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From the West Midlands Socialist Health Association, April 2016 Towards a Manifesto for the NHS There were two significant health events during March: on the 3rd Shadow Health Secretary Heidi Alexander addressed a Labour Health Dinner in Birmingham (organised by WM Labour Finance & Industry Group), followed by Q&A with her and Philip Hunt (Labour’s Deputy Leader in the Lords, and former Health Minister). The discussion was continued at the WMSHA AGM on 19th March, when Philip spoke at greater length about current events in the NHS. It was clear from what they both said that the NHS faces a […]
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HEALTH BRIEFING 10 from the West Midlands Socialist Health Association, April 2014 At the WMSHA AGM Lord (Philip) Hunt spoke about current events in the NHS. It was clear from what he said that the NHS faces a crisis, and will not survive if a Conservative or LibDem/Tory coalition takes office in 2015. Because of its professionalism and coherent policy approach, Philip considered that the SHA was well-placed to influence the Labour manifesto, and actions of a future Labour Government. It was agreed that issues and ideas arising from the presentation and subsequent discussion should be circulated as an input […]
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On Tuesday 4 March the West Midlands Socialist Health Association Executive discussed the proposals from the SHA Governance Group, with the benefit of input from Rachel Harris who is a member and Peter Mayer who is one of our Central Council representatives.  We understand that the proposals are to be considered at the SHA AGM on 8 March, and we feel that as the largest SHA Branch outside London our views should carry some weight.  We agreed that the following points should be brought to the attention of the AGM: Process: The proposals are voluminous and far-reaching in their implications, but even […]
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A look at the DH’s ‘secret’ risk analysis of the NHS changes, and why Lansley blocked its publication From the West Midlands Socialist Health Association, May 2012 The Health & Social Care Act – the missing Risk Register The Health & Social Care Bill is now an Act, thanks to the failure of LibDem peers to listen to the pleas of their remaining supporters.  Before it passed, Labour made strenuous efforts to secure publication of the Department of Health (DH) official Risk Register, so that legislators would know the risks the Government was taking.  Andrew Lansley refused publication, claiming it […]
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