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My apologies for not providing a written report at the AGM in March. 2017-18 has been a busy and fruitful year for the SHA. Following my ‘baptism of fire‘ – day 1 as Chair involved welcoming shadow SoS Jon Ashworth to the 2017 AGM – I was very pleased to welcome Jean Hardiman Smith, Tom Fitzgerald, Alison Scouller and Tony Beddow as honorary officers and vice chairs. It has been a pleasure to work with them and I am equally pleased with the addition of two further vice chairs, Diane Jones and Andy Thompson this year. Membership The membership of […]
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For the first time, Jon Ashworth refers to the loss of national risk pooling posed by the STPs, ACOs and ICSs. He also states his intention once in government to introduce a (note: not the) NHS Reinstatement Bill.

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NHS rally in York, 7.4.18

This illustrated video lecture – 60 minutes plus 30 minutes Question and Answer – gives a comprehensive overview of the background to the continuing dismantling and privatisation of England’s NHS.

The SHA is committed to NHS care, free at the point of use and funded out of general taxation, provided by public bodies. We challenge austerity which we agree is a political choice not an economic necessity. We recognise that the devolved nations make their own policies. These draft policies apply mainly to England. A NATIONAL HEALTH AND CARE SERVICE We call on Labour to bring together our separate health and social care systems to become one unified care system driven by the political values and professional / organisational principles that underpin the NHS. This can be achieved by a […]
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LAST week’s Labour Party conference saw significant advances in Labour’s policies for the NHS — advances resulting from the collective efforts of health campaigners and the labour movement. Rather than sitting back and waiting for a general election, these gains now need to be followed up by concerted action to ensure that MPs, councillors, trade unionists and activists work as one to ensure that Labour’s new policies are effectively implemented in every part of the NHS, national and local government. The week began with a Sussex Defend the NHS march through Brighton to the conference centre. The speakers at the […]
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The NHS Accountable Care System contracts announced on 7 August impose a basis for 44+ local health services to replace England’s NHS. This has bypassed Parliamentary debate and due legislative process. On 9 August, the House of Commons Library revealed a doubling of the number of NHS sites being sold off. 117 of these currently provide clinical services. Like their US templates, Accountable Care Systems will provide limited services on restricted budgets, replacing NHS hospitals with deskilled community units. This will worsen health indicators like the long term increase in life expectancy, stalled since 2010.The Accountable Care Systems and asset sell-off result directly […]
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Although it was written 130 years ago, William Morris’s essay on how we live and how we might live could equally have been written this year as an introduction to the Labour Party manifesto. The values to which Morris aspires are precisely those to which today’s Labour party aspires. The enormous public support for our manifesto and for our socialist leadership echo Morris’s yearnings for a truly egalitarian society based on social solidarity and valuing diversity and culture. The way in which Morris describes his idea of health carries the same ‘face validity’ as does the World Health Organisation’s famous […]
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Conference notes: The NHS Accountable Care System contracts announced on 7 August impose a basis for 44+ local health services to replace England’s NHS, bypassing Parliamentary debate and legislative process. On 9 August, the House of Commons Library revealed a doubling of the number of NHS sites proposed for sale. 117 of these currently provide clinical services. Like their US templates, Accountable Care Systems will provide limited services on restricted budgets, replacing NHS hospitals with deskilled community units.  This will worsen health indicators like the long term increase in life expectancy, stalled since 2010. The ACSs and asset sell-off result directly […]
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– and the roots of the change go back to Davos The principles underlying the creation of the National Health Service exemplify solidarity expressed through policy: comprehensive care for all, without charge, publicly owned and provided, funded from progressive taxation. Nationally defined pay, conditions and quality standards completed the picture. Such a “single payer” system allows pooling of risk, so that resources can be allocated to the individuals and the areas where they are most needed: from each according to their abilities, to each according to their needs. Prior to the Thatcher governments, there was a broad consensus regarding the nature […]
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Labour’s top election priority must be re-nationalising the NHS in England and halting its accelerating slide into US-style privatisation. Theresa May, Jeremy Hunt and NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens are dismantling the NHS before our eyes – and getting away with a covert insurance and private sector-linked break-up and takeover which even Margaret Thatcher didn’t dare put into practice. Our shared public service, based on national funding and pooling of risk, is being fragmented into local health systems designed for corporate takeover and is being put out to commercial tender. In the latest example, Manchester put £6bn of our NHS […]
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Jeremy Hunt’s STPs – the sustainability and transformation plans – are”a massive top down reorganisation that is destroying England’s national health service. Slash, Trash and Privatise is what the letters really stand for.  Hunt and his cheerleader Simon Stevens (director of NHS England) are getting away with murder. Even Margaret Thatcher didn’t dare to attack the NHS in the way they are doing. They are breaking up our shared national service and putting it out to tender – this week Manchester put £6 billion of our NHS on the open market. They deliberately did this before the May elections to […]
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