A letter to Admiral Sir Richard Ibbotson, dated April 13th 2017
Admiral Sir Richard Ibbotson KBE, CB, DSC, DLChairman of the Board of the Torbay and South Devon NHS Trust
Dear Sir Richard,
I write to you in your position as Commander of HMS Torbay! I assume you have ultimate responsibility for the actions, both good and bad, that take place under you. Thus I bring to you a very disturbing facet of the new plan for 'care at home'.
I am confident in writing to you because I was trained very well in all specialisms at St Mary's Hospital, qualifying in 1964. I then spent 11 years training in surgery, the last 5 being in orthopaedic and trauma surgery. I was appointed to serve in this role at Torbay in 1975. Although my 77th birthday is tomorrow, I have continued to take the closest interest in our medical services and in my fellow man, both here and in the world.
My central concern (among many) is contained in the annexe below - “prevention of hospital admissions”. This duty, as stated, is unethical. Furthermore, it places a burden on a person who has not been asked to provide evidence of any relevant qualification. Any conscientious GP would always consider whether admission to hospital was necessary and many would have the great benefit of observing/treating some patients in the local Community Hospital. So the only words which have an ethical basis is 'the Assistant Practitioner/Intermediate Practitioner will bring any concern about the patient to the GP.' He or she will consider the need for hospitalisation. (The title of this 'practitioner' is nebulous and should be clearly defined.)
Just in from my good doctor colleague Tony Davies. I think he is over 80 but keeps going. We have been in Palestine together. Note EU funding of community centre. Hundreds of structures built with EU money have been destroyed. A vile game since the EU supports the entity in all ways. Its protests are feeble and made to bounce off the wall.
bcc to Mr John Mann Chairman of the British Parliamentary Committee Against Anti-Semitism
Dear Friends, Just before Christmas I spent a week in the Palestinian village of Umm al Kheir. This was because a number of families had their homes demolished in 2016. The villagers asked for an international to stay with them in the hope that this would discourage the Israeli army from bulldozing more buildings -- a particularly brutal thing to do at this time of year. It has been unusually cold and there have been some heavy rain storms. I am doubtful about my visit having had much influence on the Israeli army but the villagers have been very welcoming and kind to me. At least they feel that there are people in other countries who are aware of and concerned about their plight. With very best wishes for 2017 -- Tony
Let Mr Carter ponder on these specks of Palestinian suffering. Racist? Cruel beyond imagining? Without feelings of guilt?
Just the last three of several hundred acts that I have sifted out of thousands and thousands.
And read this speck Mr Carter
Dear David Halpin,
I recently read the following email/article/opinion piece on your website. It is not entirely clear, but am I right to assume that it was written by you?
I have to say, I read it with some shock and concern. In it, the author states that:
“It is utterly inappropriate for any discussion about anti-Jewishness to be guided by any Israeli organ. There are many reasons. For instance, it is a deeply racist entity.”
Israel is the place from which Judaism originates and where half of the world’s Jewish population lives. Since its establishment it has been the one country that offers persecuted Jews from around the world unconditional safe haven. It is the religious and cultural heart of Judaism.
In addition to this, the UK recently adopted the International Definition of Anti-Semitism. As a part of that definition, it makes clear that it is anti-Semitic to deny the Jewish people their right to self-determination – for example by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavour or, indeed, a “deeply racist entity”.
Further, I am really not sure what this passage means:
“http://antisemitism.org.uk/parliament/members-biogs/ Look at the membership. Phillipa Whitford Keir Starmer and others on the 'Labour' right - what motivates them? Certainly not humanity nor logic.”
Can I please ask, what is it that you thinks motivates them? It feels as if you are making deeply uncomfortable suggestions without any evidence to support your claims.
I look forward to hearing from you.
This to Mr Mann MP and Zionists 4-06-16. No reply so far and one not likely either. I have no voice - unlike them.
Title 'Conflation' of Jewishness/Judaism with 'Israel' (version to Mann edited)
Sent to the "Parliamentary Committee Against Anti-Semitism" Chairman Mr John Mann
A friend sent me a tweet "Today MPs join the Knesset Committee on Diaspora Affairs to discuss British parliamentary efforts to address antisemitism & hate crime" 4th January.
It is utterly inappropriate for any discussion about anti-Jewishness to be guided by any Israeli organ. There are many reasons. For instance, it is a deeply racist entity. Lethal actions by it are frequent. (I have experienced that intent twice personally.) There are over 400 children imprisoned there, and many are tortured. Denial of water. Robbery of land etc etc.
Dear Nick and colleagues,
Now in my 76th year and unable to stand by whilst people suffer - as you know. In the attached letter, there are two links to important broadcasts. The second attachment is written by Dr Sarah Wollaston MP. We need quietness, thought and logic in our sacred calling, not thoughtless upheaval. Sacred in a philosophical sense.
For truth and with best wishes
Formal titles -“INTO THE FUTURE Re-shaping community based health services”
'Driving quality, delivering value, improving services'
In fact – closing four Community Hospitals (CHs), including Ashburton/Buckfastleigh and substituting 'Care at Home'
The consultation extended from 1st of September 2016 to 23rd of November
21 December 2016
This briefing paper has been written in the event of the committee of the League of Friends of the Ashburton and Buckfastleigh Community Hospital (A&BL LoF) deciding that an application should be sought for a Judicial Review about elements of the consultation conducted by the South Devon and Torbay Clinical Commissioning Group (SD&T CCG)
I made detailed responses to the 'consultation' 21st November but 'interacted' with the CCG many times before. The document provides useful context and contains two, or possibly three elements which a barrister might consider justiciable. (1)
The SD&T CCG, like all others, was set up by the Health and Social Care Act of 1st April 2012. It was charged with commissioning medical services and, presumably, in pursuing efficiency, economy and safety in those services. The South Devon Care Trust, which had direct reponsibility for the Community Hospitals, launched the first consultation on the proposal to close CHs and substitute 'care at home' in the autumn of 2012. That ran into the sand. SD&T CCG has been consulting (wearing down) about these proposals throughout 2014 – 2016, with the formal period as noted above.
A large amount of material has been dispersed but traditional notices like posters have seldom been used. A large majority of the population does not know what the 'CCG' stands for or does. They would not be helped if they read, say, the Formal Governing Body meeting of April 2016 and its 263 pages.