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- £20 billion funding boost still falls short, GPs warn GP online adds more weight to those challenging the adequacy of the belated Tory response to the crisis their spending squeeze has created.
- 100 senior NHS doctors, nurses and academics sign open letter to Theresa May Letter coordinated by Peoples Assembly, Health Campaigns Together and Keep Our NHS Public wins 100 signatures at short notice from consultants, GPs health academics and nurses.
- May under pressure to explain £20bn NHS funding plan Sky News shows the BBC how it could be done better
- Sky’s NHS at 70: seventy defining moments Worth a watch
- One fifth of Babylon NHS patients 'switched back to original GP' Encouraging news from Pulse for anyone concerned at the apparent runaway growth of this latest private sector wheeze from former Circle boss Ali Parsa.
- Trust with worst financial performance aims for £156m deficit this year (£) HSJ update, revealing Kings College Hospital is aiming to hold deficit at a staggering £156m this year, after coming in £132m in the red in 2017-18 – almost £100m worse than planned, and now still negotiating on a "control total" with NHS England.
- Decision over Carillion Hospital 'in autumn' as costs soar (£) HSJ article reveals the cost of finishing the hospital which has been at a standstill, with the part-completed fabric of the building deteriorated in poor weather since Carillion collapsed will run into tens of millions.
- Over 40 Worcestershire acute beds not ready by winter Still the misery continues for Worcestershire patients: despite an extra £8m to provide more beds, Worcestershire Acute Hospitals trust says the two extra wards of acute beds will not be ready until the end of January.
- The Trump administration believes Obamacare’s preexisting conditions protections are now unconstitutional Yes, Trump has now taken aim at the most popular aspect of Obamacare, which stripped insurers of the right to deny coverage to people with pre-existing health issues
- Vultures Circle on America's Rural Hospitals Report revealing an increasingly brutal environment for America's rural hospitals, which are disappearing by the dozens amid declining populations, economic troubles, corporate consolidation and, sometimes, self-inflicted wounds.
- '600 practices will close’ without funding boost, warns BMA Grim warnings on primary care, from Pulse magazine
- Is this the year the AMA finally joins the single-payer movement? US doctors' campaign Physicians for a National Health Program looks forward to a historic turning point for the American Medical Association, in recent decades a bedrock of the private US health care system.
- Jeremy Hunt admits he is ‘struggling to deliver’ 5,000 GPs by 2020 Is anyone genuinely surprised that this promise has turned out to be worthless?
- NHS 'Struggling To Keep Up' As It Holds On To Thousands Of Fax Machines Labour's Jon Ashworth highlights the 11,000 fax machines that still chug away in today's NHS
- Links for Unite members to book travel to join the massive June 30 #OurNHS70 demo on London
- US Air Ambulances Are Flying More Patients Than Ever, and Leaving Massive Bills Behind More evidence of the eye-watering expense of health care in the US
- Paediatric outcomes and timing of admission Free to access BMJ meta-study of research concludes, contrary to Mr J. Hunt's assertions, that "weekend admission overall does not increase mortality but may be associated with a longer length of stay and, in certain conditions, with greater morbidity."
- Record high for out-of-area beds BMA analysis shows big increase in numbers of mental health patients forces to travel long distances form in-patient treatment
- Decision over Carillion Hospital 'in autumn' as costs soar Crumbling icomplete new hospital faces further delays and costs after collapse of PFI contractor Carillion: now best hope is for completion 2022. (link to £ hsj.com)
- Over 40 Worcestershire acute beds not ready by winter Promised extra Worcester winter pressures beds for 2018-19 will not be in place in time despite extra £8m funding
- Statement: Local Politicians betray the NHS Shropshire campaigners slam "hypocritical" rebranding of local health bosses' efforts to push through hospital rationalisation
- RCEM Winter Flow report on NHS performance last winter More hard hitting figures from the Royal College of Emergency Medicine
- Number of patients readmitted to hospital rises to 1.38m in a year Evidence of the inefficiency, ineffectiveness and distortions created by 8 years of under-funding. And note few if any of these patients would have any chance of accessing private treatment if existing NHS services collapse.
- The NHS doesn’t need £2,000 from each household to survive. It’s fake maths Guardian comment piece challenges the blinkered IFS findings -- and implicitly the uncritical Guardian and mainstream media coverage of their report.
- Winter 2017/18: the worst ever for the NHS? Analysis from the Nuffield Trust
- Hundreds of patients quit inadequate Virgin practice Yet another tale of private sector failure, this time from the media's favourite entrepreneur, revealed by GP Online magazine. Important to keep track of failures as well as the contracts won by private firms.
- Row as CCG fines overwhelmed Stoke on Trent hospital, The £9.2m penalties come on top of losses of £5m income from the patients who could not be admitted for lack of beds. The UH North Midland trust as deficit for 2017/18 was £69m.
- Online link to latest NHS England statistics Data on waiting times, A&E caseload, bed numbers, delayed transfers of care, etc, free to download.
- Securing the future: funding health and social care to the 2030s Key report from IFS and health Foundation arguing NHS needs 3.3% increase each year to stand still, 4% a year to improve, in addition to more funding for social care. However the report is seriously hampered by the narrow vision of the authors on where to raise this money through taxation -- apparently ruling out any progressive taxation on the banks and big business, and suggesting a £2,000 hike in taxation on ordinary households over 15 years. But some very useful figures.
- Rethinking assumptions about delivery of healthcare: implications for universal health coverage Free access article from BMJ
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