NHS Long Term Plan impact

Elements of the Plan  released show it represents a top-down imposition of tighter central control – and contains a dangerous new step towards forcing trusts to sell “surplus” land and assets to reduce deficits, along with an explicit instruction to trusts to increase “commercial” (private) external income – with benchmark targets set for each trust … Continue reading NHS Long Term Plan impact

Theresa May and NHS reality

Theresa May’s launch of the NHS Long Term Plan this morning should fool no-one in Liverpool.  Despite the mild weather, the Royal Liverpool has been on Red Alert at least 25 times since 1 December.  Bed occupancy is 92.3%, against a safe level of 85%. In December, 495 ambulances waited over 30 minutes to discharge … Continue reading Theresa May and NHS reality

Special Measures – Fri 16th Nov

Keep Our NHS Public Greater Manchester and 999 Call for the NHS are proud to present: For One Night Only......... Accidental NHS Activist Steven Carne brings his own Special Measures to Manchester for a unique cabaret night.  A  musical comedy web of parliamentary intrigue, media skullduggery and rubber duck battles. Not every show mashes up … Continue reading Special Measures – Fri 16th Nov

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?

Back-door Privatisation: the rise of the spin-off company in the NHS

There have been a growing number of reports of cash-strapped hospital trusts announcing plans to develop private companies to employ non-clinical staff. Trusts are enthusiastic about this approach as a way to save money and reduce deficits. There are two ways money can be saved: through the VAT system - a private company working for … Continue reading Back-door Privatisation: the rise of the spin-off company in the NHS