How You Can Save HealthCare and the Global Climate

June, 28, 2021 | 13 Comments


  1. Here’s one and a whole group of doctors possibly good to contact and to vote for :•in Canada.
    Canadian Parliament member Derek Sloan said at a press conference the job of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario “is to protect the public, not stifle legitimate scientific inquiry or dissent by professional doctors.”

  2. Firstly, let’s get a grip here –

    If any Doctor is suicidal, I would be extremely sympathetic – no one wants our first-stop-doctor to be in immense pain to the point of being suicidal.

    What I do have an issue with is why Wessely and Appleby are so hot-on-the-heels of Clare Gerada and her campaigning –

    What do Wessely and Appleby know about Doctors and Suicide apart from the relentless campaigning by Clare Gerada and why has this issue not been spread far-and-wide in the National Press that Doctors are increasingly suicidal –

    Occasionally you read of a Doctor suicide and it is very distressing for the doctor and their family, but by no means is it a regular occurrence compared to the thousands of patients who have died or been harmed from the reckless over-prescribing of SSRIs.

    Wessely and Gerada have been extremely vocal that antidepressants have no safety issues, that stories of harm would put people off taking antidepressants.

    But this obfuscation with Antidepressants has reached crisis point –

    If Clare Gerada wants to protect doctors that is her right but I have a real issue with her husband and the person responsible for Suicide Prevention jumping-on-board

    Simon Wessely Retweeted

    louis appleby

    Held seminar on stressed/suicidal doctors on Friday with
    . Personal stories so powerful, people devoting their lives to public service, finding themselves in despair. We must do better. Our new paper:

    Research team:

    Personal Stories so powerful are available on Antidepressant Risks

    Personal Stories so powerful are on Welsh and Scottish Petitions

    Personal Stories so powerful are on

    Three Amigos, I have total disquiet about…

    • Katinka Blackford Newman

      FRIDAY, 2 JULY 2021 AT 18:00 UTC+01

      Katinka Blackford Newman: Personal Stories & The Launch of

      Katinka Blackford Newman is an award winning BBC trained documentary film-maker who lives in London. Her interest in antidepressants began in 2012 when she nearly lost her life because of an adverse reaction to an antidepressant. She was hospitalised and prescribed more drugs which made her extremely ill.

      After a year she was lucky to be taken off all the drugs and made a full recovery.
      She researched the side effects of antidepressants and interviewed some of the world’s leading experts. Her best-selling book ‘The Pill That Steals Lives’ has been featured on Radio 5 Live, BBC London, Good Morning Britain, the Victoria Derbyshire Show and in The Times, The Sunday Times, The Daily Mail and The British Journal of Psychiatry.

      In 2017 her research was made into a BBC Panorama programme ‘A Prescription for Murder’ which investigated whether an antidepressant could be the cause of one of the worst mass killings of this century.

      This year she co-founded a not for profit organisation to highlight the dangers of antidepressants. is run by a team of experts including Professor David Healy, and people who have had first hand experience of antidepressants. In the Stolen Lives section it allows people to tell their stories in their own words.

  3. It’s useful to have a form like this one file Different surgeries have their own forms It would be useful to let the medics know there is a documented not just verbal consent which could then be obstructed – importantly having the medical record to hand would also be useful to help discussion between the person giving and the person being given authority to access to information. An extra benefit being that the person giving consent would be gaining access to their records sometimes for the first time. I think there is a separate more legal arrangement for people unable to give informed consent to allow access

    eg Castlegate & Derwent Surgery
    There may be circumstances that you wish for another individual to gain access to your medical record. This would allow the named person to speak on your behalf to a member of our team about your medical requirements and have access to your medical record.

    If you require this to be arranged we request that you complete the form below and hand into our Reception team who will add the contact details of the named individual to your medical record.

    Click here to download the Consent Form- for another individual to gain access and / or to discuss my medical record

    If you have a change to your named individual or you wish to remove the person from your medical record, we will require you to complete a ‘change/ remove consent form’ that should be handed into our Reception team to update your medical record.

    Click here to download the Remove or update of consent form

  4. STOMP (I haven’t come across any
    updated info but there are still major scandals being reported) NHS is the probably not the best way to go as tokenism is rife ,rather than individual groups

    ‘I am an expert advisor currently involved with a major programme of work aimed at improving healthcare for people with learning disabilities.

    It is important to get this right and that means listening to and involving people like me. I can bring my experience and understanding of others’ needs to the project so we can tackle what is really important to people.

    One of the projects I’m currently working on is how people with learning disabilities, autism, or both, can be wrongly prescribed psychotropic medication. This kind of medication is very strong and affects a person’s mind – people have talked about feeling “out of it” when taking some of these drugs.

    This is where an independent group meets people who are at risk of being admitted to mental health or learning disability hospitals, or are already in these hospitals. These reviews look at the type and quality of care people need, and whether they could get this in the community instead of in a hospital.

    Through my involvement in this work, people told me their stories about being over-medicated, but at the time I didn’t really understand what this meant, especially as I am not a trained medical person – a doctor, nurse or psychiatrist.

    In 2016, NHS England started the STOMP programme, which stands for ‘Stop over medicating people’ and how it affects adults, young people and children with learning disabilities, autism or both.

    I was asked to be involved and co-lead working with Anne Webster, Clinical lead. At first I felt very limited in my knowledge, but I met with several colleagues who are nurses and GPs and I asked lots of question and learnt a lot. For example over-medication can mean people gain weight, have organ failure and can even die earlier. I’ve also spent time talking to the people I represent to understand their point of view. This subject is a really important as it affects people’s wellbeing and the quality of their life.

    From my experience I would urge people with learning disabilities to ask questions about the medication they are on.

    It’s important that you know what you are taking and why. Do you know the side-effects, or if there is something else you could have in place instead of medication? Do you know you are entitled to annual health checks by your GP?

    Get your family, your carer or supporter to help you find details about the medicine you are taking and, above all, don’t be afraid to ask questions.

    You can read more about stopping over-medication of people with learning disabilities (STOMP) in a blog by Anne Webster, clinical lead for improving health and quality in the learning disability programme.
    Carl Shaw

    Carl Shaw is one of three learning disability advisers and two learning disability network advisors working on the learning disability programme and has been with NHS England for 18 months.

    He previously worked as a quality auditor at Dimensions – a charity which provides personalised social care services for people with learning disabilities and autism.

    monaka bibi says:
    10 April, 2018 at 12:29 pm son was taken from me despite the fact he wasn’t even psychotic. Becasue the team didnt want to bother visiting him . In hospital he was over medicated and no one listen to us. After 3 mnts his hair fell out, his vision went blurred, he got parkinsonism tremors, skin is pealing, loss of muscle and tachacardia. He turnwd hypersexual and unpredictable.Also he has become retarded. No one ever listened to me. In fact they banned me seeing or speaking to him because I complained. It’s like they are getting paid to kill him. He has autism and they repeatdly told me that it’s my fault they’ve done this to him because I didn’t get an early diagnose for him in his formative years. I have accepted that he will die and n3ds to punished a slow and painful death. No one. Has an answer to why they took a non cilantro person and made him look and sound and behave psychotic. He has a ctr on 12 /4 /18. But I’ve lost faith. The nurses judgment and reports are what counts.

  5. Improving healthcare would indeed make a massive difference to many lives. Healthcare evolved into the unaccountable mess it is because well-meaning governments established systems in which the roles of payor and decision-maker are separate from the role of patient / consumer.
    Whether it be pure socialized medicine (Canada / U.K.) or schemes involving multiple different insurers (USA), the end result is that physicians pay attention to what payor/decision-makers want, and what they want is standards, conformity and efficiency. Central planning cares about what it sees as the best deal for society as a whole.
    Patients, naturally, have dramatically different objectives. They want to be heard and responded to, and they want care that is customized to their personal situation.
    Sadly, listening to patients the modern West is perceived, correctly, as superfluous to the major objectives of the system.
    If anything, the system runs better than we have a right to expect because there are so many exceptional doctors, like David Healy, But they are not the majority.

  6. There’s a lot of discussion going on in GP land about triaging consultations
    ‘NHS England has produced an implementation toolkit for online consulting,9 which contains information for individual practices and for commissioners. There are lots of variables, such as whether the first-line triage is done automatically or by a human being,..;
    ‘It’s gone from “I want to see a GP or a clinician” to “you will see one if you need one” quote from a GP in favour of as he sees it rebancing power to GPs again. Not optimistic for a relation based partnership there but many GPs are against the triaging policy pushed in by tech crazy Matt Hancock who has/had a finger in too many pies such as Babylon.
    :// and of Thing is it’s not been as usual or what the public expected of the publicly funded NHS in UK for many years There have been massive numbers of complaints and abuse against medics in primary care not just during Covid as some GP ‘s started to use triaging. People these days are registering with a practice not a named GP. And are unaware of how many services are provided by the private sector It goes under ther radar because they are still paid for under the NHS not by individuals who are referred to them GPs are paid as businesses with extra payments for certain referrals eg social prescribing or carrying out certain procedures. A group practice calling itself ‘socialist’ can now make increased income from having a private company housed in the same building. Right now there are people waiting months to get life saving operations many are desperate enough to phone in to radio programs while the well off can get referred by and NHS practitioner to a colleague working both in the NHS and privately. I get what you say about the exceptional doctors but the majority of people cannot pick and choose – The system in UK runs much, much worse that we have a right to expect of a decent society. The next generation will hardly realise what they are being sold is far from what was fought for by decades ago.

  7. Homepage
    Take me to All 4
    30 Jun 2021
    Revealed: ExxonMobil’s lobbying war on climate change legislation
    Alex Thomson
    Chief Correspondent
    A senior ExxonMobil lobbyist has been captured on camera revealing how the oil giant is using its power and influence to water down US climate legislation.
    The explosive footage was obtained by Unearthed, Greenpeace UK’s investigative platform, who posed as head-hunters to obtain the information from one of ExxonMobil’s most senior Washington lobbyists.

    3 years ago
    Exxon accused of misleading investors on climate change
    Published22 October 2019
    Exxon is accused of misleading investors about the potential cost of financial regulation
    An unprecedented climate change lawsuit against American oil giant Exxon Mobil is set to go ahead in New York.

    The state has accused the company of misleading investors about the potential costs of climate regulation to its business.
    Exxon says it shared the necessary information and the claims are politically motivated.

    The case is at the forefront of a rising number of legal actions faced by oil and gas firms.

    Exxon’s trial on the fraud claims will start on Tuesday and is expected to last 15 days. Former US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who led Exxon for a decade, is among those likely to appear in court.

    “It’s a major milestone as a part of a growing wave of cases that Exxon and other major oil companies are facing, not only here in the United States, but in fact in jurisdictions around the world,” said Carroll Muffett, president of the Center for International Environmental Law.
    Fraud claims
    New York’s attorney general filed the financial fraud suit in 2018, after years of investigation by state authorities.

    In court filings, the state says internal documents show Exxon evaluated new projects based on forecasts for costs associated with climate change that were lower than those it told investors it was using.

    Those calculations made investments appear less risky and more valuable.

    “By representing that it was applying higher projected carbon costs than it was actually using, ExxonMobil made its assets appear significantly more secure than they really were, which had a material impact on its share price,” the state wrote.

    Former Exxon boss Rex Tillerson One not to vote for
    Former US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was chief executive of Exxon when it was pressed to account for climate change


      Follow up today 1 july can be viewed also on Channel 4 catchup —
      -All4 – soon

      Concentrated on the latest scandal involving Exol re ‘ Forever Chemicals’ which remain in the environment
      Take me to All 4
      1 Jul 2021
      ExxonMobil chief exec apologises over revelations of lobbying war against climate legislation
      By Calum Fraser
      The chief executive of ExxonMobil has issued a public apology after secret filming of one of its senior lobbyists was broadcast exclusively on Channel 4 News exposing tactics used by the oil giant to water down US climate legislation.

      A statement by ExxonMobil’s chief executive Darren Woods was released after the explosive footage, captured by Greenpeace UK’s investigative platform Unearthed, sent shockwaves through Washington D.C.

      Mr Woods said the company was “shocked” and is “deeply apologetic” about the comments made by lobbyist Keith McCoy “including comments regarding interactions with elected officials”.

      Several senators were named in the covert recordings as “crucial” to ExxonMobil’s lobbying strategy with Democrat Senator Joe Manchin dubbed the “Kingmaker”.

      Mr McCoy also released a statement saying he was “deeply embarrassed” by his comments that included claims the company “aggressively” fought climate science to protect their “investments” and “shareholders”.

      ‘ExxonMobil called to testify’
      Prominent Democrat member of Congress Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez reacted to the story on Twitter highlighting the “standing weekly check-in call” Senator Manchin allegedly had with ExxonMobil.

      Democrat Congressman Ro Khanna also Tweeted, saying he would ask the chief executives of “Exxon, Chevron and other fossil fuel companies to testify” in Congress before the Environment Subcommittee that he chairs.

      Speaking to the undercover reporter on a Zoom call in May, Mr McCoy described a lobbying strategy in which he claimed ExxonMobil uses third parties to mask its interests from public view and accountability.

      He said the company would get “associations to step in” as a “whipping boy” for ExxonMobil executives that are called before hearings in Congress.

      Influential American author and environmental journalist Emily Atkin said she wspeas left “near echless” by Mr McCoy’s revelations, adding: “An Exxon official admitting, on camera, how the company works to prevent effective climate action by using third party ‘whipping boys’ so no one knows it’s them.

      “These recordings should be played on every TV station in the world.”

      Environmental journalist Jamie Henn said the “Exxon Tapes are already rippling across Capitol Hill”.

      What is ExxonMobil?
      ExxonMobil is one of the largest corporations in the world and the biggest oil and gas company in the US with a market value of about $236 billion and revenues of more than $180 billion.

      The oil and gas multinational is headquartered in Texas and its best-known brands include Esso and Exxon.

      Its former chief executive Rex Tillerson served as Secretary of State during the Donald Trump presidency.

      The company has repeatedly come under fire from environmental activists over the years and faced accusations of applying pressure on US lawmakers when climate legislation is proposed.

      The company has rejected these accusations, saying it has “supported climate science for decades”.

      Democrat Senator Sheldon Whitehouse told Channel 4 News climate change legislation was a “by-partisan thing” until a Supreme Court ruling in 2010 let “unlimited money pour into politics” which “Exxon and the rest of the fossil fuel industry took advantage of”.

      Mr McCoy’s comments appear to lift the lid on how ExxonMobil apply political pressure behind the scenes.

      He said: “Did we aggressively fight against some of the science? Yes. Did we hide our science? Absolutely not. Did we join some of these shadow groups to work against some of the early efforts? Yes, that’s true. But there’s nothing, there’s nothing illegal about that.

      “We were looking out for our investments. We were looking out for our shareholders.”

      Mr McCoy, who has represented the company in its liaison with the US Congress for the last eight years, also claimed ExxonMobil recently lobbied Congress to dilute the climate provisions of President Biden’s Infrastructure Bill.

      ‘Deeply apologetic’
      When Channel 4 News first approached ExxonMobil with the recordings of Mr McCoy’s comments, the company did not apologise.

      Instead, a spokesperson accused Greenpeace, who posed as headhunters to convince Mr McCoy to agree to the Zoom call, of waging a “multi-decade campaign against our company and industry”.

      They said their “lobbying efforts fully comply with all laws and are publicly disclosed”, adding that “Greenpeace and others have distorted our position on climate science”.

      However, hours after Channel 4 News broadcast the footage, the company released a statement from chief executive Darren Woods.

      He said: “The individuals interviewed were never involved in developing the company’s policy positions on the issues discussed. We condemn the statements and are deeply apologetic for them, including comments regarding interactions with elected officials.

      “We were shocked by these interviews and stand by our commitments to working on finding solutions to climate change.”

      In a statement released on LinkedIn, Mr McCoy said: “I am deeply embarrassed by my comments and that I allowed myself to fall for Greenpeace’s deception.

      “My statements clearly do not represent ExxonMobil’s positions on important public policy issues.”

  8. E-cigarette maker Juul pays $40m to North Carolina
    “For years, Juul targeted young people, including teens, with its highly addictive e-cigarette. It lit the spark and fanned the flames of a vaping epidemic among our children – one that you can see in any high school in North Carolina,” said Stein in a statement. “This win will go a long way in keeping Juul products out of kids’ hands, keeping its chemical vapor out of their lungs, and keeping its nicotine from poisoning and addicting their brains.”

    and BMJ
    Access – THe Blog Doctor & Patient –

    Mental health from both sides
    How to be both: a psychiatrist’s experience of mental illness
    July 2, 2021

    ‘Ultimately, I don’t think that many people will remember what medication I prescribed them, but I do hope that some remember that I listened. I believe that people are more likely to take that medication, and to come back to see me if I do, but it’s not just that. There is comfort in talking, that can’t easily be measured. I hope, if and when I am ill again, that someone listens to me.’

    .”It’s lovely to come across such an exceptionally decent, warm hearted and deeply thoughtful human being . To often psychs who are encouraged to tell their stories are being used as stooges or there is a some motive. Somehow reading other things R L has published this doensn;t seem to be the case. Rebecca L doesn’t reveal herself as much in this bmj article as elsewhere eg blogs; twitter but although it may seem a bit mean spirited I think this article in thebmj shows how practitioners can fall into the ‘listening’ message being promoted when Communication is a two way thing . here R L is focussed on listening while dismissing the need to communicate some of the most important parts of a consultation ie info about medication as though it is hardly that important to ensure people are given that Even if unable to take it in at first nobody should be discharged without knowing which medication has been given. Apart from the right to consent to treatment people will not necessarily see her in future and if another medic wishes to make changes that needs to be understood and some agreement made. It’s shocking that practitioners will prescribe on the basis of a diagnosis without knowing a person at any real level ,listening shouldn’t be an exceptional kindness but an expectation – Rebecca does come across as a genunely kind person but listening in view to it assisting in a person’s willingness to take medication just isn.t on. A real communication would assist a person to decide whether to take medication which can cause serious harms. She will know enough to give some indication of the risks , it;s not a kindness to leave people unaware.

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