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I’ve spent the last two months working on our contact lists so we can comply with the General Data Protection Regulations. I contacted most of the 36,000 people on our database.  That reduced the number to around 31,000.  Some people wanted to leave our database, many emails bounced, but 1300 wanted to stay on our list.  This gives us an opportunity to build a relationship with those people.  It isn’t very clear how the new rules apply to an organisation like the SHA.  They are concerned with marketting and the protection of personal information.   The vast majority of the contacts on […]
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The introduction of Accountable Care Organisations – or whatever they are called this week – brings a lot of talk not only about integrating health and social care, but also about local accountability.  The accountability seems to be more about accountants than about democracy, but in principle local elected councillors could have a voice in the working of health services  which they haven’t had for many years.  We asked our members how health had featured in their local election campaiogns. Of course we were looking mostly at how local Labour parties dealt with health – but some of our members […]
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The association has been affiliated to the Labour Party nationally since at least 1934, when our President, Somerville Hastings, the first doctor to appear at a Labour Party Conference, proposed the resolution which committed the Party to establish a free National Health Service. We are one of 20 affiliated socialist societies. We are entitled to send two delegates to the Labour Party national conference, and one delegate to the Women’s and Youth conference. Although we do not require all our members to be in the Labour Party any delegates to any party bodies must be party members, and live in […]
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This is the document presented to the Labour Party National Policy Forum in February 2018. Labour’s vision This year sees the 70th Birthday of Labour’s National Health Service; a service set up to provide universal healthcare for all, to improve people’s physical and mental health and crucially, to reduce inequality in our society. Over the years, the NHS has been vital in ensuring that everybody is provided with healthcare from cradle to grave, regardless of how much they earn. Despite this, real health inequalities in our society persist. That’s why the Labour Party is prioritising this issue for wide ranging […]
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NB it has not been possible to audit the accounts in time for the AGM. An audit report will be produced for the Central Council. Income £33,005.05 Expenditure £30,311.98 unattributed income £0.00 Surplus £2,693.07   31.12.2016 31.12.2017 Cash at Bank 14 Day £23,910.26 £27922.28 Instant £0.00 £0.00 Paypal £1,488.27 £181.96 Current £1,137.54 £996.44 Total £26,536.07 £29,100.68 Increase in funds at bank £2,583.56 Credited late £0.00 £0.00 Cashed late £18.95 £0 overpayment £0.00 £0.00 Surplus £0.00 £0.00 Discrepancy £67.63 -£128.46 Balance at bank £26,517.12 £29,081.73

In 1948 the leaflet distributed to every household about the forthcoming NHS said “Your doctor will give you a prescription for any medicines and drugs you need.” In 2018 NHS England is conducting a consultation which proposes to restrict prescriptions of over-the-counter medicines for 33 minor, short-term health concerns. About £569 million is spent each year on these items and these proposals could save about £136 million.  That sounds a lot, but as a proportion of the £124.7 billion English NHS budget it isn’t a lot. For most of us that is not a big problem.  Most of this stuff isn’t […]
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Our meeting yesterday at the Labour Local Government Conference captured on video Labour Local Government Conference from Policy Review on Vimeo. Chaired by Steve Bullock, Lewisham Speakers: Cllr Tina Dopson, Essex Cllr Margaret Eames-Petersen, Hertfordshire Cllr Paul Brant, Liverpool

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2017 was a good year for the Association.  We saw a big increase in our membership and our new Chair  managed to organise a resolution about the NHS which was carried unanimously by the Labour Party conference to great acclaim.  We finally managed to make some progress on our policy discussions, both internally and in discussion with the Labour health team. Over the past couple of years it has been difficult to organise events because the volatile political situation, and elections, both external and internal, have diverted people’s attention. But now it seems possible. We organised a very high powered conference […]
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Sheffield Quaker Meeting House 13 January 2018 Present: Mike Roberts. Tony Beddow, Peter Mayer, Vivien Walsh, Rene Smit, Lawrence Cotter, Steve Bedser, Brian Fisher, Irene leonard, Gurinder S Josan, Alison Scouller, Alex Scott-Samuel In attendance:  Martin Rathfelder, John Carlisle, Deborah Cobbett, Dave Shields, Simon Duffy, Jim Steinke Apologies for absence: Caroline Walsh, Jean Hardiman Smith, Helen Cranage, David Mattocks, Katrina Murray, Jos Bell, Colenzo Jarrett-Thorpe, Andy Thompson, James Gill, Mike Grady, Judith Varley, Tom Fitzgerald, Neil Nerva, Vivien Giladi, Brian Gibbons, David Davies, John Lipetz 1.Minutes of the meeting in Chester  were agreed as accurate 2. Matters arising SHA policy on maternity services: Alison and others […]
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2017 was a good year for the Association.  We saw a big increase in our membership and our new Chair  managed to organise a resolution about the NHS which was carried unanimously by the Labour Party conference to great acclaim.  We finally managed to make some progress on our policy discussions, both internally and in discussion with the Labour health team. Over the past couple of years it has been difficult to organise events because the volatile political situation, and elections, both external and internal, have diverted people’s attention. But now it seems possible. We organised a very high powered […]
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You can review the presentations from our recent conference on public health: Maggie Rae Jenny Mindell Robin Ireland Ben Barr Paul Lincoln James Nazroo David Pencheon We asked each speaker to propose no more than five priorities. Some of them, happily, coincided and I’ve only chosen one where their seemed to be a substantial overlap.  Prof Nazroo didn’t feel able to produce five simple proposals and Tim Lang is not yet ready to release his priorities to public scrutiny.   But we still have a lot more than five.  So you are invited to decide which are  your top five priorities.  […]
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