Thousands are 'at risk of alcohol death' say doctors
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Wife of Health Secretary Andrew Lansley gave lobbying advice
The wife of Andrew Lansley, the Health Secretary, is running a public affairs business which boasts about advising drug and food companies, it emerged last night.
This coalition government is lacking clarity and probably needs a good dose of either an oral enema or a suppository. Whatever’s wrong with it, we’re getting mixed signals. The forest sale in
was conveniently dumped or put out to grass – very long. Gove is being ridiculed by all. Fox is having a tough time with defence, and the economy may not be as bright as we were told regarding the danger zone. One person who deserves the pile of vitriol from patients, doctors, clinicians, nurses and relatives is, I’m afraid to say, Andrew Lansley, the Health Secretary for England . Suitcases are being kept across the border near the Welsh Marches and England Hadrian’s Wall. There was an interesting interview with Lansley on the Food Programme on Radio 4. Sheila Dillon can only be taken in small doses, but she is quite smart at grilling government ministers, especially over health and food issues. She caught Lansley out a few times suggesting he was too much persuaded by the processed foods industry. In the usual BBC way of balance, they had an American expert say: if you want an orange, eat an orange; if you want an orange coloured liquid, drink a Fanta. It sounds better and is well worth a listen. (http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/foodprog ) Sheila Dillon’s parting shot to Lansley, who is never off Radio 4, was: we look forward to meeting you in a year’s time, if you’re still at Health. I don’t know how many off-takes there are in the BBC, but I bet they thought ‘if you’re still alive’, ‘still in good health’, ‘not moved’, ‘undead’ ….
Blow me, he pops up again on the World Tonight with Ritula Shah, who is usually fairly well mannered, but even she couldn’t understand his apparently cosiness with the drinks industry in not pushing for a 50p per unit minimum alcohol charge. (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qtl3 )A senior medic has advised that liver disease and consequent death will increase sharply over the next decade or two unless control is taken with alcohol pricing. Lansley did his usual “I know best” routine (pathologists don’t get complaints from their patients) and in any case, it’s up to the Chancellor. What he didn’t mention was the amount of pirate booze that’s around and that the government has totally lost the plot with any type of substance abuse. Lansley’s chances of surviving are in doubt.
It’s not even a year and Cameron’s doing his ‘first in
Egypt, then in ’ routine. This sounds like shades of desperation, headline grabbing, lots of hand wringing. Kuwait
The only people to gain from all of this are accountants, lawyers and new age religions. Bring it on!