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SHA Birmingham Central Council 1.9.18 in the Birmingham and Midlands Institute. The meeting opened at 1.30 Headings, significant actions and other matters in bold Present:   Alex Scott-Samuel Chair (ASS), Andy Thompson Vice Chair (AT), Tom Fitzgerald Treasurer (TF), Alison Scouller (AS), David Mattocks, Vivien Walsh (VW), Paul Leake (PL), Caroline Bedale (CB), Mark Ladbrooke (ML), Catherine Grundy Glew (CGG), Steve Bedser (SB), Tony Beddow (TB), Irene Leonard (IL), Mike Roberts (MR), Helen Cranage (HC), Pater Mayer, Vivien Giladi (VG), John Lipetz (JL), Brian Fisher (BF), Allison Gardner (AG), Carol Ackroyd (CA), James Williamson (JW), Gurinder Singh Josan (GSJ), Corrie Lowry […]
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Is this the knife poised to finally kill the NHS and the post 1945 social settlement? Throughout the 80s under Thatcher, but particularly since the Health and Social Care Act (2012), contract after contract for health provision has gone to the for profit private sector. Sometimes the NHS has won contracts, sometimes the privateer, but overall during this last 6 years, our taxes / resources have been drained from public (NHS) to private providers. Stresses on the NHS have been exacerbated by cuts in financial support and staffing, increased demands and by immigrant doctors, nurses and other staff being unwelcome […]
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1 – 4 pm  at Chester Friends Meeting House Present:  Alex Scott-Samuel (ASS), Alison Scouller (AS), Brian Gibbons (BG),  Irene Leonard (IL), John Lipetz (JL), Mike Roberts (MRo), Vivien Walsh (VW), Helen Cranage (HC),Vivien Giladi (VG) Tony Beddow (TB), David Davies (DD), Judith Varley(JV), Martin Rathfelder (MRa)  + Lesley Mahmoud, Corrie Lowry, Shaun McBride, Kathrin Thomas, Piyush Pushkar and Pauline Cutress Apologies:  Jean Hardiman-Smith (JHS), Brian Fisher, Pater Mayer, Jos Bell, Andy Thompson, Mike Grady, Lawrence Cotter, Fiona Twycross and Caroline Walsh, David Mattocks, Rene Smit Liverpool Women’s Hospital Lesley Mamoud opened the meeting with a brief comprehensive overview of the […]
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Medical practice relies on precise and specific diagnosis, a broken leg is a broken leg, a melanoma is a melanoma, a thrombosis is a thrombosis; there is nothing controversial about these diagnoses. In contrast, there is nothing precise about a psychiatric diagnosis, symptoms are non-specific, vary from day to day and different opinions are expressed by different clinicians; they are entirely controversial. Most psychiatric patients are given many diagnostic labels over a period of time, quite often ending with the nonspecific ragbag ‘Personality Disorder’ as there are so many inconsistencies. People without any mental health labels often have unusual convictions, […]
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Social Work Action Network Conference Durham April 2014 This was an informative, important but very disturbing weekend dominated by reports of crisis. A main feature of the conference was the launch of the Charter for Mental Health.  It is not a finalised document, just a starting point for debate, so please read it and make your comments. Some local discussion meetings, in London, Liverpool and Bristol among others, have been organised. Peter Beresford (Brunel, University of London) will also bring the Charter to the INTAR Conference in Liverpool 25 – 27 June.  Peter commented that the crises in mental health […]
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