Sunday, December 07, 2014

Pickles and Traveller planning appeals

Secretary of State at the Department of Communities and Local Government, the Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP has been recovering planning appeals in the Green Belt by Travellers wholesale and sitting on them. In the two years to July 2013 89 Gypsy appeals were lodged for caravans in the Green Belt and 76 were recovered by Mr Pickles. Over the same period 6 ordinary house appeals were recovered out of 1,162.

Meanwhile, South Oxfordshire District Council leader said this week that 'there will have to be a review of the Green Belt in certain areas'. 15,000 new homes are planned at Ebbsfleet; another 15,000 at Northstowe in Cambridgeshire, and a further 13,000 at Bicester. Inevitably the Green Belt is being 'reviewed' because otherwise there's no hope of meeting the southeast's desperate housing shortage.  

This discrimination was challenged in the High Court on Friday in R (Moore & Coates) v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on Friday. The judgement will be interesting

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Bangladesh conference November 28

Bangladesh conference last Thursday.

Friday, November 28, 2014

One killer arrested

Photo from Nov 7, 2014 shows the parents of Saher Batool mourning while holding their late daughter's dress in Quetta.—AFP
Photo from Nov 7, 2014 shows the parents of Saher Batool mourning while holding their late daughter's dress in Quetta.—AFP
QUETTA: Police in Quetta claim to have arrested the killer of six-year-old Hazara girl Saher Batool, whose body was dumped after apparently being subjected to rape attempts.
“After one month, we have successfully apprehended the killer of Saher Batool,” Senior Superintendent of Police (Investigation), Asad Raza told a crowded press conference on Friday.
Police had found the child’s body on October 29 this year from Zarghoon Road area of Quetta, the capital of the restive southwestern province of Balochistan.
The victim, who was the daughter of a gardener working at an army facility, was found near a garbage dump close to her home.
The accused had strangulated the girl after a failed attempt at subjecting her to sexual assault, SSP Raza told reporters today.
There were marks of torture on Saher’s face and neck, he added.
During the press conference, police also produced the killer before the media while covering his face.
The girl’s murder had prompted the minority ethnic Hazara community, human rights organisations and political parties to hold protest demonstrations in order to mount pressure on the top officials to catch the killer.
There was no immediate reaction from Saher's family following the arrest.
“We will bring more facts before the public once the investigation is completed,” SSP Asad Raza said.

Tuesday's conference on the murders of Hazaras and other Shias in Pakistan

"Justice for Sahar" - attempted rape and murder of 6-year old Hazara girl Sahar Batool in Quetta, Balochistan, and hundreds of other Shia victims of extremist terrorists across Pakistan

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Nov 26,2014 Previous Normal
Hb 109 100 130 - 180
WBC 3.02 3.1 4.5 - 10.0
Neutrophils 1.16 1.43 2.0 - 7.5
Plt 391 427 150 - 450

Friday, November 21, 2014

Cardiology November 5

Report to Orthopaedic Surgeryfrom Cardiovascular Services:

He developed angina towards the end of 2013 precipitating an angiogram which was performed in April 2014, This showed patent grafts [including a patent LIMA graft to the LAD, patent RIMA to the marginal system, patent vein grafts to the diagonal and right coronary arteries].

Overall, this was a reassuring angiogram and means that no myocardial revascularisation was indicated.

From the point of view of elective orthopaedic surgery, [there is] significant co-morbidity and his operatve risk will be influenced by that. From the coronary point of view however he is very stable and already takes low dose beta-blockers. His condition is therefore optimal and nothing further can be done to reduce what will be a moderate peri-operative risk.

The question is whether to press for a right knee replacement, or should I put up with it for the 20 months I probably have left. The vascular surgeons will probably recommend against it.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Product Development Partnerships

Developing Countries: Health Services


Asked by Lord Avebury
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they plan to take to promote integrated healthcare structures and policy in the United Nations post-2015 development agenda.[HL2444]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for International Development (Baroness Northover) (LD):The UK government supports the inclusion of integrated approaches to healthcare in a post 2015 agenda, as shown through the emphasis on Universal Health Coverage in the Report of the High-Level Panel, chaired by the Prime Minister, and its inclusion as a target in the proposal of the Open Working Group for Sustainable Development Goals.
Asked by Lord Avebury
To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to promote innovative medical technologies and product development partnerships as part of the post-2015 development agenda.[HL2445]
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy on the potential role of product development partnerships in the post-2015 development agenda. [HL2447]
Baroness Northover: The UK Government recognises the important role of new health technologies and product development partnerships (PDPs) in achieving the Millennium Development Goals and in the post-2015
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agenda. The UK is the second largest government supporter of this research and will continue to promote it along with international partners.
Asked by Lord Avebury
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have held with international counterparts on including product development partnerships in the post-2015 development agenda.[HL2446]
Baroness Northover: Officials from my Department regularly discuss the importance of product development partnerships (PDPs) and the continued important role for technology development in the post-2015 development agenda. The UK currently chairs the international Product Development Funders’ Group, including both bilateral and multilateral agencies as well as private foundations. Officials also participate in the annual Product Development Forum arranged by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Asked by Lord Avebury
To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the outcomes arising from the Department for International Developments-sponsored product development partnerships.[HL2448]
Baroness Northover: Public private product development partnerships (PDPs) have been shown to expedite the development of new drugs, vaccines and diagnostic tests, achieving results faster than either the public or private sectors alone.

Prior to the creation of PDPs, only 20 drugs were developed for neglected diseases between 1975 and 2000. Since 2000, UK Government funded PDPs have developed 19 new products including drugs for malaria, TB, neglected tropical diseases (such as sleeping sickness and visceral leishmaniasis), one vaccine for diarrhoea (rotavirus) and six new diagnostic tests (5 for TB and the first ever rapid diagnostic test for sleeping sickness).