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The draft #Brexit deal will make Scotland poorer, according to @scotgov analysis.

Scotland's interests are best protected by staying in the EU or, failing that, the European Single Market and Customs Union.

Here's a thread setting out our position on the proposed deal. ⬇️
The proposed deal ends free movement of people, and yet all of the population increase needed to grow our economy over the next 25 years will come from migration.

EU nationals provide vital support to help us meet the need for workers in key sectors such as research and care.
The impact on the NHS in Scotland is particularly concerning.

Ending free movement of people will make it harder for skilled and experienced health professionals from EU 27 countries to work in our #NHS, where they fill vacancies in hard to recruit specialisms and regions.
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@VictoriaLIVE @ProfRWinston @Aisleyne1 @BBCTwo @BBCNews Let's look at A's reasons for voting #Leave:
"Us being able to fix our our problems. I think the #NHS, our teachers are underpaid, and I believe that we put so much money into the EU."
a) We CAN fix our own problems. Public services are 100% managed by own Govt —

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@VictoriaLIVE @ProfRWinston @Aisleyne1 @BBCTwo @BBCNews — except the bits Govt privatised! The EU does not interfere with how our Govt runs the NHS or its education policy or the police force, etc.

The competences of the EU are defined by treaty. They tend to be issues that extend beyond national borders.

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@VictoriaLIVE @ProfRWinston @Aisleyne1 @BBCTwo @BBCNews Typical areas include trade, environment & security.

Think about it. When was the last time you heard the #NHS complaining to the EU abt underfunding? Or schools complaining the the EU abt kids going hungry? Never. They complain to our Govt cos' OUR GOVT is responsible.

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People feeling sorry for Theresa May? Why?
1. May tried to cover up the Litvinenko Inquiry ...
2. May suppressed reports showing positive effects of immigration ...
3. May covered up UK's part in "rendition" ...
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This week we'll be looking at 5 key challenges affecting the #NHS & #SocialCare workforce. We want to hear YOUR views through our #TalkHealthandCare platform on how we can improve your experience working in the sector. The first challenge explores whether staff feel empowered…
🎯CHALLENGE: Staff don’t always feel in control or empowered about the decisions regarding the care they provide, leaving them feeling unsupported by their colleagues. We want to create an environment where staff can fulfil their potential. Have your say: dhscworkforce.crowdicity.com/category/29628
📊 More than 70% of staff feel their manager values their work [Source: NHS Staff Survey’17] – but we want EVERYONE to feel supported & empowered. How can we ensure this happens? Join the #TalkHealthAndCare conversation: bit.ly/2OAtDoS
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The stocks and flows of public money from the public purse keep the economy healthy and fit for public purpose. #MMT
“Understand spending chains and you understand a fair chunk of Modern Monetary Theory.
When the government spends into the economy it initiates a sequence of financial flows in the non-government sector. The first recipient of the spending is likely to re-spend some or all of it”
“Subsequent recipients will do the same, and so on.
That’s a spending chain.

Two things stop the money being used indefinitely: tax and savings.

Most of the spending chains initiated by spending into the public sector result from spending on healthcare.”
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“ You are worth saving” #thread

This week’s #10ThingstoKnow on Burnout is by Simon McCormick @DrSimonMc an EM Consultant at Rotherham. Simon spends most of his time teaching as he is in his 2nd spell of ‘burnout sabbatical’ but is slowly working his way back to clinical medicine
Simon has incredible blog site, the Broken Toy (brokentoydotblog.wordpress.com) where he writes about his experience with burnout, some thoughts on wellness and what he has been up to in medical education. Here is Simon’s #10ThingstoKnow about Burnout @DrSimonMc

#burnout #thread
1. What is Burnout?

There is no specific agreed definition so this can make it difficult to diagnose. It isn’t about having the occasional bad day, or even bad week, at work but instead usually involves a sustained negative change physically, emotionally, behaviourally.
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UK Problem/Solution thread...
UK Problem: we only got our way 98% of the time in the EU.
UK Solution: quit EU & compare it to USSR.
UK Problem: skills gaps & staff shortages.
UK Solution: scrap freedom of movement.
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1/Children & young people with autism and learning disabilities who could be living in the community with specialist support are languishing for years in Assessment & Treatment Units, some of them locked up 24/7 in isolation rooms, bec of severe financial pressure on Local Auths
2/ At the same time, private providers running these ATUs are raking in profits, being paid £452m per yr in what has become a market driven provision where autistic and LD people are little more than commodities
3/ This in spite of the fact that caring for them in the community would be far less expensive not to mention far better for the individuals concerned, their quality of life, their security and safety and their wellbeing
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Tories buy tweets... headline: tories hire army of tweeters
Tories bankrolled by hedgefund managers... headline: tories bankrolled by hedgefund managers
Tories: lobby to weaken EU climate-change targets...
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I am a doctor in the #NHS.
Every scrap of evidence I’ve seen points to total disaster if #NoDealBrexit comes to pass. We must #StopBrexit - here is why. /thread
Thus far I’ve tried to focus solely on the facts, and the facts alone. Informed consent is the bedrock of medicine- I don’t believe anyone knew the consequences of leaving EURATOM or the EMA for example when they voted. Feel free to prove otherwise. /1
It’s not my job to tell people what to do. And I am not. If you still think Leaving with No Deal will be good for the NHS after absorbing all of the above, then that is your decision. You are wrong, but it’s your right to be wrong. /2
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It is sad that the positive case for the EU has not been made more loudly. But equally dumb that few understand quite how brilliantly we have exploited the EU - we truly have rolled over Jonny Foreigner & stitched him up like a kipper.
We secured opt outs from the most toxic crap like “Ever Closer Union” & the Social Charter. We are not in Schengen and we will never join the Euro. We maintained the most flexible labour market in Europe. We did ALL this whilst ALSO having unfettered access to the Single Market
As a result, two truly great things happened.

1. We totally dominated EU capital markets. Today, governments and companies all over Europe are totally reliant on the City. We make an absolute mint out of this, it props our economy up. Pierre & Fritz HATE this, but there is
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Thread: How are UK online news outlets covering #Brexit in 2018? More analysis, with more data and charts!

Part 4: **Is news outlets’ focus on abstract concepts a reason voter opinions are slow to shift?**

(AKA ‘Who cares about Brexit’s impact on the media industry anyway’)
I also did an analytical piece on whether it was plausible that overspending swung the EU referendum result – if you’re interested, it’s here:

TLDR – the answer is “it’s certainly possible”
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“All the reasons I am now getting involved in campaigning for a vote on the #Brexit deal with the hope to stop Brexit.” @fiocca1983 in @PMPmagToday. @RemainerNow #PeoplesVote @PeoplesVote_UK vip.politicsmeanspolitics.com/2018/08/21/i-v…
“Growing up, my family were always going on about how #immigrants are to blame for many things wrong in this country. I took on those views, I was conditioned to think them” @fiocca1983 says in @PMPmagToday @RemainerNow #Brexit #PeoplesVote @PeoplesVote_UK vip.politicsmeanspolitics.com/2018/08/21/i-v…
In 2016 @fiocca1983 thought “We don’t need #EU to trade, we can do deals with the rest of the world instead. 2 weeks to get #Doctor’s appointment! Less #immigrants would make that faster for sure!” He tells @PMPmagToday @RemainerNow #Brexit @PeoplesVote_UK vip.politicsmeanspolitics.com/2018/08/21/i-v…
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"#OrganDonation is an altruistic act that should be celebrated..." (p6)

So why not do that, and devote more resources to making donation easier - an approach that has delivered measurable results - instead of a regressive move to #OrganHarvesting?
gov.uk/government/con…
Describing a *significantly narrowing* shortfall (cf. graph, also p6) in available organs is not a justification for a change to #OrganHarvesting; nor are emotive appeals. This reads like #PolicyBasedEvidenceMaking.
"We want... to change the culture around organ donation in this country in the longer term." (p7)

Stopping it being a gift, freely given, and instead the State 'deeming' you to have given permission will certainly change that! Presumption ain't 'donation' and will erode trust.
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I find this @Telegraph story today the most bewildering story of #Brexit vs #NHS yet. Will Brexit solve staff shortages? @SteveBarclay says yes. The facts say otherwise. /thread.
Firstly, what was said and where was it said? The @Telegraph and @lauradonnlee seem to suggest Health Minister @SteveBarclay gave these comments in @christopherhope Brexit Podcast. Here: itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/cho… /1
Now I've listened to this Podcast. My favourite bit is where @christopherhope suggests NHS staff have been "holding back" more British nurses and doctors to protect their wages and their interests. I kid you not. Here is the transcript: /2
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Random #Brexit thread by middle-aged, white, Northern, working-class guy...
1. Before #EURef I knew little about EU. Decades of negative UK media had made me a bit sceptical. But I was not really “political”.
2. Got a Polish partner. Been together 18 years. Long before #EURef she’d started getting snarky comments from folks about being “over here” & “going home” etc. This got steadily worse & was kinda shocking.
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1st- So we can actually say the home office is not fit for its purpose!

2nd-Well v hav been saying this since a long time now!
Time to do something actually about it!
Why is everyone lying & misleading everyone!
#homeoffice
#TuesdayThoughts
#humanrights
#HostileEnvironment
HM #Inspectorate of #prisons -
found immigrants were being restrained for up to 17 hours.

#HostileEnvironment doesn't stop! Why can't we stop all this!
#BREAKING
#Immigrants are #human too.
independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-n…
Around 20 #NHS staff in a letter told - Theresa May of their “great sorrow and shame” that “hostile environment” immigration policies which she initiated are leading to needless suffering and early death.

amp.theguardian.com/world/2018/jul…
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Tory attacks: The British Medical Association
Tory attacks: The Speaker of the House of Commons
Tory attacks: former Tory Prime Minister
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[THREAD] Over the weekend, I ran a poll on initiatives aimed at improving access to #NHS #primarycare. While respondents probably aren’t representative of the wider population, I think the results are striking: what people want most is convenience. (1/5)
@harrylongman’s much larger survey of patients of 12 GP practices using @askmygp shows that only 15% of patients prefer face-to-face appointments as the default. (2/5)
Meanwhile, @GPatHand – while hugely popular with its patients – breaks the NHS’s traditional #placebased funding model. pulsetoday.co.uk/news/gp-topics… (3/5)
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The legacy of @Jeremy_Hunt, UK Secretary of State for Health, 2012-2018.

Just the numbers. /thread
£577m was the NHS surplus in 2012.
-£6 billion is the projected NHS deficit for 2018. /1
nuffieldtrust.org.uk/research/the-b…
2015 was the year Jeremy Hunt suppressed NICE guidance on minimum nurse ratios. /2
google.com/amp/s/www.inde…
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When discussing the #NHS in terms of privatisation I always think it's useful to equate what neoliberals and the private sector are doing to it as akin to a parasite infecting its host. The goal of a parasite isn't to kill its host but to extract energy to allow it to grow. 1/11
Ultimately the parasite seeks to reproduce and spread, much the same as private providers offering and supplying public services has spread and increased over the years. So what is the "energy" these parasites are extracting, and how do they know they won't kill their host? 2/11
The energy source in the case of the NHS is the Treasury, the "energy" itself is the national currency. These parasites know that the currency issuer (government) has an unlimited ability to create the currency, and provided the public doesn't learn this fact, they can 3/11
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THREAD : #Brexit ain't what they promised:

1. It's costing us a fortune - not saving the £350m they promised we’d save and give to the #NHS
richardcorbett.org.uk/long-list-litt…
2. We won’t "take back control", we’ll lose it. We used to make Europe’s rules. #Brexit means following them without a say:
richardcorbett.org.uk/losing-control/
3. We were the fastest growing economy in the G7. Now, we’re the slowest - and that’s before we’ve even left.
richardcorbett.org.uk/project-fear-p…
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If you have an interest in #AI, #HealthTech or #PatientSafety - then please read this evidence based thread which tells the story of @DrMurphy11 & an #eHealth #AI #Chatbot.

Read on, or see single tweet summary here👇0/44
is not a 'nerd'; he's a pretty typical NHS consultant with an interest in #PatientSafety.

On 6th Jan 2017 a tweet about an #eHealth #AI #Chatbot in #NHS trials caught his attention, so he thought he'd take a look. 1/44

Evidence here 👇
Dr Murphy downloaded the @babylonhealth App & tried the #Chatbot with a few simple clinical presentations. It quickly became apparent that the #Chatbot had flaws, raising the question if the App had been validated as a triage tool?

As evidenced by👇 2/44
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