Thursday, January 11, 2007

"in the interests of truth, tolerance and justice."

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Activists to march on Guantanamo
Protesters are gathering at the US Guantanamo prison to demand its closure ahead of the fifth anniversary of the first "war on terror" detentions

So the US government has these alleged terrorists in custody and from what I have read they seem to have a lot of evidence of their crimes. As I have said before, I am not the brightest bunny and sometimes I do have a problem with memory retention but I don't understand why if they have all this evidence why the accused have been in custody for so long without coming to trial.
I am a member of Amnesty International and I have written letters for them for 15 years and I never fail to be shocked at the atrocities that occur in the world but I just can't rationalise how something like Guantanamo prison could happen and still be happening in the 21st century. I do believe in the law and justice but this just does not seem like justice to me.

Whitehall: We may never hit superbug target

By Celia Hall, Medical Editor
Last Updated: 2:14am GMT 11/01/2007

The Telegraph
The Government target for halving cases in England of the hospital superbug, MRSA, will not be met next year and may never be met, according to a secret Department of Health memorandum.

It makes it clear that a second infection, Clostridium difficile, (C. difficile) is responsible for more deaths than MRSA, that there has been a "significant increase" in cases and that it is "endemic" throughout the health service. Cases increased by 17.2 per cent in 2005 over the previous year.
The memorandum suggests that £270 million needs to be spent on ward sinks for handwashing, specialist cleaning kit and isolation facilities in the battle to stem the rising rate of C. difficile infections.

Doesn't the above make you feel so confident!
Runningman broke his neck and he ended up with MRSA (his named nurse had the infection in her ears for 2 years and was unable to get rid of it and was allowed to continue working!)
He also has Clostridium in his ears which he can't seem to get rid of.
I had a baby and ended up with MRSA and the reason why people don't sue..........because they can't prove who gave it to them. When I had MRSA my Doctor did not think I would recover and I'm glad he didn't tell me that until afterwards!
I hate to use the phrase BACK TO BASICS but the Health authorities just do not have enough money to pay for adequate cleaning. When Pianoman had his stroke I was shocked to see how dirty the hospital was, I noticed overflowing bags of rubbish and laundry and Doctors, Nurses , ward staff and other medical staff who either did not wash their hands or did it inadequately. Medical personal who wear their uniforms outside of work also pi** me off, they are either bringing infection from work or taking it in.

Doctor ties 'to go in MRSA fight' Tuesday, 21 February 2006,
Medics should ditch ties in a bid to combat hospital superbugs such as MRSA, doctors' leaders say.

The British Medical Association has urged its members to shun the neckwear as they are rarely cleaned and could be a source of infections.
But the BMA said hygiene standards had been compromised as the number of cleaners in the NHS has fallen over the past 20 years from 100,000 to a low of 55,000 in 2003-4.
The report said reduced bed numbers and higher patient turnover to meet performance targets had also made good infection control more difficult.

It said the most important measure that could be taken was for patients, staff and visitors to clean their hands regularly.

This is how the Royal College Of Nursing feels in their Wipe It Out campaign on MRSA
Uniforms: infection control issues

Minimum professional and personal standards

  • Staff must change out of their uniform promptly at the end of a shift.
  • Staff must presume some degree of contamination, even on clothing which is not visibly soiled.
  • Hands must be washed and dried after handling fabric.
  • Uniforms must be carried separately from other items - clean and dirty uniforms must not be transported together.
  • Hand washing clothing items is ineffective and unacceptable.
  • Entering commercial premises in uniform/clothing is unacceptable.
  • Community staff should travel directly between locations.
  • Staff must follow an organisation’s dress code and guidance on the wearing and decontamination of uniforms
  • Staff should not wear jewellery; fingernails should be short and free of nail varnish (false nails are unacceptable) and hair should be worn neatly in a style that does not require frequent re-adjustment.

So the next time you see a medical professional in their uniform in ASDA or TESCO remind them that they are either taking infection into or bringing it from work.

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An Irish Blessing

(A Blessing from St. Patrick)
May the road rise to meet you,

May the wind be always at your back,

May the sun shine warm upon your face,

May the rains fall soft upon your fields,

And, until we meet again,

May God hold you in the hollow of His hand.