Author Archives: Lynn Strother

2014/15 was not a particularly good year for care homes, and not just care homes for older people but also those who are vulnerable due to physical or mental health difficulties and especially those with learning difficulties. There were lots of closures with a disturbing amount of closures following CQC inspections – I think people …
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Do We Need Another National Anthem?

March 23rd, 2016 | Posted by Lynn Strother in London | Older People - (0 Comments)

This is one of the latest big questions exercising our politician’s and government’s mind amid the devastation of the floods, doctors contracts, housing, the EU question, immigration, Syria, tube strikes to name but a few. Why has this important question arisen? Toby Perkins MP has brought this up under the 10 minute rule. He thinks …
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Another year – Welcome to 2016!

February 8th, 2016 | Posted by Lynn Strother in Campaigns | London | Older People - (0 Comments)

This is my first post on the Opinion Exchange of 2016! We welcome another year with hope and optimism but will things change? Have things changed? We are downsizing our office so I have been going through the filing cabinets and archive boxes for the Greater London Forum for Older People – GLF – and …
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Social Care Crisis – Have We Been Here Before?

December 16th, 2015 | Posted by Lynn Strother in Care | London | Older People - (0 Comments)

Yes – back to that old chestnut – crisis in social care. I am beginning to think there has never been a time in the last ten years when social care has not been in crisis. And what is the key ingredient for every social care crisis – funding. In fact you may remember that …
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Changing Energy Suppliers

December 15th, 2015 | Posted by Lynn Strother in Energy and Fuel | London | Older People - (0 Comments)

Well – what is the latest wheeze from the government? Well – not really a wheeze – more another order/demand: ‘YOU WILL’. One of the latest is around energy. ‘YOU ARE NOT SWITCHING SUPPLIERS – IT WILL BE COMPULSORY TO SWITCH EVERY YEAR’. What a load of rubbish. Have the government and policy makers nothing …
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Let me tell you a story…

December 11th, 2015 | Posted by Lynn Strother in Housing - (1 Comments)

Let me tell you a story – it’s a bit long and does get complicated – so bear with me. Mrs A was an only child – her parents Fred and Cynthia lived 50 miles away and Cynthia has type 2 diabetes which is very unstable. At present Fred tries to look after Cynthia but …
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Should the NHS put a price on everything?

December 2nd, 2015 | Posted by Lynn Strother in Health | London | Older People - (0 Comments)

It is suggested that if patients and staff knew the cost of treatment and appointments waste would be cut and hundreds of millions saved – what do you think? This at a time when treatments are being cut to try and get hospital trusts our of the red. The cost of a missed hospital appointment …
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What welcome will winter receive this year?

September 29th, 2015 | Posted by Lynn Strother in London | Older People | Weather - (0 Comments)

So what’s the news? Well, the strongest El Nino indicates that winter will be a Big Freeze – a long snowy winter, colder than normal with heavy snowfall bringing transport chaos again. I wonder if transport for London and the train operators have taken any notice of this warning or will we, as usual, have …
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It rains in Britain and it is wet!

September 29th, 2015 | Posted by Lynn Strother in London | Older People - (0 Comments)

Can someone explain to me why all tube stations, rail stations and bus stations are paved in flooring which become like an ice rink when it rains  and we then have to avoid notices which says that the floor is slippery due to wet weather – surely breaches of health & safety in this health …
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How do you watch TV?

September 25th, 2015 | Posted by Lynn Strother in Digital | London | Older People - (0 Comments)

This is not such a silly question as the heading suggests. There are several ongoing debates around the BBC and one of the issues is around how people watch TV and what they watch – this is a major part of the discussions on the future of the BBC and the TV licence. We are …
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