Tory England's schools and hospitals crises: Two readers' views

https://www.constructionnews.co.uk/buildings/sectors/survey-finds-95-of-school-buildings-need-repair-work-11-02-2015/

On schools, reader Legerwood offers us headlines from the Guardian last year:

  • Schools ask BBC’s Children in Need to cover funding gap.
  • Some English schools cannot afford to teach 5 days per week.
  • More than 300 English primary schools forced to become academies.
  • ‘Vanity Project’: debts pile up for English free schools scheme.
  • Sats results show 39% of primary pupils failed to meet standard
  • More than 6000,000 pupils in England taught by unqualified teachers
  • 40,000 children trapped in zombie academy schools.
  • More than 49,000 pupils ‘disappeared’ from English schools
  • Sunderland school suspends more than half its pupils in a year.
  • England’s children’s commissioner calls for police in schools.
  • Revealed one in six schools in England require urgent repairs

And on hospitals:

Meanwhile in Tory NHS England. From the Guardian in the past week. Hospitals so overcrowded they have rented hotel rooms and instructed clinicians to discharge patients to free up beds even if it may harm the patients. A new term has been coined – ‘corridor nursing’s- when all the beds in a ward are occupied and patients end up being nursed in the corridor

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/jan/14/cornwall-hospital-to-discharge-patients-early-despite-risks

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/jan/19/bed-shortages-leave-sunderland-patients-to-sleep-overnight-in-ae

Then Contrary points out that excuses about the affordability of better schools and hospitals don’t stand up to scrutiny:

And the U.K. Government claims they can’t ‘afford it’ as well, like their criminal justice system and the NHS ,,, etc. Richard Muphy has posted an excellent video of a talk telling us exactly why a government deficit is good, necessary even, and if you understand it, it’ll make you weep at the injustices of Westminster :

https://www.taxresearch.org.uk/Blog/2020/01/18/the-deficit-myth-stephanie-kelton/

(First 10 minutes is boring intro stuff)

And it begs the question of how our Scottish government can do so much on a fixed budget – imagine the power of a fair government with fiscal autonomy! Not that they seem to have a clue how it works either mind you,,, educate yourselves and force politicians to stop deceiving us on economical matters!

Published by johnrobertson834

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One thought on “Tory England's schools and hospitals crises: Two readers' views

  1. Meanwhile – the eminently sensible and joined up anti period poverty policy (and programme) of the SNP Scottish Govt is now being rolled out across state schools and Colleges throughout England. Link and snippet from beeb health page (somehow or other beeb Scotland managed to miss this story – can’t imagine how that happened – can you?):

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-51167487

    State schools and colleges in England can now order free period products for students as part of a government scheme to tackle period poverty.

    Tampons, pads and menstrual cups will be available for primary and secondary institutions to order if they opt in.

    The scheme aims to help prevent children missing school if they don’t have access to products at home.

    Children and Families Minister Michelle Donelan said the scheme will mean young people can “go about their daily lives” without having to worry.

    The Department for Education website says the rate reflects the fact that not all students will need the products all of the time, and is mirrored in a scheme that is already rolled out in Scotland.

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