Clap for Boris – Really

Some are asking and disgusted with the left for not Clapping for Boris Johnson I guess they have short memories.

Now I hope he recovers, as I would wish for anyone whether they are Left, Right or Centre as that that is the humanely thing to do, however I stop short of over egging it and whilst I and many did clap for the NHS they were in a different catagory and deserved such praise as this is the NHS that has taken a beating over the past 10 years.

They have had to work under extreme pressure often not being able to offer the operations many need due to Governmental cuts to budgets leading to ward and department closures as well as hospital closures too

They have also cut staffing levels from cleaning to medical professionals and everyone in between but everyone with a job as important as the next and despite this they have carried on to the best of there abilities, that is why they rightly deserved the prasise and why Johnson and any Tory MP for that matter does not as it is not about whether he is ill, and to praise him is to say well done old boy you have done well with the NHS.

Lets not forget this is also the man who wanted Herd Immunity, failed on PPE, failed on Ventilators, failed on testing, that has made the pandemic far worse than it could have been and thinks writing off £13.4 Billion of NHS debt will make it all right when the long term damage that has been done to the NHS will take years to put right as facilities buildings and trained employees cannot happen over night.

So all you on the right get off your high horses as we on the left have long memories and the damage done to one of the worlds best institutions over the past 10 years cannot be cast aside and forgotten it matters and could have made better outcomes of this Covid19 pandemic.

I hope Johnson makes a good recovery, I also hope he has learnt from his first hand experience in one of the UKs top leading hospitals and can get back to work as Prime Minister putting right the errosion of the NHS so we can all enjoy a well funded NHS just as he has as we all have a right to life.

If he can do that then I will only be to pleased to praise him as then it will be justified but I am not holding out HOPE.

Open Letter to Piers Morgan

Dear Piers

I will be the first to admit I have not be a great supporter of you and disagreed with much you stood for, however having said that praise where it is due and your speaking out in support of the NHS has to be commended.

I have supported the NHS for as long as I can remember and that ramped up from 2012 going on the demo’s that was organised against the cutbacks imposed by this Govt and I did not see you supporting them then, but then you were not the only media reporter/celebrity not to do so which is a shame really on how press and broadcast media has portrayed the cutbacks and supporting everything the Tories have done.

Had walk-in centres, wards, medical professionals, nursing bursaries etc etc not been cut to the bone we would have been in a far better position to take on this #COVID19 Pandemic, that I have no doubt and that is reflected in the lose of life we are seeing.

As I say I do prasie you now for the stance you are showing in calling out the wrongs, however that must not end when the pandemic ends you must raise the batten and carry on promoting the good of the NHS and bring press, media and celebrities on board with you and be the NHS shining light for a well funded NHS for all and free at the point of need, the NHS deserves that now and in the future no longer should it be subject to the highest price by the likes of trump but cherished by us all for us all including you.

If you can do this then you have my support.

Kindest Regards

Leon Carter @leonc1963

We MUST Debunk DWPs lame duck excuses

I don’t know about you but I am sick and tired of hearing the DWPs lame duck excuse that underlines every tragic case that gets to the press.

Here is a classic one:

The DWP said: “We are absolutely committed to ensuring people receive the support they are entitled to.

“That is why assessments are carried out by qualified health professionals and we continue to work with them to ensure quality is continuously improving.

Now whilst we do not doubt they are professionals, it is a broad term and most come from the NHS anyway, but that DOES NOT MEAN they are professional in the health condition you have and can indeed be unprofessional in the health conditions they are assessing with only the guideance they are given by the contractors which in most cases don’t cut it and are not geared to understanding as the concensus is and always has been to cut the level of support.

Let me give you a lived example, I am an SAH Stroke survivor since 1990 with many disabilities arising from that event both physical and mental indeed one could say given the length of time they are life long and indeed after much of a fight that is the award I got ongoing for 10 years with an (LTR) light touch review but my god did I have to fight all the way to Tribunal

I am also since August 2018 a Stoma Bag wearer due to SCC Bladder Cancer so due to the SAH Stroke have additional issues over and above a person with two good hands in changing that bag etc.

Now getting back to the main gripes of this post I was assessed by a Paramedic now I have no doubt he was professional in that field of emergency medial care and first response however he had no experience whatsoever in both living with SAH Stroke and its ongoing care or living with a stoma bag so how could he assess me on those issues? but he did and thus why the PA4 Medical report was fit for the bin and which I manage to do with more needless and endless work debunking everything it said which by the way was not much and missed out much of what I and my good wife had said indeed it was full of one liners.

I had to do a bureaucratic (MR) Mandatory Reconsideration that is there purely to frustrate the appeals process in the hope I would give up and go away which came back as a no change award of zero mobility points to get to the gateway of Tribunal.

But got there I did and was overturned in just 3 weeks!

All that stress for what? to try and disprove the obvious and then to save face the DWP come out with these quotes designed to MISLEAD the public that everything is going swimmingly well and in the meantime citizens are dying.

WE CAN ALL BE PROFESSIONALS IN OUR PARTICULAR FIELDS BUT THAT DOES NOT MEAN THAT PROFESSIONALISM TRANSFERS TO SOMETHING WE HAVE NO EXPERIENCE IN AT ALL AND THUS THIS BULLSHIT FROM THE DWP AND ITS CONTRACTORS MUST BE DEBUNKED AT EVERY OPPOTUNITY.

IF YOU ARE WONDERING, YES MANDATORY RECONSIDERATION IS A FARCE

As the title says Mandatory Reconsideration is a farce and I have proved it so allow me to explain how I did this.

Mandatory Consideration the mini appeal to DWP that you have to do in order to exercise you right to an HMCTS Tribunal but in reality it is a useless layer of bureaucracy that causes needless additional stress anxiety and worry to many claimants.

Only about 16% of mandatory reconsiderations are successful at this stage but of those who go on to Tribunal that figure jumps to about 76% but lets not forget many more who could have won, but drop out at mandatory reconsideration and lose the will to fight the injustice further that is a dereliction of duty on the DWP.

So 17th August 2018 I was discharged from QA Hospital Portsmouth having undergone major surgery to remove my bladder, prostate and some lymph nodes it was a successful operation from a clinical point of view as I am now free of the big C and 2 further CT Scans has proved that remains the case, however recovery from such major surgery continues as fatigue remains a battle.

Now I was due migration from DLA which I was already getting due to SAH Stroke in April 1990 to PIP so rather than wait for that letter to come I phoned them up to report a change in condition something the DWP makes clear that always must be done.

So a claim for Personal Independence Payment was started in a way I was glad as it gave the opportunity to put my claim of DLA right that I had always believed was wrong from 2007 and thus get this claim for PIP put right with the right award and I was ready for that fight I knew was coming so had prepared myself very early on by reading and learning much research indeed.

Fast forward to March 2019 and I got that award of enhanced care but again no award for mobility which I was adamant given my level of disability I was entitled to so the Mandatory Reconsideration went in which I had already prepared on the basis of the PA4 Assessors report which was like many of there reports a pack of lies that did not relate and missed out much of what I said. A COMMON THEME

June 2019 I got the Mandatory Reconsideration Award Letter it was no change and I now suspect that MR Letter just sat on DWP Systems until it was time to send out a response and thus no due consideration given whatsoever that view was to be further enforced.

So not ready to give up yet I submit my Tribunal Form online it was I found an easy process that took no more than 10 minutes to do and my grounds of appeal was my Mandatory Reconsideration Letter that I had already sent to DWP no more no less as I knew I could send further evidence once the DWP had replied to my initial submission.

I was expecting a drawn out appeal to HMCTS with at least a year’s wait to get to a hearing so started preparing by reading case law and hansard as I was not just appealing the mobility component of PIP but the length of award too so I was ready to submit a full and detailed submission when the time came, naturally this was time consuming and draining due to my disabilities and in particular Executive Dysfunction a by product of SAH STROKE but understood the need to research so pushed myself in the mornings when my brain was best refreshed.

Now her comes the cracker that proved all my doubts about Mandatory Reconsiderations, I got a text from HMCTS saying that my Tribunal had been lapsed in my favour by DWP and thus case closed just three weeks after filing it online.

I was now on tender hooks wondering what had happened and what the word lapsed meant although grateful it was in my favour so grabbed myself a coffee and chilled until the DWP Letter dropped on my door mat.

That was not a long wait as it arrived the same day a few hours later, I had WON enhanced on Mobility, going from zero points to 12 points for moving around and reading further down it was ongoing for 10 years with a light touch review.

So what was the climb down all of a sudden in such a short space of time as I gave the Tribunal no more than the DWP already had and as I said my grounds of appeal was the MR Letter word for word?

My only conclusion is that the DWP did not give my evidence the due consideration it deserved and chose to rely too heavily on the PA4 report and knew with it going to Tribunal that evidence WILL BE GIVEN the due consideration that the DWP did NOT give and thus the DWP Appeals Case Manager decided it not worth fighting at Tribunal

So there you are MANDATORY RECONSIDERATION is a FARCE and its purpose is only to frustrate and stop a claim going to HMCTS Appeal and my advice is don’t stop at MR but fight all the way as you have that 76% chance of winning especially if you have the evidence to back you up.

Bureaucracy wastes money, money that could be spent on actually helping citizens

The United Kingdom has Gone Stark Raving Bonkers…

Yeah get that headline, The United Kingdom has gone Stark Raving Bonkers all for what exactly, some Wet Dream of “Get Brexit Done” as if it could be done in the timescales Johnson has wrongly given.

He bullshitted his way through this election campaign hiding from where ever he could and the British Public fell for it hook, line and sinker all in the name of rushing brexit through and creating errors and fuck ups as he goes and I only now see his hard brexit and crash out of the EU that will cause so much damage and the Northerners voted for that WTF..

The UK voted for more of the last 10 years, more austerity more homelessness, more children laying on hospital floors, more citizens dying when all they want is some care, more disabled citizens being punished for being disabled via a brutal welfare reform agenda, more citizens going hungry, more citizens worrying about debt because wages have not kept pace etc etc all for some fucking wet dream of ” Get Brexit Done”

We could have had a second vote, where leavers could have campaigned and still brought a leave vote and actually had a leader negotiating for a better deal that protects our rights and jobs and much more but no they want out ASAP they could have welcomed the investment the north would have got but no they just want to be out with very little thought of the consequences.

As I say again The United Kingdom soon to be “Little England” and a laughing stock to the world has gone Stark Raving Bonkers and I for one want out, Hello Scotland

Truth about the erosion of the NHS

I saw this tweet this morning and it prompted me to write about my own experience in August 2018.

The Tory Party will never come clean on the erosion of the NHS, why would they when it has been caused by them via The Health and Social Care Act 2012 the Legislation written to do exactly what is happening to OUR once great public service.

I have been witness to the poor service this young child has received too and no doubt there are many more like me who took it on the chin and did not complain at the time for fear of NHS Staff losing their jobs or being reprimanded when it is not there fault but all the fault of the Tory Party with the cuts to the NHS priming it ready for sell off.

I was in Hospital for 10 days in August 2018 for a Radical Cystectomy Operation to remove my bladder, Prostate and Lymph Nodes due to Bladder Cancer, Thanks to the NHS I remain Cancer Free however it did not go without problems caused by the Tory Party.

Such a major operation leaves the bowel inoperative temporarily paralyzed if you like and with the onset of bile sickness and thus you are nowhere near being discharged until the sickness stops, you are taking on nutrition and your bowels are working, this can take anything upto 2 weeks to happen.

My bowels started to work 6 days after the operation and it happens without feeling or control and thus needed many bed washes and bed changes, nothing I could do anything about because as I say my bowels exploded without feeling.

Now all was fine during the day as plenty of nursing staff on the wards with ward D7 having 36 beds but the issues arise at night time after 6pm when staffing level is reduced to just 3 nurses with just 2 tasked with patient care and for a Urology Ward this is not enough.

It took an age to get a night time response from the red call button and I could not move myself due to all the leads and tubes attached so needed a commode at the bedside but these were in short supply too and whilst I put the call out soon enough the response was not coming in time and thus lead to shitty beds it was not a comfortable experience I can tell you.

On one occasion I nurse came to do a bed change and then left without doing it due to getting a more important call and thus was left all night in a shitty bed the day nurses in the morning was not very pleased and asked if I wanted to make a complaint.

I refused as did not want the night time staff getting into trouble when they had been working there socks of for 12 hours indeed they did the best they could do given that there was 35 other patients too many with more serious health conditions than me.

It was not a nice experience at night time and shows why the NHS needs real investment in infrastructure, supplies and employees and I am not the only one who has had a bad experience as an inpatient but the real threat of its sell off is not the answer either as people like me will be priced out of an insurance based system as pricing like all insurances is risk based.

So when you go to the polling station this Thursday please think carefully on the health of yourself and your family as at some point in our lives we all need it and even a minor procedure can have big cost under a US Based system.

Letter to Frank Field on the issue of Due Consideration given to Mandatory Reconsideration.

Following on from my wordpress post here:

https://diaryofansahstrokesurvivor.wordpress.com/2019/06/06/well-that-came-right-out-of-the-blue/

I have written to Frank Field MP the Works and Pensions Committee chair hoping he will take action on the issue of due consideration not given to many Mandatory Reconsiderations as all it does is cause needless cost to HMCTS by forcing claimants into appeals in the hope they will back down and drop there rightful claims as well as needless stress, worry and anxiety to claimants

Thankfully although they tried this on me they quickly backed out of an appeal with HMCTS as by then they decided to give my Mandatory Reconsideration the due consideration it was due but it took me to lodge my appeal with HMCTS to get them to do this and I had given HMCTS no more information/evidence that I had already given to DWP, indeed my grounds for appeal was a copy and paste of the MR letter!

I had the tenacity and the will to challenge this all the way but that cannot be said of everyone due to illness and disability and thus the bureaucracy of this extra layer added to the appeal process is failing many as I read of many accounts of citizens who just cannot go that extra mile through HMCTS Appeal and thus lose out on an entitlement they was due and that is wrong and needed investigating

Letter within below link.

https://www.scribd.com/document/414199218/Frank-Field-Letter