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Time to care about elderly, disability, welfare, health, security, and more

Tomorrow, June 8, voters in the UK go to the polls elect the country’s new government. They do so by those in each of the 650 constituencies choosing one member of parliament (MP). The government is the political party that gets the majority of MPs – and people with disabilities are watching with interest.

The magic number to have an overall majority is for one party to accumulate 326 MPs. But, if no one gets that many, it will be 2010 repeated – and it is likely they will form a coalition.

Indeed, if no party achieves an overall majority, it is quite possible they could form a coalition government without party with the most MPs. That would be a first for the UK.

Gap narrowing, opinion polls say

Opinion polls have varied widely over the campaign but one thing is certain. And that is support for the ruling Conservative party is dropping continuously while the popularity of Labour, the second largest party, is growing steadily. The difference between the two was more than 20% but latest polls put the gap at between 4% and 1%.

As far as the disabled and the elderly are concerned, both Labour and the Liberal Democrats have disability-friendly policies. On the other hand, the Conservatives have nothing to offer except more cuts, pain and misery.

In 1982, I joined the Conservative party and never dreamed that I would ever vote Labour. However, my vote in this election is a vote for welfare and social care. It is a vote for the health service. A vote for people with disabilities. A vote for the elderly.

It is a vote for Labour, the number one caring party. I urge all of you who have a vote to care – and to vote Labour.

Labour: Care, cooperation and no cuts

On the issue of Europe, the UK needs a soft Brexit, , and needs to approach the negotiations with an attitude of co-operation, as promised by Labour, not Conservative confrontation. After all, there is an old saying that you catch more flies with sugar than with vinegar.

And we cannot forget crime and terrorism. Everyone is claiming they are the best to handle this, but only one party is saying that at the same time as they are cutting police budgets and the number of officers. And that’s the failed Conservatives who seem able to claim they provide a strong government when, in fact, their only strength is in making cuts that hurt ordinary people.

Tomorrow, UK electors, please vote for the best possible future for Britain and do your bit to stop five more years of the uncaring, self-serving Conservatives. Enough is enough!

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50shadesofsun.com is the personal website of Ian Franks, a Features Writer with Medical News Today. He enjoyed a successful career as a journalist, from reporter to editor in the print media. He gained a Journalist of the Year award in his native UK. Ian received a diagnosis of MS in 2002 and now lives in the south of Spain. He uses a wheelchair and advocates on mobility and accessibility issues.

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Wife who is carer is really a wonderful, loving, angel

It’s been an eventful few days for the two of us at home here in Spain.

On Saturday, nine days ago, my beloved Lisa asked me to help put the washing out to dry. It’s an easy job that I can do sitting down, so I readily agreed. The trouble was that it was not one of my best days. Thanks to multiple sclerosis, I managed to fall while walking out of the back door onto our terrace.

I still have no idea how but the nail of the big toe on my left foot was torn upright. It was 90 degrees from its usual position. There was pain and blood – and plenty of the red stuff.

carerMy wife Lisa is also my carer and is quite used to me spending time on the floor and could not see my injury, so she didn’t rush to my side. But she certainly arrived fast enough when I told her what was wrong.

In next to no time, she had stopped the bleeding and strapped up my toe. Luckily, once bandaged, the pain eased so that it only hurt if touched.

Wife and carer is an angel

A couple of days later, I visited our doctor. He removed the dressing and the nail came off with it. The wound started to bleed again but he quickly stopped it and sent me to a nurse to get it redressed. That started a series of one visit every two days, something I had to get used to here. The Spanish health service goes the extra mile to see that patients receive the best treatment.

However, these regular visits to the health centre are putting more stress on Lisa. Lifting my electric wheelchair out of, and back into, our car is a task that should not be repeated often. Meanwhile, at home, she is doing virtually all the work. She is my carer and refuses to ask me to help in case I am hurt again. In fact, while doing anything involving standing or walking is difficult, I try to do what I can.

One thing though, Lisa is always so grateful for whatever help I can give. But all she does for me makes her even more than my loving wife and carer.

She is my wonderful, loving, guardian angel who walks here on earth.

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50shadesofsun.com is the personal website of Ian Franks, a Features Writer with Medical News Today. He enjoyed a successful career as a journalist, from reporter to editor in the print media. He gained a Journalist of the Year award in his native UK. Ian received a diagnosis of MS in 2002 and now lives in the south of Spain. He uses a wheelchair and advocates on mobility and accessibility issues.

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Tackling wider medical subjects, not just MS

You may notice on this page that, besides running this website, I now write for Medical News Today. This is instead of Multiple Sclerosis News Today (MSNT).

And while the two titles appear similar, there is no connection. Indeed, they are published by two separate companies.

I spent 10 months recruiting and building a team of patient columnists for MSNT and its sister titles, as well as managing and editing their content. Now, I am now concentrating on writing quality specialist articles for a market leading medical publication.

Medical News Today

medical news todayAs a features writer for Medical News Today (MNT), I am producing authoritative articles, about a variety of illnesses, for the digital publication’s much-respected Knowledge Center.

Founded in 2003, MNT has established itself as a market leader for medical news. It provides concise and accurate information that stands out in the ocean of content that is health on the internet.

Content is targeted to an educated audience of both healthcare professionals and patients. The editorial team provides news from evidence-based, peer-reviewed studies, along with accurate, unbiased and informative content from governmental organisations (e.g. FDA, CDC, NIH, NHS), medical societies, royal colleges, professional associations, patients’ groups, pharmaceutical and biotech companies, among others.

All areas of health and medicine

Medical News Today produces original, timely and authoritative information from respected and credible sources. The editorial team has a strict code of practice and covers all areas of health and medicine, including rare diseases and conditions. It strives to achieve coverage across all areas of human health, and its main content areas include:

  • News content produced and curated daily by its in-house editorial team. It publishes more than 60 articles per day.
  • Reference material covering issues that you find important – produced in-house and licensed.
  • Features and in-depth investigative reporting on health and lifestyle.
  • Opinions forums – allowing you to connect with other users.

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50shadesofsun.com is the personal website of Ian Franks, a Features Writer with Medical News Today. He enjoyed a successful career as a journalist, from reporter to editor in the print media. He gained a Journalist of the Year award in his native UK. Ian received a diagnosis of MS in 2002 and now lives in the south of Spain. He uses a wheelchair and advocates on mobility and accessibility issues.

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