Copies to Chairman of TSDHT – Admiral Sir Richard Ibbotson KBE, CB, DSC ‘Provider’ body
and Dr Paul Johnson Chairman of the Devon Clinical Commissioning Group ‘Commissioning’ body
and Professor Adrian Harris Executive Medical Director and Deputy Chief Executive, Royal Devon and Exeter
Open letter – see https://dhalpin.infoaction.org.uk/ or search ‘david halpin’
Dear Dr Dyer, 2nd of November 2020
This is necessarily long but should be of interest and a spur to re-evaluation of the present downward direction of OUR NHS, and towards the better for it, and for our society in general.
My own course as a patient, and in service within OUR NHS
You will know me by reputation, and from your wife Stephanie caring for me as a GP. She might have sought your advice as an endocrinologist about my iatrogenic but not fully expressed diabetes ‘insipidus’- due to damage of my secondary renal tubules from 27 years of Lithium – 800 mg pd rising to 1000 mg pd. Nocturia and extreme urgency of micturition resulting. ‘Isosthenuria.’ This was stopped in Spring 2019 at my request having learned of the cause of several ‘side effects’ from my reading. My fingertips were becoming numb and I love using my hands. This was out of self-diagnosis - ‘physician heal thyself!’. BNF advice was to review the need for further prescription of this nerve and kidney poison every 3-4 years. That never happened to my knowledge.
There were other deleterious side effects – cerebellar ataxia, thankfully largely resolved, shoe size increase from 11.5/12 to 14 – handmade boots necessary, sudden onset of hyperacusis with my own speech as I weened off the Li, etc. At a second opinion with Dr Jeannie Todd at the Hammersmith last March (requested by me) I was found to be a little dry (I note loss of skin turgor on waking in the morning), hyperparathyroidism secondary to Vit D deficiency, and some iron deficiency. Latter longstanding. I have put this down to achlorhydria. (Vit B12 required for about 15 years. I do not associate the latter with inappropriate consumption of Li.)
Readers might recall my summary of a long process well before any ‘consultation’ about a glossy ‘hub’. OUR NHS - Destabilise>demoralise>dismantle. And perhaps they would have read the quote from the annexe to my web site when I stood, with some exhilaration, as a truly independent candidate in Newton Abbot last December. Here it is again -
In his report to the Conservative Party’s Economic Reconstruction Group in 1977, Nicholas Ridley wrote that: "...denationalisation should not be attempted by frontal attack but by preparation for return to the private sector by stealth. We should first pass legislation to destroy the public sector monopolies. We might also need to take power to sell assets. Secondly, we should fragment the industries as far as possible and set up the units as separate profit centres."
But do not look just at the Tory party. The other two, Tweedledum and Tweedle, have the same core. This is called, by euphemism, ‘neo-liberal’. ‘New liberal’ - that is having been either on the ‘right’ or the ‘left’ before. This is typical of the distraction used to fascinate the minds of the electorate/plebiscite. The EU has it in its core also. The essence is the idea that competition brings efficiency and general good, as against the command economies of the former USSR or Mao’s China. The reader will know that neither ideology brings too much ‘good’. Good comes from the essential spirit within the human, and indeed the animal kingdom, along with ‘common sense’.
This large and complex ship is steaming at maximum knots. It is crammed to the gun-whales with passengers. On the bridge and down in the engine room there are the GPs, specialists, nurses and all the important others keeping the ship on course and the screws turning.
'Sparks' the radio officer is doing his best to keep up with the stream of often contradictory messages coming over the short wave from the owners' offices.
Hunt, Dr Poulter, Nicholson, Keogh, Hakin et al are barking out the orders across the ether. The deck hands are shifting the deck chairs furiously as directed from the Westminster head office whilst the band plays on, and on.
There is dense fog and there are icebergs about. Should the officers of the watch go to 'slow ahead' and change course? If the course and speed are held, disaster is sure. If the SS NHS sinks, it will be sunk for ever. It will never be re-floated.
Clerk to Haccombe with Combe Parish Council bccs to interested/supportive villagers
I have yet to reply to your brief e-mail when you told me that the 'PRWO' Mr Jonathan Rowlands had walked up the drove track, and then right up to No Man's Land a week or two after the 'fire', with two parish councillors. I will do so but should be grateful for your help as numbered below.
1. The PC has been privileged in receiving information from PC Robert Harvey about the arson. Although I e-mailed him twice I had no replies from him. He had replied about the theft of the post - in essence down to me. You told me that he said the black Ford Focus had been sold on several times. No crime number was given to me that your contacts with him had generated. The registration plate (and I learn they are being stolen and swapped without DVLA or police action) was recorded by the PC chairman, Tim Boarer. Please tell me of his relevant observations. You told me he had walked up the track that afternoon of the 2-06-2020 and seen the car positioned on the track - at a point nearest the linhay we finished building with a good stone mason and carpenter in 1994. Home to barn owls later - nest included by me in the building.
2. You said Mr Rowlands was going to write to me. 4 months have passed. I have heard nothing from him. As you know I have never had any contact with him ever since he was party with Dr Matthew Fox and the parish council in the removal of the posts in October 2012. The posts had been set in place by me and Mark Blaber, whom I have employed for most of 40 years in about 2000 to stop destruction, especially of the hedge bank I own. You will know that I have cared for this ancient drove track for c. 40 years, about six years before I bought the 25 acres to the east in 1986.
I have read again the two postings on my website found by searching <drove track>. My accounts are clear. I do not retreat one iota from saying 'the culmination of a malicious campaign by the Haccombe with Combe Parish Council.
To Jemma Woodman, journalist/presenter at BBC Spotlight SW. Copies to DG etc
Dear Ms Woodman,
I do my best to avoid the BBC except for Monty and Countryfile, but sample the wall to wall propagandare nero occasionally - as tonight at 6.30 pm. I find, unusually. that there is no I player link yet. Quote - at 9.35pm via https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000nffw
This programme will be available shortly (sic) after broadcast. See link below.
Briefly - I was trained in medicine at St Mary's Paddington from 1958 to 1964, and have been learning, and teaching, ever since. The scientific principles were at the fore in the home of penicillin, and the hospital had a strong focus on infection. We were taught very well in bacteriology, virology, epidemiology, and especially immunology. The later by an unusually good teacher - Professor Ken Porter. the son of a railwayman - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rodney_Robert_Porter
Pathology was central in our teaching and I was 'good' at it. Hence my continued interest in the 'unnatural' death of Dr David Kelly, a death uniquely never having been subject to an inquest - a sign of lawlessness in our dear country.
You unfortunately, along with many BBC commentators, including those on health, are not so well informed. However, you saw fit to interview the Chief Constable in an unbalanced way. It was almost an harangue. You could see the strain on his face. He is representing the Devon and Cornwall Police. His force 'picks up the pieces', and that has to do with the lowest media standards. You were citing several of many e-mails - in general demanding that the police should enforce 'The 2019/2020 Corona Virus Bill' - passed on the nod in just over 48 hours by a generally, morally bankrupt legislature. And to apocalyptic societal and economic cost. The BBC has amplified this C19 propaganda in every hour since.