Monday, 19 October 2009

Brief delay; amazing health & defence statistics

Apologies to those who are waiting for the results of my Bessler wheel project but I have not finished it yet. Time is against me again and I am struggling to set aside a few minutes on any day for my wheelwork, so I must ask for my reader's indulgence and patience. I have 'til the end of the forthcoming week to find the odd moment to work on it, then other commitments mean that I shall be unable to spare any time at all for a further week. After that I am determined to finish this wheel and publish a video of it working - or disclose the design and concept behind it -come what may.

On a completely different subject, I came across these amazing statistics the other day and I thought I'd share them with you.

In 2009 England has become a country of healthcare workers, with one in every twenty-three of the working population being employed by the NHS (National Health Service). Almost 1.3 million people work for the NHS, which is the largest employer in Europe and world’s third biggest employer. That is 2 per cent of the 30 million people of working age.

According to the latest workforce census, the NHS employs 386,400 nurses,109,000 doctors and 122,100 scientists and other therapists.

Incredibly for this small nation, only the Chinese Army and the Indian State Railways are believed to employ more people — with 2.3 million and 1.5 million staff respectively — but both workforces represent a far smaller proportion of the national populations.

One more thing; as if we here in the UK, were not spending enough tax already, in another article I found this remarkable comment - "the UK defence budget is currently the 2nd largest in the world, after the US!" I think we are punching way above our weight - But isn't it splendid!

JC

2 comments:

  1. and 682,500 bureaucrats and administrators all paid for by your taxes.

    Not sure this is something to be proud of. India and China are both 1 Billion plus sized nations. The UK ... less than a 16th the size! Your statistics only testify to the bloat that happens when government takes over.

    Now about the wheel?

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  2. Yes you're right Wind. I was being ironic. I think it's an incredible example of state control and worthy of the USSR during the 'cold war'. The UK is also the most highly surveilled society in the world. I read that there are 4.2m CCTV cameras in Britain - about one for every 14 people.

    JC

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