Saturday, 31 January 2015

Britain - Use of the courtesy title 'Dr' by RCVS-registered veterinary surgeons

Use of the courtesy title 'Dr' by RCVS-registered veterinary surgeons


We would like to consult veterinary surgeons, veterinary nurses and the general public on the proposal that all veterinary surgeons registered with the RCVS should be permitted to use the courtesy title ‘Doctor’ or ’Dr’...

You can read the rest for yourselves here

Pat's thoughts:

I think Dr. Who is behind this proposal. But since they solicit opinions from the public, and I'm the general public...

They would have to make all their existing Doctors, Honorary Professors.
Existing Veterinary Nurses would become Honorary Veterinarians to avoid discrimination.
Veterinary Receptionists would be Honorary Veterinarian Information Officers
Veterinary Students would become Honorary Nearly-Veterinarians
A kid with a horse: an Honorary Junior Veterinarian.
A preschool with a cat: an Honorary Future Veterinarian.
A pregnancy to a Veterinarian would be an Honorary Pre-Veterinarian.

The PR department that dreamed this would become Honorary Public Relations Veterinarians.

But I will let them off if they cease calling complaints - "concerns." and publicly admit, without spin, the percentage of complaints upheld.

(I do know! - no fiddling)

Pat Gardiner - 2 genuine "0" levels and an honorary fellowship refused because I had not done the work and thought it unfair to those who had. It wasn't a veterinary fellowship, I haven't been offered one.

How about Honorary Reforming Veterinarian?

Friday, 30 January 2015

Norway leads the way for Denmark in Eradicating Pig MRSA

The Scandinavian brawl over MRSA in pigs has moved from activists to include government and scientists.

The Norwegians are leading the charge - and being reported in Denmark's main scientific journal.

The respected "Ingineer" tells the tale.

Britain's corrupt veterinary establishment still claim Great Britain's pigs are clear of pig MRSA.

They  sink ever deeper into a morass of organised crime, protection racketeering, conspiracies, drug dealing, threats and abuse of our democracy.

The cost in human lives will be very substantial. They dare not tell the British people just what they have been hiding up for years.

They are now too terrified to reform, constantly renaming their client organisations and spending ever more on misleading public relations and cronies masquerading as consultants.

It is up to the British people to see that they are reformed, once the truth emerges. To the eternal shame of the veterinarians, it will probably be DNA testing abroad that will expose their cover-up.

You can find the lengthy explosive report in full here:

Norway leads the way for Denmark: 

We have eradicated pig MRSA

During the spring will be the last stable in Norway cleared of MRSA, and so are the resistant swine bacteria are no longer in the country. Denmark should consider doing the same, says Norwegian researcher.

By Magnus Bredsdorff January 30, 2015 at. 05:04

The antibiotic-resistant MRSA bacteria is soon past in the Norwegian pig houses. As the first country in the world, Norway has almost eradicated the bacterium from its agriculture.

"We have only MRSA in one herd, and we have mastered. It will be redeveloped during the spring, "says section Øystein Angen from the Veterinary Institute in Norway...

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Denmark - Employers should wash MRSA-contaminated clothing

This is the pig workers' union. Washing work clothes is quite a major task if you examine it carefully: a lot of washing every day.

It certainly is not the case in Britain. Mostly foreign workers have no union representation anyway.

But according to Defra, Britain's agricultural ministry, no MRSA has ever been found in any pigs in Great Britain: the calves carry pig MRSA, the horses carry pig MRSA, the milk carries pig MRSA, but the pigs, pig veterinarians and pig workers don't!

As always, read the report in full here, realising that it is a mechanical translation from the Danish.

January 27, 2015 at. 10:15

Employers should wash MRSA-contaminated clothing

If your clothing may be contaminated with swine bacterium MRSA, have your employer obliged to wash it. It states WEA

ByMorten Halskov


Large increase in infected

More and more Danes are infected with porcine MRSA CC398. There has been a total of 1,552 cases from 2007 to April 2014, figures from SSI,

2007: 14 cases
2010: 111 cases
2013: 643 cases

There has throughout the years from 2007-2013 were more infected men (771) than women (500).
Source: SSI

Is there a risk that you get in contact with the infectious swinebacterium MRSA when you are at work? 

So it is your employer's responsibility to the laundry. According to a new answer from WEA to 3F. 

More 3F members working in pig houses have been hit by the bacterium MRSA. The highly publicized swine bacteria can cause infections, boils and pimples. In rare cases, it can also cause severe blood poisoning. The bacterium is resistant to the types of medicine we use the most, such as penicillin. 

WEA writing to 3F, the clothes you normally use in agriculture, is not considered personal protective equipment. This is because the clothes themselves do not provide any protection employee. But the clothes can be contaminated with MRSA, it is subject to the rules on use of personal protective equipment, establishes supervision. 

- It will say that it is the employer who is responsible for washing work clothes, writes Head of WEA Bitten Højmark Døjholt in the letter to 3F. 

- We are very pleased that the WEA has made it clear that it is the employer's responsibility to wash work clothes. The rules apply both to those who work in the stables, and for those who are otherwise in contact with pigs, such as drivers transporting pigs to slaughterhouses, says Jesper Lund-Larsen, environmental and occupational health policy consultant at 3F. 

He calls for the employees who may come into contact with MRSA, change clothes every time they leave the stable areas - and the work clothes delivered to the washing of the employer. 

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Sweden does have MRSA in its pigs.

The Swedish media are carrying articles with the following headlines:

Here -

Swedish pigs free of the dreaded bacterial

Published January 19, 2015 

and Here -

Swedish pigs free of MRSA bacteria

Published today 7:24

Other publications make the same claim.

That would be great, but, alas, it is not really true.

MRSA st398 was found in Sweden back in August 2014.

see here.

You can check back to the original source. MRSA st398 was found in pork at slaughter and was admitted.

If you read the article "Swedish pigs free of MRSA bacteria" you quickly see that the headline claim is actually contradicted in the body of the article. Breeding pigs are thought to be clear of MRSA,
not those the Swedes are actually fattening, handling and eating.

The first article on this page provides no such explanation in the text. It would seem that either the Swedish farmers' organisation or the publication are misleading the consumers.

We see a lot of this from many countries. They play the children's game of standing in a circle and passing a whisper from one to the next. What started as "I want a new Teddy bear" becomes "It is cold in the winter" after a dozen whispered transfers.

But this is no children's game.

If anyone  can get an accurate report from the government veterinarians, it is reproduced from farming and veterinary publication, one to another, until finally, the report reaching the tabloids or the Sunday papers is very positive to the veterinary establishment, and very different from the original, hopefully truthful, admission of some degree of problem.

Oddly the veterinarians never find it necessary to correct the media!

But we should not be too dismissive of the Swedes joining in the international veterinary game of covering their backs.

Five years ago Sweden did admit to norovirus in the public water supply giving the clue to the source of epidemics on cruise liners. As regulars on the newsgroup will know, one of my critics found the resulting article, which  won a "Best in Law" award in the USA.

The Swedes do think their breeding stock may be clear of pig MRSA, the kind of favourable situation we need to start the proposed Islay High Health Pig Farm, the parallel operations on Bornholm and elsewhere.

Multiple locations producing clean breeding stock and less international live pig movements are part of the solution to pig disease finding its way into human populations and hospitals.

So media getting it partly right, plays a part in promoting solutions too!

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

PCV2 - Circovirus -The Gardiner Hypothosis Revisited

The least respectable end of social media has had much fun, at the writer's expense, for daring to query the science peddled by Britain's pompous corrupt veterinary establishment.

They received plenty of encouragement of various kinds from those with rather a lot to hide.

There is nothing so irritating as someone who says "I told you so!"

But you were told, often via the British newsgroup

The critics will have to overcome their irritation and shame. The writer got it right.

Eventually, I promoted the hypothesis, admittedly slightly tongue in cheek, and with a twinkle in my eye, but also with rather more knowledge at my disposal than was obvious to those that thought they knew better.

It was not playing the fool, but neither was the full horror of the human superbug crisis expected. This became no joke of any kind for anyone, including those far from pigs.

The Gardiner Hypothesis linked virus infections to MRSA and other bacterial disease in pigs, and explained the connection. The implications for human health are now obvious.

"Mutated Circovirus in pigs, the consequences treated with heavy use of antibiotics, is followed by MRSA in pigs and then MRSA and C.Diff epidemics in humans."

The writer always placed Porcine Circovirus (usually designated PCV2 nowadays) as the ghost at the feast, and in Britain dating back to 1999 or earlier, the date mattering.  Later, PRRS surfaced in the scientific press, not least in the USA, but the connection between PCV2 and PRRS was unclear and reports very contradictory.

Now a paper makes the link, albeit reversing the significance (could it be different in different places?) and explains the role of antibiotics to try to control co-infections.

There will be more papers to come and explanations to be offered. But the pigs were sick in Britain before CSF2000, and FMD 2001, which is where the writer came in, intrigued and angered by the deliberate fabrications floated by the government veterinarians and others.

Oddly, my troubles and outrage were directed originally mainly at MAFF in Bury St Edmunds, original source of the Magna Carta, which brings us back to Democracy Day, first celebrated in the last days of the world's first, and undoubtedly last Vetocracy.

The barbarians really are at the gates for the veterinary establishment, but it was the descendants of the barbarians that reintroduced democracy to most of the world.

You can find the paper here:

The last words of the Field View summarise nicely.

"We must remember that viruses are not the only pathogenic agents affecting pigs with a respiratory complex; bacteria (secondary infections) are also present in many cases, and they will determine the severity of the process. Control of these secondary infections must be obviously based on antimicrobial treatments applied in time, but if we could delay the recirculation of PRRS virus, the animal itself would maintain a superior antimicrobial ability, which would allow for better results."

Britain - Democracy Day - Rebranding and Government by Gimmick

I thought I would mark this new fangled Democracy Day by taking a slice and recording the reshuffling of Britain's veterinary hordes in an attempt to manage the sick pigs and superbug spin-off.

OK, it is almost 800 years since Magna Carta was signed eventually giving rise to parliamentary democracy after centuries of continuous struggle, but:

The British government are selling off everything they can to the veterinarians and bolting. The operation is not so much selling the family silver, but more like abandoning the family disaster. The veterinarians have the money and the need for "commercial" confidentiality - known as a cover-up in the real world.

Defra,  Britain's agricultural ministry, is rebranding their front organisations again as a response to a growing crisis. It is accompanied by a shuffling of seats and retirements often to sinecures elsewhere. They will need many a pair of safe hands to meet the storm. We are one step away from returning to the Meat and Livestock Commission and much tighter control, discretely applied.

Some of Britain's most senior pig veterinarians are reported as openly reinventing themselves as an industry rather than a profession. If you are selling drugs on an industrial scale, you are safer as an industry in Britain today, rather than as a crusty failed profession with a silly old, disregarded, oath.

It is events in Denmark that is driving the change, for Britain and the rest of the EU.

The complicated court case over the Danish government arresting journalists and gagging the Ombudsman is under way. Irrespective of the outcome, the result is that we know rather more than was intended:

The pigs in Denmark are sicker than ever, many of the people carry bugs that can kill and the pig industry is on the point of collapse. It cannot go on. The situation there is desperate and, unlike Britain, widely known to be desperate by employees and employers alike.

But the information leaking from every Danish seam carries with it gems of real value to Britain's reformers and hope for the future.

We know that comparatively recently half of west Jutland's pig farms were riddled with pig MRSA, but by logical extension that half are not.

The rest of Denmark is actually much worse than west Jutland.

Why is the west better than the rest?

One reason is certainly a less dense spread of pig farms, the other may well be the sea and prevailing winds.

Regular readers will know where this is going.

The Danes were attempting a very sensible drive to clean up the remote(r) island of Bornholm. The situation in west Jutland encourages that idea, and of course, by extension, the Islay High Health Pig Farm Project for Scotland.

New readers can find an outline of the developing proposals late last year on the newsgroup The ideas propagated there will apply to the western fringes on all the British and Irish islands and perhaps even worldwide.

The world needs a supply of clean disease free breeding pigs to re-establish the herds. The isolated west also needs the jobs.

Public Health needs the pig and veterinary industries cleaned up from  disease and corruption.

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Denmark - the pig ferries - a human health risk?

Shipping and the international veterinary disaster constantly meet.

It's not just the ever reoccurring squabbles over animal safety on ferries ex Dover: that is more in the style of a veterinary civil war and which gang of veterinary bullies gain supremacy and which self-seeking charity and PR bunny reports the latest round.

But the real ferry problem is surfacing now in Denmark: a problem we have touched on several times in the context of disease carrying veterinarians on passenger airplanes. (See here.)

So this is about disease carrying pigs on passenger ferries.

Denmark is a country of many islands, most with pigs, and some with slaughterhouses due to close. There is a sizeable transport of pigs on livestock lorries on passenger ferries already - and it is set to rise dramatically as the slaughterhouses close and live pigs are exported, sometimes to other parts of Denmark, sometimes abroad on larger ferries.

The pigs are mostly carrying MRSA with many sick. The Danes admit now that they have a massive MRSA cc398 problem rapidly spreading into the general population.

So, the Danes are adopting policies that will spread the disease even faster and currently putting people and sick pigs in close proximity on small ferries and, potentially worse, on large ferries.

Britain, of course, is doing exactly the same thing, without admitting that MRSA cc398 is present in British pigs (except Northern Ireland where it has been recently admitted.)

Britain's criminalised veterinary establishment are doing far more than profiting from simple drug-dealing. They are an international menace loose on the high seas.

You deal with pirates by international co-operation and indeed international networks are now being established to get the veterinarians back under proper democratic control and out of decisions impacting upon public health.

Without antibiotics they are of little use anyway, so we can expect to need far fewer veterinarians, and those externally regulated to high ethical standards.

Then the task is getting the pigs healthy and the people protected really starts.

Britain has lagged well behind, but will catch up as the truth of what has being going on here reaches a wider world.

Here is a good article from Kjeld Hansen covering some of the latest developments and implications.