Wireless Wirral and the Planned 5G Rollout

 

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The test dummy upon which the ICNIRP guidelines are based.

The latest in our debate generating series of posts brought to you by ‘Bright Spark’  :

Over the last two weeks we focused on the new LED lampposts and the unhealthy blue/white LED light and transmitters on top. These posts have hopefully got your attention and got you thinking about the prolific expansion of wireless technology in recent years and the impending ‘Internet of Things’ and the 5G testing in Liverpool and Birkenhead with the rest of the Wirral 5G enabled and ready to turn on. Whilst wireless technology is very convenient, it is very inconveniently unsafe, period.

There is no safe level of microwave radiation (Barry Trower).

Existing EMF (electromagnetic frequency) smog created by wireless technology (2G, 3G, 4G, 4G LTE, cell towers, wifi, smart meters, Bluetooth, cordless DECT phones, wireless sensors, baby monitors, Sky Q boxes, Echo, smartphones, tablets, laptops, smart TV’s, games consoles, all manner of smart tech and remote controlled devises, driver assisted cars etc.) and now 5G (which will lay the infrastructure to blanket every inch of the country and globe with millimetre waves c.100 times stronger than current levels for even faster download speeds, driverless cars, delivery drones, virtual reality, facial recognition, AI and other, as yet, inconceivable technologies) have already/are being rolled out in the Wirral, UK and across the world and positioned as safe, environmentally friendly and essential for every area of the economy.

When being sold the conveniences of wireless technology (instead of the more inconvenient and expensive hardwiring), or being sucked in by the lure of the promises of 5G to provide even faster download speeds and improve your life so you can download a video in 6 seconds instead of 7 minutes; have a driverless car, live in a virtual reality; sit on the couch whilst turning your lights and washing machine on and ordering your dinner to come by drone delivery; live in smart cities controlled by facial recognition and enjoy being connected to billions of other devises via the Internet of Things (IoT) and controlled by the cloud…you may want to look at the human and environmental health risks that have already occurred at current levels. In a future post we will focus on the exponential dangers of 5G which will use both existing microwave bands as well as new millimetre waves and utilises a different beam forming technology.

Is it worth your health and that of your children, grandchildren and the destruction of the environment to carry on accepting this as ‘progress’? We have all been complicit in inviting this technology into our homes and children’s lives and it is now down to each and every one of us now to reconsider our priorities.
The issue with government and industry guidelines and PHE/ICNIRP guidelines is this:-

The International Commission on Non-Ionising Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) and the Advisory Group on Non-Ionising Radiation (AGNIR), which Public Health England (PHE), government departments and industry steadfastly quote, maintain that there is no ‘convincing evidence’ or that ‘it does not appear’ that exposure to radio frequencies below ‘guidelines’ poses any risk.

These PHE/ICNIRP guidelines have not been updated since 1998 before wireless technology had been prolifically rolled out and are based SOLELY on ‘thermal’ (i.e. heating effects) over a short (c. 6 minute) exposure on a fluid filled test dummy (see above). They are based on the out-dated belief that only acute thermal effects are hazardous and that non-ionising radiation does not have enough power to affect DNA as ionising (nuclear) radiation does. They steadfastly maintain that there is no issue whatsoever with non-ionising radiation except a potential heating effect at high enough power densities (e.g. your microwave oven heats you up but your wifi is miraculously safe at a lower power, both of which operate on 2.4 GHz spectrum).

These guidelines DO NOT take any of the following into account:-

The non-thermal effects of RF radiation. These effects take place at levels way below recommended guidelines.
Any effects on actual cell biology, cell membranes, mitochondria and DNA etc.
The effects of multiple frequency exposure
The effects of ‘pulsed’ frequency exposure
The cumulative effect of 24/7 exposure
The addition of multiple RF emitting sources in one location
The effects on wildlife, trees, plants, birds, bees, pollinators, bacteria and viruses etc. on their biology and navigation etc.
The effects on infants, children, foetus and vulnerable groups

This link shows the fluid filled test dummy that has no biology upon which all so called ‘safety standards’ are based.
https://ehtrust.org/sar-test-inadequate/

The International Commission of Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) exposure level is approx. 900 quadrillion times higher than natural background microwave radiation levels (0.000.000.000.010 µW/m²).

The current guidelines DO NOT PROVE that exposure to RF radiation is ‘safe’. They only state that there is no evidence to ‘suggest’ that it is not safe and are not considering the growing body of evidence and calls from scientists all around the world that demonstrate that it is most definitely not safe at levels way below these guidelines.

No ‘body’ is even measuring exposure levels or ‘combined’ exposure levels from cell towers, devises sold into homes and therefore combined in any location even against the glaringly inadequate guidelines. Big Telecoms and Big Wireless is rolling out unchecked and with impunity.

Damage from RF exposure is uninsurable. The Government, utility companies, big telecoms and smart tech industries may be turning a blind eye to the dangers of wireless radiation exposure but the insurance business has not. Lloyd’s of London sets the standard for the world and has a clause that excludes any compensation for claims: “directly or indirectly arising out of, resulting from or contributed to by electromagnetic fields, electro-magnetic radiation, electromagnetism, radio waves or noise.” Radio waves are explicitly included as they, specifically the microwave zone, are what enable wireless communications devices like cell phones, wi-fi, cordless phones etc. So RFs are invalidating insurance policies.
http://stopsmartmeters.org.uk/lloyds-of-london-excludes-liability-coverage-for-harm-from-wireless-radiationrf-emf/

Whilst there are undoubtedly many benefits and conveniences of wireless technology, it is also clear that TRILLIONS OF £ & $ are at stake as well as geopolitical agendas that choose to ignore the dangers. The fact is there are thousands of research papers and calls from credible research scientists across the world that conclude that the current ‘safety standards’ are woefully inadequate and that the roll out of 5G will exacerbate the current issues exponentially. These are simply being ignored by industry/governments/councils and/or discredited by industry sponsored research.

A few examples that are being ignored:

On 31st May 2011, the World Health Organisation’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) categorised RF EMFs as a possible CARCINOGEN (Class 2b) – the same category as lead, DDT, chloroform & methylmercury. There are calls to upgrade this to a Group 1 (definitive) carcinogen.

Below is a recent commentary by Prof. Lennart Hardell on the findings of a $25mn US NTP study into cell phone signals.  His conclusion is unequivocal:

Based on the IARC preamble to the monographs, RF radiation should be classified as Group 1: The agent is carcinogenic to humans.
’This category is used when there is sufficient evidence of carcinogenicity in humans. Exceptionally, an agent may be placed in this category when evidence of carcinogenicity in humans is less than sufficient but there is sufficient evidence of carcinogenicity in experimental animals and strong evidence in exposed humans that the agent acts through a relevant mechanism of carcinogenicity.’ (http://monographs.iarc.fr/ENG/Preamble/currentb6evalrationale0706.php)

Hardell’s work led to the category of 2B back in 2011, he now is calling for it to be upgraded to Class 1.

https://ehtrust.org/cancer-expert-declares-cell-phone-wireless-radiation-carcinogenic-humans/
On 6th May 2011, the Council of Europe issued a report titled “Potential dangers of EMFs and their effect on the environment” in which they called for an IMMEDIATE reduction in exposure to EMFs by children. The Council advocates a precautionary principle be applied to wireless emissions to prevent public health disaster akin to “tobacco, leaded petrol and asbestos”.

See the Bioinitiative Report 2012. This is informative and gives a clear statement of the problem and a lot references http://www.bioinitiative.org.

Martin Pall, PhD (Caltech, 1968) Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry and Basic Medical Sciences Washington State University. Below are some links to his extensive research and letter to California legislators:

https://peaceinspace.blogs.com/files/5g-emf-hazards–dr-martin-l.-pall–eu-emf2018-6-11us3.pdf

https://ehtrust.org/wp-content/uploads/Pall-Letter-to-CalLegis-FINAL-8-7-17.pdf

Other references throughout this note contain many credible and peer reviewed studies of evidence of harm that are being ignore/dismissed in favour of government/industry objectives.

Health Effects of RF Radiation and Biological Mechanisms:-

Symptoms of RF (radiofrequency) radiation exposure are many and many of these conditions have increased exponentially in the last 10-20 years since the advent of wireless technology, cell towers, wifi and EMF exposure etc. One has to wonder why there is no other viable explanation that has been shown for these huge increases in conditions that co-inside with this timeline. Doctors are not recognising (or not allowed to recognise the connection).

Some of these health effects include:-

Sleep problems, fatigue, learning and concentration problems, stress, anxiety, depression, headaches, tinnitus, heart problems, palpitations, arrhythmias, cramps, nausea, nosebleeds, hormone disruption, fertility problems, ADHD, autism and neurological and sensory spectrum disorders, immune system disorders, respiratory problems, diabetes, skin rashes and flushes, dementia, alzheimers and cancer. These are known radiation sicknesses.

https://www.radiationhealthrisks.com/21-health-symptoms-rf-radiation/

https://www.powerwatch.org.uk/library/downloads/pf-emfs-9-heart-dementia-2018-11.pdf

There is also alot of information and references on the dangers of wireless radiation on the following links:-

https://ehtrust.org.
https://ehtrust.org/science/research-on-wireless-health-effects/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5504984/

Basic biology is clear in that every cell and nerve in the body operates using minute electrical signals. There can be no doubt that these biological signals will be affected by exposure to unnatural and continuous high frequency microwave radiation at billions of cycles per second.

Wifi, for example, operates at 2.4 Ghz (2.4 billion cycles per second) and so too does your microwave oven! Although the power density is less, how does a microwave oven on a stick in your home suddenly become safe? In short, it does not. It might not heat you up by 2 degrees in 6 minutes but any logic would tell you this is not safe 24/7.

5G is set to use various higher military grade millimetre wave frequencies e.g. 60Ghz (60 billion cycles per second) and 125 Ghz (125 billion cycles per second) which have been auctioned off already at huge profit to governments all over the world. High-frequency 60GHz 5G has already been shown to interfere with the oxygen molecules we breathe amongst many other serious metabolic issues.

The actual biological mechanisms by which these illnesses manifest are many and complex and too many to note in details this paper but research includes:-

Changes in DNA and mitochondria, changes in cellular process, damage to voltage gated ion channels leading to electrical signal changes in the cell, changes in brain waves and neuron responses, oxidative stress, cell inflammation and damage to the blood/brain permeability.

https://www.powerwatch.org.uk/library/downloads/pf-emfs-4-cells-mechanisms-2018-11.pdf

https://ehtrust.org/science/recent-scientific-publications-by-the-eht-scientific-team/

Dr Martin Palls work, papers and lectures explain clearly the mechanisms of harm as well as how children, insects and trees are particularly affected. His predictions are dire and should urgently be heeded but are ignored by government and industry:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsaB7ewFsN0&feature=share&fbclid=IwAR2zSxxJflxoT-9IReJKGnVJSHCTbvTB-ilb3dZLKI0II67TMbRm4vdxCCg
https://ehtrust.org/wp-content/uploads/Pall-Letter-to-CalLegis-FINAL-8-7-17.pdf

Contrary to ICNIRP, PHE and Government guidelines, it is quite evident that there is considerable scientific doubt of the safety of these EU, UK guidelines and standards.

Anecdotally, many people are becoming sick with many conditions noted above but with ‘unknown cause’ and for others, lives have become a misery with Electro Sensitivity. It is estimated that Elecro Sensitivity will increase from the current estimate of 3-10% to 50% in the coming years. Peoples health and the environment is being damaged whether they are ‘electrically sensitive’ and aware of it or not.

http://www.es-uk.info/

These connections are simply dismissed by government and NHS doctors. Living close to unavoidable sources and being forcibly exposed to RF radiation is a real misery for many people. Many people are acutely aware of the cause of their illness or discomfort, often living close to a cell tower or becoming sensitive after being exposed to Wifi all day in work, school or home or recently having a smart meter installed and others remain unaware of the cause getting medical treatments that will not help.

A recent article in the Lancet outlines concerns of harm from conception that has now occurred and increased rapidly in the past 20 years. Amongst other issues, it outlines evidence of the effects of exposure to wireless devices on the CNS, including altered neurodevelopment, increased risk of neurodegenerative diseases, behavioural disorders and structural and functional changes in the brain associated with ADHD-like behaviour in children.

https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanplh/article/PIIS2542-5196(18)30221-3/fulltext?dgcid=raven_jbs_etoc_email&fbclid=IwAR1s3PagJHpPbQjkb2jhRvCGrdJwL877rIXQQRr70GdaSIBmCquPBi7QaH0

At a time when environmental health scientists tackle serious global issues such as climate change and chemical toxicants in public health, it calls for an urgent need to address so-called electrosmog.

The current guidelines are simply irrelevant to continuous exposure:

http://www.es-uk.info/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/03.4-Importance-of-Biological-not-Heating-Guidelines.pdf

Please refer to the Bioinitiative report and the Building Biology Levels precautionary guidelines for RF/Microwave exposure which take non thermal effects into account:

http://www.bioinitiative.org
http://www.slt.co/Downloads/Education/EMF-Exposure-Guidelines-For-Sleeping-Areas.pdf
http://www.emfwise.com/emf-safety-standards.php
http://www.emfwise.com/tableofeffects.php

The conversion and the various measuring units are very complex and it is easy to understand how invested interests can persuade government and decision makers into believing inadequate safety measures.

In summary, however, by comparison, the EU standard being used to determine ‘safety’ is thousands of times higher than the levels shown to cause cellular damage and health issues and the precautionary levels advised by building biology guidelines. In nature, levels are almost undetectable which is a clear measure of the real level at which biology operates at a healthy level:-

EU Safety Standard: 1 mW/cm2 (= 61.4 V/m)

Nature: <0.00002 V/m

Building Biology No Concern: < 0.006 V/m
Building Biology Slight Concern: 0.006-0.06 V/m
Building Biology Severe Concern: 0.06-0.6 V/m
Building Biology Extreme Concern: >0.6 V/m

To reiterate, the ‘EU/UK safety standards’ are thousands of times higher than biological safety standards and only measure SAR (thermal) effects performed on a fluid filled dummy. They do not take ANY account of non thermal effects, continuous exposure, pulsed frequency exposure, multiple frequency range exposure etc. to the actual biology of any creature large or small. No one is measuring the combined exposure effect in an average home e.g living next to a cell tower, 3 smart meters, wifi, plus neighbours smart meters and wifi, combined with the vast array of wireless devises. No one is measuring effects on wildlife, plant health and the decline of insects, pollinators and birds. Insect populations have plummeted dramatically in the last 10 years and this correlates with the introduction of 3 and 4G, smart meters and smart LED lamp posts.

There are simply thousands of peer reviewed studies linking RF radiation exposure to cancer and many of the illnesses above and yet these studies, along with the classification of the WHO are being ignored. The government/industry is rolling out ever increasing wireless infrastructure including masts for full UK 4GLTE coverage and is now laying the foundations for the 5G infrastructure and smart cities (including allowing existing masts to be upgraded to 5G, new 5G upgradable masts, LED lampposts with RF transmitters, and any number of street furniture such as manholes and telephone boxes as well as (the insane) space satellites planned to augment the coverage). Industry, with an eye on ‘the internet of things’ is selling every conceivable devise loaded with RF transmitters, that in most cases cannot be disabled, to the unsuspecting and technology enraptured public.

There is so much evidence of harm that is being ignored in favour of the industry/government interests. It is an extremely inconvenient truth that this technology is not safe and action must be taken to STOP THE ROLL OUT OF 5G and limit the use of existing wireless technology.
Most of the public are unaware of the dangers as they are not being informed of these dangers by the mainstream media or may simply not believe that the government would knowingly allow this to happen (refer tobacco, diesel, asbestos, GMO’s, fracking, pesticides etc!). This is a global experiment without informed consent. RF radiation cannot be seen, heard or perceived. Those that are aware and/or sensitive are horrified at the complicity of the government and councils in allowing this crime against humanity.

It should be the duty of the council and the government to act in the best interests of the environment and the health of the public and this is currently not the case. The future liability for complicity in the irreversible harm to human health and the environment must surely rest with the council, government and government advisory bodies as well as industry with whom they work hand in hand. They need to immediately acknowledge the scientific evidence and amend the government policies proliferating the infrastructure roll out and industry sales of RF devices. Unfortunately, this does not look like it will happen any time soon and may already be too late for the health of many.

To make any changes millions of voices and careful individual purchasing changes are required. Do not assume someone else will take action.

LED Lampposts – What Wirral Council isn’t telling you … (Part 2)

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Our latest correspondent ‘Bright Spark’ has apologised for any upset caused by their last post that we published. Needless to say we at Wirral Leaks say bring it on – we’ll take the brickbats with the bouquets. These posts are about information sharing ,to raise awareness and to stimulate debate and discussion. The last post  Light Emitting Diodes – What Wirral Council isn’t telling you…   did just that and we look forward to publishing further instalments :

Last week we focused on the blue/white LED lights in the new lampposts that Wirral Council (and most other councils across the UK and world) are now rapidly rolling out and the harm that this light wave spectrum generates for human, wildlife and insect circadian rhythms and hormone production.

This week we will shine the spotlight on the Uninode transmitters which are positioned on the top of the new lampposts and which have been innocently positioned by the Council as a ‘lighting control system’ which are green and save us energy by dimming the lights. If informed of the real purpose, perhaps any support for the potential energy ‘saving’ might be much outweighed by the very real dangers of further increasing our RF (radio frequency i.e. microwave frequency) exposure with a web of inescapable transmitters positioned on every street and outside children’s bedrooms.

Most people have not even noticed the transmitters yet (and are therefore uninformed by the Council), let alone questioned what they are really for. Certainly the Council and Government are keen to roll them out under cover of this lamppost upgrade. Co-incidentally this is in advance of 5G and our ‘digital economy’ with millions being spent to do so.

In our following articles over the next few weeks, we will focus on the health dangers of current wireless radiation exposure, and some of the common sources, which has already increased 118 (i.e. 18,000,000,000,000) times in the last few decades (1) before coming onto the exponential dangers of the new 5G technology of which these transmitters undoubtedly form a part. If you are not already concerned about 5G yet you should be as this is already planned for Liverpool and Birkenhead this year (2) and it is clear that the rest of the Wirral is next with this and other infrastructure rapidly being deployed.

Currently these Uninodes advise that they operate on 868-870 MHz frequency (which falls in the microwave RF spectrum). They are also on continuous transmission. So this is, at the very least, similar to having a mobile phone or stronger spewing out microwave radiation on at all times. This will lead to a further significant increase in the RF microwave smog that the Wirral, and indeed most other areas of the country, are now being exposed to without knowledge or understanding of the dangers and without consent.

The following is extracted from the Harvard Technology ‘Conformance of radio comms equipment relating to human exposure’ document (3):

Harvard LeafNut Radio equipment communicates at very low RF power levels in the 868-870MHz band. From fixed position several meters from human contact, the effective radiated power has been measured between 11-14dBm or 12.5-25mW for 100% continuous transmission. According to the standard this equates to a power density of only 0.007mW/cm2. Safe exposure limits set by this standard are 1mW/ cm2 . This can therefore be deemed in compliance.

Before we go any further, the issue with ‘safety standards’ that industry, Councils, Government and Public Health England quote are based on thermal (heating effects) only of RF / non ionising radiation. They effectively test a fluid filled dummy head (yes you heard that right…a fluid filled dummy head) next to a device for a short exposure (c. 6 minutes) and if the fluid does not heat up by 2 degrees or so, it is declared safe or in compliance. Incredible as that might sound, it is true and this has been and continues to be the basic upon which all wireless radiation devices (cell phones, wifi, baby monitors, DECT phones, smart products, smart meters, cell towers etc.) are deemed safe (4). In fact when you read any response back from the Council or Government regarding safety of RF radiation, they quote these The International Commission on Non-Ionising Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) guidelines and conclude there is ‘no evidence to suggest harm’ at these levels. This does NOT prove it is safe, it means it meets inadequate safety testing which has not been updated since 1998 before the massive explosion of wireless technology. Many credible scientists are saying that these standards are out by a factor of many thousands if not millions for true biological safety.

This so called ‘safety standard’ in the UK does not take into account ANY effect whatsoever on human health, children, embryos in the womb, insects, animals or plant cell biology, nor does it take any account any effect of continuous low level exposure, pulsed frequency exposure or multiple frequency exposure. You will not find any research that proves microwaves biological safety. The guidelines only ‘suggest’ safety….of course based on a short exposure thermal test only! Public Health England (PHE), the Government, Council and Industry take advise from the ICNIRP which sets industry standards for exposure…who sits on this body one has to wonder. In fact the self-appointed ICNIRP seem in the process of relaxing standards in advance of the 5G roll out (5).

We are now totally blanketed by millions and millions of times natural background radiation by every manner of wireless devise and cell towers and now by this ominous, inescapable network of 5G ready lamppost transmitters. It raises very serious questions about human and environmental safety as well as informed consent to forcible exposure (allegedly safe or otherwise). There is no informed choice to being exposed.

4G cell towers are now also being 5G ready enabled and the lamppost transmitters are being connected up via the boxes next to them in preparation. This is happening now. This will enable the Uninode transmitters to be 5G upgraded (if they are not already). 4G or 5G they are still transmitting microwave radiation into every area of our environment.

What they mean by ‘several meters’ from source is unclear but ‘several meters from source’ easily reaches into a bedroom window where a child is asleep for 8 hours and certainly those poor birds that are seen perched on them are exposed at source, which by any safety measure if unsafe. Flying insects and pollinators are attracted to the lights and also find difficultly navigating in the web of electromagnetic radiation as they operate on very subtle electromagnetic signals plus are more quickly affected by their small size. There is no safe ‘distance from source’ for them. This is devastating our insect and small bird populations as it is inescapable (see reference 6 for some examples of how insects and wildlife are affected). The reach of each transmitter is up to 8 km so every person and every creature is being exposed to many thousands of signals at any one time.

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These lampposts are now being connected up via 5G ready cell towers (many new ones of which are rapidly appearing across the Wirral) via Ethernet. Although the Council is currently deigning this is 5G, they are certainly upgradable to 5G frequencies and phased array antennae. We will focus on 5G in a future article, but 5G does not travel well through obstacles (such as trees) and therefore requires to be positioned at least every 2-10 houses or so. All manner of ‘street furniture’ such as lampposts, manholes, phone boxes, church spires etc. will be used to house the transmitters.

If you feel uncomfortable or sick with the current levels of cell towers, wifi and wireless radiation exposure, 5G will be up to 10-100 times stronger and will be inescapable. Imagine a world of driverless cars, drones, facial recognition and robotic controls, the signal cannot fail and must be positioned everywhere.

Basic biology is clear in that every cell and nerve in the body operates using tiny electrical signals. There can surely be no logical doubt that these biological signals will be affected by pulsed or continuous high frequency microwave radiation of billions of cycles per second. For example, your microwave operates using 2.4 GHz (2.4 billions cycles per minute) to excite the water molecules in the food. Wifi operates on 2.4 GHz (although the new wifi’s are operating on 5GHz which is even stronger). Miraculously, when it is on a lower power (such that it does not heat you up by several degrees in a few minutes several meters from source), according to ‘safety standards’ it is perfectly safe! Hey presto! Voila! Magic!

There are, in fact, thousands of papers and calls from credible research scientists across the world that conclude that the current ‘safety standards’ are woefully inadequate (see reference 7 for just a few examples). Biological effects take place at levels far far below thermal levels. We will focus on current wireless radiation exposure health issues in future articles to build up an understanding before focusing on the exponential dangers of 5G about to explode onto our streets. 5G is being sold with wonderful benefits of faster download speeds, economic miracles, instant gaming, virtual reality, driverless cars, drones, AI and the Internet of Things….the downside…turning our environment into a microwave oven….amazingly all with no health impacts whatsoever…and incredible profits!!!

Even the World Health Organisation has in fact classified wireless high frequency radiation as a ‘Group 2B probable carcinogen’ and there are calls to upgrade this to a Group 1 (definitive) carcinogen. And yet, the UK Government and Wirral Council continue with the deployment of this network of transmitters and 5G plans.

It is clear that there is considerable scientific doubt as to the safety of these EU, UK guidelines and standards. Even if just some of it is true, a precautionary approach should be adopted immediately. Scientists all over the world are calling for a halt to 5G which is being ignored (8). We are in the midst of an uninformed and unconsented experiment on our health and that of all future generations.

When challenged, it is clear no safety testing whatsoever on the environmental and/or health impact has been undertaken by Wirral Council or the Government to actual biology of any group (males, females, foetuses, babies, children, wildlife, insects, birds etc. ) potentially now for a lifetime before the deployment of these Uninodes (and other 5G infrastructure) on the Wirral. Sorry…our mistake….of course it is perfectly safe, it meets ICNIRP guidelines that show each device does not heat you up by a few degrees over a short exposure!

In the Council’s Street Lighting ‘Strategy and Action Plan 2014’ (9) extracted are the following quotes:-

The Local Government Act 1966, means that Wirral Council is a Highway Authority in its own right with a duty to ensure the safety of the public highway.
“Wirral will be a place where the vulnerable are safe and protected, where employers want to invest and local businesses thrive, and where good health and an excellent quality of life is within the reach of everyone who lives here”
In delivering a new street lighting approach the Council will aim to:
Act in the best interests of the customer and the Council at all times; Have consideration for the natural and built environments;

You cannot see it, feel it or touch it, but RF radiation via the Central Management System (CMS) and Uninode PhotoCell technology (or any other transmitting devises currently or yet to be deployed) most certainly does not ensure the safety of the public, nor ensure good health, nor protect the vulnerable, nor provides an excellent quality of life, nor consideration for the natural environment. Health is damaged, cancer and neurological problems etc. increase and wildlife is collapsing. There are thousands of studies proving this that are being ignored or discredited by big industry and misleading the government in favour of corporate interests.

Damage from RF radiation is in fact uninsurable by Lloyds of London. This must say something (10).

It needs no reminding that corporate and government interests/targets have been put ahead many times of the evidence and health of the population and wildlife with little comeback on industry/government in later years after harm has incurred e.g. smoking, asbestos, lead petrol, lead paint, x-ray exposure limits, diesel cars, DEET, alicarb and other toxic pesticides, sugar, hydrogenated fats etc. to name a few. These bans and policy changes have come many decades after the initial warnings and evidence. The pattern is the same, denial, discrediting and finally, after countless deaths and lawsuits, admission and eventually, too late for many, a change of policy.

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Finally, if for example, people wish to continue smoking that is their choice now, warnings are finally widespread and clear and smoking is banned from public places and schools. It can also be smelt, seen and avoided. There is no safe limit that can ever reasonably ever be set for smoking from adults to babies. It is a matter of luck if disease, from asthma to cancer, does not manifest. Equally, there is no safe limit to high frequency RF microwave exposure. Unlike smoke, it cannot be seen, felt or smelt, passes through walls and concrete. It is now being broadcast from countless cell towers, soon every street lamppost and all manner of wireless devises that are being pushed out by government (smartmeters) and industry (smarttech and IoT’s). It is therefore absolutely impossible to avoid and the effects are real and cumulative and will manifest over a period of time, and in all liklihood far more quickly with 5G. This is being forced on the population without knowledge, any understanding of the effects or consent. Just because something is technologically possible does not make it safe. The 5G testbeds only prove massive speeds and penetration through buildings etc. they are not testing safety. Just because this is not reported in the industry sponsored mainstream media does not make it untrue.

Even if people or creatures survive the next 20 years before acceptance of harm, DNA will be damaged for generations to come. There is no reversing damaged DNA in humans, eggs, sperm and all living creatures. There is no going back once pollinators have completely collapsed. Of course there are other factors such as pesticides in insect decline but the collapse of insect population is so rapid over the past 10-20 years since the rapid deployment of 2,3 and 4G and wireless technology. Microwaves cannot be seen, felt or touched. Via oxidative damage mechanisms any range of disease can manifest including neurological problems, depression, mental illness, reproductive harm, autism, ADHD, heart arrhythmias, infertility and cancer etc. All of these have increased rapidly in the past 10-15 years. Exposure can generally only be understood with a meter and measurement is very complex so the public is totally unaware of this source of harm and it is difficult to prove which devise it is as it is everywhere….perfect…no comeback! Forced microwave exposure is already significant coming into our homes, towns and public places, 5G is set to increase this massively. The standards being adhered to and quoted by the EU/UK and industry are simply inadequate.

Exposure without consent into our homes from microwave devices fitted to lampposts as well as cell towers to support them are causing grievous bodily harm and they cannot be escaped from as they pass through walls, windows and travel for many miles.

Whilst there may be some merit in the perceived cost savings and carbon reduction of using LED’s and a wireless Central Management System instead of sodium lights and a cabled system and/or manual inspections surely any benefits are far outweighed by this invisible environmental pollution assault filling our environment with ever increasing and uncontrolled levels of DNA / cell damaging high frequency microwave exposure. It must also be noted that many of these LED lights have been seen on in the day hence their effectiveness/purpose as an effective control system is questionable in this regard. The 5G element is even more ominous. Before you marvel at the prospect of faster download speeds, you may want to consider the health impact of 5G in your health and that of your children and the environment.

5G signals do not travel well through trees and foliage. It seems very co-incidental that trees are being felled at a rapid rate across the Wirral as the lampposts and new cell towers roll out across the Wirral, UK and across the rail networks in the interests of protecting out Health and Safety. Given that the chances of being killed by a tree are half that of being killed by lightening but cancer rates are now 1 in 2, autism 1 in 50 and depression and anxiety rife at 1 in 4, it seems that the H&S focus of protecting us by felling trees is a little spurious at best.

The strategy paper ‘Strategy and Action Plan 2014’ also noted that there are safer alternatives to remotely controlling lampposts (if that were their true intention only) that were considered and dismissed such as underground cabling and inspections. Surely, the cost of a few people’s cancer treatment and illnesses will pay for the cabling and manual inspections, albeit from a different government budget line or target. We believe that the public would choose health and overall environmental impact over cost savings if they were in full possession of the facts.

There is no safe level of exposure to microwave radiation. Period. Microwave radiation is found in nature in almost undetectable levels. Microwave radiation has been classified as a Group 2b carcinogen by the WHO and there are calls to upgrade that classification to a Group 1 carcinogen. The public should be able to walk down their streets, around their home, garden, town and public places without being unknowingly and/or unwillingly exposed to any/let alone continually increasing levels of microwave radiation for the sake of cost savings, government targets, ‘progress’, or the push for the digital and smart economy, 5G and ‘internet of things’.

Recently in the news, there has been talk around the Clean Air Act with children at risk and deserving to breath clean air to stop pollution related deaths. Although microwaves cannot be seen they are a significant health and air/environmental pollutant. We all should have the right to clean air and a clean environment. The government also a few days ago announced a commitment to biodiversity and the environment. Filling the land with RF radiation is not compatible with this pledge.

Do you consent to you and your family being forcibly exposed to these microwave transmitting devises on every lamppost in your home, garden, street or public places? This is an assault on our right to live peacefully in our own homes and should be classified an act of grievous bodily harm if non consensual.

A recent letter (dated March 2018) signed by Cllr Phil Davies, Leader of Wirral Council stated that 2018 priorities were:-

Making sure children are safe, protected and able to reach their full potential.
Investing to improve the quality of our roads and highways.
Expanding our zero-tolerence approach to anti-social behaviour and working with Police to make sure Wirral remains a safe place to live and work.

These Uninode transmitters DO NOT protect children (they harm them), they are an environmental hazard on our roads and are an act of grievous bodily harm and therefore to not provide a safe place to live and work.

An recent article in the Wirral Globe quotes (11):
Councillor Phil Davies who said: “My recommendation will propose all of Wirral’s more than 27,000 street lamps, illuminated bollards and other road safety features across Wirral are improved over the next three years – with 9,000 street lights repaired and replaced in 2018 alone.”
“This investment by my administration would mean every street light in Wirral, from major highways to country lanes and cul-de-sacs, will be replaced with a high-tech, energy efficient LED bulb.”
“This is the single largest investment in our street lighting and road safety for ten years.”
“Following a long-running campaign lead by Cllr Stuart Whittingham, cabinet member for transport, we are delighted to have secured £4.6m of funding from SALIX to provide 27,000 new lamps with remote control dimmers and switches.”

Perhaps these Council and Cabinet leaders will one day be held responsible for any and all future harm caused by RF transmissions from these lampposts and 5G transmitters they have personally endorsed and forced upon us..

Please do not dismiss this information without due research. If you do not consent to being forcibly microwaved in your own home, garden, street and workplace, ensure that your voice is heard by the Council and industry. DO NOT purchase a 5G enabled phone, car or devise, check every new electronic purchase carefully. Do not assume that someone else will do this or that the Council will suddenly acknowledge the dangers and change policy. Only sufficient public research and outcry has a chance of doing that. We are all in awe of faster mobile speeds, glued to our phones and smart devices, perhaps it is time to urgently reconsider our priorities.

If you are in any doubt after reading this article about the severity of this health situation in regards to lamppost transmitters and 5G, please consider signing the two appeals below and sharing with everyone you know.

https://www.change.org/p/wirral-borough-council-stop-5g-roll-out-across-wirral-7699ab72-8dd1-4e73-a8d5-2a5ac834e3d8



https://www.change.org/p/liverpool-city-council-stop-5g-rollout-merseyside-b20cd939-e4f6-4691-9432-a3eb392d1578?recruiter=268591111&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink&utm_campaign=share_petition

Some references:

(1) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h7R4gKs8ViI

(2) https://mediacentre.vodafone.co.uk/news/5g-in-19-cities-during-2019/?fbclid=IwAR2SCHMzH1VVAiOjWqIScBQui2tWMRWY3QV7FheTHjwnKZDoS9kIc8AgfbQ

(3) Uninode literature attached. Harvard technology seem to have gone into administration and links no longer work. Other companies will be tendering if not already appointed.

(4) https://ehtrust.org/sar-test-inadequate/

(5) https://www.smombiegate.org/icnirp-a-private-unelected-body-defines-future-of-cancerous-5g-for-world/?fbclid=IwAR3J91Rx6pTBM2MnGm4gvUKwSSSfMizfhxvD8zSHAPvEKGNXF7y6hsVpqPE

(6) https://mdsafetech.org/environmental-and-wildlife-effects/

http://www.sccma-mcms.org/Portals/19/SilentSpringAticle_color_pr2.pdf?fbclid=IwAR37WtA2F7F6ogEHjprTXPZt4iridUOxiiobZ79pvwIq6RxWfUa_m8QPzXU

https://ehtrust.org/published-research-adverse-effect-wireless-technology-electromagnetic-radiation-bees/

(7) http://www.bioinitiative.org

https://ehtrust.org.

https://www.radiationresearch.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/EU-EMF2018-6-11US3.pdf

A few other references and articles (there are many many more):

https://www.smombiegate.org/4g-5g-frequency-danger-stop-new-mobile-phone-masts-going-up-near-you/

https://ehtrust.org/science/research-on-wireless-health-effects/

https://www.radiationresearch.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/EU-EMF2018-6-11US3.pdf

http://treeoflifecenterus.com/5g-a-toxic-assault-on-the-planetary-web-of-life/

https://thecontrail.com/m/blogpost?id=4744723%3ABlogPost%3A911113&fbclid=IwAR0wxNAMdRfPD8asSAYKAm3pKz-TBdpKNp1xMDKuRusbYMpa6HQYQdQDBj0

https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanplh/article/PIIS2542-5196(18)30221-3/fulltext?dgcid=raven_jbs_etoc_email&fbclid=IwAR1s3PagJHpPbQjkb2jhRvCGrdJwL877rIXQQRr70GdaSIBmCquPBi7QaH0

Notes & Observations

We’ve had a couple of notes and observations from Wirral Leaks readers that we hope some of our other followers can help,  especially when His Lordship and Her Ladyship are still away and we’re been having a lazy Sunday back at Leaky Towers …sssssh- don’t tell anyone!

First of all we received this note about our old friends Change,Grow,Live (still the lamest company name we’ve ever come across) :

I note that the council Scrutiny committee has just extended a three year contract into six for Kingdom, the litter fascists, as reported in The Globe.
Has the committee also ‘scrutinised’ the drug treatment contract for CGL, awarded in Feb 2015 for three years, time is up and nothing has been announced about whether it is to be extended…probably…or re-tendered. The contract is huge and comes to £7.5million annually. Surely this should be scrutinised as to exactly what we have bought and what CGL are doing.
As you know CGL replaced the excellent NHS service, Wirral Drug Service, presumably on monetary grounds. Drug related deaths are now at a national high and Wirral CGL has been taken to task about this as you also know. 78 deaths in their first 18 months of operation. Crime is up, street begging and drinking is up, street drug crime itself is increasing, all of which is obvious to anyone living in Birkenhead. Street prostitutes are increasing around the Cleveland road area and CGL provide no service to them such as condoms or needles or advice. The old service tackled all of these issues CGL do not. Even the provision of clean needles from pharmacies has deteriorated, again a matter of pride for the old service.
What have we gained from CGLs arrival, nothing in my view, treatment and support for Wirrals addicts is appalling. All I can see is the so called Spider Project in Hamilton Street providing addicts a place to write poetry and draw pictures.
£7.5 million pounds for a poorly run and poorly delivered service is a bit rich!

Now, we thought a new £7million + Public Health contract was waived through ,no bother,by Wirral Council  in April , but we’d be delighted to be proved wrong. In fact , we’d be delighted. As you all know we’ve long held concerns about this particular organisation.  Read here : Public Health England brought into investigate concerns first raised by Wirral Leaks

All we could do at this point was to advise that the Chair of the People Overview and Scrutiny Committee was Cllr Moira ‘Matron’ McLaughlin so any chance of any proper scrutiny was out the window!

Meanwhile we have also received this intriguing observation on the issue of Wirral Council’s proposals for the potential use of  ‘brownfield’ sites which we covered earlier this week :

Just an observation about Wirral Council’s extensive list of brownfield sites in Birkenhead that may be suitable for housing and commercial development. One of these sites is Duncan Street car park, near Hamilton Square.

But if anyone tries to build here, they’ll be in for a shock when they dig the foundations – because the Mersey Tunnel runs just a few feet under the ground at this spot. That’s why it has never been built on since the tunnel was constructed in the 1930s. Perhaps someone should tell the council.

Great website, by the way.

I’m no engineer or expert, just someone who’s interested in local history.

However, I’m sure what I’ve said about the Duncan Street car park is correct – the tunnel is just too near the surface for any building to be feasible above it. You can see from the attached map the route of the tunnel.

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Are there any structural engineers who can advise our reader ? We know we’re good at digging for dirt but we draw the line at digging for information on tunnels ! Oh and please,no comments on the  ‘Square Entrance’ illustration at the bottom of the map. After all, this is a family blog…

Wirral Leaks Weekly Dispatch #1

Following on from last week’s post and with our readers continuing to send us dispatches of despair from dystopia we thought we’d instigate a weekly foreign exchange. Be warned – it might not be weekly. We’ll be treating these titbits like we’re shopping in the local market – keeping it fresh,seasonal and whatever catches our eye.

Tag Hag 

Several of you have been in touch to tell us that Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram plans to fudge a mayoral election pledge to ‘slash’ Mersey Tunnel toll charges . It now transpires he wants to reduce tolls for off-peak fast tag users but to raise charges to £1.80 for everyone else ! We believe the word for this type of manoeuvre is sophistry. However all we can say on the matter is that the £1.70 we paid to get out of Wirral and onward to Liverpool John Lennon Airport for a flight to Nice was the best £1.70 we’ve ever spent. Just sayin’!

What’s in a Name?

We have been sent a very sad story about the death of a young man named Mark Potter –  Wirral Man,32, who died in his sleep was very much loved   

Mr Potter’s family attended the inquest and they repeatedly quizzed mental health workers about how their son would know how to access their services.

Mr Potter’s dad asked Marion Blackburn, from Wirral Ways To Recovery: “Since 2015, how many people have died in your care?

She replied: “We have learnt things and [we’re] to make changes to make things better for people.”

Mr Potter said: “How do we [the public] know you are there?

“People are falling down the cracks. I hope you’re sorting that organisation out because people like Mark might be dying all over the place.”

Needless to say we’ve long raised the same concerns about Wirral Ways To Recovery and particularly the services that operate under the Change Grow Live  (CGL) banner. This of course led to an investigation which concluded the high mortality rate associated with the takeover by CGL of services previously provided by NHS was due to an ageing population. We’re still not convinced.

Public Health england brought in to investigate concerns first raised by Wirral Leaks

Wirral Council are having Nunn of it !

What better way of avoiding scrutiny and accountability by pulling the ‘vexatious’ card from the bottom of the pack. The latest target of this dubious tactic is our old friend Charles Nunn – who has been denied information about consultant Stewart Halliday’s ongoing (?) inflated remuneration because he might say mean things on social media. Wirral Council solicitor Rosemary Lyon , who must be a delicate little flower ,  is also upset by Charles’ ‘tone’ and writes:

I consider that you as a third party are pursuing a legitimate interest.
However I consider that that legitimate interest has been lessened by the
tone of your request in asking the Council to confirm whether “there will
be no further contract extension for this man?”

I have had regard to the guidance issued by the ICO “Dealing with
vexatious requests (Section 14) 20151218 Version 1.3. Paragraph 56 states
that “The context and history in which a request is made will often be a
major factor in determining whether the request is vexatious.” Having
regard to your previous requests about the same individual and also having
regard to comments you have made in the public domain concerning this
individual, I consider that the tone of part of this request for
information is potentially vexatious.

I consider that the processing of personal data ie the release of personal
data in respect of  Mr Halliday is unwarranted  by reason of prejudice to
the rights and freedoms or legitimate interests of him as the data
subject………..I consider that disclosure of the requested information would be
unwarranted having regard to the prejudice that would be caused to the
rights and legitimate interests of Stewart Halliday. 

For full details : Stewart Halliday FOI Request

Ms Lyon appears to have cut and paste her response from various other FOI cases she’s been involved with and one in particular which she suddenly withdrew from. Now that would be a really interesting FOI request for someone to make . The Lyon sleeps tonight? – might we suggest she’ll sleep soundly if she’s got her own solicitor to back her up in case she suffers any detriment for refusing to front a case for Wirral Council that is riddled with corruption. We can only hope the tone of that particular comment doesn’t upset Little Miss Snowflake too much!

All’s not well in Sandwell  

If Rosie Snowflake thinks she’s got it bad she needs to spare a thought for her old boss Surjit Tour who we know she admired immensely. As we’ve previously reported Tour is now fitting in nicely at Sandwell Council . We know this because we have been sent details of a threatening missive he sent last week to the magnificent local blog The Sandwell Skidder . Tour’s full hilarious rant including the immortal phrase ‘ excitable language’ can be read below, but we have to say that we’re a tad disappointed that we never received such a threat of legal action from Tour when he was at Wirral . Hmmmmm- why was that we wonder? He certainly wasn’t averse to issuing such threats as local blogger John Brace can testify. If he would have had the gonads to send such a threat to us we guarantee he would have got the same response from this Julian as he did from The Sandwell Skidder‘s very own Julian Saunders  :  

Dear Mr Saunders

Sandwell Skidder (“the Blog”)

Allegation of Harassment

I am writing to you on behalf of the Council.

The Council considers that your behaviour and conduct over the past few years cannot be left unchallenged any longer. Whilst it had hoped that your activities would die down over time it is clear that that has not happened and instead they have only increased. In addition to using your blog to attack Councillors and employees you are targeting the same individuals on Twitter and other social media sites. You are regularly seen outside of the Council offices seeking to obtain information.

The Council fully accepts that, as a body, it must be subject to criticism but as an employer it has a duty to its staff to ensure that they can work in peace and are not harassed and targeted, and a duty to Council tax-payers to ensure that their needs are not neglected whilst having to expend considerable time and effort trying to dealing with a persistent and vexatious individual such as yourself.

Whilst the Council has carefully considered whether there would be any merit in trying to engage in dialogue with you again unfortunately it does not seem to be possible or be likely to achieve any measure of success. Only today, 25th January 2018, you have posted a witness statement in a blog entitled “The Statement Sandwell don’t want you to see!” that was produced for a quasi-judicial standards hearing that was held on 24th January 2018. You were put on notice that the Council objected to the content of this statement yesterday. You have nonetheless gone ahead and not only published your statement but presented a skewed account of what took place.

The excitable language you use on your website is indicative of a motive to do damage. Unlike newspapers or news websites you fling out with abandon accusations of corruption and criminality against individuals. Nor do you appear to verify your accusations. Your persistent publication of a photograph of the Council leader with the captions on it, is designed to harass him. That is why you are doing it.

We would ask you to go through your blog and consider carefully the appropriateness of the accusations you are making and the language you are using.  The council requests that you remove all unfounded abusive/offensive remarks and images immediately.

We consider that when you do you should recognise that the language is excessive and much of the content inappropriate and together it is harassing of individuals and is unacceptable.

To that end, we are engaging specialist Counsel to assist us with this matter but would hope that you will take steps to ensure that no further action is in fact necessary.

For the avoidance of doubt, if action is taken by the Council, we will comply with the relevant pre-action protocols. At this stage, we hope you will act to ensure that there is no need to proceed any further.

If necessary, we reserve the right to show this letter to the court.

Yours sincerely

AND HERE IS MY REPLY:

To: Surjit Tour <Surjit_Tour@sandwell.gov.uk>
THIS IS NOT A PRIVATE & CONFIDENTIAL COMMUNICATION

My reply is – you are well out of order and can fuck off.

For the full response : An Exchange of Correspondence with Surjit Tour

 

Health Cheque

 

Fiona Loves CGL

Fiona loves her £91,935 salary

 

Tonight at Wirral Council’s People Overview and Scrutiny Committee a report will be presented which allegedly reviews the  drug and alcohol service provided by Change,Grow,Live (aka Wirral Ways To Recovery)

http://democracy.wirral.gov.uk/documents/s50037772/Enc.%201%20for%20Review%20of%20Services%20provided%20by%20Change%20Grow%20Live%20CGL.pdf

Now we thought Public Health England were being brought in  to investigate concerns about mortality rates first raised by Wirral Leaks .

https://wirralleaks.wordpress.com/2016/09/08/public-health-england-brought-in-to-investigate-concerns-first-raised-by-wirral-leaks/

But no!  as the introduction to the report on page 2  states : “The number of deaths of people in contact with the service has been increasing; we have been aware of this situation and working with the provider to ensure we have a safe and effective service. However this increase has also given rise to heightened concern and it was this that led to a member of staff from Wirral Ways to Recovery contacting both an elected member and the national BBC news team to highlight this trend. The Public Health team have responded to both expressions of concern, and have linked with the regional Public Health England team, and both the local Wirral Ways to Recovery team and officers from the national parent organisation, to examine and seek a better understanding of the cause of the continuing rise in the number of deaths. This report is focusing on the 72 reported deaths of people in contact with the service over the period, 1 st February 2015 to 31st August 2016. The 72 deaths are the result of a wide range of causes, with a significant percentage being associated with long term health conditions.”

And so it would appear that not only have we been written out of history  it would appear that Wirral Council’s own Public Health team have undertaken the review  and have merely “linked ” with the regional Public Health team and CGL/ Wirral Ways To Recovery. We had our doubts about Public Health England doing this review anyway this makes a complete mockery of external scrutiny and oversight.

As a concerned source writes to us expressing their concern about this situation :

This is PHE review into drug related deaths on the Wirral. The report was authored by Fiona Johnstone, she is Director of Public Health for Wirral I believe and was instrumental in bringing in CGL after the tendering process.

The report is just 12 pages long which shows the level of indifference the council have for this marginalized group, the report doesn’t say anything other than they were old, we don’t know how old because they haven’t said. These are just a few of the crucial questions that need asking.

1.  How many were off their prescription at the time of their deaths?.
2.   How many were on a reducing prescription?.
3.   Were any excluded from services through so called behaviour issues at the time of death?.
4.   Were there any deaths after successful completion or drop out of treatment?.
5.   How many had been released from prison?.
6.   Did any die during changes to medication?
7.   Were they attending the services needle exchange scheme without fear of being challenged?
8. How many had recently been discharged from hospital prior to their death?
9. What are communication/care pathways like between the provider and the hospital?
10. How many were homeless?
11.How many had dual diagnosis?
12.Numbers diagnosed with Hepatitis C?
13. Has the provider spoken to their bereaved relatives?
I could go on Julian I’m just shocked by such a poor report
From what we can make out the report concludes that the rise in deaths is part of a national trend and mainly involves long term drug/alcohol users with underlying health problems . Anecdotal evidence is also used from  CGL/Wirral Ways to Recovery staff comparing the new and previous service provided by NHS which suggests that a number of those that died would probably have been discharged/left the service before the point of death.
We just wonder whether the whistleblower from CGL/Wirral Ways To Recovery is satisfied with this review as there appears to be no analysis or consideration of the numerous practice/service concerns raised on this blog and we very much doubt anyone would raise their concerns about death rates without mentioning concerns they had about how the service operated.
 We also wonder whether they’re reassured by the fact that scheduled contract meetings between Wirral Council’s Public Health team and CGL/Wirral Ways to Recovery will monitor the rather vague actions included in the conclusion of the report?. A further consideration that isn’t mentioned in the report that the  CGL/Wirral Ways to Recovery contract is ,at £7 million + per annum , the largest contract the Public Health team has.
From our perspective we continue to despair that public services and health and social care services in particular are being dismantled and being subject to market forces and profit margins. Unfortunately it seems to us there are many so called public servants  who in exchange for a significantly high salary seem happy to facilitate this dismantling without evidence to suggest that there has been an improvement in services or that these services provide better value for money.

Data Protection

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As we know Public Health England have been called in to look into goings on at drug and alcohol support service Change,Grow, Live (CGL) after worrying death statistics and allegations of concerning work practices were published on Wirral Leaks.

https://wirralleaks.wordpress.com/2016/09/08/public-health-england-brought-in-to-investigate-concerns-first-raised-by-wirral-leaks/

CGL are funded to the tune of £7.7 million per annum from public health monies which are now frighteningly administered by Wirral Council. So we were a little surprised that Wirral Council had eventually called in Public Health England , as it seemed they were adopting the same approach as they did with Children’s Services highlighted in the recent Ofsted report. Another case of officers and councillors knowing there were serious issues but going into denial and doing nothing to address concerns.

However we soon began to have doubts as to whether Public Health England were the right body to undertake this investigation. These doubts have intensified after further investigation by ourselves and information provided by sources who share our concerns.

First of all let us introduce you to the National Drug Treatment Monitoring System (NDTMS) https://www.ndtms.net/default.aspx

Providers such as CGL uses and uploads all their data on to the NDTMS. It has been suggested to us that if CGL stopped using it it would threaten the very existence of the drug and alcohol unit at Public Health England.Their only source of intelligence comes via NDTMS, without it they couldn’t function and they rely on the good will of providers to send them the information. CGL have developed their own version of NDTMS via notepads and mobile devices so keyworkers can work out in the community and input data and then input this data again for NDTMS.

Now this is where it has been suggested to us that things gets interesting : Public Health England may not want to be too hard on CGL as they know they could stop uploading data to the NDTMS and because they are a leading player there would be a huge void in the data received, therefore PHE wouldn’t be able to report to Government or post their endless bits of self -justifying evidence. Could this be a case of data providing protection for CGL?!.
Therefore we would suggest that to avoid any suggestion of compromise a third party needs to investigate CGL alongside Public Health England . It’s been suggested to us that Release would be ideal for the role http://www.release.org.uk/
We also wonder whether investigators will have the power/remit to ask questions as to whether CGL consultants are paid via an offshore account. This allegation has recently been brought to our attention. If true then this would mean CGL consultants only pay tax at 10% compared to 40% in the UK. This would surely place CGL at a competitive advantage when it came to tendering for services and if confirmed there is a possibility that they could be breaking competition law.  https://www.gov.uk/cartels-price-fixing/overview
We’re sure that CGL would be willing in the interests of openness and transparency reassure investigators that this and other allegations made about their practices are completely unfounded.

Public Health England brought in to investigate concerns first raised by Wirral Leaks

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We’d very much like to thank one of our commentators   “Thus Spoke Zarathustra” who tipped us off that one of our stories made the BBC News at Six . Please note you’ve only got until 1.30pm tomorrow to view the news item.

Their message is here :

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b07q2ln3/bbc-news-at-six-08092016

Log in at at 16 mins

It would appear that the karma police have decided to wake from their somewhat extended slumber. All things considered, a profit making organisation is, after all, a profit making / profit seeking/ organisation, – and masquerading as a “charity” does not change the fact.

Hardly surprising really – wherever there is a commodity to exploit – in this particular instance, ill people – there is a kindly charity – with its tax deductible charity organisational benefits – only too happy to help out – and make its difference.

With unaccountable commissioners driven by what appears to be personal ideological wants its all really hardly a surprise. – tut tut and never mind,

You vote your leaders – and place your trust.

Earlier this week we made reference to the fact that a £7 million + contract with Change,Grow ,Live to provide drug and alcohol support services had been rubber stamped by Wirral Council’s Labour Cabinet. As the BBC news report details the reported deaths of 74 people in 18 months  who used these services have now  been reported by Wirral Council to the regulator Public Health England for investigation. We can’t help wondering if we hadn’t publicly raised these concerns whether they would have been ignored although we cynically note that the announcement of Public Health England’s investigation comes the day before national statistics on drug related deaths are published.

However what we are particularly sickened by is the behaviour of highly paid senior officials both within Wirral Council and the NHS who were quite happy to raise their concerns privately or leak information and let us take the flak for running the original story!.

https://wirralleaks.wordpress.com/2016/07/31/public-health-in-private-hands/