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Up to 40% of new Covid admissions in Omicron epicentre London are only diagnosed AFTER arriving with another ailment, figures suggest as experts and MPs rail against ‘pessimistic’ Sage’s worst-case scenarios – Daily Mail

Fears the NHS could be overwhelmed with Omicron cases, one of the key concerns that spooked ministers into talk of Christmas lockdowns, appear to be unfounded based on the current data, it was claimed last night.

London’s hospitals have seen a spike in cases of patients with coronavirus, leading to fears hospitalisations are following the exponential increases seen with cases in recent weeks.

However, figures show up to 40 per cent of new Covid admissions in the past week only tested positive after arriving at hospital, possibly for a different illness or ailment. 

http://archive.today/2021.12.23-203137/https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10330781/Cabinet-data-gap-backlash-ministers-split-new-Covid-curbs-demand-information.html

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London streets blocked in furious scenes as Britons rage at lockdown rules – The Express

A demonstration against mandatory vaccinations has been organised by “Take a Stand London”, “Save our Rights” and “The Great Reopening”, along with other protest groups from 12pm at Parliament Square in Westminster. The iconic location was said to be “rammed” with angry Britons on Saturday afternoon, with one witness saying on Twitter: “Parliament Square rammed with protestors!” The protest today saw people travel to the capital from across the UK and there are also rallies in Bournemouth, Blackburn, Gloucestershire, Bristol, Glasgow, Cardiff, Belfast and the Isle of Wight.

http://archive.today/2021.12.18-151113/https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1538011/London-protest-today-UK-covid-lockdown-anti-vaccine-passport-omicron-parliament-square

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ANGUS DALGLEISH: I believe a climate of dread around Covid is deliberately being manufactured by scientists and my fellow medics – Daily Mail

The Prime Minister has talked of giving Whitty a knighthood — but after that reckless and irresponsible performance, the Chief Medical Officer deserves the boot.

At a stroke, he inflicted spectacular damage on our economy, particularly the hospitality sector which makes over a quarter of its profits in this period, and which has already taken a termendous battering during the pandemic.

…The irony is that if the most lurid forecasts of the lockdown addicts are realised, with the pandemic reaching every household, then all those oppressive measures they cherish most — such as social distancing, bans on large gatherings, venue closures and vaccine passports — will be largely useless.

…And in fact it would be worse than meaningless: it would be counter-productive. Lockdown directly undermines the fight against the virus by preventing the spread of naturally acquired Covid immunity in the population.

http://archive.today/2021.12.18-114349/https://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-10322873/ANGUS-DALGLEISH-believe-climate-dread-Covid-deliberately-manufactured.html

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‘I alerted the wider world to Omicron – and I believe Britain is overreacting’: Doctor Angelique Coetzee, the South African GP who knows more about its effects than anyone, calls for calm despite variant cases spiking 50 per cent in 24 hours – Daily Mail

The UK Government’s handling of what Boris Johnson warned will be a ‘tidal wave’ of Omicron infections verges on hysteria.

With predictions of one million cases by the end of the month and concerns about the NHS being overwhelmed with up to 10,000 hospitalisations per day, I gather there is talk of Christmas again being cancelled and a possible New Year lockdown.

Yet you only have to look at the picture in South Africa, where the world’s first known cases of Omicron were spotted, to realise this reaction is out of all proportion to the risks posed by this variant.

And I should know — because I am the doctor who first raised the alarm about Omicron back in November.

http://archive.today/2021.12.13-232420/https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10306211/DR-ANGELIQUE-COETZEE-alerted-wider-world-Omicron-believe-Britain-overreacting.html

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The NHS is hiding a guilty little secret – The Telegraph

Plan B is a go. And just like that, more mask mandates, working from home guidance and, most controversially, vaccine passports have been rushed in. While we wait, of one thing we can be certain: Covid decisions this winter are once again being determined by one institution. While we wait to find out more about the omicron variant, there is one thing we can say with certainty: our future rests once again on the ability of the National Health Service to handle an uptick in cases.

…Yet the NHS has a guilty little secret, rarely talked about given its status as the national religion. On many metrics, capacity has not been rising – it’s actually been falling.

http://archive.today/2021.12.10-111316/https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/12/09/nhs-hiding-guilty-little-secret/

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Vaccine ‘side-effects’ might actually be Covid, study warns – RT

Early Covid-19 symptoms mirror vaccine side effects, according to a recent study that warns people who suffer headaches, fatigue, or fever after being jabbed to assume they have been infected, get tested, and isolate themselves.

The findings, published last week in the eClinical Medicine journal, show there is no way to tell if the symptoms are from the disease or an adverse reaction to the shot unless a screening test is taken. Researchers at King’s College London have raised concerns that the recently vaccinated could be inadvertently spreading the virus, thinking their symptoms were from the jab.

http://archive.today/2021.12.07-212021/https://www.rt.com/uk/542482-vaccine-side-effects-covid-symptoms/

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HEARTACHE Urgent warning from heart surgeons as quarter of a million Brits at risk – The Sun

OVER a quarter of a million Brits could face a new heart-related illness due to the stress of the Covid pandemic, experts have warned.

Poor diet, lack of physical activity and stress and mental health issues can all have an impact on our heart.

Now a leading NHS mental health services provider and senior vascular surgeon, Mark Rayner, says Brits are facing a ‘trauma timebomb’ that will see them at risk of heart disease and fatal heart attacks due the effects of PPSD (Post Pandemic Stress Disorder).

http://archive.today/2021.12.09-214118/https://www.thesun.co.uk/health/16928879/urgent-warning-heart-surgeons-brits-risk/

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Routine health checks for millions of over-75s scrapped until APRIL and surgeries cancelled so GPs can deliver mammoth booster programme – but under-40s can’t book for 10 more days – Daily Mail

Millions of over-75s in England will miss out on routine health checks until April to free up GPs to help with the UK’s anti-Omicron booster drive.

Campaigners accused the Government of breaking its promises to boost face-to-face appointments and slammed the decision as a ‘self defeating exercise’, as over-75s will flood into A&E with their health problems.

The decision to suspend the health checks came from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) in response to the Government’s mammoth effort to turbocharge the UK’s Covid booster to ward off Omicron. 

http://archive.today/2021.12.04-064213/https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10272377/Routine-health-checks-75s-suspended-April-GPs-deliver-boosters.html

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I fear ‘Protect the NHS’ could turn out to be one of the most harmful slogans in history, writes Professor KAROL SIKORA – Daily Mail

Perhaps the most dangerous three words in the English language are ‘Protect the NHS’.

After 18 months of discouraging people from getting treatment in hospital, we are now seeing the catastrophic results.

A report from the National Audit Office (NAO) this week found that up to 740,000 potential cancer patients have been missed since the beginning of the first lockdown in March 2020.

These are people who should have been referred urgently for investigation in hospital, for a disease where delays exponentially increase the risk of death. 

The NAO estimates that, since the pandemic began, between 35,000 and 60,000 fewer people than expected have started treatment for cancer.

http://archive.today/2021.12.03-115748/https://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-10265479/Protect-NHS-one-harmful-slogans-history-writes-Professor-KAROL-SIKORA.html

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‘Biggest cancer catastrophe ever’ to hit NHS as up to 740,000 potential cases missed – The Telegraph

Up to 740,000 potential cancer cases that should have been urgently referred by GPs have been “missed” since the first lockdown, according to a damning report.

Watchdogs also warned that NHS waiting lists could keep growing until 2025 and even reach double the current six million.

Charities said the report by the National Audit Office (NAO) reflected a “devastating” situation for many patients, with medics warning of “the biggest cancer catastrophe ever to hit the NHS”. 

http://archive.today/2021.12.01-024745/https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/12/01/biggest-cancer-catastrophe-ever-hit-nhs-740000-potential-cases/

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Covid-19 vaccine unlikely to be as effective against Omicron variant, Moderna boss warns – The Times

The boss of the drugmaker Moderna has warned that Covid-19 vaccines are unlikely to be as effective against the Omicron variant in comments that have added to uncertainty about its impact and unsettled financial markets.

“There is no world, I think, where [the effectiveness] is the same level we had with Delta,” Stéphane Bancel told the Financial Times. “I think it’s going to be a material drop. I just don’t know how much because we need to wait for the data. But all the scientists I’ve talked to … are like, ‘this is not going to be good’.”

http://archive.today/2021.11.30-105303/https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/5c3a67a2-508f-11ec-8d72-b8ab431649b1

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Test and Trace set for axe with 10,000 job cuts because there’s “no money left” – The Mirror

The £37billion Test and Trace scheme is already being dismantled – despite fears of a devastating winter Covid crisis.

A leaked dossier has laid bare plans to axe the shambolic system in 2022. But a major step in winding it down will come next week.

The Sunday Mirror understands the contact tracing system run by Sitel and Serco will be wound up early over crippling costs.

Up to 10,000 contact tracers and call handlers were last week told their jobs were being axed, insiders said.

In briefings by managers, teams were told there was “no money left”.

http://archive.today/2021.11.21-144219/https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/test-trace-set-scrapheap-thousands-25507875

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Why hospitals are like prisons – Spiked

Foucault saw the tendencies to try to control, normalise and rationalise everything as ubiquitous in industrialised society. ‘The judges of normality are present everywhere. We are in the society of the teacher-judge, the doctor-judge, the educator-judge… [E]ach individual, wherever he may find himself, subjects to it his body, his gestures, his behaviour, his aptitudes, his achievements.’ Foucault asked: ‘Is it surprising that prisons resemble factories, schools, barracks, hospitals, which all resemble prisons?’

…To turn Foucault on his head, you could easily argue that it is the medical staff who are the slaves, rather than the masters, in the NHS Panopticon. Those in the blue and green uniforms, the masked and overworked, are expected to metaphorically slave all day for the needs and whims of those of us who lie around all day, doing nothing but eating, reading, sleeping or messing around on the internet.

http://archive.today/2021.11.19-102538/https://www.spiked-online.com/2021/11/19/why-hospitals-are-like-prisons/

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Just six healthy children died of Covid in a year, NHS analysis shows The Telegraph

Only six healthy children with no underlying health conditions died as a direct result of catching Covid during a 12-month window, NHS analysis has revealed.

Four died from Covid, while two developed a Kawasaki-like inflammatory condition called Pims-TS, caused by the virus.

The data calls into question the wisdom of closing schools and forcing children to spend months at home when the health risk to under-18s is so small.

Children ‘have 99.995 per cent chance’ of surviving virus

http://archive.today/2021.11.11-155742/https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/11/11/six-healthy-children-died-covid-year/

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Lockdown fanatics should be ashamed of themselves – The Telegraph

These prognosticators of doom have been wrong time after time after time. And not just a little bit wrong – epically wrong, all while morally condemning their more accurate opponents. As cases rose in early July, in the run-up to England’s full reopening on July 19, restrictions advocates said that it was inevitable we would reach 100,000 cases per day. Keir Starmer released a video statement in which he declared that “Boris Johnson’s recklessness means we’re going to have an NHS summer crisis. The Johnson Variant is already out of control.” A set of academics wrote a letter to The Lancet condemning the reopening as a “dangerous and unethical experiment”.

http://archive.today/2021.10.30-062600/https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/10/29/lockdown-fanatics-should-ashamed/

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EXCLUSIVE: Boozy cocktail party with STRING QUARTET for bosses whose consultancy firm pocketed £28 million in Test and Trace cash – as it is revealed under-fire £37bn service still has nearly 2,000 consultants paid up to £6,600 A DAY – Daily Mail

Boston Consulting Group – paid £28million – held a boozy party this month

Images of the lavish bash showed scores of cocktails and string quartet

Unfortunate timing meant two weeks later the spend on the company was slated

Public Accounts Committee said NHS Test and Trace system failed objective

It said it had not ‘broken chains of COVID-19 transmission’ as it had intended

The PAC said it was ‘overly reliant on expensive contractors and temporary staff’

BCG declined to comment when contacted by MailOnline over the party

Lord John Mann said they should ‘hang heads in shame’ and give money back

http://archive.today/2021.10.28-121707/https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10136179/Boozy-party-STRING-QUARTET-bosses-firm-pocketed-28m-Test-Trace-cash.html

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NHS cash being spent on football season tickets, beach huts and theme park trips – The telegraph

NHS cash is being spent on football season tickets, National Trust memberships and renting beach huts, an investigation has revealed.

Restaurant meals, Amazon Prime membership, PlayStation consoles and theme park passes have also been funded under the health service system of “personal budgets”.

http://archive.today/2021.10.21-112621/https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/10/21/nhs-cash-spent-football-season-tickets-beach-huts-theme-park/

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Whistleblower nurse describes conditions in NHS during covid response – The Reclaim Party

In this exclusive interview, Laurence Fox speaks to an NHS whistle-blower, who despite working throughout the lockdown, caring in the community, now faces the sack.

Simply because she doesn’t wish to get the vaccine. Hear her story now.

https://www.facebook.com/thereclaimpartyofficial/videos/4435805673161899/

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NHS boss says health service was NEVER overwhelmed in fight against Covid but warns ‘tough winter’ will see thousands more hospital treatments cancelled – Daily Mail

The head of the NHS today said the health service was never overwhelmed by Covid during the height of the pandemic.

Amanda Pritchard, chief executive of NHS England, told MPs expanding critical care, introducing new treatments and rolling out the vaccine prevented wards from being overrun over the last year-and-a-half.

http://archive.today/2021.10.20-114922/https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10107619/NHS-boss-says-health-service-NEVER-overwhelmed-fight-against-Covid.html

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The elderly were ‘just an afterthought’: Devastating report by MPs into Covid pandemic lays bare Government blunders, the £37bn test and trace fiasco… and the shocking decisions that left thousands to die in care homes – Daily Mail

First major inquiry into the Covid crisis says the tragic losses in care homes were among the highest in Europe

The report finds that deaths could have been prevented but instead elderly were treated as ‘an afterthought’ 

Finding is just one among catalogue of failings detailed in the inquiry by the health and science committees

The report found test and trace system which cost Government £37billion was also branded ‘chaotic’ fiasco

http://archive.today/2021.10.11-234511/https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10082067/Elderly-afterthought-Devastating-report-Covid-crisis-lays-bare-Government-blunders.html