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Saturday November 17

Speakers will include Health Campaigns Together, the Labour Party, trade unions, DPAC, National Pensioners Convention, Relatives and Residents Association, and a speaker on the Scottish experience. We will explore the current situation, the policy issues and campaigning opportunities. It will be an exciting and challenging day! £10/£5.

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  • Health Campaigns Together
    quarterly newspaper No 12 now available

    Our regular 12-page tabloid available online and in print, including: OUR CALL for a new campaign to MAKE OUR NHS SAFE FOR ALL, PLUS NEWS on Integrated Care Provider consultation, UNIONS’ battle against “subco” privatisation, SOCIAL CARE conference, REPORTS on campaigns, mental health cuts, INTERNATIONAL reports from USA and Ontario – and much more

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    DID YOU MISS OUR EARLIER ISSUES? Download back issues of the newspaper here

    June 30: tens of thousands celebrate and demonstrate for #OurNHS70

    See HERE for a collection of news, video and pictures from the day

    CALENDAR of events

    Tuesday 20th November 2018

    #Justice4NHS - Stage 5 - Court of Appeal

    Royal Courts of Justice
    The Strand,
    London, WC2A 2LL

    999 Call for NHS would love as many people as possible take part in a rally outside the Royal Courts of Justice before the Appeal hearing starts, and then come into court to show solidarity with our Appeal for #Justice4NHS.
    This is supported by Keep our NHS Public.
    Bring your voices, bring your banners and please wear something with #Justice4NHS colours - pink &/or yellow.
    8.30am Campaigners gather
    8.45am #Justice4NHS welcome speeches
    9.00am Press Photo Opportunity
    9.10am NHS Campaign Representatives support speeches
    9.25am Final #Justice4NHS statement
    (Incl. 1mins silence to remember those who have suffered at the hands of cruel unnecessary cuts to NHS Services)
    9.30. Rally ends
    Map link for venue

    Tuesday 27th November 2018
    19:00 - 21:00

    SOHS North Devon Campaign Meeting

    The Castle Centre,
    25 Castle St,
    Barnstaple EX31 1DR, UK

    Regular meeting for information, discussion and planning events

    Thursday 29th November 2018

    Join us at our November “Keep Our NHS Public North East” meeting

    Newcastle-upon -Tyne
    Brunswick Methodist Church meeting rooms,
    Brunswick Place,
    NE1 7BJ.

    This is an open public meeting, and everyone who cares about the future of the NHS are welcome.
    Our agenda will comprise a campaign update, followed by an informal discussion. All welcome!
    The meeting room is on the first floor – please contact us beforehand at konpnortheast@gmail.com if you are a wheelchair user.
    The Methodist Church is situated in Newcastle city centre and is located under one minute from Greys Monument / Monument Metro, at the end of the small access road which runs between Waterstones and Jamie’s Italian.
    KONP NE website


    Campaign launched to save Scarborough Hospitals

    The Save Scarborough and District Hospitals team held their first public stall today in Scarborough and got a great response from the public ...

    Read the full item, and other breaking news

    Info links

    Links to important new information on other websites
    • BMA: Capita failed to deliver over 47,000 cervical cancer screening letters Latest revelations via Pulse magazine and BMA on the fiasco of the Capita contract for "back office" services to GPs:
      "The [BMA] GP Committee called Capita’s running of services ‘nothing short of shambolic’ and said it is ‘frankly appalling’ that the private company’s ‘gross error’ may have put patients at risk."

    • Hancock interview: ‘Big private health companies’ won’t run integrated care HSJ report of interview with Health Secretary Matt Hancock, including a discussion of proposed changes to legislation and a statement claiming the government is not aiming at the privatisation that many campaigners have feared:
      "The health secretary has told HSJ the government is 'not going to hand [integrated care contracts] to the big private healthcare companies”, and would make this clear in Parliament when it presents new NHS legislation.
      Matt Hancock also said he was hoping for cross party “buy in” for changes to current NHS laws, and was “absolutely up for” seeking to agree proposals with the Labour party.
      NHS England and Improvement are expected to propose changes to the Health Act 2012 later this year, in the NHS long-term plan, or early next year.'"

    • There is no version of Brexit which will benefit the NHS — only varying degrees of harm BMJ blog by Sarah Wollaston and Paul Williams highlights Brexit impact on workforce of NHS and social care, and argues:
      "The reality of Brexit is vastly different to the fantasy Brexit that was mis-sold to the public during the referendum campaign. The promise on the side of the bus of an extra £350m per week has crashed into the inconvenient truth that there is no Brexit bonanza for the NHS, only a Brexit penalty. The committee heard evidence that pharmaceutical companies are already spending hundreds of millions on contingency planning. Ultimately these costs will be passed on to the NHS and taxpayers, money that would be far better spent investing in patient care. The costs will only increase as the clock ticks down to 29 March 2019. Stockpiling and refrigerated warehousing do not come cheap, let alone chartering special air freights for medical radioisotopes and other essential supplies with short shelf lives."

    • NHS denied treatment for migrants who can’t afford upfront charges Guardian report on the impact of the "hostile environment" imposed by Tories on migrants, and its consequences for health care:
      "Hundreds of patients have been denied treatment for serious health problems including cancer, arrhythmia and cardiac chest pains after ministers forced the NHS to impose upfront charges on migrants deemed ineligible for free healthcare, the Guardian can reveal.
      "In one case, a patient with advanced stage cancer died after she went a year without treatment because an NHS hospital demanded £30,000 upfront to provide chemotherapy."

    • Social workers faced with assessing up to 50 children in Northamptonshire each are 'drowning in cases', report finds Northants Tedlegraph report highlights developing crisis in social services in the bankrupt Northants council:
      A damning Ofsted report of the county council's children's services revealed that its social workers are struggling to handle 'unmanageable caseloads', leaving Northamptonshire's children 'at risk of harm'. Overall the children's department services have significantly declined since Ofsted's last inspection in 2016:
      "Social work caseloads in the first response teams are too high with many social workers responsible for between 30 and 50 children.
      "Social workers reported to inspectors that they were 'overwhelmed' and 'drowning'."

    • Hospital food at risk from no-deal Brexit Yet another reminder of the multiple threats that could be posed by a no-deal Brexit, all of which are of course glibly dismissed or ignored by the Brexit fundamentalists and those who follow them.

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