Cambridge historian dies after junior doctor misses heart condition
The constant use by the NHS of partly-trained junior doctors in highly responsible positions was bound to produce outcomes like this — the tragic and avoidable death of a relatively young man with much still to contribute
A Cambridge University historian died after a junior doctor working his second shift mistook a fatal heart condition for mild chest pains, an inquest heard. Emile Perreau-Saussine, 37, died several hours after he was rushed to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge with chest pains.
A junior doctor spotted a change in the lecturer’s heartbeat but failed to realise that this was a symptom of a torn aorta. Mr Perreau-Saussine was diagnosed with “atypical” chest pain and died hours later from a massive heart attack.
Surgeon Prof John Wallwork told an inquest at Huntingdon Coroners’ Court, Cambs, that the academic would have survived if the tear had been spotted. In his report Prof Wallwork said: “In my opinion the differential diagnoses in this young patient, who was previously fit, with sudden onset of severe chest pain radiating to his back, should have included aortic dissection.
“Had this been done and appropriate investigations taken place it is likely that Mr Perreau-Saussine would have been referred for emergency repair of his aortic dissection prior to his arrest and, in a reasonably fit young man, the risks of surgery would have been approximately 5-10 per cent.”
Coroner David Morris adjourned the inquest on Thursday so that more information can be gathered, especially over timings for blood tests and an x-ray. He said: “Professor Wallwork has indicated that perhaps the service provided by Addenbrooke’s Hospital in this case was less than optimal.”
Mr Perreau-Saussine’s wife Amanda Perreau-Saussine demanded Addenbrooke’s Hospital make improvements to prevent other patients from dying. She said: “We hope that improvements in treatment procedures will emerge from the investigation today into the failure to diagnose and treat Emile’s aortic dissection.
“Emile’s gentleness and candour, seriousness and mischievous joy shone through his gestures and his grin. “And for all of us who love Emile, in the books he has left us, in his growing children, in the joyful and serious conversation that his numerous friends will continue with him, Emile is indelible. ”
Emile Perreau-Saussine, who was the world’s leading expert on philosopher Alasdair MacIntyre, wrote widely in English and French on a wide range of subjects.
He was rushed to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in February this year after he fell ill with chest pains. The inquest heard he was examined by a team of junior doctors, one of whom was working his first or second shift. The inexperienced doctor discovered a heart murmer but did not realise that his aorta blood vessel had torn.
Dr Fraz Mir, from Addenbrooke’s Hospital, said: “I think the hospital has admitted that we got it wrong in these circumstances – it should have been diagnosed.” He told the inquest that the junior doctors who were involved in the care of Emile may never have come across a torn aorta before.
A post mortem examination showed that the academic, who lectured at Fitzwilliam and Pembroke colleges, died from natural causes stemming from a tear to the root of his aorta.
The inquest has been adjourned until a date yet to be set. The hospital has since made a number of changes to his systems following the tragic death of the academic.
British carpenter who paid for 5,000 leaflets to find a job loses benefits…because he was ‘not actively looking for work’
The insanity of bureaucratic Britain again
After two months claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance and no sign of work on the horizon, Adam Pay decided to do something about it.
The carpenter, who had been made redundant, printed and distributed 5,000 leaflets around his neighbourhood advertising his handyman skills. He also placed adverts in four local papers, all at his own cost. But when he reported to his local jobcentre he was told his £65.45-a-week benefits would be stopped because he had not been ‘actively looking for work’.
Staff told the father of two that trying to generate customers for his own handyman business did not count as searching for a job. If he had told them untruthfully that he had only searched the internet, checked local papers and made phone calls to look for work, the money would have continued to be paid into his account.
Mr Pay, 38, from Gillingham, Kent, said: ‘I told staff at the job centre I’d been spending six hours a day distributing the flyers and they wanted to know if I had done anything else. I thought they were having a laugh. It didn’t seem to count for anything at all in their eyes. I’m just trying to do the right thing. I have a family to look after.
‘The building industry isn’t good at the moment so it seemed the logical step to try to find my own work.’
Mr Pay’s case has now been passed to a senior official who will decide whether his claim for Jobseeker’s Allowance can be reactivated.
He worked at his last firm for two-and-a-half years on a salary of £22,000 but was laid off in July when the company lost an NHS contract due to public spending cuts.
Since then he has been rejected for a job as a Tesco delivery driver and as a maintenance man at a private mental hospital.
When he was told he needed a qualification to apply for sub-contracting work he signed up to the exam and passed on Tuesday. His wife, Louise, 37, a psychiatric nurse, is currently receiving £120-a-week maternity pay while she cares for their eight-month-old son Ben.
The couple also have a daughter, Scarlett, three, and are using their savings to cover the mortgage on their three-bedroom home.
Mr Pay spent £90 on printing 5,000 leaflets advertising his handyman skills, and another £220 for five weeks of advertisements in four local papers. He and his wife then spent 30 hours in the past week distributing the flyers throughout Gillingham.
When Mr Pay visited the job centre in Basildon, Essex, on Thursday he was given the bombshell news that he could no longer claim Jobseeker’s Allowance.
Claimants are told to keep a diary to ‘prove’ they have been looking for work which must be presented for their fortnightly visits.
Mr Pay’s plight emerged after official figures revealed 1.5 million Britons had never done a day’s work in their lives, with whole communities dependent on welfare.
He said: ‘It’s ridiculous. I’m going a step further than just looking for a job by trying to establish my own company and make my own work.’ His wife said: ‘Adam was applying for everything he could find. He came home from the job centre very upset. We are both exhausted. We thought they would be impressed that we had taken the initiative.
‘I agree with having a system to support those who can’t work through no fault of their own or when they’re hit by hard times. It’s a great thing about this country. ‘But it makes me angry as a taxpayer to be supporting a tickbox mentality with a system that can be scammed. The whole set-up is ludicrous. It seems as if they are telling us not to go out and look for a job. ‘We would have been better off doing nothing and just putting on the form that we had checked the internet and the papers every day.
‘We are staying hopeful that there is the need for a handyman in the local area and that something will come of our hard work.’
Britain’s insane welfare state at work
What a depressing snapshot of Broken Britain Keith Macdonald gave us this week. The jobless 25-year-old has fathered 15 children by 14 different women (though he denies some of them are his). His illegitimate brood will cost the taxpayer £ 1.5million in welfare support.
As for Macdonald himself, he has no involvement in their upbringing whatsoever, save to contribute £5 per child per week out of his own benefits — less than the price of a packet of cigarettes.
Shocking? Yes. Surprising? Not really. As despicable as Macdonald is, the whole sordid tale begs the question: what kind of girl has unprotected sex with a virtual stranger with a violent past and a string of abandoned children to his name?
One answer is: the kind who wants a fast track to a council home and state benefits that are greater than she could earn in a lowly-paid job.
But, for me, the real blame for this travesty should be laid at the door of Britain’s well-intentioned but hopelessly naive ruling class, who condone a welfare system that unquestioningly and unapologetically indulges the feckless, calculating and work-shy.
These ‘people who know best’ have created a massively flawed welfare system that supports parasites like Macdonald and his low-rent conquests.
Of course, it’s only right and proper that the State should assist families who — through no fault of their own — have fallen on hard times. But benefit entitlement is now institutionalised among some sections of Britain’s underclass society. The generous handouts lavished on girls like Macdonald’s harem enable them to behave without censure or penalty.
If you need further evidence of the culture that’s causing this social decay, then just look at the health watchdog NICE’s recommendation this week that pregnant teenagers should have their antenatal classes at school — because waddling along to their local GP is far too embarrassing, apparently. Well, so it should be! Perhaps if society showed a modicum of disapproval of teen pregnancy, Britain would not be the single-mum capital of Europe.
Until we have the courage to say that NICE — which denies money for some cancer drugs — should not be squandering our money in this way, and until the Government finds the backbone to stop these girls using their womb as a fast track to a council home, nothing will change.
The Coalition has begun the bonfire of the quangos; surely it’s now time for a bonfire of the benefits, before we lose another tragic generation to worklessness, fatherlessness and hopelessness.
Who should libertarians hope for as the next leader of the British Labour party
Excerpt from Sean Gabb:
This leaves us with the two Miliband brothers. And these are certainly worth considering. They have the great advantage for us of being Jewish. Now, while there are Jewish organisations that get money and support by insisting that England is two steps from our own Kristallnacht, I doubt if many English people have even noticed the shape of the Miliband noses. Of those who have noticed, I doubt if more than a few thousand think ill of it. Native anti-semitism is so rare that it has to be hunted out, where not actually fabricated. And do bear in mind that the British National Party, which is our largest white nationalist organisation, welcomes Jewish members and is vaguely pro-Israel in its foreign policy. However, the non-white population is solidly anti-semitic. Moslems, black Christians, whatever – they largely hate Jews with a ferocity not known in England since the middle ages.
It may be disagreeable that we must share a country with such people. But it would be rather funny to see Labour hoist by its own petard. After 1997, Labour Governments knowingly encouraged the immigration of between seven and ten million non-whites into this country. They did so because it accelerated the upward redistribution of wealth to which modern ruling classes are all committed. They did so because it helped break up the solidarity of the ruled that is another ruling class project. They also did so because they believed that the new arrivals, once they had been waved through the citizenship formalities, would mostly vote Labour. And they will – so long as an English or a Scotch man or a black woman is in charge. They will not vote, I think, for a Labour Party led by a Jew. And this is regardless of how seldom either Miliband goes into a synagogue, and regardless of how little public enthusiasm either has shown for Israel.
This will be still more the case if the Liberals get the electoral reform that the Conservatives may not be able to deny them. So far, the two main parties have been held together by the iron logic of the first past the post system. I, for example, voted Conservative in this year’s election not because I thought David Cameron would be a good Prime Minister – but because the Conservatives were the only force able to get Labour out of office. I normally vote for the UK Independence Party. I would, in other than general elections, and if a candidate were to stand where I live, vote for the Libertarian Party. But I voted Conservative in the general election because not to vote Conservative would have risked another Labour Government.
It is the same with non-white electors. They might swallow their prejudices and vote for a Labour Party led by a Jew if the alternative was to let in a Conservative Government. But the alternative vote system will allow them to give their first preferences to Islamic and black nationalist parties. Their second preferences might be enough for Labour. But the loss of first preferences might be enough to keep Labour from ever winning a majority of the English seats. And the accompanying redistribution of seats would make Scotch votes far less important than they have been.
And so, my prayers are with the Milibands. I should now say, though, which of the two brothers I prefer. My preference is for David……
David Miliband, however, is irremediably tainted with all the horrors of the Blair and Brown regime. He supported those wars. He supported every police state law that was brought forward. And he has all the commitment in his speaking manner of a Kremlin teleprinter. He looks thick. If we leave aside his ability to crawl nearly to the top of the Labour dung heap, he probably is thick. But, where his brother does not, he also manages to look like a supercilious fraud. I do hope he wins. Indeed, I am so convinced he would be the right man for the job, that I did briefly think of handing over a £1 joining fee to the Labour Party in order to vote for him. With David Miliband in charge, we might hope for a repeat at the next election of Labour’s 1983 performance.
Now, here I must say, as clearly as I can, that, I do not want a melt-down of Labour support because it might give a clear run to the Conservatives. The reason I want the Labour Party to vanish up its own bottom is because this enables our own attack on the Conservative Party.
The new order that I want – and that I largely believe is wanted across our Movement – is one in which most state agencies will have been shut down, and in which the legal and administrative privileges that maintain big business, the credentialed professions, the centralised media, and all other sinister interests, in existence will have been revoked. This does involve a revolution of one kind or another – a revolution, or a counter-revolution, or just a reaction: call it what you will. But, if the people ever take to the streets to demand change, this will have been preceded by a delegitimisation of the present order of things – just as the ancient régime in France withered after the 1770s, and the traditional autocracy in Russia withered after the 1880s. Long before a visible blow can have been landed against it, this present order of things will have been made incapable of defending itself. Of course, it must – as will every order founded on a denial of human nature – perish from within. But this inevitable fall will have been hastened by our own relentless critique.
Why are so many British Liberals against school choice?
One of the many ‘storms in a teacup’ at the Liberal Democrat conference has been about school choice. Lib Dem members have successfully passed a motion against Michael Gove’s free schools and several lively fringe debates have been had on the subject. The question is why would any party that purports to be liberal reject the idea of giving parents and schools more freedom?
While we may speculate as to why this is, we should note the existing schools system is both unfair and needlessly bureaucratic. Currently, parents who are not wealthy enough to send their children to private schools, have no choice. The central planners at the LGA’s ‘match’ supply and demand for school places, somehow entrusting in Soviet style economic models which have been laughed out of existence elsewhere. House prices reflect the local schools quality, leading to ‘post code lotteries’ and making a mockery of any claims that the system is comprehensive (not that it should be).
Peter Downes, the Lib Dem councillor who tabled the motion seems to be quite happy with this. He says, “”Academies and free schools are likely to be divisive, costly and unfair. They’re in the statute book, on the shelf, and that’s where they should stay.”
Downes’ evidently relies on the state to magically provide better schools, arguing that the most dangerous element of free schools is “the idea that the principles of the marketplace can be applied to state-funded education”. Downes is clearly rejecting the self-evident way forward in providing greater choice, a concept that was first laid down by Andrew Adonis and is now picked up by Gove and the Coalition.
Quite how schools are meant to improve without being subject to the market forces is between Downes and his comrades against the Coalition. No doubt they purport the answer lies in ‘great resources’ (read: more money) for schools.
Without some element of competition or rights to exit from a market (for parents to take their children elsewhere), Britain’s schools will remain in the sclerotic socialist system we have today. Successive ministers in both Labour and Conservative governments have clearly seen that this cannot continue, and have sought the obvious alternative in markets and freedom of choice. The only question is, when will the Lib Dem’s wake up and smell the coffee?
It’s The End Of Britain’s Green World As We Know It
More than 30 ‘green’ quangos are facing the axe and the budget for communities will be slashed by a third after George Osborne signed off massive cuts to two departments.
Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman and Communities and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles yesterday agreed with the Treasury on how to slash spending in their departments.
The two ministers, dubbed the ‘King and Queen of quango cuts’ in Whitehall, impressed the Chancellor with their willingness to axe expensive bodies.
Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles and Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman have been dubbed the ‘King and Queen of quango cuts’
David Cameron has now agreed that they can join Mr Osborne’s ‘Star Chamber’, where senior ministers can pass judgment on the cuts plans of their colleagues…
Mrs Spelman has identified 30 quangos for the axe, including the Sustainable Development Commission and the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution.