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Conference

Saturday November 17
Birmingham

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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quarterly newspaper No 12 now available


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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

Friday 26th October 2018
10.30

Scrap the ICP contract: Rally and petition to save the NHS!

Old Palace Yard, London, SW1P 3,

NHS England is consulting on the contract for a new model of health and social care provision that threatens the break-up of the NHS into units run by ‘Integrated Care Providers’ – or ‘ICPs’.
Each of these ‘business units’ would control spending and rationing of healthcare for populations of up to 500,000. Despite the language, they will dis-integrate health and social care services and put finance before patient care.
These huge contracts will also be open to the private sector to compete for. They are therefore a serious threat to the NHS as a publicly owned and publicly run service.
Keep Our NHS Public, Heath Campaigns Together, We Own It, #JR4NHS and #Justice4NHS have called a joint protest to draw attention to the Government's plans to continue the privatisation of our NHS.
After we've assembled at Parliament we'll be handing in our petition to scrap ICPs at the Department of Health and Social Care on Victoria St, (Westminster, London SW1H 0EU).
You can still sign the petition here. https://weownit.org.uk/ICP-petition-NHS
Also on Friday the second reading of the NHS Bill is timetabled, though it may not get a reading. The NHS Bill is vital to safeguard against these attacks and must be supported.
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Saturday 27th October 2018
2-3.30

Barnsley Save Our NHS Public Meeting to Defend Maternity and Paediatric Services

Barnsley Town Hall

A meeting to give members of staff and the public a chance to find out what is proposed and make their views known.
We have a range of speakers lined up, including clinical staff working in the services affected.
We had hoped that that a representative of the health authorities in South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw would come along to speak about the changes, but, surprisingly, they have said that they have no one available.
Our view is that the public and staff need to be fully involved in important decisions about the future of our health services: it is wrong that decisions like this are taken behind closed doors.

Saturday 3rd November 2018
10am-4pm

Health for All: Patients, Not Passports

Liverpool

Public meeting at
St Bede's Church
Fern Grove/Hartington Rd
L8 0SQ
Speakers include
Rayah Feldman (Maternity Action)
Kitty Worthing (Docs Not Cops)
John Grayson (SYMAAG)
and speaker from These Walls Must Fall
Organised by Merseyside Keep Our NHS Public and Save Liverpool Women's Hospital campaign

Saturday 17th November 2018
10.30-4.00pm

RECLAIM SOCIAL CARE

BIRMINGHAM
Carrs Lane Conference Centre,
Carrs Lane
B4 7SX
Opposite Moor St Station.
Direct line from London Marylebone
PLEASE NOTE second change of venue, for access.

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.
Help build the campaign for publicly provided, publicly accountable social care funded through general taxation and free to all at point of use.
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Newsblog


Royal Liverpool Hospital PFI to be scrapped

The Royal Liverpool Hospital PFI is to be scrapped and the investors ‘bailed out’ ...


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  • PM refuses to scrap work capability assessments despite link to suicides Theresa May has refused to scrap her government’s controversial Work Capability Assessments, despite reports almost one in two women taking part in the assessments say they have attempted suicide before or after the process.

  • Cuts causing stress and long-term sickness, social workers tell survey Community Care report on gaping holes emerging in social care. Of 295 children and families’ social workers who participated in the research by Barnardo’s and YouGov, 79% said statutory sector workers were stressed, with many experiencing long-term sickness as a result. The findings come in the wake of a debate last week at Community Care Live, where sector leaders discussed the need for employers to do more to support practitioners experiencing emotional distress.
    Reflecting the stretched picture, 85% of social workers also said they were unable to give all the children they work with the support and time they needed.

  • New statistics from NHS England The NHS is gradually slipping further away from targets as emergency caseload continues to grow -- despite all the fine words and theories of the last 25 years.
    Made worse by pig-headed management pressing ahead with bed closures and A+E downgrades regardless of pressures.

  • Now THIS is fake health news and it appears in major newspapers across the US New epidemic of fake news on health issues in US press -- and no doubt due to appear in low-grade British news outlets too

  • NHS on course for even tougher winter Nuffield Trust report flags up pressure from 7% increase in A&E attendances -- no sign of the long-promised community or other out of hospital services reducing the pressure or easing discharge.

  • How Much are Private Patients Costing the NHS? UNISON Eastern Region report by John Lister. FoI requests to 14 trusts in the East of England asked the numbers of private patients treated in NHS hospitals, how many of them accessed NHS facilities and staff, the amount it cost the NHS and how much patients and insurers were charged.
    Most trusts said they couldn’t answer all the questions, with some citing commercial confidentiality and others saying they simply didn’t collect the data. If trusts don’t know how much private patients are costing them, they surely can’t know how much to charge them, says UNISON.
    It appears that those trusts that did provide financial information are only generating a few hundred pounds per patient, for example Luton & Dunstable Hospital Foundation Trust billed private patients and insurers £1.83m for services costing £1.63m – an average surplus of just £335 a patient.
    NW Anglia Foundation Trust apparently made around £524 profit per patient, but its figures do not include the cleaning or catering staff needed to provide its premium services, suggesting the true surplus is much lower, says the report.
    The FoI replies also reveal how under-utilised the private wards are. Despite hospitals across England struggling to find empty beds for their patients, Luton’s 13-bed private ward treated just 36 inpatients per bed per year – less than one a week, questioning the resources allocated (and denied to NHS patients).

    UNISON eastern region secretary Chris Jenkinson said: “Well-heeled patients shouldn’t be able to leap to the top of waiting lists, getting treated in swanky private wards on NHS sites with access to the round-the-clock first-class services that the private sector simply cannot provide.
    “But these trusts can’t even show that they’re getting enough cash back to justify opening their doors to private patients. It’s truly disgraceful.”
    John Lister says: “Many people have concerns about any NHS involvement in private care – but almost all will condemn the diversion of NHS funds to deliver such care at a loss, which is in clear breach of the guidelines.
    “Once again questionable policies are being concealed behind a wall of secrecy. Trusts must be forced to publish the full financial picture on private patients — and to halt immediately wherever public money is being lost and resources inefficiently used.”


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