Ministry to the damaged
I know that you have heard this all before, but it must be said!
Thank you for bringing the news to me, for free. When I was seeking information and all I could find was propaganda, you provided news coverage freely. I have since paid for membership because of the value you provide, and it deserves remuneration (and I do not earn a lot).
I find myself to be something of a minister now. I sell them their goods and try to heal their soul, casually over the counter.
God bless you all for what you do, for it is truly God’s work.
Monitoring the BBC
Gulnara’s sister, Ainara Kasmambetova, is the BBC Kyrgyz news representative in the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek. Her daughter, Ermek Maksutova, works in the same office. Arslan Koichiev, husband of the third sister Akcholpon Koichieva, worked in the BBC’s London office for almost two decades before he joined the Kyrgyz president’s office as an adviser.
Suyunbek Kasmambetov, brother of the Kasmambetova sisters, is the current government’s state secretary responsible for the status of the Kyrgyz language and its development—of which, however, there has been very little. In addition, he has been silent on the spread of radical versions of Islam, and at the same time quite vocal in his criticism of Western countries and democracy—despite the fact that his sisters live and work in the UK and his children live in the United States.
Ibrahim Nurakun uuly, formerly a journalist at the BBC Kyrgyz service, has defended the Kasmambetovs. While admitting that several Kasmambetovs were employed by the BBC, including the brother-in-law, Nurakun claimed that it was not fair to criticise the family for nepotism, “because in 2004 [he] was given a chance to work for the BBC in spite of [his] poor English and limited journalistic experience and even though [he] was not even related to this family”. He added that “so-called nepotism” exists not only in the BBC Kyrgyz service but also in BBC Pashto, Persian and other regional services.
In other words, rather than deny the accusation of nepotism, this former colleague of theirs has tried both to water it down and to place the blame on the BBC rather than the Kasmambetovs. But his admission of his low qualifications only adds to the scandal: such a person would have been in no position to challenge the Kasmambetovs. Meanwhile, there are plenty of qualified journalists with a far better command of English and more journalistic experience than Nurakun and the Kasmambetovs. The former has admitted that he had such great relations with the family that Gulnara Kasmambetova called him in 2015 to invite him to work for the BBC in London again, but he declined.
This example only cements the claim, often dismissed as propaganda, that the democratic countries are hypocrites and that, while they extol transparency and openness, they are far from exercising it. This only gives incentives to corrupt governments also continue their corrupt practices. Therefore, to restore its credibility in Kyrgyz society, BBC management (as well as Radio Free Europe) should take these allegations of nepotism seriously, since they affect their mission and give rise to the notion in society that even Western media serve the interests of the world’s corrupt governments.
I am writing about the standard of care and treatment that my late mother-in-law, Brenda, received on 8 June 2023 from the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust.
On 8 June 2023, she was being collected from her home to be taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge for immunotherapy, as she had terminal cancer.
The driver arrived from Patient Transport, which is run by East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust. The driver dropped the ramp to the ambulance and she managed to get in without too much of a problem. She did struggle, as this was a new-style ambulance and she had usually been collected in the older-style ambulance.
When Brenda and her husband arrived at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, the driver refused to drop the ramp. The steps were far too steep for her to negotiate going forwards, a fact that both she and her husband told the driver on at least four occasions. Despite this, the driver still refused to drop the ramp and instead made her walk down the step backwards. Unfortunately, her hand slipped off the grab rail as she walked down the step, and she landed awkwardly on her leg.
When she was admitted to Addenbrooke’s, she was diagnosed with a spiral fracture of her left femur. Brenda underwent open reduction surgery with an internal fixation on 10 June. She was discharged on 20 June.
The standard of care in Addenbrooke’s was diabolical. Again, no-one came to check on her, and she was left in bed in her own urine and faeces. She was drugged up so much that she was hallucinating.
On discharge, there was no mention of the fact that she had fallen while exiting the ambulance. This fall led to a decline in her health. She lost her motivation and confidence in herself and her ability to walk.
She was then admitted to Bedford Hospital in mid-August, where she had absolutely no care. Nobody helped her to get in and out of bed. There was no help to go to the toilet, which led to the staff just leaving her in the bed, where she lost the use of all the muscles in her legs. No care was given during the night, either. Nobody came to answer the buzzer calls.
Because Brenda was a proud lady, she tried to get out of the bed to go to the toilet by herself, which led to her to fall and hurt her shoulder. She was left on the floor until staff came, but it took the other patients to ring the buzzer before somebody attended. No X-rays were given. They just left her to decline. My sister-in-law spent the next night in an upright chair beside the bed, as there was no-one to sit with her.
After the discharge from Bedford Hospital, there was still no mention of a fall out of bed. Brenda was basically sent home to die. We tried to care for her, but it was overwhelming for my father-in-law. She was sent to a Sue Ryder hospice and passed away on Monday 28 August 2023.
This is just a short outline of what happened. There is much more to this.
She endured a horrific experience under the NHS’ care.
And I thought I should note that my mother-in-law was triple jabbed with the Pfizer Covid vaccine. Her cancer diagnosis was made in December 2021, after her Covid injections.