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  • 1. Legislating for Integrated Care Systems: Provider Selection Regime Consultations Legislating for Integrated Care Systems: five recommendations to Government and Parliament includes the Response to Public Consultation on ICS (See Pages 8-22) The consultation findings are attached above (at 2) and it is disturbing to read some of the NHSE/ NHSI conclusions. Firstly, the report appears to blur the distinction between what is regarded as an engagement seeking views and a consultation which it was described as on line. It begins by declaring that 5,171 responses from people identifying as members of the public or patients who were concerned with […]
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    Posted by Jean Smith on behalf of Labour Trans Equality 05.3.21 First some background. NHS England Commissions GIDS (The Gender Identity Development Service) at the Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust. GIDS accepts referrals of young people with the features of gender dysphoria up to the age of 18 in England and Wales. The service at Tavistock & Portman in London has a regional centre in Leeds and satellite clinics in Exeter, Bristol and Birmingham. As a result of representations, to the Care Quality Commission (CQC) including by the Children’s Commissioner, the CQC undertook a focused inspection of GIDS in […]
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    The following is a major speech from Shadow Health Minister Justin Madders.  In Parliamentary terms it is extremely critical of the government.  Even though the prime minister may have lowered the tone of debate, this is polite, measured, and at  the end, does threaten the PM with his P45.  I work with Justin a lot, and have developed considerable respect for his honesty and integrity over the years. Jean Hardiman Smith   As we know, we are now a year into this pandemic. It has been a year unlike any we have experienced before, and it certainly was not the […]
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    The NHS are running a survey on Integrated Care – your views. The link to the NHS  Consulation Hub is below. https://www.engage.england.nhs.uk/survey/building-a-strong-integrated-care-system/ Many thanks to David Taylor-Gooby of the North East branch for bringing this to our attention.

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    This week North West council leaders and MPs wrote to the Chancellor asking him to set out plans for what comes next once this lockdown is over. We have been through so much change and uncertainty we deserve to know what lies ahead so we can plan. Today, Sunak announced that the furlough scheme will continue at 80% until March. We succeeded in pushing him to give workers what they deserve, not the 13% less that he thought the North was worth. This is what we can achieve when we work together and hold the government to account. Posted by […]
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    This week the Government is expected to announce that it will scrap the pandemic response function of Public Health England, and merge this with NHS Test and Trace to form an agency “similar to the German Robert Koch Institute”. It is also particularly distressing that the news was leaked to the press before PHE staff could be told. The SHA warns the reckless decision to restructure and defund public health services in the midst of a pandemic will result in further avoidable deaths. The public health service, nationally and locally has already been severely starved of funds as a result […]
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    This is our twentieth weekly blog the series where we have commented on the course of the pandemic and the political context and implications from its impact on our country. The SHA has submitted our series of blogs to the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG), Chaired by Layla Moran (LD, Oxford West and Abingdon), who are taking evidence to learn lessons from our handling of COVID-19 in time for the high risk winter ‘flu season’. The Labour MP Clive Lewis is on the group This is an edited version of the seven main points we have submitted: Austerity (2010-2020) This […]
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    The BMA is urging the Government to ensure more people take advantage of routine vaccinations after a concerning fall in coverage rates in recent years. In a report published today, the Association says that many immunisation programmes have been disrupted because of the pandemic as the NHS focused on responding to immediate health concerns and now it’s imperative that they are re-started and that people are encouraged to be immunised. It also notes that childhood vaccination in particular has plummeted during this time – dropping by around a fifth in total – despite advice that childhood immunisation should continue during […]
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    In this week’s blog we will look again at the emerging Blame Game which is attempting to divert attention away from the PM and Health Secretary, raise again the unbelievable issue of the national Test and Trace scheme not sharing information on test results with local Directors of Public Health, salute the letter to the National Audit Office about PPE procurement and applaud the Vaccine Research group at Imperial College for creating a Social Enterprise company committed to sharing the vaccine globally. Blame Game The Prime Minister’s innate self-interest is exercising his mind at present and with the support of […]
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    Week 18 In this week’s blog we urge the government to stop dithering and clarify the guidance on face masks; to get on with sharing all test results with local Directors of Public Health; and to stop shifting the blame for our world-beating COVID death rate onto Public Health England (PHE) and the NHS. Facemasks The important point to note with facemasks, which gets lost in translation, is that face coverings help prevent the wearer from transmitting the virus to others. Remember in the COVID-19 pandemic we have learnt that people without symptoms can pass on the virus to others […]
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    In this week’s Blog we will have a look at the lessons learnt so far with the first City lockdown in Leicester and see what this tells us about the UK Government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, raise issues again about their competence, outline why the social determinants of heath matter and assess the risks involved in privatisation of the NHS testing centres and public health functions. Local lockdown Leicester has been directed by central government (Hancock in the House of Commons on the 30th June) to remain in lockdown this weekend when other parts of England were being urged […]
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    So here we are in Week 16 of our SHA Blog about how the Johnson government is mishandling and mismanaging – except where it comes to the interests of the profit-making private sector – the COVID-19 pandemic; and why the UK is “world beating” – in terms of the highest death rate from COVID in Europe! Test and Trace The “teething problems” with the centrally designed, and privately contracted, NHS Test and Trace scheme, continues. It is a privatised system organised through the likes of Deloitte, (Deloitte is one of the Big Four accounting organisations in the world, whose business […]
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