NHS Needs £250m to Clear Record Waiting List Backlog

Ministers have pledged £250m to clear a waiting list of 3.1 million people on Britain’s socialised National Health Service (NHS), the highest level for six years, according to the Daily Mail. The money will be spent on 100,000 operations over the next few months to help ease pressure.

The operations will be focused on those who have waited the longest including around 600 patients have waited more than a year for treatment. Health officials have admitted that the backlog will cause a temporary rise in the number of people waiting more than 18 weeks for treatment. This will lead to a breach of the target to treat 90 percent of patients within this timescale.

The Department for Health said that the extra pressure on the system was caused by an ageing population. This has meant an extra 100,000 people a month are being referred for treatment compared to 2010, with hospitals performing an extra 2,000 operations a day.

In May 2010, shortly before the General Election 20,662 patients had waited for 18 weeks or more. By May 2014, this total had soared to 29,847. But Labour will say that the new 12-month treatment pledge is merely a way to deflect attention from a failure to tackle growing waiting lists in the health service over the past four years.

In some NHS Trusts the situation is so bad that patients have been urged to pay privately if they want to be treated more quickly. In Southampton, the clinical commissioning group has imposed restrictions on cataract operations, things were not much better at Southampton University Hospitals. They have allowed people who have been denied NHS treatment to pay for the service that would otherwise be provided free. Its website offers ‘a new option, between the traditional private sector and the NHS’.

The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt’s response has been to target all those waiting over a year. In May 2014, just 575 people were in this position – down from 18,458 four years previously. Once a patient waits over 12 months they have their case reviewed to determine whether it should be fast tracked.

On a visit to Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guildford, the Health Secretary will say: “No one – except in exceptional circumstances – should have to wait more than a year.

“[We need] targets that help patients get treatment when they need it – not targets followed blindly with no regard for the impact on individuals.

“An NHS confident that – in the end – it will continue to meet the huge challenges ahead if it leaves room, amongst many loud, competing pressures, for the quietest but most important voice of all: that of the patient.”

Liz Kendall, a Labour health spokeswoman, said: “David Cameron promised to protect patient care, but instead he has lost control of waiting times.The number of people waiting more than 18 weeks for their treatment has increased by 50 per cent since 2010, and the cancer waiting time target has been missed for the first time ever.

“The Tories have mismanaged the NHS – and it’s patients who are paying the price.”

Whilst the British refer to the NHS as “the envy of the world” in reality treatment can be very slow, leading to preventable deaths. The hospitals are often out of date and Trade Union dominated. One group – Nurses for Reform – described the NHS as a “dystopian, Soviet-style calamity”.

It is such a large organisation that it is the world’s third largest employer after the Chinese Army and the Indian Railways. Many Conservatives argue that it is too big to work, and that much more private sector involvement is needed.




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Jen Psaki Is ‘Appalled’–and Appalling

State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki declared Sunday that the United States was “appalled” by Israel’s apparent shelling of a UN-run school in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip. You’ll remember Psaki–she’s the former Obama campaign spokesperson who lied in 2012 about the man whose wife Romney allegedly killed, then lied again in 2013 about whether Secretary of State John Kerry was yachting during the Egyptian coup.

Now this hack purports to care about the lives of innocent Palestinian civilians, pouring scorn on Israel and encouraging others to do the same. The photo above, released Sunday by the Israel Defense Forces, shows clearly just how cynically Hamas uses UN schools as staging points for attacks on Israeli troops and Israeli civilians–a double war crime, since it places civilians on both sides in danger, as well as the UN facilities.

International law permits Israeli troops to fire back if fired upon–period!–even if that means firing back towards a UN school that is being used as a shelter. The reason is simple: international law intends to stop combatants from using UN facilities and civilian shelters as cover, which is exactly what Hamas is doing. Therefore Psaki and her bosses are actually undermining the goal of international law with their outrage.

Effectively the Obama administration and the UN–and the British government, which has behaved only slightly less appallingly than the British opposition–have given cover to Hamas with its strong condemnation of Israel. A more appropriate response would have been to express sorrow at the loss of life and to demand that Hamas cease turning UN facilities into military targets, full stop. Instead, they do Israel maximum harm. It’s appalling. 




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Periodistas Ciudadanos de México Arriesgan la Vida Para Exhibir Carteles, Corrupción, y Silenciamiento de los Medios

REYNOSA, Tamaulipas – En una ciudad invadida por carteles del narcotráfico, balaceras, secuestros, extorsiones, y ejecuciones, un grupo de periodistas ciudadanos continúa sacando a la luz lo que la prensa local no reporta y los funcionarios Mexicanos niegan: el nivel de la violencia de los carteles y la corrupción de los funcionarios en el gobierno mexicano.

Un equipo de Breitbart Texas viajó a las entrañas de la ciudad de Reynosa, la cual es controlada por el Cartel Del Golfo, para hablar con uno del los líderes del movimiento de periodistas ciudadanos. En un pequeño cuarto secreto dentro del corazón de Reynosa, Breitbart Texas habló con un hombre que vive bajo amenazas constantes por su uso de redes sociales para alertar a sus conciudadanos sobre “situaciones de riesgo.” Por razones de seguridad, el hombre conocido como “Chuy” nunca muestra su rostro en redes sociales, pero su cuenta de Twitter se a vuelto sinónima de publicar información sobre las confrontaciones entre grupos criminales, los nombres de miembros de dichos grupos, sus actividades, y la corrupción dentro del gobierno. Chuy solo puede ser visto de espaldas en el video de Breitbart Texas y usó un pasamontañas para proteger su identidad.

Chuy publica constantemente fotografías e información sobre las zonas de guerra directamente al sur de Texas. El cubre la insurgencia criminal de los carteles con sus convoyes de sicarios con armas automáticas, granadas, y lanza-cohetes. También Chuy cubre las frecuentes batallas de los carteles con sus rivales y con las autoridades en plena luz del día y otras veces por la noche.

Los usuarios de Twitter en la región se unieron en 2010 cuando el Cartel del Golfo y sus ejecutores conocidos como los Zetas entraron en guerra, desencadenando una serie de bloqueos y balaceras brutales. Las batallas continúan hasta ahora.

“Cuando la violencia incrementó, los medios y los funcionarios se mantuvieron callados,” Chuy dijo. “Reynosa siempre ha sido conocida por el trasiego de drogas. Antes, los medios cubrieron los hechos violentos. Pero cuando esto empezó, hubo una censura total y fue cuando tuvimos que ver la forma de llenar ese vacío.”

Usando el hashtag de Twitter #Reynosafollow, los periodistas ciudadanos empezaron a publicar información sobre tiroteos y actividades de los grupos criminales y sus miembros, la cual fueron ignorados por los medios locales. Poco tiempo después, otras ciudades empezaron a seguir en los pasos de Reynosa, creando una comunidad virtual de periodistas ciudadanos los cuales, al pasar el tiempo, han adquirido más credibilidad que los medios de comunicación de México y los funcionarios de gobierno.

Además de Twitter y Facebook, Chuy sigue recopilando información sobre su blog, Chuy News, donde narra los enfrentamientos, los motivos, y sus posibles consecuencias.

“En Reynosa se viven dos realidades,” el le dijo a Breitbart Texas. “Una es la realidad que te pinta los medios, que dicen que el estado esta avanzando, que se mejora la economía y el turismo, que la violencia es resultado de hechos aislados y alaban a los funcionarios. La realidad que se vive es una de ansiedad, constantemente teniendo que monitorear las redes sociales para ver si es seguro ir al trabajo o llevar a los hijos a la escuela.”

Chuy continuó, “Nos aseguramos de no quedar en medio de un enfrentamiento, o hacerse en el blanco de uno de los grupos por meterse en el trafico sin razón.”

Mientras tratan de mantenerse anónimos, la información que los periodistas ciudadanos manejan automáticamente los hace blancos de represalias. En días recientes, Chuy ha sido objeto de un aumento del acoso directo y amenazas dentro y fuera de las redes sociales. Al menos siete usuarios han acosado Chuy, e incluso se han publicado imágenes de su rostro y otra información personal para mantenerlo callado. El también ha sido sometido a un intento sistémico de desacreditarlo a el y otros usuarios; está por ver si esa parte del ataque viene de parte del crimen organizado, o de parte de funcionarios públicos, el dijo.

La entrevista terminó con una llamada por apoyo de los periodistas Estadounidenses. El dijo, “Ustedes pueden ayudar a que se extienda el mensaje para que se conozca la realidad en que vivimos.”

Sigue a Ildefonso Ortiz en Twitter @ildefonsoortiz.

Sigue al Director de Breitbart Texas Brandon Darby en Twitter @brandondarby.

Observación: Momentos después que Breitbart Texas salió de Reynosa, @mrcruzstar comenzó a publicar información sobre una balacera en el lado oeste de la ciudad que duró por lo menos dos horas. Autoridades mexicanas confirmaron los hechos, pero no han dado información oficial sobre la cifra de muertos o detenidos.

*This is the Spanish version of an article published on Breitbart Texas on July 30. Read the original piece by Brandon Darby and Ildefonso Ortiz here




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Border Patrol Begins Surge Operation to Reduce Deaths Near Falfurrias Texas

FALFURRIAS, Texas—Breitbart Texas has learned the U.S. Border Patrol has begun a surge operation in the area surrounding Falfurrias, Texas where large numbers of illegal immigrants have been found dead this year. A significant number of Border Patrol agents and equipment are expected to be visible in Brooks County beginning today.

Members of the Brooks County Sheriff’s Office spoke with Breitbart Texas after witnessing the increased presence on the county’s back roads last night and then speaking with some of the agents who have been brought into the area. The deputies were told the surge was being deployed due to Border Patrol’s expectations of larger numbers of illegal immigrants headed to this already besieged county.

“We were told to expect it to rain bodies around here,” one Border Patrol Agent told the deputies.

A 44 passenger Customs and Border Patrol bus was seen in the area. Breitbart Texas learned the busses, designed to carry a large number if captured immigrants, are being brought up from the Rio Grande Sector headquarters in McAllen, Texas.

“This will save lives,” said Brooks County Deputy Sheriff Daniel Walden who heads up a group of police officers who volunteer their time to work as non-paid deputies to help out the cash strapped county. “The more these smugglers who prey on these people by dropping them off the our county and leaving them to die in our fields can be stopped prior to dropping off their human cargo, the more bodies we will not have to recover in the fields that surround Falfurrias.”

Walden has personally had to recover the last three bodies that have been found in the past couple of weeks. “The death toll in Brooks County now stands at 44 for this year,” Walden said, “and we are just now getting into the heat of the summer.” Temperatures have been reaching well above the hundred degree mark in recent weeks.

Breitbart Texas learned that members of the BORSTAR and BORTAC Northern border teams are being deployed to region. It is not known exactly how many Border Patrol agents will be participating in the surge or exactly how long the surge will last.

Deputy Walden is a volunteer reserve deputy for Brooks County. In his regular job, he serves as Acting Police Chief of the Donna Independent School District Police Department. He has organized the Border Brotherhood of Texas, a group of sworn police officers who are volunteering their time to help the distressed Brooks County Sheriff’s Office.

Bob Price is a staff writer and a member of the original Breitbart Texas team. Follow him on Twitter @BobPriceBBTX.




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Protocols of the Elders of Hamas

I was at the UN Security Council hearing on the war in Gaza on Thursday as a guest of Ambassador Eugene Gasana of Rwanda who held the Security Council presidency through July.  I heard the regular condemnations of Israel for being indifferent to the murder of children. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon said that there could be nothing more shameful than Israel killing children while they slept at a UN school that Israel targeted.

The UN Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay went further and said that Israel deliberately targeted civilians.

Deliberate.

That’s quite an accusation. And she better be right. Because if she’s wrong, she is guilty of yet another blood libel against the Jewish people.

The facts, of course, are otherwise. To Hamas, Palestinian children are nothing but bullet proof vests to be donned by cowardly terrorists, human missile silos to protect their rockets.

Hamas is a genocidal, terror organization whose murderous charter calls for the annihilation of the Jewish people wherever they may be found.

Some of the charter’s highlights include this humanitarian gem: “Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it.”

But wait, the charter is just getting started. It continues, “Our struggle against the Jews is very great and very serious. It needs all sincere efforts… until the enemy is vanquished and Allah’s victory is realized.”

By vanquished, read, destroyed. The charter is clear that Hamas “strives to raise the banner of Allah over every inch of Palestine.” Not much room for Israel.

And it is absolutely genocidal in nature: “The Day of Judgment will not come about until Moslems fight the Jews (killing the Jews), when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say O Moslems, O Abdulla, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.”

The Charter rejects any and all attempts at peace with Israel: “Initiatives, and so-called peaceful solutions and international conferences, are in contradiction to the principles of the Islamic Resistance Movement.” 
 
The Charter is also deeply militaristic: “There is no solution for the Palestinian question except through Jihad. Initiatives, proposals and international conferences are all a waste of time and vain endeavors.” Holy war to the death is the only solution: “In face of the Jews’ usurpation of Palestine, it is compulsory that the banner of Jihad be raised.”
 
In addition to its militaristic nature, the Charter is extremely paranoid, buying into a Protocols-of-Zion belief that the Jews control the world and are responsible for  “Freemasons, Rotary Clubs, espionage groups and others, which are all nothing more than cells of subversion and saboteurs… for the purpose of achieving the Zionist targets and to deepen the concepts that would serve the enemy.”
 
The Jews are insatiable: “The Zionist plan is limitless. After Palestine, the Zionists aspire to expand from the Nile to the Euphrates. When they will have digested the region they overtook, they will aspire to further expansion.”
 
The Jews want to take over the world and control everything: “Their plan is embodied in the “Protocols of the Elders of Zion… For a long time, the enemies have been planning, skillfully and with precision, for the achievement of what they have attained… They strived to amass great and substantive material wealth which they devoted to the realization of their dream. With their money, they took control of the world media, news agencies, the press, publishing houses, broadcasting stations, and others.”
 
What Jews love most is war, which just allows them to make more money and colonize the world, which is why they started most of the world’s conflicts: “With their money they stirred revolutions in various parts of the world with the purpose of achieving their interests… They were behind the French Revolution, the Communist revolution and most of the revolutions we heard and hear about, here and there… With their money they were able to control imperialistic countries and instigate them to colonize many countries in order to enable them to exploit their resources and spread corruption there… They were behind World War I… They obtained the Balfour Declaration, formed the League of Nations through which they could rule the world.”
 
Of particular interest is the Charter’s claim that the Jews “were behind World War II, through which they made huge financial gains by trading in armaments, and paved the way for the establishment of their state.” It seems incredible that Hamas could be so dumb, not to mention monstrously insensitive, to suggest that the Jews were behind their own slaughter in the Holocaust. But what does one expect from genocidal terrorists?
 
And I love this part: “It was they who instigated the replacement of the League of Nations with the United Nations and the Security Council to enable them to rule the world through them.” There is no organization in the world more irrationally hateful of Israel than the United Nations. But the Jews control that, too.
 
The Jews are not just the world’s corrupters– they are also mass murderers, out for the extermination of all Islam: “They aim at undermining societies, destroying values, corrupting consciences, deteriorating character and annihilating Islam. It is behind the drug trade and alcoholism in all its kinds so as to facilitate its control and expansion.”
 
And the finale, the Jews are Nazis: “There is no way out except by concentrating all powers and energies to face this Nazi, vicious Tatar invasion.” 
 
With such a vicious, grisly founding document, it is no wonder that Hamas is responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent Israelis and their rockets seek the extermination of millions of Jews.
But just as the Germans discovered that Hitler was lethal not just to Jews but to Germans, so too Hamas uses thousands of innocent Palestinian children as human shields.

The world has remained silent as Hamas has fired their missiles and hidden their arsenals in schools, playgrounds, hospitals, and family homes. And it has proved indifferent to the public call on the part of Hamas leaders for Palestinian children to actively use “their chests and bodies” as protective shields for Hamas rockets.

Hamas has continually squandered the opportunity to build a thriving Palestinian society. Instead, it has only bombs, tunnels, and rockets to show for the billions funneled to them in international aid and the repeated efforts on the part of Israel to negotiate a peaceful resolution.

This is Israel’s third war against Hamas since its 2005 total withdrawal from Gaza, when Israel dismantled its settlements and removed all vestiges of its presence. Should Hamas prevail, millions may die for no other reason than they are Jewish. And untold numbers of Palestinian children will be offered up by the twisted terrorists in the most evil form of modern child sacrifice.
 
Shmuley Boteach, “America’s Rabbi” whom The Washington Post calls “the most famous Rabbi in America,” is the international best-selling author of 29 books, and will shortly publish “The Fed-up Man of Faith: Challenging God in the Face of Tragedy and Suffering.” Follow him on Twitter @RabbiShmuley.




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