What to do? When there’s nothing to do!

Covid-19 has resulted in a dramatic and unprecedented fall in productivity globally. Many people have lost loved ones, there’s an ongoing healthcare crisis with growing pressure with every rising Covid-19 case.

This has further brought the economy to a sudden stop. Many people are worried about financial security, many people have lost their jobs.

In these times of crisis, we have to rise above solo concerns and do whatever we can to help alleviate suffering. This brings the question, what to do? When there is nothing to do!

Many charities require volunteers, healthcare facilities require volunteers. If you are fit & healthy with no underlying health concerns, then this is the time to show and be the best version of yourself.

This is the time when communities need leaders to rise. There are many other ways to help them too. If you are financially secure, then go out of your way to donate to charities and organisations that are helping and fighting on the frontline.

Our true characters emerge in times of adversity, how we respond, our actions, our contributions. We have seen the good side of the communities emerge, go out of their ways to provide free support of all sorts. Psychological, social, emotional, financial, healthcare, educational.

I attended one of the most enlightening webinars earlier in the morning. It was so informative and educational that I had to leave after 2 hours of attending it. My brain was literally overloaded with information that I needed to digest what I had heard, and couldn’t take in more.

This again brings the question, what to do, when there’s nothing to do!

Be proactive; exercise, learn more, read more, pray more, meditate more. Spread goodness not germs. Take extra precautions; sanitize, disinfect, strengthen your immune system, eat healthy. Prevention is better than cure. Stay Home, Save lives. The quicker this epidemic passes, if we all follow quarantine and social distancing measures, the quicker we can get back to our usual routines or perhaps a new normal.

I am not a medical expert but from the information that I have gathered, everyone knows that a vaccine is crucial to stop the spread. There is so much medical research being put out there which is beyond my understanding. So I leave that to the experts.

This once more brings the question, What to do ? When there’s nothing to do!

Leave the medical research and vaccine development in the hands of capable experts. Worry less, do more. In the UK, we are lucky to have government response and measures which include a stimulus package for many people. Employees, self-employed, companies & businesses. There are still many that the government can’t reach.

So, What to do ? When there’s nothing to do!

In this time of crisis, there’s a lot of stuff that we must stop doing too. Stop arguing, stop domestic abuse, stop talking to your parents harshly, stop raising your voices, stop spreading germs. Find some solace in silence and solitude. Meditate more, be less annoying, be less irritating. Instead, be more cooperative, be more humble, be more generous, be more considerate. Most of all be more self-aware.

Once more, ask yourself this question, “What to do? When there’s nothing to do!”

Assess and evaluate yourself. Cleanse yourself, cleanse yourself of hatred, envy and being a thorn for others. As Rumi said, “Stop being a thorn in the path of others. Be a flower, that releases it fragrance even when crushed.” Purify your soul and hearts, spread love not germs.

I ask myself this question once more, “What to do? When there’s nothing to do!”

Focus on each day, take small steps, even baby steps, crawl if you can’t walk because remember we are confined to our homes! That’s a little joke. I can’t help but be a little cheeky at times 😅🙏 But you get the idea, crawl before you learn to walk, walk before you can run, and run before you become a BIRD and can fly without wings! (Forgive my silly humour)

What I have really done by answering this question several times is, brought to my attention, and hopefully people who read this, what we ought to be paying attention towards. Remember the things where your attention and focus lie, grow. So be mindful of what you pay attention to!

One last message: fast from luxury, abstain from luxury, we should only be focussed on fulfilling necessities and essentials, especially in these times

Until next time,

And Stop Spreading Those Germs!

NHS Crisis: Privitisation and Suffering !

Did you know 84% of UK’s population favours public ownership of NHS? (yougov)

NHS offering £127m of contracts to private companies !

Independent

I can’t be believe that I am starting my first blogpost with something political. Well, it’s come to this, so as the title says, I blog about events that I am passionate about. NHS is something I am passionate about because of its impact on the nation!

Here goes ! Please read it, keep the comments hearty, peace and blessings ! My aim is only to inform you, so that you can make your own decisions.

Organisations differ from each other in terms of their structure and ownership. Companies exist in either public sector or private sector.

Private sector organisations can be any of the following: Sole proprietorship, Private limited (Ltd), Public limited company (plc), Partnerships, Limited liability partnerships (LLP) or Joint venture etc.

Public sector organisations are government owned and they are funded through government expenditure and taxes. Publicly owned services are allotted budgets, this government budget is then implemented through local councils on a micro level. At the macro level, the budget is decided through the population, age and other statistical measures for the welfare of the society, where improvement is required and where attention is needed. One of the main measures of performance in the public sector is the 3E’s model; Economy, Efficiency and Effectiveness to evaluate and compare the entity’s performance with the other organisations providing the same or similar service (Benchmarking).  The public service is scrutinised for constantly improving idea and the reason that generating profit is not the main objective hence, the 3E’s are used to assess the service.

Nationalisation of public services is a process through which, privately owned services are transformed into publicly owned services. Industries which are usually subject to nationalisation are the health, transport, railway and educational services etc. Nationalisation often results in fair pricing, free of charge services as in schools and the NHS. The action may be the result of a nation’s attempt to consolidate power, resentment of foreign ownership of industries representing significant importance to local economies or to prop up failing industries. Although many failing industries are privatised to save them and provide better but, in most cases expensive service.

Looking at the historical statistics many of the services have been nationalised in the post-war era 1946-1950s in the UK, bank of England in 1946, railways in 1948. The main advantages of nationalisation are the centrally controlled services for better planning and coordination. It can be further considered that the nationally funded and planned railway network will help to control pollution and congestion. Other advantages include economies of scale and efficient supply. Nationalisation of the major services such as the healthcare, schools, transport and energy sector play a key role in the living standard of the general population. On the contrary, the privatisation has taken place especially in late 70’s and throughout 1980’s. The failings in the state-owned industries and services has called for the need for these industries to be privatised.

Public sector organisations often find it challenging to meet the demand and consistency of the service, these challenges are the results of growing population, restricted budget and few means of raining investment. The management of these services can often be trapped in a onerous routine lacking innovation and motivation to continually perform as expected and meet targets. Privatisation results in availability of finance and efficient use of resources linked with reward schemes and incentives.

Below Figure 1 shows the view of the locals and which services should be run in public sector or private sector taken from YouGov survey of May 2017. This shows that the public is in favour of 10 out of the 13 services to be publicly owned in this survey. Only banks, airlines and telephone and internet providers should be privately owned in public’s view and latest research show that there are four services that the public is especially keen to have in public hands: the police (87%), the NHS (84%), the armed forces (83%) and schools (81%).

(YouGov, Nationalisation vs Privatisation: the public view)

Figure 1

Stakeholders are people or organisations affected by an entity. The grid below shows the Mendelow’s power/interest matrix (Kaplan Stakeholder Analysis)

The Mendelow’s matrix maps the stakeholders who hold key positions and affect the decision making of the entity in grid D, the stakeholders who must be kept satisfied in grid C, the stakeholders in grid B should be kept informed and stakeholders in grid A require minimum effort. Considering the NHS, we can identify these six groups affected and their relative position in the Mendelow’s matrix

Private GPs operate independently but some however, do share reports on patients’ database. However, if NHS fails they might move along the matrix also resulting in higher market share of health services.

The news agency and media have to be informed regarding the new laws and legal framework and any other highlighted issues such as low pay for staff, so they need to be kept informed.

The NHS operates by employing doctor and nurses, patients are the users of the service and all major changes brought to the NHS affect them, so they are considered among stakeholders that need to be satisfied.

The two stakeholders’ group are considered key players in the NHS. Government passes laws and regulates the NHS while, the big pharma develops new profitable medicines to profit.

Having given a simple background and structure to what NHS represents for the entire country, how it’s run and for whom. Let’s look at the articles below, whether it is still a fully public sector body!

The articles listed below are the main reasons why the NHS is suffering, how the taxpayers’ money is being misappropriated and misused. When you read the articles, you will find that a lot of the contracts for NHS are being tendered to private companies. When those companies operating for profit get involved internally in NHS and take over services that are being then provided to the public. A conflict of interest arises, where the aim for those companies is to maximise their profits too, aside providing a benchmarked service. This leads to taxpayers’ money (government spending) to be wasted excessively. This is what is happening, and I am trying to give you a breakdown for how this money is accounted. How the money flows and whose hands does it end up in!

They say when something fishy is going on, follow the money. The money trail at NHS shows that it has been starved of much needed funds in the last 9 years of Tory rule, in the name of austerity. Instead the costs to NHS have only further increased by outsourcing to private companies. Essentially the service to the end user is still the same in monetary value terms (i.e. how much the patient pays for the NHS and mental health service). Therefore, these increased costs clearly represent the amount of taxpayers’ money that is being misused!

I have only attached two articles for the sake of simplicity and to highlight what is happening! The internet and information is all out there, if you want to try to find out the truth. The truth is, the public is never told the proper and real truth.

The Guardian: The view on NHS privitisation and £92bn pounds question

Independent: NHS privitisation

References

http://kfknowledgebank.kaplan.co.uk/KFKB/Wiki%20Pages/Mendelow%27s%20matrix.aspx

Nationalisation

http://www.economicsonline.co.uk/Business_economics/Nationalisation.html

Nationalisation vs Privatisation: the public view

https://yougov.co.uk/news/2017/05/19/nationalisation-vs-privatisation-public-view/