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Taxpayers getting shafted once again

The Irish Times – Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Q&A

MARTIN WALL

Who will benefit from the early retirement/voluntary redundancy schemes? 

The schemes will be primarily aimed at staff in managerial/administrative and clerical grades in the HSE, voluntary hospitals and in voluntary health service agencies funded by the HSE. They will also be offered to support staff, such as catering, portering, cleaning and maintenance personnel. Approval for applications from these grades will depend on the number of management and administrative staff who apply and on the basis of the overall budget for the scheme not being breached.

How many people will leave? 

This will very much depend on the categories of staff who opt for the packages. The Government has capped the budget for the schemes at €400 million and if a large number of senior managers choose to go, it will restrict the overall numbers.

Minister for Health Mary Harney said about 4,000 managerial and administrative staff could leave. The HSE said it was estimating that between 3,000 and 5,000 personnel could go.

How do the two schemes differ? 

There is a voluntary early retirement scheme, which is open to employees over 50. This provides for immediate payment of pension entitlements on retirement with no actuarial reduction in respect of payment prior to minimum retirement age. Full lump-sum entitlement will also be paid and payments will not take into account the salary cuts introduced in the public service earlier this year.

The voluntary redundancy scheme will involve a severance payment of three weeks’ pay per year of service in addition to statutory entitlements, subject to an overall limit of two years’ pay. This could see some senior managers getting €300,000.

Is there a deadline for applying? 

Applications will have to be submitted by November 19th. Staff who take a package must leave the health service by December 30th.

Will all applications be accepted? 

Applications from managerial/ administrative staff will be prioritized and will be approved automatically, subject to the overall €400 million budget not being breached.

How will services be maintained? 

Management plans to use the provisions of the Croke Park agreement to redeploy staff or introduce more flexible work practices. Much will depend on the type of staff who actually leave. It may be easier to maintain services in administrative areas than if a large number of porters or catering staff, for example, from one organization took the packages.

Why are these packages on offer now? 

Since the establishment of the HSE in 2005 there have been questions raised as to why there was no rationalization of administrative and managerial staff given that 11 health boards were being amalgamated. On at least two occasions in recent years the HSE and the Department of Health drew up proposals for a voluntary redundancy scheme but these were rejected by the Department of Finance.

source http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2010/1102/1224282482579.html

Comment:

Having signed the Croke Park deal the government now have realized it was a disaster for the taxpayers of the country with 70% of the Health Services Budget going on salaries, this commitment should never have happened because the country could not afford to shelter any group of state employees if it was going to make any real savings  

So Not only is the HSE now closing down services and hospital beds they have now found 450,000,000:00 Euros to allow these middle management to retire laden down with these bumper benefits

Earlier this year we were told citizens will have to work an extra 3 years for the state pension (68)

With this deal thousands of state workers get to have their state pension up to 18 years earlier and this when the country is broke?

We the taxpayers were told back in 2005 that the rationalization of administrative and managerial staff was one of the reasons for the establishment of the HSE in the First place, given that 11 health boards were being amalgamated.

Now the taxpayers are again getting a raw deal here and the ordinary Joe public is been shafted once again having to foot the bill again! If you thought things were bad in the Health Service think again we are about to feel real pain now thanks to Harney.

Harney your hands are stained with blood and you know the country hasn’t got this 450 million it has to be borrowed why don’t you go and take all your cronies with you?

Billions for NAMA and sod the rest of us!

The right to work Campaign (3)

Mr. John Gormley, T.D., Ref:pollution of the river stream

Dear Mr Clarke,

I have been asked by Mr. John Gormley, T.D., Minister for the
Environment, Heritage and Local Government to refer to your recent email
in connection with the continuing pollution of the river stream.

A further email on this matter will issue as soon as possible.

Yours sincerely,
__________________
Eddie Kiernan
Private Secretary
>>> thomas clarke <1machholz@gmail.com> 21/04/2010 13:57 >>>
minister@environ.ie <minister@environ.ie>

On behalf of the local residents associations

21.04.2010

To the Minster,

Department of the environment.

Dear Sir or madam

We would like to respectfully bring again to your attention, the
continuing
pollution of the river stream, flowing through our housing estate via a
24”
sewerage pipe  link

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FpuVAdlhKlk

(Exact address supplied below)

Despite many previous complaints to your department and the local
Wicklow
County Council we are still plagued with this health hazard

We again call on you to do you can to bring this matter to a positive
conclusion as we fear this problem is getting worse as the destruction
of  the
environment yards away from our homes  continues

Selling Death !

Head shops legally selling death!

I attach a report on some of the compounds that are been sold to children from these head shops

You will be aware that two children were found dead last week in England after consuming “mephedrone”

Will we have to wait for the death of Irish children before we ban these Drugs?

On December 18, our reporter delivered all three – Blow, Charge and Diablo XXX – to the National Drug Advisory and Treatment Centre on Dublin’s Pearse Street for analysis.

The results came back on January 6. Blow and Diablo contained mephedrone, while Charge showed indications of lidocaine and flephedrone. The main biochemist said: ‘Mephedrone and flephedrone are synthetic compounds. These are not herbal highs, these are synthetic drugs.’ ‘The presence of lidocaine in the Charge product may explain how it might be marketed as a cocaine substitute, as lidocaine has long been used as an adulterant of cocaine due to similarities in its effects.

‘These compounds may have very similar effects to illegal drugs. While some chemically related drugs such as cathinone are controlled, mephedrone is currently not controlled. ‘A small change in the chemical structure can make a drug that’s not controlled. Mephedrone is chemically related to some illegal drugs.

‘Mephedrone is a substituted cathinone.

Cathinones are derivatives of phenethylamines (the family of amphetamine compounds that include MDMA ‘ecstasy’). The number of these new drugs has meant that that restricting them is difficult.’ According to a December study by Liverpool’s John Moore’s University, the side effects of mephedrone and flephedrone can include palpitations, sweating, insomnia, loss of short-term memory, vertigo, grinding teeth and dizziness. According to the HRB, mephedrone has been linked to two deaths in Sweden – where it was made illegal in 2009.

source http://findarticles.com/p/news-articles/mail-on-sunday-london-england-the/mi_8003/is_2010_Jan_17/cocaine-100pc-legal-head-shops/ai_n48662782/pg_2/

See just dead wood and no Heart!

Yesterday, the minister revealed she had learned of the 58,000 unchecked X-rays in December. But she insisted she only realized the scale of the problem on Tuesday.

Full article link http://www.independent.ie/national-news/calls-mounting-for-the-resignation-of-hopeless-harney-2095141.html

Adding my voice to the thousands of calls for this Minster to resigne will make on difference  as walking over bodies for this person is all in a days worke ,This I foubnd out my self personally ,remember the Susi Long case ,(http://www.susielonghospice.com/about%20Susie.html) I  was the only person at a PD Meeting to tell Harney that I could not suport her any longer as I belived she was wrong with the policies she was persuining at the time and they cost this woman her life I could not support this any longer!

Things havent changed and she is still clinging on to power and that is all she wants !

she started out great but power corrups totally! 

 

Adding my voice for this disastrous and useless minster to resign is not really going to be of any help, Iwas also shouted down be an elderly woman saying “here we go again”
Harney sat there stone faced and said nothing
I knew the she was out for herself in politics and that has been proven so many times since! Harney has lost her way many years ago and this suited Fiannia Fail to have a scapegoat and in Harney they have a perfect one!
The entire Government is all clapped out, wasted and dry, rotten fruit clinging to the tree branches waiting for a wind strong enough to blow it down!

It better happen soon before the Farmer will have to take the Axe to the dead wood!

Appeal for Haiti

 Urgent ,Please Help !

WHO corruption ?

 

 

WHO Scientists Corruption Scandals Appear Endemic
author of Full Spectrum Dominance: Totalitarian Democracy in the New World Order
by F. William Engdahl

http://www.financialsense.com/editorials/engdahl/2010/0111.html

January 12, 2010

The much-touted threat of an H1N1 Pandemic flu fades in the mildest flu season on record, and governments are left sitting on millions of dollars of stocks of vaccines. The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe will begin an official investigation into evidence of  scandalous corruption relationships in the new “Golden Triangle” of the global drugs industry—WHO, its scientific academic ‘advisors’ of SAGE, and the pharma drugs industry, yet new confirmations of the extent of official corruption are emerging.

Further information of official WHO corruption has emerged as people begin to look more closely at the unelected officials wielding so much power over our health.

According to WHO’s official declaration on conflicts of interest, its official scientific advisory body, the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization (SAGE), are obliged to inform on all kinds of financial research support, scholarships, payment for collaboration and sponsor support for the research unit, during the past three years.

Now despite a WHO pledge of transparency in publishing the ties of its members or advisors to the pharma industry, a Danish Freedom of Information Act request by Louise Voller & Kristian Villesen for the Danish daily newspaper Information has confirmed that the newest member of the elite SAGE, Finnish Professor Juhani Eskola, an advisor managed not to reveal the fact that his Finnish research laboratory, THL, a WHO research center, got 6.3 million Euros (about $9 million) from swine flu vaccine maker, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) in 2009. GSK produces the H1N1 swine flu vaccine, ‘Pandemix’ which the Finnish and many other governments, following the recommendations of THL and WHO, purchased in large volumes as a national pandemic reserve. 1

The Finnish Minister of Health has become involved in the Eskola case and has asked for transparency concerning the researcher’s financial ties to the pharmaceutical industry. However, Professor Eskola doesn’t agree that there is a problem. He secures and protects his ‘WHO’ status, by offering a minor ‘consultative payment’ to the pharmaceutical company, Novartis.

The GSK money is the THL lab’s largest income source. Questioned about the obvious conflict of interest in the appointment of Eskola to “objectively” advise WHO on vaccines, Eskola admits, “We are aware that there appears to be a conflict interest.”

‘Mr Flu’ and the stench of corruption

Eskola is part of a much more pervasive corruption in the scientific advisors of WHO. The scientist perhaps most influential in the vaccine decisions of WHO since the outbreak of SARS in Asia and Avian Flu several years ago is Holland’s Professor Albert Osterhaus. Known as ‘Mr Flu’ for his enormous influence over WHO and other flu decisions, Osterhaus lost his shine recently when the Dutch Parliament was forced to investigate Osterhaus’ ties to the pharma industry.

Osterhaus, of the Erasmus University in Rotterdam Holland has been named by Dutch media researchers as the person at the center of the worldwide Swine Flu H1N1 Influenza A 2009 pandemic hysteria. Not only is Osterhaus the connecting person in an international network that has been described as the Pharma Mafia, he is THE key advisor to WHO on influenza and is intimately positioned to personally profit from the billions of euros in vaccines allegedly aimed at H1N1.  

Osterhaus’s credentials and expertise in his field were not in question. What is in question, according to a short report published by the journal Science, are his links to corporate interests that stand to potentially profit from the swine flu pandemic. Science carried the following brief note in its October 16 2009 issue about Osterhaus:


For the past 6 months, one could barely switch on the television in the Netherlands without seeing the face of famed virus hunter Albert Osterhaus talking about the swine flu pandemic. Or so it has seemed. Osterhaus, who runs an internationally renowned virus lab at Erasmus Medical Center, has been Mr. Flu. But last week, his reputation took a nosedive after it was alleged that he has been stoking pandemic fears to promote his own business interests in vaccine development.Last week, his reputation took a nosedive after it was alleged that he has been stoking pandemic fears to promote his own business interests in vaccine development. As Science went to press, the Dutch House of Representatives had even slated an emergency debate about the matter.” 2

Albert Osterhaus is no small player. He stands at the global nexus of every major virus panic of the past decade from the mysterious SARS deaths in HongKong, where current WHO Director Margaret Chan got her start in her career as a local health official. According to his official bio at the European Commission, Osterhaus was engaged in April 2003, at the height of the panic over SARS (Severe Acquired Respiratory Syndrome) in investigation of the Hong Kong outbreak of respiratory illnesses. The EU report states, “he again showed his skill at moving fast to tackle a serious problem. Within three weeks he had proved that the disease was caused by a newly discovered coronavirus that resides in civet cats, other carnivorous animals or bats.” 3

Then Osterhaus moved on as SARS cases vanished from view, this time publicizing dangers of what he claimed was H5N1 Avian Flu. In 1997 he had already began sounding the alarm following the death in Hong Kong of a three-year-old who Osterhaus learned had had direct contact with birds. Osterhaus went into high gear lobbying across Holland and Europe claiming that a deadly new mutation of avian flu had jumped to humans and that drastic measures were required. He claimed to be the first scientist in the world to show that H5N1 could be transferred into humans. 4

In a BBC interview in October 2005 on the danger of Avian Flu, Osterhaus declared, “…if the virus manages indeed to, to mutate itself in such a way that it can transmit from human to human, then we have a completely different situation, we might be at the start of the pandemic.” He added, “there is a real chance that this virus could be trafficked by the birds all the way to Europe. There is a real risk, but nobody can estimate the risk at this moment, because we haven’t done the experiments.”5
It never did manage to mutate, but he was ready to “do the experiments,” presumably for a hefty fee. ;

To bolster his frightening pandemic scenario, Osterhaus and his lab assistants in Rotterdam began assiduously assembling and freezing samples of, well, bird shit, in an attempt to build a more scientific argument. He claimed that at certain times of the year up to 30% of all European birds acted as carriers of the deadly avian virus, H5N1. He also claimed that farmers working with hens and chickens were then exposed. Osterhaus briefed journalists who dutifully noted his alarm. Politicians were alerted. He wrote papers proposing that the far away deaths in Asia from what he termed H5N1 were coming to Europe, presumably on the wongs or in the innards of deadly sick infected birds. He claimed that migratory birds were carrying the deadly new disease as far west as Germany’s Baltic island, Rügen, Croatia and Ukraine.6
He conveniently ignored the fact that birds do not migrate east to west but rather north to south.

Osterhaus’ Avian Flu alarm campaign really took off in 2003 when a Dutch veterinary doctor became ill and died. Osterhaus claimed the death was from H5N1. He convinced the Dutch government to order slaughter of millions of chickens. Yet no other infected persons died from the alleged H5N1. Osterhaus claimed that that was simply proof of the effectiveness of the preemptive slaughter campaign.7

Osterhaus claimed that bird feces were the source, via air bombardment or droppings, onto populations and birds below. That was the vehicle for the spread of the deadly new Asian strain of H5N1 he insisted.

There was only one problem with the now voluminous frozen samples of diverse bird excrement he and his associates had collected and frozen at his institute. There was not one single confirmed example of H5N1 virus found in any of his samples. At a May 2006 Congress of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), Osterhaus and his Erasmus colleagues were forced to admit that in testing 100,000 samples of their assiduously saved bird feces, they had discovered not one single case of H5N1 virus. 8

At a WHO conference in Verona in 2008 titled “Avian influenza at the Human-Animal Interface,” in a presentation to scientific colleagues undoubtedly less impressed by appeals to pandemic emotion than the non-scientific public, Osterhaus admitted that “A proper risk assessment of H5N1 as the cause of a new pandemic cannot be made with the currently available information.” 9
By then, however, his sights were already firmly on other possible pandemic triggers to focus his vaccination activities.

A Mexican outbreak of a strange disease rapidly became swine flu, the now-famous H1N1 Influenza A of 2009 and ‘Mr Flu’ was once more at the forefront sounding the alarm at WHO.

Tip of a big, big iceberg

The financial ties of Eskola and Osterhaus to the pharma industry that stands to gain from their scientific recommendations to WHO is but the tip of a big, big iceberg.

The following list of WHO researchers, prepared by Information,10
name more scientists reported to have financial ties to Big Pharma, suggesting the entire WHO system is systematically corrupt:

*Dr. Peter Figueroa, Professor in the Department of Community Health and Psychiatry in Jamaica, has received money from Merck.

*Dr. Neil Ferguson has received funding from Baxter, GlaxoSmithKline, and Roche, as well as from some insurance companies

*Professor Malik Peiris in Hong Kong has received money from Baxter GlaxoSmithKline and Sanofi Pasteur.

*Dr. Arnold Monto, advisor to Chiron, GlaxoSmithKline, MedImmune, Roche, Novartis, Baxter and Sanofi Pasteur, has received funding from same.

*Dr. Friedrich Hayden, consultant to MedImmune and Sanofi Pasteur, received money from those companies, in addition to Roche, RW Johnson, and SmithKline Beecham.

*’Dr Flu’ Prof. Albert Osterhaus has received money from Baxter, Crucell, Novartis, Hoffman-La Roche, MedImmune, Nobilon, Sanofi Pasteur, MSD, GlaxoSmithKline, and Solvay.

The WHO is in the powerful position of reviewing and making vaccine recommendations to the world.

Changing the definition of Pandemic

In an interview with Der Spiegel magazine in Germany, epidemiologist Dr. Tom Jefferson of the Cochrane Collaboration, an organization of independent scientists evaluating all flu related studies, noted the implications of the privatization of WHO and the commercialization of health:

Jefferson:“…one of the extraordinary features of this influenza — and the whole influenza saga — is that there are some people who make predictions year after year, and they get worse and worse. None of them so far have come about, and these people are still there making these predictions. For example, what happened with the bird flu, which was supposed to kill us all? Nothing. But that doesn’t stop these people from always making their predictions. Sometimes you get the feeling that there is a whole industry almost waiting for a pandemic to occur.

SPIEGEL: Who do you mean? The World Health Organization (WHO)?

Jefferson: The WHO and public health officials, virologists and the pharmaceutical companies. They’ve built this machine around the impending pandemic. And there’s a lot of money involved, and influence, and careers, and entire institutions! And all it took was one of these influenza viruses to mutate to start the machine grinding…12

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When asked if the WHO had deliberately declared the Pandemic Emergency in order to create a huge market for H1N1 vaccines and drugs, Jefferson replied,

“Don’t you think there’s something noteworthy about the fact that the WHO has changed its definition of pandemic? The old definition was a new virus, which went around quickly, for which you didn’t have immunity, and which created a high morbidity and mortality rate. Now the last two have been dropped, and that’s how swine flu has been categorized as a pandemic.”

Conveniently enough, the WHO published the new Pandemic definition in April 2009 just in time to allow WHO, on advice of SAGE and others like Albert “Dr Flu” Osterhaus and David Salisbury, to declare the mild cases of flu dubbed H1N1 Influenza A to be declared Pandemic Emergency.13

Pandemic declaration automatically activates countless national emergency preparations including mandatory stockpiling of vaccines, vaccines supplied, of course, by the same pharmaceutical companies pouring money into the advisors of WHO. For them the new “Golden Triangle” is perhaps even more lucrative than the Asian Golden Triangle of drugs in the 1960’s Vietnam War era. And so far it’s all legal to boot.

AIB Broke!

 

I read that the HSE, (THE Health Service Executive) is now expected to have surplus stocks of the swine flu vaccine next year after it entered into an €80m contract with drug companies.

Ireland was one of the countries which placed early orders for pandemic vaccines and is promised 7.7 million doses.

Just another example of waste of public funds!

The gob ***s running this incompetent organization are wasting billions and are employing hoards of pen pushing management clerks ,who have no obvious responsibilities


Then we see that the Governments declared policy that the salaries of the bank chefs would be capped at 500.00:00 Euros, is rubbished, as the new AIB boss is getting 650.000:00 Euros and is an insider as well

How much more of this crap, will the Irish public swallow?

Let the people have their say!

“Deep divisions” are opening up in Irish society and attempts are being made to drive a wedge between public sector and private sector workers, Eamon Gilmore told the annual conference of Labour Youth in the Mansion House Dublin last night.

He said Friday’s huge turnout of both public and private sector workers at the Irish Congress of Trade Union’s (Ictu) national day of protest showed “workers are not going to lie down and meekly accept being singled out by Fianna Fáil and the Greens”.

“The Government is saying that the €4billion that needs to be found in this budget must be achieved by targeting those on social welfare; those who work in the public service; and those who are dependent on public services.

More at link

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2009/1108/breaking21.htm

Mr Gilmore, it surprises me to think that you did not anticipated this strategy from the Government and its media cronies, but what is more surprising is that you stated on TV last week to David Williams that if NAMA was passed you in a future Government would not change anything with NAMA

This has to be the shock of the year for me and thousands of others that thought you could be the obvious choice to replace Brian Cowen!

It is now not as clear to me if I should vote for Labour.

In light of this revelation, I call upon you now to demand an immediate General election.

You can stop NAMA from ever happening then,

(That is if you are really determent to stop it)

We the people have the right to vote on this ourselves don’t you think?

 

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