Care costs – Postcode lottery shames officials trying to block state funding

The Daily Telegraph has the article on its website – see link below:-

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/02/27/vulnerable-pensioners-dementia-facing-crippling-care-bills-following/

Extract from the article – ‘Vulnerable pensioners with dementia and Parkinson’s are facing crippling care bills following attempts by health officials to restrict the numbers receiving NHS funding.

Under national rules, any patient with a significant health problem should have their care and nursing fees paid in full – if the condition is deemed to be the main reason they need such help.

But an investigation by The Telegraph reveals that authorities are increasingly refusing to fund care, claiming that devastating diseases are not severe, or not the primary reason help is needed – leaving families facing bills of up to £100,000 a year.’

With thanks to Roy Connell for the lead to this most worrying of health/NHS postcode lotteries.

Hall Road Station – A rare railway accident in 1961

I came across this accent via a report in the Daily Telegraph which had been posted on the Mersey Railways Facebook Group and found it interesting not least because railway accidents are thankfully so rare and this one was in the present Borough of Sefton.

Here’s the cutting:-

And here’s a link to the official report into the accident:-

www.railwaysarchive.co.uk/docsummary.php?docID=746

It seems remarkable that so few injuries particularly serious ones were recorded especially when you look at the photo of the damage to the 2 trains in the Telegraph photo.

Credit for the cutting – Phil Hilton

Please click on the newspaper cutting to enlarge it

Bluekip will want Bercow’s head on a plate for stating the obvious in our parliamentary democracy

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/10/12/john-bercow-insists-mps-have-right-try-prevent-brexit/

The Daily Telegraph has the story on its web site – see link above

Whatever you may think of Bercow (or indeed the Telegraph) he is spot on here.

Brexiters always conveniently seem to forget that we live in a parliamentary democracy and their half-baked plan to take us out of the EU at whatever cost is actually the politics of the mad house that will ruin the UK economically and substantially reduce our influence in the world.

More power to the elbows of MP’s who can see the cliff edge looming and want to stop the UK chucking itself off into the great abyss.

Thanks to Roy Connell for the lead to this posting