Frail grandmother collapses after being sent home from hospital in a taxi at 6am wearing only her nightgown
A frail pensioner was sent home from hospital alone and wearing only a nightie at 6am, her family claimed yesterday. Beulah Parr, 83, had been admitted the night before after falling out of bed in her sheltered housing accommodation.
She was sent home in a taxi, dropped off in the car park of the flats where she lives and collapsed once she got inside, her family say.
They claim they were not even told she had been admitted and only found out after they went to check on her and found her struggling on the floor four hours later.
Mrs Parr, who is the main carer for her 87-year-old husband Dennis, who has dementia, is now back in hospital after being diagnosed with a chest infection.
Her family claim that being discharged in the early hours made her condition worse. Her son-in-law, Richard Smart, said yesterday: ‘It is medical negligence. The hospital just thought this is an old lady, she has seen better days, let’s get rid. ‘It is absolutely shocking. I wouldn’t treat a dog like that.’ He added: ‘She has been back in hospital for nearly a week now.’
Mrs Parr’s ordeal, at Dewsbury District Hospital, emerged on the day the Daily Mail revealed that an elderly dementia patient was discharged from a different hospital at 2am because bosses said it was ‘in her best interests’. Eileen Hansbury, 89, had suffered a suspected broken nose in a fall.She was taken back to her care home in an ambulance.
Her family accused Warrington Hospital of being more interested in freeing up beds than protecting her interests.
Earlier this month it emerged that up to 400,000 NHS patients were discharged between 11pm and 6am last year.
Mrs Parr, a retired seamstress who also has a blood disorder and sight problems, fell out of bed at the flat she shares with her husband in Wakefield, West Yorkshire on April 17. Her husband pulled the emergency cord and she was taken to A&E at about 11.45pm. When she returned home she collapsed again, and her frail husband was unable to lift her up or raise the alarm.
Mr Smart said the driver of the ambulance who took her to hospital had told him he specifically asked A&E staff to contact her family, but they did not
He added: ‘She was put in a taxi with an unknown male driver and was wearing just a nightie. If we had not found her she could have been lying there for hours. We have been told it could have developed into pneumonia.’
Mrs Parr was referred back to hospital later that day by her GP. She is being treated for the chest infection at Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield.
Her husband, who served with the Royal Engineers in the Second World War, is receiving respite care.
Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust chief nurse Tracey McErlain-Burns said: ‘I am sorry for any distress that Mrs Parr and her family have experienced as our aim is to provide the highest possible level of service. ‘We have spoken with the family directly and are looking into their concerns.’
Some great British comedies no longer “correct”
Cowardly broadcasters are blacklisting TV classics like It Ain’t Half Hot Mum for fear of causing offence
BBC2 is currently halfway through airing a documentary series suggesting that the 1970s was a very misunderstood decade. Although it has briefly mentioned that several comedy shows of the era reflected the roots of a sexually permissive society and environmentalism, it is a fair bet that some of the more controversial – but truly groundbreaking – productions will be quietly ignored.
Morecambe and Wise is still lauded as the gold standard of the era, with The Two Ronnies a close second, but the swift fall from modern grace afforded to most other offerings of the time is a telling barometer of changing societal attitudes, and not always for the better.
Comfortable stockbroker-belt cheese, represented by Terry and June in their detached suburban house, has long since gone out of fashion, unless accompanied by a dysfunctional family aspect. And Man About the House – and its spin-offs George and Mildred and Robin’s Nest – are rarely aired since increasing gender equality meant even the merest hint of female subservience was frowned upon. However by far the biggest shift has been in the area of race.
One would struggle to discover it now, but the ‘70s brought forth a plethora of comedies inspired what was then the brand new idea of multiculturalism. A nation that was still emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, complete with a suspicion of foreigners, was coming to terms with the societal friction immigration invariably brings. And doing it rather well.
Differences were highlighted and ridiculed by shows such as Mixed Blessings, which charted prejudice surrounding inter-racial marriage. Racist Alf Garnett was laughed out of the house by his own daughter and made to look a hypocritical fool. And the macho, sometimes violent, animosity of Love Thy Neighbour – in which the ‘white honky’ Eddie mostly ended up being portrayed as an ignorant dinosaur – were all lost to our screens a long time ago, despite their arguably highlighting irrational bigotry on both sides.
To TV audiences, it’s like they never existed, with few programmers brave enough to schedule repeats. Their passing hides a valuable historical record of our nation’s agonising over race, and the consequential realignment of values to suit the modern age – all told with a slice of subtle education and a healthy dose of slapstick.
This denial of history has been subtle for quite a while, but has ironically been elevated by the BBC this week deciding that It Ain’t Half Hot Mum be marked as unsuitable for modern re-runs on the grounds of political correctness.
While BBC2 is admirably laying to rest myths about 1970s culture and attitudes, their schedulers have sent a different signal in condemning a series which was a major comedy success and enjoyed up to 15million viewers at its peak, all innocently chuckling through its seven year run.
Not uniquely for its age, It Ain’t Half Hot Mum lampooned the entire cast. There were stereotypes – of that there is no doubt – but they were just as likely to be the authoritarian stereotypical military Brit in the form of Windsor Davies, or the ineffectual fish out of water soldier, Gunner ‘Lofty’, as they were ‘Indian, Burmese or Japanese’ according to the reasoning behind the programme being shelved.
The BBC points to the terms of its trust status in censoring – because that is exactly what it is – this highly successful series based on their own self-administered sensibilities. That it was considered for repeats in the first place proves that it was likely to be popular, and was not black-balled as a result of projected apathy or lack of viewers. This means the decision was political, not based upon whether it was funny enough to merit re-screening or not.
This is perfectly illustrated by the fact that all the comedy series mentioned are available to buy on DVD at far from subversive sites such as Amazon. Even multicultural stereotype promoter Mind Your Language is available - at a premium price – too. We’re perfectly free to watch these programmes. Just not, it would appear, on the BBC.
The recently-announced decision to exclude It Ain’t Half Hot Mum from future programming is all too depressing. Not only by depriving younger viewers an insight into what the BBC admits was ‘a different time’, but also by attempting to pretend that prejudices, even comical ones, never existed in the post-war era.
If we are to learn by history, the denying of it can serve no purpose except to encourage many to cast themselves as victims of politically-correct marginalisation and consequentially reinforce prejudices on race, rather than break them down.
Is the BBC really trying to say that the 1970s public – which they entertained without too many qualms at the time – were largely racist and uncaring? Many alive today who have experience of the decade would undoubtedly take that as a profound insult.
Additionally, if the BBC is quoting stereotypes as a reason for banning comedies from the 1970s, Dad’s Army’s black or white portrayal of Germans – complete with caricatured ‘Jerry’ accents – must surely soon be for the chop. As will ‘Allo ‘Allo, a show whose sole comic vehicle was stereotypical portrayals of Europeans, and authored by the same David Croft who crafted It Ain’t Half Hot Mum.
It is very sad that, yet again, something as innocent and life-enhancing as comedy is being censored as if it were damaging to the nation, when quite the opposite is true.
Political correctness is, or should be, promoted as a way of improving lives not detracting from them. By banning a TV show in which millions have found enjoyment, the BBC are playing the modern game of pandering to the too-easily offended, and depriving the many a dash of simple comedy joy for fear of feeding an ever-vanishing minority of bigots.
They mean well, without question, but without conflict comedy fails; it was the situation which provided the comedy. With friction comes fun. Dispensing with It Ain’t Half Hot Mum tries to rewrite history through censorship, is a condemnatory slap in the face to those who enjoyed it, and employs political correctness as a tool to yet again make life that little bit more dreary.
British Catholic schools face ‘indoctrination’ claims over gay marriage
The Roman Catholic Church contacted its secondary schools in England and Wales asking them to encourage pupils to back the campaign aganist gay marriage.
Church education chiefs last night defended theselves against allegations of “political indoctrination” insisting they were “proud” to promote traditional marriage.
The Catholic Education Service contacted 385 secondary schools asking them to circulate the recent letter read in parishes defending the traditional definition of marriage.
Schools were also invited to promote the petition organised by the Coalition For Marriage opposing the Government’s plans to allow homosexual couples to marry.
Last night almost 470,000 people had signed the petition, backed by the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey, the biggest active petition in Britain at present.
Last month a letter penned by the Archbishops of Westminster and Southwark, the Most Reverend Vincent Nichols and the Most Reverend Peter Smith, was read at masses attended by around a million worshippers.
It defended marriage as a “natural institution” and said that redefining it would be a “profoundly radical” step.
Schools were invited to use the letter in assemblies or distribute copies to parents as well as highlighting the petition.
But a pupil at one London secondary school complained to the website PinkNews saying that they were “appalled” by the way the issue had been presented.
Secularist campaigners warned that schools which read the letter could be breaking equality laws as well as rules against promoting political causes in schools.
But Maeve McCormack, policy manger for the Catholic Education Service, said: “It was an explanation of marriage and a positive affirmation of marriage, celebrating the huge value that it brings to society – we are proud of the fact that these kinds of values are taught in our schools.”
She said that Catholic schools were free to put forward Church teaching in RE and assembly.
But Terry Sanderson, President of the National Secular Society, said: “This is a clear breach of the authority and privilege that the Catholic Education Service has been given in schools.”
Richy Thompson of the British Humanist Association, said: “the Coalition For Marriage petition is very deliberately a political document and for this reason we question whether the CES has broken the law.”
Britain’s history lessons are ‘worst in West’: Failing curriculum needs overhaul, says academic
History teaching in England is among the worst in the western world, a Cambridge University don has warned in a devastating report.
Youngsters are taught a ‘mis-cellany of disconnected fragments’ and examined on barely anything before 1870, he claimed, missing out on vast swathes of British, European and world history.
Professor Robert Tombs, a history fellow at St John’s College, Cambridge, said it was ‘difficult to name’ a European country that taught the subject so poorly.
In the report, released today, the professor demanded an overhaul of the subject, and published an alternative curriculum featuring 36 key events in British history that all secondary school pupils should study.
Very few current GCSE courses examine history before 1870, he said, with more attention often paid to skills such as evaluating sources rather than acquiring knowledge.
While coverage is broader at A-level, he said the late middle ages and most of the 18th century are hardly touched.
‘Over-specialisation on a few topics crowds out vast areas of history,’ he said. ‘Scant attention’ is paid to the British Empire, despite its far-reaching implications in global history.
By contrast, countries including France, Germany and Australia are already teaching, or moving towards, a broad chronological sweep of world and national history.
Professor Tombs also condemned ‘dismal’ marking, saying: ‘Many examiners seem to know little about the topics they mark.’
The report, published by the Politeia think-tank, comes as the Government considers major curriculum reforms. Education Secretary Michael Gove has announced a radical shake-up of all subjects. Proposals are being drawn up for introduction in September 2014.
In his report, Professor Tombs said history education in schools had ‘little in common with real historical study’.
Pupils typically study a random array of topics including Tudor England, the native peoples of America, the Industrial Revolution in England and the Nazis. Some study Hitler three times during their school career.
And rather than focusing on knowledge, examiners are more concerned with testing artificial historical ‘skills’ such as evaluating sources.
Pupils are also forced to study obscure topics in ‘absurdly arcane’ detail, he said. Pupils taking an Edexcel GCSE unit on international relations, for example, need to know about Hungary’s internal politics between 1953 and 1956, as well as ‘scores of other topics’.
‘It would be difficult to name a European country that teaches history in such a manner, one which can leave the majority of school-leavers in the dark about the unfolding story of their past,’ Professor Tombs said. ‘Our present compulsory curriculum lags behind other countries in its neglect of swathes of European history.’
Royal Society Hammered in Latest Plug of Post Normal Science
Britain’s once illustrious Royal Society is exposed again selling out to an elitist agenda promoting de-population and eco-evangelism
Latest whistleblower on this disturbing trend is Ben Pile of Climate Resistance. Pile pens a punishing new piece exposing the sinister rise of Malthusianism cloaked in post-normal platitudes. With his article. ‘The Royal Society Takes Another Step Away from Science ‘ Pile hammers the RS hard declaring:
“The scientific academy has sensed that it in today’s world, it wields political power. As the call for evidence suggests, the Royal Society has already decided that population is a problem, and the size of the population ought to be managed by political power, not by the individuals it consists of.”
The Royal Society is shown abandoning its faltering campaign to trumpet man-made global warming alarm to switch to alarm about so-called over population; all in the same anti-science Malthusian vein that humans are inherently “bad.”
Back in October 2010, the same author had written an article for Spiked that first identified the sinister politicization of this once venerable institution:
“It is no coincidence that, as it was preparing to moderate its statements on climate change, the Society has been seeking to intervene in the debate about population. In July this year, it announced that it would be ‘undertaking a major study to investigate how population variables will affect and be affected by economies, environments, societies and cultures’.”
If ever there was a compelling argument made for the need of a truly independent and non-political forum for science voices here it is.
A new forum for non-politicization of science is Principia Scientific International. It takes much the same hard-hitting line as Pile to denounce national academies such as the Royal Society that expound political dogma in place of scientific fact. The Royal Society has skewed science itself by abandoning it’s legitimate role as a powerful mode of inquiry to promote a pretence of science by exploiting a position of political authority.
As such we now live in an age where creeping rise of junk “post-normal” science threatens the traditional norms of evidence-based research.
Incorrect washing-up sponges
“A company behind a new range of Afro style washing up sponges has been slammed for being racist.
Campaigners have attacked British makers Paladone for its latest range of dish cleaning products which caricatures black soul legend Diana Ross as having a brillo pad for a hairstyle.
The offending items, which have just gone on sale across the UK, have been likened to reproducing golliwogs or the Black and White Minstrels by reinforcing negative stereotypes.
The Unite Against Fascism general secretary Weyman Bennett said: ‘What are we going to have next, toilet brushes like that?
‘Although it’s aimed at being humorous, sometimes it’s not funny.