is unanimously opposed, which is not the case.
Dame Sally Davies, the chief medical officer, has said:
“I am confident that, with the amendments made in Committee stage, the Bill is safe for patients and has the potential to encourage responsible innovation.”
Sir Bruce Keogh, at NHS England, said:
“Encouraging innovation in medicine and protecting patients are both of vital importance. That is why I am pleased that amendments have been devised to address concerns about patient safety.”
Sir Michael Rawlins, president of the Royal Society of Medicine, said that the Bill will allow responsible innovation and treatment:
“I believe the use of the provisions in the draft Medical Innovation Bill will benefit patients, especially those with rarer diseases, and the furtherance of medical science.”
A letter to The Telegraph from 40 leading medical professionals, including David Walker, professor of paediatric oncology at Nottingham university and Riccardo Audisio, the president of the Association of Cancer Surgery, said the Bill
“legally protects doctors who try out innovative new techniques or drugs on patients when all else has failed. This Bill will protect the patient and nurture the innovator. It will encourage safe medical advancement, while at the same time deterring the maverick, thereby recalibrating the culture of defensive medicine. Finally, it will work with evidence-based medicine and provide new data that will inspire and support new research.”
I hope very much that that is the case and that when the Bill leaves the House of Lords, the vast majority of qualified senior opinion in this field is able to agree with it. It is absolutely our intention to support the Bill’s noble intent to promote medical innovation, but equally our intention is to not undermine in any way the Government’s commitment to patient safety or the duty of care that all clinicians share and owe to their patients.’
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