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This is SHA’s response to NHSE’s consultation on putting ICSs on a statutory footing. It is a curation of the generous and thoughtful comments of many members. Please forward to as many of your groups and networks as possible.  THE SOCIALIST HEALTH ASSOCIATION’S RESPONSE TO “INTEGRATING CARE – Next steps to building strong and effective integrated care systems across England” WHAT SHA WANTS TO SEE A cooperative and democratic health and care system, fully funded through general taxation, free at the point of use, that eliminates the privatisation of clinical services.  SHA cannot support these proposals. RESPONSES TO QUESTIONS Q. […]
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The Socialist Health Association is appalled by reports that Kate Bingham, who heads up Boris Johnson’s vaccine taskforce, has charged the government £670,000, for what is described as a ’team of boutique relations consultants.’ Each consultant is reportedly paid £167,000 a year – more than the Prime Minister. There appears to have been no formal process to appoint Bingham to chair Britain’s vaccine taskforce. This would appear to be a gross waste of public funds, which are desperately needed to fight the Covid pandemic. The Sunday Times reported that Bingham had shared government documents to investors at a $200-a-head virtual […]
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A GREAT LAUNCH OF THE SHA/KONP CAMPAIGN TO END THE CRISIS IN SOCIAL CARE On 10th October, SHA joined forces with Keep Our NHS Public, with the support of WeOwnIt, to launch our campaign to transform social care. Watch it here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wsDY7q-rVYM&feature=youtu.be With over 280 people registering, it was clearly a popular and vital issue. The day before, a poll conducted by Survation and commissioned by WeOwnIt showed that 64% of respondents said they wanted to see care homes run by public bodies. 61% believe that private care providers prioritise profit over delivering a high quality service. Participants heard excellent […]
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INTRODUCTION Branch chairs in England were phoned by BF and asked to help with two related issues: A longstanding problem that branches have felt distant from CC with poor communication The recent problems as a result of branches elected unconstitutionally no longer being represented on CC.  What follows are the main themes people discussed. They include results from SHA London’s formal vote on the issue.  INFORMATION FLOW THROUGH NATIONAL MEMBERS. Oxford: There is a channel to and from CC through national members. However, they are not delegated by the branch to vote on the national CC so cannot be a […]
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I am pleased to circulate the details of the launch of the joint SHA/KONP campaign to reshape social care in England. The launch will be at 1100 – 1300 on 10th October Register for the event here This is a major national campaign with a wide ranging support. Your support and involvement will be vital. More details are attached, including a MOTION that we would like you to discuss at wards and CLPs. We look forward to seeing you there. Yours, Brian and Jean A SUMMARY OF THE SOCIAL CARE CAMPAIGN

Dear SHA member, I stood for Chair of the SHA to progress a socialist approach to health and care. We have made great strides in a short time. After taking up the role, I found that I had inherited a range of difficulties that will take some time to sort out. In the meantime, I want to keep you up to date. Making Positive Change Social Care Campaign SHA has an agreed policy on Social Care and Carers. We have also agreed a campaign, jointly with KONP, for social care free at the point of use, supporting independent living, brought […]
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Doctors in Unite are concerned at the pace of the ideologically driven moves to ease Lockdown measures. The implication is that we will have to live with a baseline prevalence Covid-19 and within the shadow of a second surge We have launched an open letter to the Prime Minister on the issue as we fear that the Westminster government is displaying the greatest level of recklessness in this regard. https://doctorsinunite.com/2020/06/21/open-letter-to-the-prime-minister-about-the-uks-covid-19-strategy-from-nhs-and-social-care-workers/ The campaign was triggered by the experience in many other countries that are pursuing a policy of eradication of Covid-19 as far as it is practical and the Crush the […]
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This paper was developed by a group of primary care clinicians for the Labour Shadow Health Team at their request. We hope it helps illuminate the next steps for primary care. WHAT ARE THE RISKS, OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES FACING  PRIMARY CARE PROVISION DURING AND AFTER ITS RETURN  TO A NORMAL STATE OF OPERATION?   “We will be facing some tough challenges over at least the next year: managing more consultations (and clinical risk) remotely by phone or video; catching up with resurgent patient demand, catching up with the care of long-term conditions (whilst trying to protect groups of vulnerable people […]
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SHA POLICY ON ADULT SOCIAL CARE AND CARERS This policy document is our first significant step towards a more complete statement on social care. It will require further work over time with our members and others. It fleshes out the motion that we carried about a year ago which reads as follows: RESCUING SOCIAL CARE England’s Social Care system is broken. Local Authorities faced £700m cuts in 2018-9 with £7 billion slashed since 2010. 26% fewer elderly receive support, demand grows. People face isolation, indignity, maltreatment, neglect, barriers to inclusion and independent living. Most care is privatised, not reflecting user […]
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ECONOMIC RECOVERY But is it also time to share ideas about the contribution the H &SC sector can make to strategies for economic renewal press for some imaginative new ideas for jobs, training and service delivery just as the PM is about to announce how the economy can revive?  Can we not present our future Health and Care Service as a part of the transformation the economy needs as it tries to get people back to work  – greener, fairer and more equal. How? New kinds of training and apprenticeships to provide career pathways to and between professions, and between […]
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There will be nationwide celebrations on July 4th and 5th to mark the 72nd year of the NHS. Keep Our NHS Public and Health Campaigns Together are rallying round the occasion. Please follow this link for the first of a series of campaign materials and plans: OUR NHS DESERVES BETTER: 72nd anniversary coming soon SHA is disseminating these in support and solidarity. Please campaign locally and with SHA branches. Watch here for more soon!

We are sad to report the recent death of Ron Singer, retired GP and tireless and effective campaigner for a vibrant, humane, safe NHS, free and publicly provided. I have known him for many years – he was always incisive, funny and passionate, despite his fading health. He will be sadly missed. The NHS has lost a powerful supporter.   We can do no better than direct you to this moving tribute from Doctors in Unite who have given us permission to reproduce here: https://doctorsinunite.com/2020/05/29/dr-ron-singer-the-very-best-of-us/”