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The investigation into the issues raised in the scrutineers’ report is ongoing.  All aspects are being looked at including sight impairment and employee and governance issues. Jos Bell, the Chair of London Branch raised the issue of disabled members not always being able to attend Central Council or needing support to do so.  The Officers have agreed a “buddy” system where CC members who are disabled and who attend will be the people who will vote, but if they are unable to be present, then a deputy, usually their “buddy” can vote on their branches’ behalf. This is in line […]
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The Labour National Policy Forum was held in Leeds 18- 20th February Alex Scott Samuel and myself attended the Labour Policy Forum as observers for the SHA. The commencement of the proceedings was on an internal matter, which meant that an excellent speech by Jeremy Corbyn was delayed, and there was no Q&A session.  As it turned out we had lost so much time we worked through the coffee breaks in our breakout sessions, listening to some excellent ideas, and some which had been in circulation for decades.   Alex and I were particularly interested in local communities and health inequalities, […]
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Present: Helen Cranage, David Davies, Brian Fisher, Tom Fitzgerald, Vivien Giladi, James Gill, Tony Jewell, Sina Lari, Irene Leonard, John Lipetz,  Mike Roberts,  Alex Scott-Samuel, Alison Scouller, Rene Smit, Judith Varley, Vivien Walsh, Neil Nerva, Doug Naysmith, Jean Hardiman Smith In attendance: Martin Rathfelder,  Adrian Heald Apologies: Steve Bedser, Dr Peter Mayer, Dr Brian Gibbons, David Mattocks, Fiona Twycross, Guy Collis, Tony Beddow, Colenzo Jarrett-Thorpe, David Taylor-Gooby, Mike Grady, Lawrence Cotter, Brian Fisher Minutes of the meeting 17th June 2017 were agreed Matters arising: Campaigns in marginal constituencies: There was a general consensus around acquiring a list of marginals to examine setting up campaigns/supporting […]
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We call for protection of women’s rights: Guaranteeing family friendly employment terms and conditions affecting morale, recruitment retention of women including Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people. Fertility control In Vitro Fertilisation, contraception and abortion access: thus protecting women’s mental health, finances and family stability Safe childbirth for every woman. Risk assessment for home births (evidence of deaths increasing) Reverse the outsourcing of maternity services. Increased support for carers, to improve health and protect people from poverty. Integrate the care system with the National Health Service to be free at the point of use, paid for by taxation. Employ nurses in care […]
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I am just writing this as me. It isn’t going to be the most perfect piece of prose, partly because the information has come from my husband/carer and because I still feel the fear whenever I think about it. My brush with co-payments was traumatising for me, my husband and could have had very serious consequences – including death. I live with a rare, and potentially fatal condition. It has been what they call “brittle” from the beginning. Nevertheless, I am well insured and of course carry all necessary documents for health treatment in an EU country. What could possibly […]
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Written for the membership of the National Pensioners Convention Health and Care autumn Newsletter, so for potentially a relatively non expert audience (but quite a few are real experts and very engaged and passionate).  It refers to an Americanised system – the current direction of travel under the government. Accountable Care Organisations (ACOs) are surprisingly upfront about their aims, ambitions and raisons d’etre. The US frontrunner amongst ACO’s, Kaiser Permanente, emphasises the importance of bonuses, asserting that providers will make more money if they keep patients healthy. That might look reasonable until we think a bit more deeply about what it […]
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  Commenting on a paper published today which suggests that the UK government does not want any border posts between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland post Brexit, Dr Andrew Dearden, BMA treasurer, said: “We absolutely agree that we should maintain a soft border after Brexit to help ensure that cross-border health services and patient access to healthcare are not affected by leaving the EU. Introducing border restrictions would risk reversing this progress and damaging patient care. “As separate health services, Northern Ireland and the Republic often do not have sufficient demand to provide cost-effective, highly specialist medical services, […]
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A new study examining breast cancer awareness in India has found that a lack of early diagnosis is leading the country towards an epidemic. The research, which is the first of its kind to look at breast cancer awareness in India, found that cultural and religious issues mean that women don’t access health services, are reluctant to consult male doctors, neglect their own health due to family obligations and are over-dependent on other family members to seek medical help, all of which causes delay in diagnosis. The study found that traditional marketing campaigns don’t work for raising awareness of the […]
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The Public Accounts Committee report on patients’ experience accessing general practice medicine says the Government is pushing ahead with extended hours plan without real understanding of issues. Concerns persist over patient access to GPs In March 2016 the Committee reported concerns that patients’ experience of contacting and accessing their general practices varied significantly between different groups of patients and between different practices. One year on, these concerns persist. The Department of Health (the Department) and NHS England have objectives to improve and extend access, and have made some effort to understand the demand for this extended access, but they are moving ahead in […]
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Committee of Public Accounts Summary of report on Integrating health and social care: Integration of health and social care services offers the prospect of improving both patient outcomes and value for money for the taxpayer. Two years ago, we expressed serious doubt that the government’s latest integration initiative, the Better Care Fund (the Fund), would save money, reduce emergency admissions to hospitals and reduce the number of days people remain stuck in hospital unnecessarily. Since then the Fund has failed to achieve any of these objectives and our witnesses displayed an appallingly casual attitude to the targets that had been set […]
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The Socialist Health Association has been developing health policy for some months under the dedicated leadership of Dr Brian Fisher, building on our wide and deep experience of the health system, going well beyond the NHS. We suggest 4 key recommendations for England, recognising that the devolved nations make their own policies. We have also suggested 3 more secondary recommendations which could also be considered. Four Key Recommendations: A NATIONAL HEALTH AND CARE SERVICE (NHCS) Bringing together our separate health and social care systems to become one unified care system driven by the political values and professional / organisational principles that underpin […]
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NHS prescribing of gluten-free foods Many thanks Alex (Scott-Samuel) for sending me this.  I have a severe form of coeliac disease, and  my husband also has to follow a gluten free diet. He does so due to the risk of cross contamination, as if I have a coeliac attack it triggers an Addison’s crisis which is a certain visit to A&E and can be fatal.  I have to be very careful indeed, and am an A&E frequent flyer.  Our food bills have tripled and all meals have to be prepared from scratch.  Wheat is added to almost everything, and when […]
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