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NEW! Health Campaigns Together newspaper No. 14 - download now!


Issue 14 of our quarterly tabloid newspaper, 12 pages filled with news, analysis and comment, is available to download free NOW, with printed copies for campaigning available from April 4.

Top stories include * Victory in North West London; * fighting PET scanner privatisation in Oxfordshire; * fighting RATIONING and CHARGES for NHS treatment; * updates to many campaigns; *social care; *mental health; and *the threat to scrap A&E and elective performance targets. Plus a column from Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour's shadow Health Secretary.

Every issue is FREE to read online. For campaigning, order bundles ONLINE NOW.

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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.


Essential reading!

After 25 years of costly failure, PFI has now been abandoned by Labour and Tory parties. Unhealthy Profits, a full-length book on PFI is available to download as an ebook from Amazon for £7.50, or £9.99 in paperback form.

Read more here

CALENDAR of events

Friday 26th April 2019
7.30pm

Banner Theatre presents 'Free for All'

Clarendon and Westbury Community Hall
Belgrave Road
Dover
CT17 9RA

A showing of Banner Theatre's production on the NHS.
In 1948 the NHS was established, offering health care free for all at the point of delivery.
Now the NHS is up for auction in a 'free for all' to private health corporations
Organised by South East Kent TUC
Tickets £2.50 (or 5 for £10) from RMT offices, Snargate St, CT17 9BZ or by ringing Eric on 07463 860466

Saturday 27th April 2019
2-5pm

Challenging the Hostile Environment in the NHS

St Martins Youth and Community Centre,
Gooch Street,
Birmingham B5 7HE

The hostile environment in the NHS has had a devastating impact on migrant health, attacking the rights of patients as well as undermining the professional duties of healthcare workers. Upfront charging and ID checks are deterring people from accessing treatment and are completely at odds with the founding principles of the NHS.
Join us at 2-5pm on Saturday 27 April to find out more about:
• How NHS policies are affecting patients and healthcare workers.
• How we can join together to challenge the hostile environment in the NHS.
Everyone welcome.
Organised by Migrants Organise and DocsNotCops
Eventbrite booking

Saturday 29th June 2019
11-4.30pm

Health Campaigns Together Northern Conference
Health and Social Care
for People not for Profit

St. George’s Centre,
LEEDS
LS1 3DL,
(next to Leeds General Infirmary)

This will be the first joint health & social care HCT Conference.
Join us to share ideas on how we can fight back on all fronts and maximise our impact
Speakers include
Sally Ruane, Director of Health Policy Research Unit, Leicester University,
GP Jackie Grunsell, from Hands of Huddersfield RI,
Gordon Peters, ex (Director of Social Care Hackney) currently campaigning against cuts, closures and outsourcing in Haringey,
Unison speaker, and more.
More info later.
Meanwhile contact leedskonp@yahoo.co.uk or 07419 295754



Newsblog


Ontario: More than 150,000 hospital and health care staff and patient advocates to join in Action Day to warn against health care privatization

Across Ontario in more than one hundred hospitals and health care facilities, staff and patient advocates are staging an “Health Action Day” today, Tuesday April 23 ...


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Info links

Links to important new information on other websites
  • NHS England's proposals for new legislation mean business as usual Short statement and longer more in depth analysis of proposals on which NHS England has sought "engagement" with the public and campaigners, developed by KONP and HCT.
    The two statements make clear that the only NHS England proposal that can be supported the way it is argued is the call for repeal of the controversial "section 75" of the 2012 Health and Social Care act and the associated regulations designed to compel Clinical Commissioning Groups to carve up services and put them out to tender. KONP and most campaigners fought this legislation every step of the way as it was forced through Parliament by David Cameron's coalition with Lib Dem support, so there is no sensible reason why we would now oppose it being scrapped.

  • Theresa May's post-Brexit immigration plan could close a quarter of services in some hospitals say health bosses due to nurse shortages Daily Mail recycles Telegraph story highlighting potential impact of £30k minimum salary for migrants coming to UK.

  • How to fund social care? What are the different options for funding social care? The Nuffield Trust offers a tool to help direct further investigation.

  • Collapsed private provider to the NHS owes £11m (£) HSJ article on collapse of Coperforma the disastrous private provider of patient transport services brought in by Sussex CCGs -- before a predictable collapse.
    "Clinical commissioning groups in Sussex ... have claimed the company owes them £7.6m. In a statement, the county’s CCGs said: “The Sussex CCGs are actively pursuing all options to maximise recovery for the NHS of costs incurred as a result of the failure of the patient transport service contract."

  • Combined Performance Summary: February – March 2019 Another extremely useful round up of figures by Jessica Morris of Nuffield Trust reveals:
    "•The proportion of people waiting over 18 weeks to start elective treatment reached 13% in February 2019. It has been three years since the referral-to-treatment target was last met.
    •In February 2019, 2.3% of patients had been waiting over 6 weeks for a diagnostic test, which is a 1.3 percentage point drop on the previous month but 44% higher than it was in February 2018.
    •In February 2019, 23.9% of patients waited longer than two months to start their first treatment for cancer following a GP urgent referral. This is a small 0.1 percentage point increase on the previous month, but over 4.8 percentage points higher than in February 2018."

  • Telford hospice funding cuts 'heartbreaking' BBC report.
    Telford CCG shows more contempt for provision of services outside hospital by deciding to cut £250,000 of funding to a hospice.
    The decision is "heartbreaking" and "flawed", its supporters have said.
    Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said it was a "difficult decision" to make the cut to its £1m grant, resulting in a loss of two beds at Severn Hospice in Telford. Staff at the hospice said they were "extremely disappointed" by the decision.


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