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Air pollution may increase cardiovascular disease risk by lowering levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL), commonly known as “good cholesterol”, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology. Scientists at the University of Washington found that higher exposure to black carbon (a marker of traffic-related pollution) averaged over a one year period was significantly associated with a lower “good” cholesterol level. The findings are part of an ongoing U.S. study examining the lifestyle factors that predict development of cardiovascular disease. This study follows a large, diverse population and looked at time and place to […]
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Responding to a report published today (Wednesday) by the House of Lords select committee that criticises the ‘short-sightedness’ of successive governments for failing to plan effectively for the long-term future of the health service and adult social care, Dr Mark Porter, BMA council chair, said: “This report highlights what we have been saying – that the NHS desperately needs a long-term strategy to deal with the funding and staffing problems threatening the delivery of high-quality care. For too long successive governments have based health policy on short-term measures that do not benefit patients or staff in the long term. This […]
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The House of Lords Select Committee on the Long-term Sustainability of the NHS has slammed the ‘short-sightedness’ of successive governments for failing to plan effectively for the long-term future of the health service and adult social care. The long-term future of the NHS is an increasing public concern, with a record 55% of people saying they expected the NHS to deteriorate over the longer term. The Committee makes it clear that a tax-funded, free-at-the-point-of-use NHS is the most efficient way of delivering health care and should remain in place now and in the future. For that principle to remain, however, […]
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March 11, 2017, after the Annual General Meeting Welcome: The Chair, Alex Scott-Samuel welcomed Central Council members the meeting. He gave an especially warm welcome to all new members recently elected to Central Council. Apologies for absence: (as the AGM) Approval of minutes from last meeting The chair read the minutes from the last meeting on 14/01/2017. The minutes were approved as read. Vice Chairs: It was proposed that there should be four vice chairs and it was agreed that all issues relating to Vice Chairs be remitted to the officers to determine. It was agreed that half of the […]
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March 11, 2017 at the Priory Rooms, Birmingham Professor Alex Scott-Samuel was welcomed and congratulated by Martin Rathfelder SHA director as the new Chair of the Socialist Health Association. He welcomed members to the AGM Priory Rooms Birmingham. Chris Bain the outgoing Chair of the Socialist Health Association and  Jane Roberts the outgoing Treasurer of the Socialist Health association were thanked for their work in Central Council and as Officers. Professor Scott- Samuel introduced John Ashworth MP Shadow Secretary of State for Health to the members. Precis of John Ashworth’s speech circulated separately. Apologies: Dr Tony Jewell, Siôn Simon, Sid Sidhu, Sir Ian McCartney, […]
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I was elected in March 2016. Attendance at West Midlands Branch 19/3/2016 Minutes taken for Central Council meeting in June 2016 Labour Party Annual Conference: I attended as many events as I could, and took full notes which are available. Please ask if interested. Notes taken of our two SHA events: Democratic Accountability and The Future of Social Care. Please ask if interested. In January 2017 I took the minutes of the Central Council meeting. At that meeting I was appointed Women’s Officer. With Martin’s help I have set up a database and have been contacting SHA women members, in […]
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  Minutes of Central Council Meeting 14/01/2017 London; Unite Building 128 Theobalds Rd WC1X 8TN Chair: Chris Bain Apologies: Dr Patrick French, Dr Peter Mayer, James Gill, Caroline Walsh, Jos Bell (present for a short time), Steve Bedser, David Mattocks, Patrick Vernon and Brian Gibbons The Chair asked the meeting for agreement that the items on the agenda be moved as follows: Election Arrangements to be moved to after Matters arising (to item 4 on the Agenda) Policy review moved (to item 5 on the Agenda); and also to consider a Policy review day to consider the document(s) in more […]
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Present: Mike Roberts, Brian Gibbons, Chris Bain, Jean Hardiman Smith, Tony Beddow, Judith Varley, James Gill, Hannah Cooke, Tony Jewell, Doug Naysmith, Richard Bourne, John Lipetz, Alex Scott Samuel, Vivien Giladi, John Legrys, Terri Eynon, Thomas Legrys, Vivien Walsh, Jos bell Apologies for absence: Colenzo Jarrett-Thorpe, David Mattocks, Dr Mike Grady, Dr Jane Roberts, Dr Brian Fisher, Rene Smit, Dr Peter Meyer, Catharine Grundy, Dr Patrick French, Alan Wenban-Smith, Alison Scouller, David Taylor-Gooby The minutes of the last central Council meeting were read and agreed Matters Arising: Electronic Voting; It was decided it was an officers’ decision whether a matter was […]
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Please note that the following is just rough notes, and should be supplemented by viewing the video of the event; 26/9/2016 Democratic Accountability in the NHS Chair Chris Bain Speakers: Dr Brian Fisher: Vice President of the Socialist Health Association: Brian firmly believes that patients should have full access to data about them and that this will enhance safety and care. Andrew Gwynn MP: was appointed to the Shadow Health team by Ed Miliband, and was reappointed in September 2015. Dr Ivan Bennett: sits on the GM Clinical Senate and is a Non-Executive Director at the Central Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust […]
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Minutes of the meeting held at St Lukes Birmingham on 18th June 2016 Apologies for absence: Tony Beddow, Guy Collis, Barrie Brown, Alison Scouller, David Taylor-Gooby, Dr Mike Grady, Katrina Murray, Dr Doug Naysmith, Caroline Walsh, Alan Wenban-Smith Chair Chris Bain Apologies: as above Minutes of last Central Council Meeting: 09/01/2016: Several points were brought up by members: More detailed notes of the meeting were required There should be a longer meeting of the Central Council at the AGM That the notes of Central Council meetings should be sent to all Central Council Members in a Word Doc form Response: Martin Rathfelder: There was a lack […]
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