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Resolution passed at Labour Party Conference 2012 Conference believes the NHS is a cherished institution which epitomises core British values of equality and fairness for all, people appreciate the role it plays in ensuring that no matter who you are, or how much money you have, your right to decent health is a given. Conference notes that the NHS is in crisis due to fragmentation and cuts and a threat of privatisation. Conference welcomes the commitment to repeal the Health and Social Care Act that has exacerbated the free market free for all, Conference condemns the 20 South West Trusts […]
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We do our best to share the experience of our members with the Labour Party

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Brief summary of research findings Dr. Katherine Smith University of Edinburgh Aims: This project set out to study the relationship between the mass of research on health inequalities in the UK and the policy responses which emerged in Scotland and England between 1997 and 2007, a period in which official commitments were made in both countries to reducing health inequalities and to employing research evidence in policymaking. Methods: Review of research literature, documentary analysis of 42 major policy statements, and 61 interviews with academic/other researchers, policymakers, research funders and journalists. Findings: How has health inequalities research influenced policy? Very little evidence […]
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Labour Party Policy for Disabled People Discussion paper by Liam Byrne & Anne McGuire  asks: We have to ask how do local councils, the DWP and where needed the NHS, come together to offer one assessment of the health, social care, benefits and back to work support that disabled people might need? The right to health; to be skilled and knowledgeable; to be able to work if you can; to have a roof over your head; to live free from fear of attack; to have a family; to be part of a community; to be able to move about; to have aspirations for the future. What are the basic rights […]
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The Association, or any affiliated organisation, can submit a motion to the Labour Party Conference.  The deadline is 21st September and it’s got to be under 250 words, and adressing a topic which has arisen since 31st July. We’ve put together a proposed approach to future health policy: Improving the Health of the Nation; a policy for the NHS and its partners, and that underlies these short motions. Suggested motions are below.  Comments, or better ideas are most welcome. 1. Public Health Before the General Election Andrew Lansley said that he wanted to be judged on his record in Public Health.  […]
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Health professionals erheben ihre Stimme – Kurzfassung Die Organisation des Gesundheitswesens ist eine öffentliche Aufgabe. Als Gesundheitsprofessionelle sind wir damit betraut, die Krankheiten unserer PatientInnen zu diagnostizieren, zu behandeln und nach Möglichkeit zu verhüten. Wir sollten diese Aufgabe ohne Ansehen der Person wahrnehmen. Eine Unterordnung unter vorwiegend ökonomischen Kriterien hindert uns diese Aufgaben zu erfüllen: Weder wollen wir PatientInnen medizinisch notwendige Leistungen vorenthalten, noch wollen wir Leistungen erbringen, die medizinisch überflüssig, aber für den Leistungserbringer lukrativ sind. Diese Bedingungen für eine gute Medizin herzustellen, ist in allen europäischen Ländern möglich. Ist doch die EU eine der reichsten Regionen der Erde. […]
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Ali Parsa, Chief Executive of Circle is amazingly charismatic. He’s also an impressive public relations operator. His admirers claim Hinchinbrooke test case for privatisation. Circle’s claim to be a mutual or a co-operative are disputed. Its claims to be a social enterprise are harder to contest because there appears to be no agreed definition of what that means.  But Roy Lilley certainly doesn’t believe it. Nor does he accept the claims of huge improvements at Hinchingbrooke. Hinchingbrooke Hospital, now managed by Circle,  reports  big improvements, reflected by high patient approval ratings, and claims its accident and emergency department has become the “top […]
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Thanks to  Julian Beeton of Lewisham Healthcare NHS Trust for the design and  Meic Goodyear Public Health Lewisham for the content. Reproduced by permission Job insecurity contributes to poor health Job insecurity was associated with significant increases in self reported poor health, depression, and anxiety. Paid work confers health benefits, but poor quality jobs which combine several psychosocial stressors could be as bad for health as being unemployed.

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Vidhya Alakeson  at the Resolution Foundation thinks Labour should support personal health budgets RCGP paper on personal health budgets Independent evaluation of the personal health budget pilot programme Some people see personal budgets as the end of the NHS as we know it.  I think if they think Lansley plans to give all patients  a personal budget they are living in another world. For those who don’t know this territory there has always been a budget for people who qualify for Continuing Healthcare – mostly people with extreme disability. The big change is that they can decide how its spent. It’s […]
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WHAT THE MAP PLOTS The life expectancy at birth of those living within a 200m radius of each London Underground, London Overground and Docklands Light Railway (DLR) station The rank of each London ward on the spectrum of Income Deprivation Affecting Children Index The full map

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Bernie Creaven, executive director of  BMI Meriden Hospital, Coventry  ordered an immediate four-week postponement of operations on NHS patients referred to the hospital, which will be extended to a minimum of eight weeks by September. In a letter to the hospital’s consultants dated 13 July, seen by The Independent, Ms Creaven said the imposed delays were to discourage patients thinking of going private from opting for treatment on the NHS. Private hospitals receive taxpayer money for treating NHS cases, but can make larger fees if the patients go directly to them for treatment. “I believe time to access the system is […]
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