NHS…National Health Crisis

I have certainly been overdue a political rant having not posted a political post since the Labour leadership election last September. So, when the headlines were discussing the state of the NHS in January, I thought there’ll be no better time to bring that barren spell to an end. However, I delayed the publication of this post in the hope of receiving a response to a Freedom of Information Request to ensure a more accurate post around the availability of hospital beds. I feel the time has now come to publish my views regardless after being sent on a wild goose chase between the Department of Health and the NHS England Press team with no solid reply. Once I had made that decision, the publication was delayed further as my target publication date was the day of the Westminister terror attack and it did not feel right to launch into a political rant at that time. It is long overdue but I hope you find it an interesting read...

I am pretty sure you will have seen the words Red Cross, NHS and humanitarian crisis in the same headlines back in January. This came into being after Mike Adamson, Chief Executive of the British Red Cross claimed to be ‘on the front line…responding to the humanitarian crisis all in our hospital and ambulance services across the country’.

mike Adamson of the british red cross made headlines in january likening the NHS to a humanitarian crisis [image from the Third sector]
Mike Adamson of the British red cross made headlines in January likening the NHS to a humanitarian crisis [image from the Third sector]

The Red Cross were deployed to aid the ‘East Midlands Ambulance service on New Years Day in the following cities: Nottingham, Leicester, Lincoln, Kettering and Northampton. Adamson’s comments came after it was reported that two patients died while waiting on emergency trolleys at Worcestershire Royal Hospital well in excess of the targeted 4 hours waiting time in Accident and Emergencies (A&E). read more

2017 Australian Grad Prix Review: Sebastian Vettel wins Down Under

The clocks went forward the weekend before last and for some of us, that meant an hour less sleep before watching the opening race of the F1 season live. It was a naughty 6 am race start UK time but the Australian Grand Prix was worth it. After two winter tests, the 10 teams raced their cars for the first time in Melbourne and we may have a title battle on for sure…

Circuit map of the Albert park Circuit, Melbourne [Image from formula1.com]
Circuit map of the Albert park Circuit, Melbourne [Image from formula1.com]

The Race Weekend

The Grand Prix weekend format
The Grand Prix weekend format

A lot of the regulations may have changed but the format of a race weekend has not. The weekend still consists of two practice sessions on a Friday (P1 and P2), a practice session on Saturday morning (P3). Qualifying still consists of three elements. The first (Q1) sees the slowest five eliminated and the same in again in the second session (Q2) before we have the top 10 shootout (Q3). The race is on Sunday. read more