South Glasgow University Hospital campus to be handed over to NHS Scotland


By @ShaunyNews  Via:

Good news for the West of Scotland and Glasgow this. Also brilliant to see GOOD MONEY being spent on the right things by the Scottish Government. Soon when Scotland free’s herself more from London we can achieve more of this. The SNP have made a promise to fight tooth and nail for the NHS and this is a good start. I know we still have a ways to go but in the end the people of Scotland will decide our fate. I know many think Tory/UKIP coalition Governments are a real possibility but so is a Labour/Greens/Plaid Cymru/SNP Government for the UK where Wales and Scotland will get more freedom from London, this is very possible also. It is in our hands peeps, let’s keep it there. No Tory, Blue or Red

Scotland’s largest hospital is due to be officially handed over to NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. The new South Glasgow University Hospital campus cost more than £800m to build and will have more than 1,300 beds. The health board said it had been delivered under budget and ahead of schedule.

The facility is due to open to patients in May. Construction work began in early 2011 and it has been the biggest building site in Scotland. The new campus will bring major changes to the way healthcare is delivered across the west of Scotland – with maternity, children’s and adult hospitals all on one site. The Southern General campus will replace the Southern General Hospital, Western and Victoria Infirmaries, Mansionhouse Unit and Royal Hospital for Sick Children at Yorkhill.


There will be space for 1,300 patients, mostly in single rooms, 29 operating theatres, and even a landing pad on the hospital roof, for rescue helicopters. In addition to replacing adult hospitals in Glasgow, the new South Glasgow University Hospital will incorporate a new teaching and learning facility and the Centre for Stratified Medicine and clinical research facilities. Up to 10,000 NHS staff will be based on the campus when it is fully operational. Building contractors, Brookfield Multiplex, are due to formally pass the hospital over to the health board later.

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Killing Me Softly : Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Deaths

I have always loved this saying

I have always loved this saying

By @ShaunyGibson – Used to be @ ShaunyNews Via: Lisa Lorden Myers

Earlier today I did this blog and I posted it on my Fibromyalgia and any Chronic issue Facebook page for us all to discuss Chronic Illness, things that don’t kill you, they kill your spirit if you let it. I seen this here and I MUST share this page with YOU who have chronic pain or Fibromyalgia or any or any other “Can’t kill you” chronic Condition here> Links and as much info on the “Devils Disease” as I could throw together. Not till I started my Group on Facebook for Chronic Pain/Fibro/Depression, anything Chronic, did I understand the level of suffering in others…

…..I AM NOT ALONE, AS I AM MADE TO FEEL BY FAMILY AND FRIENDS. But hey, that is no happy feeling. Reassuring maybe? Our biggest challenge as sufferers is almost impossible to the point we just say ‘Feck it’ and give up. I don’t want to give up on family/friends who don’t like ‘New Shaun’ because to me they are ‘New Them’ it is totally a 2 way street. I notice people look at me as if I am screwing the Government for money, facts are I receive not ONE PENNY from the Government. The only message I want to get through to my loved ones is “This is why I am in bed, this is why I am in a lot, this is why I don’t visit” and once we get past that we can all smile, love, have fun and move the FECK ON! I speak for many (And I tagged a few in here when posting) when I say this, all we want is UNDERSTANDING. Then we can all move on, simple really. But we see things that may not be there, we feel things that may not be there. But to define this is to define Fibro. Fibro is new, not many people know about it, not many who live in pain know they have it. STRESS = PAIN as well as other things with Fibro/CPS, I know in America for example you guys pay for EVERYTHING and that is wrong. Here in Scotland EVERYTHING Health related is free. Now Scotland has greater powers it will only get better. Seeing your Dr is Free, All your Medication is free, Hospital visits be them arranged or not are free, X-Rays and ALL operations are free. I could not survive in a country anywhere where the stress of not knowing all of the above was covered so it must be murder for you guys. My heart goes out to you all 

In Scotland  they grade you 1 to 10…You get asked 100 questions in a book you take home, each question is 1 – good or 10 – DEAD (I am joking, 10 is the worst) I am 10, do you know your score? Try it below


Via Hunter Medicare Local on You Tube – Official Scottish Video from our NHS (National Health Service)
PLEASE GIVE THIS A WATCH PEEPS..IT ‘WILL’ HELP. Ask your partner, parents, family, friends etc to watch also.
Understanding Pain: What to do about it in less than five minutes?


Knowing the signs are crucial, if we can save one life this article and you reading it was worth it



photo_libraryBy Lisa Lorden Myers

Note: Lisa Lorden Myers, a CFS/fibromyalgia patient from California, is a well-known writer. For three years, she was the Guide to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia at This article was originally published in Fibromyalgia Frontiers, the journal of the National Fibromyalgia Partnership. Lisa now runs the website
Living with CFS & Fibromyalgia.



On August 15, 1996, Dr. Jack Kevorkian reportedly assisted in the suicide of Judith Curren, 42, of Pembroke, Massachusetts. She suffered from chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and fibromyalgia (FM). Jan Murphy, another FM sufferer, also turned to Kevorkian for help; later reported her assisted suicide in the summer of 1997. A recently publicized investigation in the UK revealed that just last year, Julia Revill, age 58, hanged herself outside her family home after becoming frustrated at a lack of medical help for her Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME). ME is the name used abroad for chronic fatigue syndrome. She had shown some improvement after treatment at the UK’s only ME hospital in Essex but had been refused funding by the local health authority for further treatment there, and her condition deteriorated. The loss of “one of our own” always hits hard. These and other reports sent shock waves through the FM/CFS community. Patients with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome have an exquisite understanding of the pain, both physical pain and emotional anguish, associated with having a poorly understood, incurable disease. “When you start hearing there is no hope, no treatment, and no cure over and over, you lose your will to fight,” wrote Jan Murphy in a eulogy read at her funeral. “What most people saw of me was a shell of what was going on inside.” The FM/CFS community is certainly not alone in addressing the problem of suicide. Each year, about 30,000 people in the United States take their own lives. It is the 11th leading cause of death in our country and accounts for about 1.5% of all deaths in the US.

Suicide and FM/CFS

It is unclear whether there is an increased risk of suicide among FM/CFS patients, as compared to the general population. In 2006, Leonard Jason and colleagues published a study analyzing a memorial list maintained by the National CFIDS Foundation. They reported that suicide was one of the three leading causes of death in the sample, along with heart disease and cancer. The researchers noted several limitations to the study, including uncertainty about whether the list was representative of people with CFS and concluded “clearly, it is not possible to generalize the data from this memorial list to the overall population of patients with CFS.”


The truth I just know hurts us all, Family who get angry with us…

However, there is evidence that chronic pain and illness put patients at risk for suicide. An illness like fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome, which is often doubted or neglected by the medical community, the public, and sometimes family and friends, can present unique problems. Patients with FM/CFS can become victims of isolation and despair. Secondary depression is a well-known symptom of FM/CFS and is common with any type of chronic pain. Sufferers depend on a variety of sources of support, including pain management, psychological support, and financial support. When one of these essential needs remains unmet over a long period of time, it is possible for patients to begin to believe that their situation is hopeless. In fact, a recent report published by Action for ME, a UK non-profit organization, revealed that 51% of survey respondents have felt suicidal as a result of their illness. Those with the most severe cases of the illness and who received delayed diagnosis and management were most likely to have considered suicide.

Responding to Suicidal Thoughts

How we feel..

How we feel..

Martha Ainsworth, founder and director of Metanoia, a non-profit organization dedicated to suicide prevention, describes the problem of suicide succinctly. She writes, “Suicide happens when pain exceeds resources for coping with pain.” There are many kinds of pain that may lead to suicide, and individuals vary greatly in their capacity to withstand pain. According to Ainsworth, you can survive suicidal feelings if you do either of two things: (1) find a way to reduce your pain, or (2) find a way to increase your coping resources. Both are possible. It is important to realize that suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. The Journal of the American Medical Association has reported that 95% of all suicides occur at the peak of a depressive episode. For many people who feel suicidal, there seems to be no other way out. But suicidal thoughts are typically a reflection of distorted thinking caused by severe depression or even by the neurological changes associated with FM/CFS itself. When we are depressed, we tend to see things through the very narrow perspective of the present moment. A week or a month later, things may look completely different.

Warning Signs of Suicide

  • Talking or joking about suicide or statements about being reunited with a deceased loved one

  • Making statements about hopelessness, helplessness, or worthlessness (“Life is useless” or “Everyone would be better off without me.”)

  • Preoccupation with death (recurrent death themes in music, literature, or drawings)

  • Appearing suddenly happier or calmer

  • Loss of interest in things one cares about

  • Unusual visiting or calling people one cares about (saying good-byes)

  • Giving possessions away, making arrangements, or settling one’s affairs

  • Self-destructive or risk-taking behavior (alcohol/drug abuse, reckless driving, self-injury or mutilation)




LOL..So true

Most people who once thought about killing themselves are now glad to be alive. They say they didn’t want to end their lives – they just wanted to stop the pain. According to Dr. William Collinge, Ph.D., author of several books including Recovering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, “If you can remind yourself that the suicidal thoughts or feelings are transitory and symptomatic of the illness, this will help you get through those times when you are in the bottom of the pits and can’t see any way out. Also, talking about your feelings with a confidant or loved one can help immeasurably.”Experts agree that talking about suicidal feelings is one of the most important things you can do. Talking to a caring and supportive friend or family member can be helpful, and there are a variety of helplines and support groups to whom people who are feeling suicidal can reach out. Severe depression, the primary cause of suicide, is highly treatable. If depression is recognized and treated, many suicides can be prevented. Anyone who has suffered with fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome knows that it requires a huge adjustment, not only to the illness itself but to all the consequences it has on our lives. Chronic illness is likely to affect the way sufferers live, the way they see themselves, and how they relate to others. With the present state of world events, many people are feeling additional tension, anxiety, or sadness. But suffering with severe depression may be unnecessary. If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, it’s essential that you know you don’t have to go it alone. Suicide is preventable, and there are a variety of resources that can provide the support you need.


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Labour refuse to match £125m SNP commitment to NHS

Remarkable considering the budgets we had then

Remarkable considering the budgets we had then

 By @ShaunyGibson – Used to be @ ShaunyNews

Anyone looking for more reasons to NOT vote Labour?

The SNP is today calling on Labour to clarify its position on funding for the health service – after the party’s shadow health team refused to commit to spending £125m of health consequentials on the NHS.

Yesterday, Deputy First Minister John Swinney confirmed that all health consequentials that come to Scotland will be passed directly on to the NHS – in a further demonstration of the Scottish Government’s commitment to the NHS.

However, Labour refused to commit to do the same – just as it has refused to match the SNP’s commitment to frontline health spending in previous years. When pressed by Shona Robison in the chamber yesterday, Labour’s Public Health Spokesperson Richard Simpson refused to commit to spending the £125m of health consequentials on the health service – saying simply “we will see.” Labour’s Health Spokesperson Neil Findlay also refused to back the SNP’s commitment to real-term increases in NHS funding in both this and the next parliamentary term.

Commenting, SNP MSP Bob Doris said:

“The Scottish Government’s commitment to our NHS is clear – and that our health service can look forward to a further £125m funding boost from the Scottish Government will be welcomed by staff and patients alike. But staff and patients will now be asking themselves why Labour won’t make the same commitment to pass this funding on to the health service.

“Our NHS is our most vital public resource and needs to continue to be adequately funded if it is to provide the first class care people in Scotland deserve. That Labour’s shadow health team completely refuses to commit to passing on these consequentials or to real-terms funding increases will have NHS staff worried about what Labour has in store.

“Labour’s strange reluctance to detail their spending plans will do nothing to allay the fears of public service workers and people across the country who are worried about what their Cuts Commission has in store – with free prescriptions amongst the policies in their firing line.

“Patients and our hardworking NHS staff simply can’t afford to wait and see what Labour have planned for our public services.  They deserve clarity as a matter of urgency.

“Labour must now back the SNP’s funding commitments to our health service – or people in Scotland will quickly come to the conclusion that Labour can’t be trusted on the NHS.”


Notes to editors

The transcript from yesterday’s proceedings in the chamber can be found below:

Shona Robison:

We have said very clearly that we are committed to a real-terms increase not just in this parliamentary session but in the next one. In the Labour leadership elections hustings debate, Neil Findlay refused to give that commitment. Will he do so now?

Neil Findlay:

I will deal with the leadership election outwith the chamber; that is a different matter. Let us deal with what we are dealing with in here.

Shona Robison:

On the subject of money, we have learned today that Labour has refused to give a commitment to a real-terms increase and would refuse to pass on the consequentials to health. Will Richard Simpson confirm both those things?

Dr Simpson:

Well, we will see, but the—[Interruption.]


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UK Police Tweet – Girl Held By Police As No NHS Beds Available


A senior police officer uses Twitter to highlight the case of a teen with mental health issues who was held for almost two days.


By @ShaunyGibson – Used to be @ ShaunyNews

It really is time Britain to stand up. Over the last few months I have talked and walked for the Scottish cause, but this Tweet by a Policeman is PATHETIC. Anyone who voted Tory deserves to be in Police custody also from here on in. As the policeman said #Unacceptable This was from Devon and Cornwall Police, at least we can say the police are decent in this country, they don’t kill people, they save them



A senior police officer has told how a teenager with mental health issues was held in police custody for almost two days because no NHS beds were available. Assistant Chief Constable Paul Netherton, from Devon and Cornwall Police, took to Twitter to vent his frustration after he was left with no choice but to keep the girl in custody in a police station. He said the 16-year-old was detained on Thursday night and sectioned on Friday lunchtime. She should have been taken to hospital, but police were told there were no places for her anywhere in the UK. Labour said the case was “an appalling reflection of the crisis in mental health services under the current Government”.

NHS England confirmed on Saturday evening that a place had been found for the girl. ACC Netherton told Sky News : “I was very concerned because we shouldn’t be put in a position where we have a 16-year-old schoolgirl kept in custody now for three days because there is no place where we can house her safely. “A police station and a custody block on a Friday and Saturday night is simply not a place where a young child should be placed. “We wouldn’t put a criminal in custody for that long and we certainly don’t want to put someone who is suffering from mental health issues in a custody block for that length of time.” ACC Netherton said an area of the station’s cells had been closed to keep the girl in a “quiet and calm” environment and her mother had been allowed to visit to reassure her.

Well done Devon and Cornwall Police

Well done Devon and Cornwall Police

He said the case was symptomatic of an ongoing problem, with 750 people with mental health issues in Devon & Cornwall alone detained in police stations in the last year. He said: “What concerns us in this case and is certainly a problem across the country… is the fact that it involves children and I do not think there is enough provision for children who suffer mental health issues and need to be detained in an emergency situation.” The officer originally highlighted the case on Twitter, posting: “We have a 16yr old girl suffering from mental health issues held in police custody. There are no beds available in the uk! #unacceptable”.

This is how bad the NHS is in England!! Get the Tory party out of here for good!! Thatcher did the same

This is how bad the NHS is in England!! Get the Tory party out of here for good!! Thatcher did the same

But he told Sky News he did not fear for his job, adding: “I don’t think my position is at risk. We’re just stating the facts –  I think that is my job. “I have a duty of care over all prisoners who come into the custody blocks in Devon and Cornwall and therefore I think I need to flag it up and do something about it when we are frustrated.”

He later tweeted: “Just heard that a place of care has been found for our 16yr old. Good result.” A spokesman for NHS England acknowledged there was more work to be done but said mental health crisis services had been expanding so the number of people ending up in police stations was down by a quarter. Labour’s shadow health minister Luciana Berger said: “This sad situation is becoming worryingly common. People shouldn’t face the indignity of being kept in police cells when they are at their most vulnerable. “The Government promised parity for mental health services, yet we’re going backwards. In recent years, they have suffered more than other NHS services and are falling deeper and deeper into crisis.”

NHS Not Safe From Private Firms In Controversial TTIP Deal, Westminster Admits


Ministers have admitted the NHS is still on the table as part of secretive talks over a controversial US-EU trade deal that could see it opened up to American corporations. Following protests in London over the weekend, UK trade minister Lord Livingston confirmed that the NHS had not been excluded from talks about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), insisting that it was because it would “not see any change to its existing obligations”. The admission was seized upon by trade unions, who called on David Cameron to veto any inclusion of the NHS in talks for the controversial deal

Len McCluskey, general secretary of the Unite union, said: “The government is allowing faceless bureaucrats in Brussels and Washington to make the sell-off of our treasured NHS permanent. The French have already used their veto to exclude the French film industry. There is no reason why the British government can’t do the same to protect the NHS. “The people of this country didn’t vote for selling-off our NHS and they didn’t vote to make the sell-off irreversible by giving US companies the right to sue us in secret courts. It is an outrage that this government is prepared to expose our NHS to US companies and Wall Street investors. “Lord Livingstone tried to claim that the NHS won’t be affected, in that case why is the NHS included in the deal and why can’t the government just take the NHS out of TTIP? The government needs to stop trying to pull the wool over our eyes and veto the inclusion of the NHS in TTIP now.”

A poll recently carried out by Survation found that most of those polled (68%) opposed the inclusion of the NHS as part of the deal. Barely one in four (23%) of those planning to vote Conservative supported including the NHS, while 77% of those planning to vote Ukip opposed including it in any TTIP talks. Prime Minister David Cameron has welcomed TTIP, which could be the biggest bilateral trade deal in history, as a “once in a lifetime” opportunity. The trade deal, which could be finalised as early as next year, would create jobs and boost the UK economy by £10 billion a year, supporters say.

Lord Livingston said: “This is a very big prize, removing most tariffs so that more companies will be able to trade with the United States. We are trying to bring standards together, not reduce them. “Our job is to put the facts on the table, give assurances and see this as a good news story.” Syed Kamall, leader of the Conservatives in the European Parliament, recently poured scorn on the “myths’ surrounding the TTIP negotiations. Blogging on the Huffington Post UK, he wrote: “If the TTIP negotiations cover issues other than trade, it becomes known as a “mixed agreement” and will have to be ratified by the British Parliament. “Democratic oversight and transparency is a core shared objective of the parties and Members of the European Parliament across the political spectrum are closely monitoring the different stages of the process in order to inform our citizens and to engage them in the process.”

Why We Can’t Be Selfish In This Vote Scotland

Check the hatred here.. WOW!

First thing I need to make clear, we will be the first nation EVER to leave a union without as much as a punch being thrown in anger. The image above was from this years Wimbledon. There is no hatred in this vote and there won’t be when we have voted. Because I believe it will be a #YES. Looking at all the Polls from @YesWhere_ever I see it at 70/30 for. Each city has it’s own #Yes Campaign, my one is @YesWestEdinburgh They all did a poll, all over Scotland, add it up, and you get 70/30, but we can’t be sure, we must make sure and be sure

Well here we go, another attempt to get through to the people who vote no. Probably people with decent lives, nice home, 2 family income and totally unaware of the struggle faced by others. I myself am disabled, I never seen this coming, if YOU became disabled and dependant on Westminster to help you, 100% be honest with yourself, could you trust them? If you lost your Job, could you trust Westminster to help. I know about 20 people who work in the NHS up here in Scotland, my Mum married the main man for Unison Edinburgh, many are voting NO. I say to these NHS workers, in the event of a NO you WILL LOSE YOUR JOB. The NHS is being privatised.

Many don’t see the other side of life. I don’t live on the hard side, I am in agony all day every day, but I manage myself, but I make sure I am aware of the hardship and I understand the pain and suffering of others. I asked in my last blog ‘Do you trust Westminster’ And I ask again, here it is

Scotland – We are NOT voting for SNP or any Politician, we are voting for Freedom and to stop deaths

Read some of what this blog says it states facts and times and details. They are a hard read, but Scotland we MUST understand the dangers of a no vote.

Benefit cuts blind man committed suicide after Atos ruled him fit to work

Vulnerable man starved to death after benefits were cut

Brutal Benefit Cuts for the Disabled Are Leading to Suicides in the UK

We must fully understand why there are more food banks, we must fully understand why more people are losing their homes. The way I see it, and I am in no means in a life where I rely in independence, but I know many are, is, if we vote no blindly, we are being selfish. I am not voting for me, I am voting for the disabled, the homeless, the NHS and most of all my kids and all the kids in my country.

I ask you Scotland to really understand why you are voting. You and I will be gone in 60/70 years, our kids, their kids and Scotland won’t be. Please see the bigger picture. Don’t leave our kids to fight Westminster, don’t leave the disabled people to fight ATOS. Scotland please! Again, know why you vote

The blog above is a hard read and through that blog I changed the mind of several people. So I will keep going the same as hundreds, thousands of others who are fighting HARD to make sure we have a free Scotland. Many question what money we will use. Well the Royal Mint is there and the Queen will STILL be our head of state. The Prisons are in the Queen’s name also. The reason the Queen will remain our head of state is so many issues will sorted with ease. But there will be fear mongering going on, scaring you to death with lies

Do your own research, don’t blindly vote no, as it will harm 10’s of Thousands of your own people here in Scotland. Don’t be selfish, at least give a reason why you vote no, I am yet to hear one valued reason from a no vote. Why? because there isn’t one. Their life is good, so why should they care right? Be human and look around you.