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’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
Powerful songs, dynamic music, unique video footage and moving storytelling. GMKONP are staging a production of ‘Free For All’ at Stockport Labour Club on 4th December, at 7.30pm with doors opening at 6.30pm. Banner Theatre’s Free For All pays tribute to a health service still rated the most efficient and successful in the world. … Continue reading Free For All – Tue 4th Dec
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
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
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
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
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” ?
A Message from 999 Call for the NHS This autumn, 999 Call for the NHS will be in the Court of Appeal for a 2 day hearing of our appeal against NHS England’s Accountable Care Organisation contract. The Court of Appeal has granted us permission on ALL seven grounds we applied for, to appeal the … Continue reading #Justice4NHS
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
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?
Peaceful protest outside the NHS Confederation's annual conference, highlighting our opposition to the cut-backs, privatisation and underfunding of our health and social care system. The venue is the Manchester Central Convention Complex, previously known as the GMEX. We will be joined by the NHS Anti Swindle Team. Join us there from 11.30am
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
Support staff at the three hospitals in Wigan borough are on strike this Wednesday and this Thursday, and we're urging all supporters to visit their picket lines whenever you can during that time. The strike is against the transfer of hundreds of staff to a "subsidiary company" which can attack their terms & conditions of … Continue reading NHS Strikes in Wigan
We are giving full support to a strike by hundreds of staff at the Wigan-based hospitals Wigan, Wrightington, and Leigh, on Weds 23 and Thurs 24 May. The strike is against the NHS trust outsourcing the staff to a subsidiary company called “WWL Solutions” which will be a private company owned by the NHS Trust, … Continue reading Wigan NHS strike 23-24 May