This news story from today:
Prof Mike Kelly, the public health director at Nice, added: “This isn’t about telling individuals to choose salad instead of chips — it’s about making sure that the chips we all enjoy occasionally are as healthy as possible.
“That means making further reductions in the salt, trans fats and saturated fats in the food we eat every day.”
Betty McBride, the director of policy and communications at the British Heart Foundation, said: “Creating an environment that makes healthy choices easy is vital. Government, the health service, industry and individuals must all play their part. We must see industry making major efforts now to reformulate products with less saturated fat.
“Cutting our ‘sat fat’ intake would have a major impact on heart disease.”
Prof Sir Ian Gilmore, president of the Royal College of Physicians, added: “The Nice guidance demonstrates conclusively why we need to change radically our approach to this vast and silent killer.
And this comment, from a thread at Harry’s Place today:
I find it hard to justify the pay rises of about 10% per year, for the last 13 years. Is a GP really worth a cool quarter of a million?
Normally, if a profession is high paying, then more people train to do it, not the case in medicine. The number of doctors trained is controlled by the medical profession, making sure that not enough are trained. This means they are well paid and that we are forced to strip-mine the third world for medics.
On the subject of nurses, making it a graduate entry profession has cost a fortune and actually decreased the length of service time of the profession.
Hospitals are being built and you know, not a single hospital has been built to be cleaned. UK operating theaters still have tiles and cement grouting. These are very difficult to clean and cleaning has to be done manually. Theaters and the wall/floor meeting points of corridors could be made out of stainless steel, which would allow steam cleaning. Hospital furniture could be designed to survive a UV/ozoneolysis chamber, but they are not.
UK hospitals could be air conditioned to stop the spread of infections, as done in the US, but they are not.
All light switches could be touch free, but they are not.
You have more chance of catching a lethal infection in a British hospital than in any other location.
You have more chance of knowing if your MP is fucking his secretary than you have of knowing if your surgeon has a poor performance rating and a higher than average death rate. A bad surgeon in the UK will be allowed to work until he/she does a ’spectacular’ and can then be safely sacked for incompetence; without the hospital risking the BMA kicking the crap out of them.
Some body, some day, will eventually stand up to the BMA and the Quacks; bring pop-corn.
Nagging the working class remains the priority for the middle class Great and Good, however. Who said class warfare is dead?