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newspaper No. 13 - limited stock!

Some copies of issue 13 (January 2019) are still available. We SOLD ALL COPIES of our last issue, so order now to avoid disappointment.

Issue 14 will be out early April.

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Reclaim Social Care campaign

Following the successful conference in Birmingham on November 17, Health Campaigns Together in collaboration with the Socialist Health Association, the National Pensioners Convention and others has launched a campaign. Conference reports, background facts, figures, etc available HERE.

A leaflet (2 sides of A5) on social care can be downloaded HERE in pdf for printing. Printed copies are available from the Keep Our NHS Public Office in quantities from 10 to 500, at a cost of £1 - £8 for post and packing. Please email KONP.

Don't miss this free offer!

Unhealthy Profits, a full-length book on PFI (normal price £7.50) will be available FREE to download as ebook from Amazon for one weekend only: February 22-24.

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CALENDAR of events

Saturday 30th March 2019
11.30 -2pm

Yorkshire Health Campaigns Together Demonstration

Leeds Art Gallery

Continuing a long line of spring demonstrations in Leeds to defend health services in Yorkshire and the North.
No cuts, No closures, No charges!
NHS Long term Plan is Unfunded, Undemocratic, Unsafe!
Starts and finishes at Leeds Art Gallery!

Contact Leeds organisers


Staffordshire crowd fund appeal to challenge bed closures

North Staffs Pensioners' Convention has joined with Save Leek Hospital and Save Bradwell Hospital campaigns, local campaigning group Healthwatch, the local branch of the Green Party, representatives of trade unions, local councillors of all political persuasions and local MPs to form the NHS Care for All campaign ...

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  • Virtual GP service allowed to expand out of London despite criticism from doctors NHS England continues with its crusade against evidence or evaluation of pilot schemes, giving the nod to Birmingham adopting the controversial privately-led service that has caused financial havoc in general practice across London and which has yet to be properly evaluated.

  • Combined Performance Summary December 2018 - January 2019 The Nuffield Trust's Quality Watch data with very clear graphs, based on NHS England's Combined Performance Summary, which provides data on key performance measures for December 2018 and January 2019.
    SitRep data for Week 6 of 2019 was also released, giving a more up-to-date analysis of how the NHS is coping this winter.

  • Queen's Medical Centre needs £77m of urgent improvements Nottingham post report reveals that: "Examples of maintenance needed can be upgrading software on medical equipment, maintaining generators and boilers, and ensuring the structural integrity of buildings."
    The bigger bill for urgent repairs in the whole of Nottingham University Hospitals trust is £104m.

  • Priory to close 'inadequate' High Wycombe hospital Guardian report highlights more evidence of poor quality private care propped up by subsidies from NHS budgets. Time to cut the support and invest the money in expanded NHS services.
    The Priory Group is privately owned – in 2016 it was bought by US firm Arcadia Healthcare for £1.3bn – but 85% of its income comes from the public sector.

  • Private providers could grab unlimited share of GP consultations online GP Online report flags up the implications of the minimalist answer from health Minister Stephen Brine to a question from Shadow Minister Justin Madders on the estimates of the share of online consultations to be delivered by private companies.
    The report also makes clear the extent to which the government is forging ahead with the roll-out of "digital first" consultations without any consideration of the level of exclusion this will bring for older, poorer and less literate patients for whom it is less appropriate. Coupled with Health Secretary Matt Hancock's insistence that letters to patients should increasingly be restricted to emails rather than conventional posted hard copy, it is clear that the government remains insensitive to the needs of anyone other than young middle class patients and the private app industry.

  • A&E waits at worst level for 15 years in England The downward curve of A&E performance continues, driven I n part by continued increases in numbers needing emergency admission. During January, only 84.4% of patients were treated or admitted in four hours - well below the 95% threshold. Eleven trusts had a performance below 70 per cent.
    Nearly 330,000 patients waited longer than they should with hospitals reporting significant problems finding beds for those needing to be kept in.
    The performance is even more worrying for the more serious "type 1" cases: nine trusts recorded 60 per cent or below. Croydon Health Services Trust was the worst at 49.2 per cent.

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