North West Green Party warns weeks left to protect medical history

Less than 5 weeks left to protect your medical history

Peter Cranie, lead candidate for the North West Green Party in next years European Elections says :-62399036_peter_cranie_high1

“The Liberal Democrats and Conservatives do not want to respect your medical privacy any more. In a move that is largely under the radar in the mainstream media, the Health and Social Care Act will shortly make it possible for NHS England’s programme to share confidential information from GP records with commissioners, research organisations and private companies in de-identified and identifiable forms. You can re-read that again – identifiable form.

So let’s take some of the mystery away from this. You can read an excellent summary on the 2020health blog. We need people to be informed that their confidential medical records are going to be “extracted” with GPs unable to continue an age old practice of protecting patient confidentiality. However, there is a legal barrier to this, and under the Data Protection Act, you can object. Thankfully some really good people have already prepared opt out letters.

I’ve been appointed as our Home Affairs Spokesperson for the Green Party and in my first action in that role, I’m asking Green Party members and supporters to back the 2020health campaign to make this an “opt-in” campaign. We’ve seen that increasingly our personal information has become a commodity to be traded and sold to the highest sector bidder. That is no way to run a National Health Service or our country. Government protection of our privacy and confidentiality is vital and this highly illiberal legislation, ironically brought in by Liberal Democrats in coalition, must be resisted.

To personally opt out, please use Medconfidential’s template letter, but more importantly, share this information as widely as you can online and in leaflets to help others to do the same. The Green Party will always stand up for your rights of medical privacy and confidentiality.”

Picture – Peter Cranie – Lead Candidate 2014 European Elections North-West Green Party and Home Affairs Spokesperson.

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Is there a corporate conspiracy against renewable energy?

The CEOs of Europe’s 10 largest energy companies met earlier this year at the Brussels museum of Rene Magritte to lobby the European Union on energy matters.
Magritte was, of course, a surrealist well known for his paintings of umbrellas raining upon us. Given the surreal policy objectives of the group, which wants to slash funding for renewables, the venue might seem appropriate.

Yet hardly a day goes by without an attack on renewable energy in the British media.
With electricity and gas bills climbing, the energy sector is keen to blame “green taxes” for rising energy bills, while suggesting that environmental energy will lead to the lights going out.

In Con-Dem Britain, where wages are often falling compared to inflation, most of us are having trouble paying the bills. Ed Miliband’s demand that energy bills be cut has, for once, wrong-footed his opponents, both Blairites in Labour and our present neoliberal government.
The energy companies deny that they are fat cats and some blame their 10 per cent energy bill increases on environmental costs.

Ukip and a variety of reactionaries claim that wind turbines are the most dangerous form of energy and that there must be a war against environmental charges.
The Conservative Environment Minister Owen Paterson – famous for claiming the badgers have moved the goal posts – is a climate sceptic who wants to smash environmental protection. He has argued that climate change may bring benefits and is said to have a phobia of wind turbines.

So there are some powerful forces arrayed against renewable energy, but is the claim that it is pushing up bills correct?

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Article by Derek Wall from the morning Star


EURO-MPs have rejected proposals to fund new fishing boats that would have seen more boats chasing fewer fish.

MEPs were considering proposals to reintroduce subsidies for ‘fleet renewal’ under the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy (CFP).

But the proposals ran counter to the very spirit of the latest revision to the CFP, which was adopted earlier this year, according to Green MEP Jean Lambert.

“We saw real progress towards making Europe’s fishing industry work in a much more sustainable way when the CFP was revised earlier this year,” she said.

“We adopted rules designed to put the interests of the marine environment, as well as long-term jobs in the fishing industry, at the heart of the CFP.

“So I am delighted that this vote won’t see more boats fishing in EU waters – threatening both fish levels and fishing jobs’ viability.

“We Greens would like to see a CFP that links fishing rights to environmental good practice.”

Measures adopted by MEPs include more cash to be spent on collecting data about fish populations and the marine environment, and better oversight by the European Commission of how Member States spend the money.

However there were several measures adopted such as funding for engine replacements and other measures to increase fishing capacity that the Greens opposed.

Therefore the Greens / EFA Group eventually voted against the package, which also contained measures that go against the aim of the Greens to increase sustainability and reduce the environmental impact of fishing.