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Jamie Jenkins chat with Mike Graham on Talk TV on Monkeypox and Cost of Living 24/05/22

Currently around 57 monkeypox cases within the UK – so relatively low and up from a small number a year ago. Congo is where you have the vast majority of cases and they have had just over 1,200 in the first four months of the year.
 
Compared to a year ago cases in the Congo are no higher and slightly lower than the same period last year, so we are not seeing an exponential rise here. The risk to the public from Monkeypox is pretty low and transmission from person to person is much more difficult than Covid.

Petrol prices in the UK now are at record levels costing the average person around £350 per year more to fill up the tank. The Chancellor is raking in around £4bn more per year in VAT with prices now 40p more than they were a year ago. If we get rid of the green levy and cut VAT we would bring inflation down.
 
Covid infection rates have been coming down over recent months since moving into the living with Covid phase. My big concern is we have seen no plan on how to cope next winter with any rises in cases and no doubt we will have headlines in the papers saying we need to bring in restrictions when the respiratory virus season kicks off again.
 
Last week Mark Drakeford was over in Oslo to discuss Climate Change with the Norwegians – what a waste of time and money.
 

Jamie Jenkins chat with Mark Steyn on cancer survival and waiting times 09/06/22

Chat with Mark Steyn discussing cancer waiting times in England and Wales, prompted by Keir Starmer bringing this up at Prime Minister’s questions.

Keir Starmer is correct when he said that waiting times had worsened in England over the past decade. In England, there is a target to get 85% of people referred by their GP to start cancer treatment within 2 months. Up until 2014 this target had been met but has worsened since then.

In the year before the pandemic, 77% of patients referred started treatment within 2 months, and in the year to March 2022, it had worsened to 67%. However, in Wales which has a health system run by the Labour Party a comparable number of people starting treatment within 2 months is lower at 59%.

Early diagnosis and starting treatment early is important because it can save lives. We know there are people missing in the system with the number of referrals falling through the pandemic.

For those who get an early diagnosis of breast cancer, almost everyone survives for at least 5 years but for those who get a late diagnosis survival falls to just 1 in 4. The UK does not perform well on cancer survival when looking internationally, with outcomes on survival for Lung Cancer worse in the UK than in comparable countries such as Canada and Australia.

It is important for people to get themselves checked out and come forward and protect themselves. The NHS themselves have said that 3,000 more diabetes patients died through the pandemic than would be expected with health checks on these patients falling. 

The Attorney General in Wales has said that it may take until 2030 to get waiting lists back to 2020 levels, and they were not very good in 2020 either.

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Award winning analytical leader with over 20 years experience of leading multi-disciplinary teams

Two decades leading teams to tell data driven stories with the aim to educate business leaders, policymakers, media organisations, and the public.

Statistician and analyst with 21 years’ experience of leading teams to interrogate and bring data sources together to deliver actionable insights and create business data strategies. I specialise in thinking outside of the box to provide decision makers answers to the problems they have not yet thought of. With skills in the latest cutting-edge data visualisation tools, I have won many awards for communicating insights effectively with nonspecialists, including acting as media spokesperson as well as board-level presentations.

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Media Commentator

With over 10 years of providing regular contributions to media shows, I am a go-to person when you need industry insight for your shows.

Regular contributor across the media on platforms such as BBC, ITV, Talk Radio, Times Radio and LBC. View or listen to past interviews through my media page

Data Visualisation

I have won several awards for presentation of data from the United Nations and Royal Statistical Society and was the inspiration behind the Office for National Statistics introducing infographics within publications.

Public bodies and business collect so much data every day but that data is of little use unless it tells a story to influence policy making or business decisions. 

In a world where 90% of the information sent to the brain is visual and where we process visuals 60,000x faster than text, data visualisation is critical to provide the valuable context of trends, patterns, and outliers within data.

Data Analysis

Experienced at putting data analysis at the heart of business decisions, I specialise in thinking outside of the box to provide decision makers answers to the problems they have not yet thought of. Vast experience of communicating data analysis at board-level to non experts. 

At the ONS I implemented a new business strategy to put the department at the heart of UK health analysis which led to several collaborations that have saved lives.

Using my influencing skills I challenged a policy proposal by the Chancellor of the Exchequer using data analysis which led to them shelving a public sector pay policy.

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I have vast experience of leading and managing teams both within public and private bodies. This includes managing data analysts, economists, researchers, generalists and administrative staff.

During my time within the Civil Service I was selected for the Future Leaders Scheme that identifies the top 1% of talent for extensive leadership training.

I also have completed leadership programmes at the Roffey Park Institute

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