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I have been performing my role as a lay member of the Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield Commissioning Group  for just over a year now, so it is a good time to take stock as to whether the new system of public involvement in the NHS does involve the public more and better than happened in the past. One thing is certain.  Everything in the NHS is now much more open and transparent than it used to be.  As Sir David Nicholson, Chief Executive of NHS England, recently remarked, there are not necessarily more failings now, it is just that we […]
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I feel passionately about the NHS for  two main reasons.  One  is that it is efficient, and international comparisons show that it delivers good results in a very cost effective way compared to other countries. The other is that it embodies the sort of values which as a Christian Socialist I believe in.  It embodies in a practical way the concept of loving one’s neighbour as oneself.  It is something to which we all contribute, and use when we need to.  In that way it promotes solidarity or togetherness and holds us together as a society. It looks at health […]
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These notes are a summary of points which were raised when Andy Burnham visited Easington and Peterlee on  May 9th and in the subsequent Policy Forum held on the subject by Easington CLP on May 17th.  This was led by Grahame Morris M.P. and Councillor Lucy Morris, Cabinet Member for Health at Durham County Council.  Andy Burnham at the Gateshead Policy Forum. The NHS was never set up to deliver the complete model of health as defined by the World Health Organisation.  There are in fact three separate services, the NHS, Mental Health Services and Social Care.  These need to […]
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