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By 999 Call for the NHS, Apr 26 2020 02:58PM

According to the website the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) is

responsible for ensuring that timely and coordinated scientific advice is made available to decision makers to support UK cross-government decisions in the Cabinet Office Briefing Room (COBR). The advice provided by SAGE does not represent official government policy.

The membership of SAGE depends on the nature of the emergency but it typically includes leading experts from within government and leading specialists from the fields of academia and industry.

So the recent press discovery that so-called “advisor” to the Prime Minister - Dominic Cummings - has been sitting on the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies Covid19 meetings has raised yet more alarm and questions about the decision-making and logic of the government’s response to the pandemic. He’s not a scientist and he’s certainly not independent.

What has caused most alarm is the fact that the experts present at meetings and the evidence they have been presenting and gathering has not been made public. The Government are refusing to be open about it. So again... what is the political advisor doing at the SAGE meetings and what influence is he having there?

At the beginning of April current Chief Scientific Advisor Sir Patrick Vallance claimed the decision not to disclose its membership was based on security advice from the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) itself a rather flash government agency headed up by MI5 Chief Andrew Parker. Apparently those attending the meetings were possible targets of death threats.

What the hell were they discussing?

Despite MPs callling on the government to publish details of those attending the SAGE meetings the government has rejected the demands. Yet this week the Government’s own Chief Medical Officer, Professor Chris Whitty plainly said that he and SAGE Chair, Sir Patrick Vallance, had “no objection (in principle) to details of the membership being disclosed”.

But it appears Sir Patrick Vallance was sticking by his statement to the Science and Technology Committee that there were no plans to reveal the identities of the other Sage members. He said: 'Once Sage stops convening on this emergency the minutes of relevant Sage meetings, supporting documents and the names of participants (with their permission) will be published,'.

Vallance used the word “participants” and the press should take note. The use of the word “members” - which suggests a regular secretive group - might be a trap to avoid. SAGE is not a members committee. SAGE is called when an emergency occurs, pulls “experts” in and sits beneath the other emergency group COBR - the Cabinet Office Briefing Room.

Past SAGE attendee Professor Sir Ian Boyd, Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) from September 2012 to August 2019 told the Press Association how the voluntary SAGE process worked:

“There’s a pool of experts, and those people from within that pool, who are relevant to a particular topic will be called on at any particular time. What happens is that you get an email through or you get a calendar invite through which is a calling notice that says there’s going to be a SAGE at a particular time you’re invited to attend, and here’s the agenda.”

So are the press, like Matt Hancock, ramping it up for dramatic value? And are we - campaigners and angry confused public alike also falling for it? Yes a little. Drama is addictive and we are all reacting to the beat of theatrical drums. We need to try and suck the air out of overblown drama and identify where the real threats, real wrongdoings lie. SAGE is not a secret group with dark advisory secrets. But the refusal to publish the attendee list makes it appear so and justifiably arouses concern and anger. So quite rightly we should call the government out for their repeated (polite) mistakes and mishandling of the crisis.

At a time when a nation needs to feel that the leaders can be trusted - trust is totally lacking.

Time and again promises have been made at the 5pm Press Conference only to reveal that there was never any possibility of the promises being kept or completed. Personal Protection Equipment, weeks waiting and still failing according to many NHS workers; testing still nowhere near the promised targets and chaotic in its distribution not to mention the complete lack of a plan to act on the testing results (contact tracing and tracking, quarantine, cordon sanitaire (isolating areas) etc.)

Andrew Neil took to witter telling everyone to ‘get a grip’. Gladly Mr Neil you pompous oaf but...

Trouble is get a grip of what? Nothing is clear in the mis management of this public health crisis.

Cick on THIS LINK to see the leaked list of the 23rd March SAGE meeting. It is worth taking a look.

The supposed mystery and skullduggery of Cummins and his Vote Leave algorithm sidekick Ben Warner being present at the 23rd March meeting - the list leaked by someone - is yet one more step into the never ending labyrinth of confusion designed by this government’s apparent willful contempt, misuse and abuse of political infrastructures. It’s probably one more DEAD CAT for us all to get our knickers in a twist over.

One thing is clear though. Even if and when this government has a decent plan no one would believe it. And that is a terrible place for a country to be in.

A public looking to the leadership with a complete lack of TRUST.

By 999 Call for the NHS, Nov 26 2019 01:13AM

It seems the corporate world has learnt that people are cottoning on to the fact that if you outsource everything from bog roll to chemo nothing works as it's all fragmented, nothing is connected and in addition to losing control of EVERYTHING you also lose that vital organism - INFRASTRUCTURE!

The latest wheeze to come out of those clever boys and girls in suits and offices with table football and communal kitchens - oops! hubs sorry - is INSourcing. Apparently the word and practice has been around a few years but like most things it takes a little while for the buzzword effect to take on.

OUTSourcing is so 2012

Yep time to bring everything "back in-house". Sounds great. 999 Call for the NHS has - along with many others - been crying out for renationalisation of the NHS since 2014. But this InSourcing lark is confusing to say the least.

In Out In Out - Confused? You will be...
In Out In Out - Confused? You will be...

The discovery of yet another layer of embedded corporate meddling going on with the NHS framework has led us to a state of bewilderment. In addition to the Health Support Services Framework (see blog previous) which sees over 100 large global private companies offering "support" behind the blue logo there is also the NHS Shared Business Services... another layer of partnerships and best practice collaborators who are keen to interfere wherever they are welcome (or not).

And now they are promoting INSourcing... it's not OUTSourcing. Well let Phil Davies from the Shared Business Services explain...

"Insourcing - not to be confused with outsourcing - is where a third party provider of secondary care uses an NHS organisation's premises and equipment to deliver extra clinical capacity, outside of when they are normally in use. In most cases it is essentially an extension of a hospital's existing clinical service."

So... rather than send a patient to the private hospital down the road they will keep the patient within the hospital grounds but still use an external provider to boost the hospital services. And even just use the operating theatres at night when no one else is using them.

Sort of... Outsourcing... sort of thing... only not... well... In, out, shake it all about...

What's even more confusing is the statement on the Alliance Health Group website

"Our members are all NHS consultants and so understand healthcare from management to delivery, and how to make it better. Using our knowledge we assist NHS Trusts to identify their strategy, improve and deliver outstanding patient care."

So this is a company made up of NHS trained staff who are now setting themselves up as Doctorpreneurs. The staff are dividing and dividing... it's not OUTSourcing though. It's INSourcing

So that's a relief.

Only... not really. We might be a bit stupid but it doesn't make sense.

Especially as Labour has now introduced its "INSourcing Revolution"

Democratising Local Public Services: A Plan for Twenty-First Century Insourcing – Labour’s blueprint for a radical overhaul of local government – will be announced today at an event in London held by Labour’s Community Wealth Building Unit, a network of councillors and experts working together to rebuild local economies, renew faith in local services and deliver a renaissance of local government in communities across Britain in the face of austerity.

We're keeping our eyes and ears open along with many colleagues who operate within the Labour Party framework. We are hoping that Labour Insourcing is not the Shared Busines Services type of INSourcing which is not OutSourcing either...

The job of undoing all this complicated (deliberate) layering of corporate meddling management with its murky vague grey areas of crossover and under and around - it's going to be a huge task. Only a call for full renationalisation and a return to a public service model can save the NHS.

We have to force the corporate sector OUT. Does that involve INSourcing? We'll have to wait and see.

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