Get Well Soon – comes to Manchester

Sat 28 April - 7.30pm Birch Community Centre Brighton Grove, Rusholme, Manchester, M14 5JT. Happy 70th birthday NHS! All is not well at St Monica’s Hospital. They’re on life support, facing bugs, bed-blockers and a battle to save A and E. 70 years ago, Nye Bevan gave us free healthcare for all. Can his dream … Continue reading Get Well Soon – comes to Manchester

Are cash-strapped hospitals walking into a trap that could cost the NHS its family silver?

CAROLINE MOLLOY 26 February 2018 Hospitals from Yorkshire to Yeovil are rushing to set up secretive private companies in which to transfer NHS staff and assets. OurNHS looks in depth at the possible impacts – and whether it’s likely to go horribly wrong. Image: NHS demonstration. PA Images/Victoria Jones. Dozens of NHS hospital trusts across … Continue reading Are cash-strapped hospitals walking into a trap that could cost the NHS its family silver?

Time to end the NHS experiment with the market?

It is only five years since Andrew Lansley forced through the biggest change in the NHS in a generation. “So big it can be seen from space” declared David Nicholson - its CEO at the time. Competition, patient choice and GP-led commissioning were all central themes. This was stepping up the NHS market experiment which was first started by legislation in 1989. The current CEO of the NHS, Simon Stevens has set a new direction, initially laid out in his Five Year Forward View and now being implemented across the country in the form of new models of care. He has declared that the current market structure in the NHS - which gives separate roles to purchasers and providers is on the way out, to be replaced by integration and joint planning.

Manchester CCG and council delay plans to award a £6bn “local care organisation” contract by April

https://www.hsj.co.uk/service-design/exclusive-second-aco-contract-delayed-amid-fears-of-unrealistic-deadlines/7021533.article?sm=7021533 By Rebecca Thomas The LCO will still “go live” but providers will deliver services through existing contracts Documents leaked to HSJreveal concerns over “unrealistic deadlines” throughout the process Commissioners in Manchester will delay the launch of a new accountable care contract amid concerns over “unrealistic deadlines”, HSJ has learned. Manchester Health and Care Commissioning – a partnership created … Continue reading Manchester CCG and council delay plans to award a £6bn “local care organisation” contract by April

NHS STOCKPORT CCG High profile vanguard faces threat of industrial action

By Lawrence Dunhill, 23 January 2018 Unison has issued an indicative ballot asking staff if they are prepared to take industrial action. Staff concerns present further difficulties for a project which has already been scaled back from initial plans. Questions raised about projected reductions in hospital activity, as well as the involvement of the former … Continue reading NHS STOCKPORT CCG High profile vanguard faces threat of industrial action

NHS Crisis Protests – Wigan/Trafford/Manchester

Details of protests: Wigan: Friday 19 January, Wigan town hall (time TBC) Trafford: Tuesday, 23rd January 6.30 pm, Trafford Town Hall, Talbot Road Stretford M32 0TH Manchester: Tuesday 30 January, 10am Manchester town hall All around Greater Manchester a series of demonstrations demanding action to fix the NHS crisis are now being planned.  Lobbies outside … Continue reading NHS Crisis Protests – Wigan/Trafford/Manchester

Public, Private, Voluntary, Charity – how should NHS services be provided?

  Caroline Bedale At a recent Socialist Health Association (SHA) meeting in Manchester (16th December 2017), Richard Bourne outlined ideas for the future of the NHS, based on the idea that we are now entering the Third Era for the NHS (the First Era being Bevanite bureaucracy and the Welfare State, and the Second Era … Continue reading Public, Private, Voluntary, Charity – how should NHS services be provided?

Judicial Review Granted of NHS England’s Accountable Care Organisation contract.

A judge has granted permission for national campaign group 999 Call for the NHSto bring a Judicial Review of NHS England’s draft Accountable Care Organisation contract. The group believe this is not only unlawful under current NHS legislation, but would threaten patient safety standards and limit the range of available treatments. The case will be … Continue reading Judicial Review Granted of NHS England’s Accountable Care Organisation contract.

I’m a Doctor – Not a Proxy Border Guard

Jeremy Hunt's actions  are more callous than ever. New regulations have come into force in the NHS. Anybody accessing an NHS service outside of hospital will be required to prove their eligibility for free care. This includes mental health and antenatal care. Foreign visitors who are deemed ineligible will be required to pay up-front, before … Continue reading I’m a Doctor – Not a Proxy Border Guard

National Conference – Saturday November 4th

Campaigners’ Conference Saturday November 4, 11.00-4.30pm Hammersmith Town Hall, W6 9LE Our NHS and Social Care in Crisis FIGHTING BACK – TO WIN This is a campaigners' conference, to update and share information and experience from the fight to defend our NHS against cash-driven cuts and privatisation. It will have no status to debate or … Continue reading National Conference – Saturday November 4th