Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Just how low can they sink?

 JUST how low can this Con Dem coalition or its lackeys sink?
How far do public servants and communicators feel obliged to go in doing the government's dirty work and covering up for it with lies, rather than really serving the public? 

 Ewing's Sarcoma is a form of bone cancer.
"In the United Kingdom, an average of six children per year are diagnosed, mainly males in early stages of puberty. Due to the prevalence of diagnosis during teenage years, there may possibly be a link between the onset of puberty and the early stages of this disease, although no research is currently being conducted to confirm this hypothesis".

We might think the small number of people thus afflicted when they are young and should be able to enjoy life and have a future to look forward to, are entitled to sympathy and decent treatment.

 A person called Chris Nelson has posted this on Facebook:
 It seems the reason this condition is common among young people is nothing to do with any teenage misbehaviour or irresponsibility, but related to rapid bone growth. So unless Chris Nelson's girlfriend is being accused of growing too fast, or eating too much dairy produce or something (for calcium), it is hard to see how she "contributed to her own medical condition".

Looking for more information I thought I'd see what 
 Macmillan Cancer Relief
has to say.

Ewing’s sarcoma is the second most common primary sarcoma in children and young people. This type of cancer is a bone cancer and most commonly occurs in the long bones, ribs, pelvis and spine (vertebral column). Fewer than 30 children in the UK develop Ewing’s sarcoma each year. It usually occurs in the teenage years, and is more common in boys. Although Ewing's sarcoma is a type of bone cancer, it can also occur very rarely in the soft tissues. This is called extraosseous Ewing's sarcoma. Another type of Ewing’s sarcoma is a primitive neuroectodermal tumour (PNET). These can be found in either the bone or soft tissue. Causes of Ewing's sarcoma Back to top The exact causes of primary bone cancer are unknown. The development of Ewing’s sarcoma may be related in some way to times of rapid bone growth, which may explain why more cases are seen in teenagers. Like other cancers, it’s not infectious and cannot be passed on to other people.

Nothing there about people contributing to their own condition.

Just in case we thought this was someone in the Department of Work and Pensions who had got things wrong and was overstepping the mark in their misplaced enthusiasm for making cuts, here is a reminder of what the government wants, and how far it is prepared to go. It comes from blogger Tom Pride, who also drew attention to Chris Nelson's Facebook posting.

03 Saturday Dec 2011
The government has finally done something so outrageous even I can’t be bothered to satirise it.    
The government has decided that cancer patients on chemotherapy will have to undergo tests to prove they can’t work.
This is not satire – it’s true.
Today Conservative and Liberal Democrat MPs rejected an amendment which would have exempted cancer patients.
Here’s what Ciarán Devane, Chief Executive of Macmillan Cancer Support said about it:
“We are bitterly disappointed on behalf of the thousands of cancer patients that the Government has today failed to protect. They will now be forced to bear the brunt of the economic crisis.
“Despite mass opposition from Lords, the public, their own supporters and the whole cancer community, the Government has pushed through an unfair proposal which means thousands of cancer patients – still recovering from their illness and therefore too sick to work – will see their income drop by up to £94 a week from April.
“Following press speculation that the Government plans to use the ‘financial privilege’ rule to force through welfare reform, we seek their assurances that this will not be the case. An issue where 89% of the public believes the Government has a moral duty to protect cancer patients from welfare cuts deserves the scrutiny of both Houses.”
- From Pride's Purge blog

  Those who have followed the government's attack on the sick and welfare claimants say it is not just about saving money, nor even the government's thoughtless viciousness towards the poor, but aimed at making health insurance riper and more attractive to the hovering private business interest vultures.

Meanwhile we know that civil servants are under pressure, with attacks on pensions and jobs, removal of union facility time, of tasks to the private sector, and downright bias against showing any sympathy or understanding for the people they deal with. (Except when these are wealthy tax evaders dining with senior officials). All the more reason to separate from those who are keen on doing the government's dirty work, and unite in resistance.  



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