NHS and Health

Poems and pondering on all matters health, and on fightingting to defend our NHS.

Stay The Fuck Home

Stay The Fuck Home

Stay the fuck home, they yelled
at a grey-haired man in the supermarket
that they were also in

Stay the fuck home, they insisted -
Follow government advice!
(which is not for everyone to Stay the fuck home)

Stay the fuck home, they typed,
logged on to the company account
working from home on full pay

Dispensible Other

Covid-19

Accept our rule and stop this hue and cry
Some loved ones have to go before their time
It's just the weak and sick and old who'll die

We have a theory here to justify
Our nudging unit thinks it's just sublime
Accept our rule and stop this hue and cry

No need to test or rest or notify
Our British stock is mostly in its prime
It's just the weak and sick and old who'll die

Unskilled

Unskilled

You have no skills – you’re just a carer,
a labourer, an apron-wearer,
You smear on cream and dish out pills –
you don’t have skills.

You have no skills, you just wipe arses,
the underside of the underclasses,
You wipe up drool, make tea and chat –
Where’s the skill in that?!

Another Country

The NHS is not another country
Going to clinic's not a trip abroad
Its purpose is for treating not for hunting
No frontiers from reception to the ward
I have to cross the town not cross the oceans
A hospital's no tourist trap now, is it?
Rather than the needles, stitches, lotions
So many other sites I'd rather visit
Not smuggling drugs nor medicines nor pills in
The staff are healers, they're not border guards
I've nothing to declare except my illness
I don't send postcards, I get Get Well cards
- They treat my sickness not my shade of skin
- Why should I need a passport to get in?

Online Launch: Unprecedented Rhymes!

29/04/2021 - 19:30

Janine launches her new collection of covid compositions with an hour (or maybe a little more) of verses versus the virus.

There will also be a contribution from special guest The Repeat Beat Poet - not to be missed! And there will be a presentation from the Safe and Equal campaignm, which has helped workers to win full sick and isolation pay during the pandemic.

Reading TUC: Covid-19 and the Arts

11/02/2021 - 19:00

Janine rants about Poets versus Covid and Cuts.

 

 

The annual 'Heart Unions' event this years sees a focus on the perilous state of the arts during the COVID19 pandemic.

For 'COVID19 and the Arts' we are joined by:

 

< Nicole Johnson (Musicians' Union), Musician;

 

< John Oversby (UCU), Musician;

 

RMT training course: Mental Health

17/08/2020 - 14:00

This is provisional, and dependant on public health guidance continuing to allow reopening of facilities. Please contact your RMT branch secretary for information.

As RMT's National Education Centre reopens, with safety measures in place, Janine will be tutoring a week-long residential course on mental health.

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