Integrated Care Providers

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 less accountable ‘Integrated Care Providers’ – or ‘ICPs’. Each of these ‘business units’ would control spend and rationing of healthcare for populations of up to 500,000. These huge … Continue reading Integrated Care Providers

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NHS Devo Debate – Welcome to MHS

NHS debate: Does devolution in Manchester move the NHS closer to Nye Bevan’s vision for what it should provide? The NHS is undergoing unprecedented reforms in Manchester, at a time of austerity and ongoing pressure on the public purse. The reforms claim to move the NHS towards a more integrated system aiming to improve the … Continue reading NHS Devo Debate – Welcome to MHS

Bolton hospital staff to stage 48hr strike

Hospital cleaners, catering staff and porters will be among the staff joining a 48-hour strike at Royal Bolton Hospital from 7am on Thursday 11 October, to demand pay parity. They are employed by a wholly owned subsidiary company of the Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, but are not being paid the wage increase that was agreed … Continue reading Bolton hospital staff to stage 48hr strike

Secretive Consultations on Integrated Care Providers – just another name for “Accountable Care Organisations” ?

NHS England launched a 3-month consultation on new contracts for "Integrated Care Providers" (ICPs) on August 3rd, right in the middle of the school holidays.  They obviously wanted to minimise public awareness of the issues and participation in the debate. NHSE says ICPs are “not new types of legal entity, but rather provider organisations which … Continue reading Secretive Consultations on Integrated Care Providers – just another name for “Accountable Care Organisations” ?

Have your say – Integrated Care Providers Consultation – open untill 26th October 2018

Question: When is the best time for NHS England to consult the public on massive changes to their NHS? Answer: The summer holidays of course, when many people are away and Parliament is in recess. They are simply going through the motions and the consultation is a smokescreen to moving ahead with their plans. NHS … Continue reading Have your say – Integrated Care Providers Consultation – open untill 26th October 2018

North by North West: Where is Greater Manchester’s transformation?

By Lawrence Dunhill 21 August 2018   It would be rash to start making early judgements on Greater Manchester’s devolution project, but there is some cause for concern around one of the key measures of success. With the help of a £450m transformation fund – a level of investment which other health economies would love … Continue reading North by North West: Where is Greater Manchester’s transformation?