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Very quietly the NHS in North West London has asked GPs and other prescribers to reduce prescribing of medicines and products (under the pretext of promoting ‘self-care’) that can be purchased without a prescription. (List) The medicines patients are now advised to obtain over the counter include: vitamin D, skin creams, nasal sprays (like Beconase and saline solution for babies), lubricant eye drops, haemorrhoid creams, constipation laxatives (like Cosmocol), the commonly used painkillers, or dispersible aspirin to keep blood thin. One GP tweeted: Such a money saving move hits hard vulnerable, elderly, school age children* or those on benefits, who are exempted […]
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Dear HCT affiliates, Please find below our December newsletter. We at HCT wish you all a hearty seasons greetings and look forward to a prosperous new year. Make our NHS Safe for All Campaign Safety in the NHS in terms of safe staffing and provision is a key talking point in our campaigning, especially going into winter where services are stretched to the limit and dangerous situations can often arise. Health Campaigns Together are very interested in collating data around safety in our NHS and we need your help to kick-start our campaign. If you have any information around an […]
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A coalition to defend #ourNHS Follow-up meeting Thursday December 13, 13.30 – 16.00 at Carr’s Lane Conference Centre Birmingham, B4 7SX Please let us know if you will be attending, by emailing reclaimsocialcare @gmail.com   . Jan Shortt, NPC General Secretary Gill Ogilvie, GMB regional organiser Reclaim Social Care Conference Nov 17, Birmingham Speakers included Health Campaigns Together editor John Lister, Eleanor Smith MP who has put forward the NHS Reinstatement Bill aimed at preserving the future of the NHS, and campaigners from the Relatives and Residents Association, North West UNISON Dignity in Care Campaign, “Being the Boss” / Reclaim […]
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Response to the concerns we have expressed on the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill. As my colleague stated (6 and 7), we cannot take our eyes off the ball on this. The Chair of the Relatives and Residents is an SHA member and some of you may have heard her speak at meetings/conferences our organisation either ran or was part of:   I reproduce here the Noble Baroness Thornton’s Speech on the above resolution:-   VOLUME 7904 – COLUMN 596 “My Lords, I feel sorry for the Minister that after so much agreement we are now criticising the Bill. However, the […]
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April 2014 Call for Action—for a democratically accountable, membership led SHA The Socialist Health Association’s January Central Council (CC) and March AGM have highlighted serious issues of governance and accountability within the SHA, problems which remain to be addressed. The AGM did not adopt either the Treasurer’s or the Auditor’s report and merely noted the Director’s and Chair’s reports. The SHA is a democratically accountable membership organisation. In the light of concerns about previous elections January CC agreed that the 2014 election would be tightly managed including a more formal and more clearly labelled call for nominations to go out. […]
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Chipping Barnet CLP notes that access to contraception is a fundamental human right underpinning equality, impacting on the health, structure and prosperity of both society and families. The 2012 Health and Social Care Act disadvantaged women, separating much of the funding for contraceptive care from the NHS by moving the responsibility for commissioning into Local Authorities, with NHS providers competing for contracts. As a result, the commissioning of contraception is now separate from the commissioning of other aspects of women’s health, including abortion. From both a woman’s and a clinical perspective, this is illogical. Compounding this, the impact of austerity on Local Authorities […]
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  Reclaim Social Care Conference 17.11.18 final flier Full details also on the Events page. Please circulate as widely as possible.

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Saving the NHS: Planning our fightback Few people know that the North West of England can proudly lay claim to be the conception point of our NHS. It was here at the 1934 Labour Party Conference that the party accepted a paper on the creation of a National Health Service by Labour politician, surgeon and founding President of the Socialist Health Association, Somerville Hastings. He was a primary mover in the fight for the NHS from the mid-1930s, and we in the SHA today remain steadfast supporters of the values on which the NHS was founded, the values of the […]
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  Waiting for Jeremy: Wavertree Chair Alex Scott-Samuel and other invited Merseyside activists on stage awaiting the Leader’s Speech at #Lab18 Note the SHA tee-shirt.  

For everyone who couldn’t make the Conference, here is Alison Scouller’s ( Vice Chair ) speech. An audio file is also posted. Jean Hardiman Smith Hello Alison Scouller here, sorry I can’t be with you. These are my thoughts to accompany the SHA discussion document before you. We decided to write this policy as part of our wider policy work, as we had no statement of the SHA’s perspective on maternity care. I’m a retired midwife who worked in hospital, community and latterly as a midwifery lecturer in South Wales. To devise a policy I took inspiration from the Save […]
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For everyone who couldn’t make the Conference, here is Jessica’s speech to our Fringe meeting on the future of Women’s health that I referred to earlier in a members email. Jean Hardiman Smith   Thank you for inviting me to speak to you today. My name is Jessica Ormerod. I run a research and information organisation called Public Matters with my lovely friend and colleague Deborah Harrington. Although we write about all aspects of the NHS and other public services, I have a particular interest in maternity. I have been writing about maternity issues for seven years since I was […]
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