…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger
Not so long ago a prisoner escaped from a Queensland prison, as they are want to. Apparently dangerous, he was on the lam for some time before recapture. My older readers may recall the bells, whistles, sirens or guns being fired when a prisoner escaped; and my younger readers may recall these warnings by authorities described in the books, like e.g. in Great Expectations by Charles Dickens:
‘Hark!’ said I, when I had done my stirring, and was taking a final warm in the chimney corner before being sent up to bed; ‘was that great guns, Joe?’‘Ah!’ said Joe. ‘There’s another conwict off.’‘ What does that mean, Joe?’ said I. Mrs. Joe, who always took explanations upon herself, said, snappishly, ‘Escaped. Escaped.’ Administering the definition like Tar-water.While Mrs. Joe sat with her head bending over her needlework, I put my mouth into the forms of saying to Joe, ‘What’s a convict?’ Joe put his mouth into the forms of returning such a highly elaborate answer, that I could make out nothing of it but the single word ‘Pip.’‘ There was a convict off last night,’ said Joe, aloud,‘after sun-set-gun. And they fired warning of him. And now, it appears they’re firing warning of another.’‘Who’s firing?’ said I. ‘Drat that boy,’ interposed my sister, frowning at me over her work, ‘what a questioner he is. Ask no questions, and you’ll be told no lies.’
At the press conference at the Queensland Police Service headquarters after the recapture of that fellow, some journalist, (eternal credit to her or him, for one more question like that and the unemployment awaits) did ask a question, “Why public was not warned when it happened?” No lies were told as far as I remember; the question was ignored, as was Pip’s. Yet the answer would have been easy – the impending state elections, that’s why. The public could have questioned the competency of the Minister for Police and Corrective Services, comrade Neil Roberts (he of the leather hat) who, wisely in my opinion, is not standing for re-election. He had the Labor and Annie’s full confidence and support throughout the almost twenty years of his dis-service to the public.
This is not meant to cast any aspersions on the Queensland police officers. With the self-funding a.k.a. saving lives campaigns, finding more lucrative spots to place the traffic cameras (The Courier-Mail: Cameras rake in $350,000 a day) and manipulating crime statistics to suit the currently fashionable Labor spin they have to have more than an ordinary sense of duty to the public not to resign.
So far this article has nothing to do with health, but a lot to do with institutional sickness in the Labor-ruled state. Situation in the Queensland Health department is none too healthy, in fact, it is toxic and dangerous to the so far the patient patients’ health. But the health of us ‘punters’ is secondary; what is important is the political and financial health of Labor nomenclature.
A few days ago the Labor’s management or rather mismanagement of health came under attack from an unexpected quarter. The politically astute, staid, though understandably arrogant trade union for medical practitioners, Australian Medical Association (AMA) accused Anna Blight’s government of lying. Its Queensland state president Dr Richard Kidd said, “The Premier lied when she said that we had the shortest waiting lists. Public hospitals were returning thousands of referral letters to general practitioners telling them they could not see their patients in a timely way. Those patients don’t get counted on the waiting list. Other patients languished for many years before getting an appointment to a public hospital specialist for assessment, making up the so-called ‘waiting list to get on the waiting list’. We need to talk about the waiting list, the waiting list for the waiting list and the I’m never going to get onto the waiting list, waiting list.”
Not while this government is in power and manipulates the media, I’m afraid.
“Every time there’s a restructure in health, every aspect is changed except the leadership model. It’s time to take the politics out of health decision-making to allow a focussed, long-term approach,” Dr Kidd said. With greatest respect, Dr Kidd is kidding himself.
In order to avoid problems like these with disobedient doctors in the future, comrade Anna decided that it is never too early to train them. It seems she is confident she trained her judiciary and the formerly independent legal profession already, as she equivocally announced that the current opposition leader would end up in jail. (Maybe she not that confident as yet, as she hid behind the parliamentary privilege.) Now it is the turn of the screw for the budding medics:
“ Queensland Health has demanded all medical students sign a gag order or be turfed out of their courses. Students are furious that the University of Queensland medical school has gone along with the ridiculous ban they fear will prevent them from speaking out against wrongdoing or mistreatment of patients. The students fear they are being coerced into signing the seven-page student deed poll agreeing not to reveal anything.
If students choose not to sign this deed – a document which the students have had no role in writing or drafting and have not even been informed about – then Queensland Health will disallow the student to continue on a placement, effectively meaning their medical studies are over.
This penalty is by virtue of paragraph 17 (which says): ‘This Deed Poll will continue for the duration of the placement, subject to the student’s right to withdraw this consent. The student acknowledges that they may withdraw this consent by providing written notice to Queensland Health and the education provider. A withdrawal of consent will affect the student’s ability to continue with the placement’.
The deed contains a direct threat of legal action. It says: “In the event of a breach or threatened breach of the terms of this Deed Poll, Queensland Health shall be entitled to seek the issue of an injunction restraining the student from committing any breach of this Deed Poll without the necessity of proving that any actual damage has been sustained or is likely to be sustained by Queensland Health.”
A female student said there were already adequate privacy regulations, ‘It strikes me that this is Queensland Health out of control. With an election imminent, they are inappropriately trying to control all aspects of information about their organisation and inappropriately entitle themselves to take harsh punitive action against students. The document seems to have more to do with protection from comment or criticism about Queensland Health than patient privacy.’
Matthew Ramsay, a student from the US, said the document appeared to be an attempt to shut down media scrutiny of Queensland Health and the university medical school.
‘It’s very disconcerting,’ he said. ‘It appears to be a cover-up. The medical profession is dangerously close to allowing the Hippocratic Oath to degenerate into the Hypocritical Oath.’ “ /the courtesy of The Courier-Mail/
If indeed the ethical leaders of the University of Queensland Medical School agreed to this outrage, it would be yet another sorry example of our pre-emptively soiled panties’ academia, which took over the tertiary learning to the great joy of, and according to the blueprint of, Marxists.
Some medical students will return to the still relatively free America, and the rest, with too much money at stake, will soon learn which side of the ‘home-baked’ bread gets the ‘organic’ butter and imported Harrods’ jam. Anna’s diktat would seem to me to be a totally unnecessary pre-emptive action since I do not remember that any doctor ever complained about an abysmally incompetent colleague in Bundaberg. It had to be an exceedingly brave nurse Toni Hoffman to bring to the Labor dominated Queensland Health Department’ attention the murderous (sorry, only manslaughterish) practices of Dr Jayan Mukundray Patel. When it comes to the lessons of antiquity, most doctors prefer Croseus to Hippocrates.
I add to that litany of Health hazards just another one, out of many. (A book could be written, and hopefully will be, about the ruination of the Queensland Health system during the Labor rule.) Once again comrade Anne Bligh was caught lying. Could she be trying to compete with her sister-in-Marx Julia Gillard? Canberra beckons?
The Courier-Mail, perhaps sensing a wind change, reported that in the past five years Queensland Health employed “hundreds of people with criminal convictions, including fraud, armed robbery, assault, rape and murder. The department has previously pleaded ignorance of Mr Barlow’s criminal past because his crimes occurred in New Zealand, an admission that prompted Premier Anna Bligh to announce criminal checks between the two countries in future. Documents obtained by The Courier-Mail under Right to Information laws show hundreds of people with convictions, mostly for fraud or other serious crimes, had been given jobs in Queensland Health since criminal checks first started in 2006. Queensland Health notoriously also employed the state’s most wanted man, convicted killer Luke Andrew Hunter, who had escaped prison and was on the run for 15 years, at Herberton Hospital in the far north.”
And so, via not-apprehended criminals, we get back to Dickens. It would seem that those toffs and torries, aristocrats and nasty emerging capitalists in other words, took greater care of the safety of the public then the progressive socialists in charge of Queensland now. The current rulers do not allow the bells to toll and the guns to fire if it could detrimentally affect their feeding time at the through. In fact, they make sure that potential bell ringers, gun firers or whistle blowers do not even dream of it, if they want to live in the Queensland socialist paradise.