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Justin Madders MP   You’d be forgiven for not knowing that we are in the midst of even more reorganisation of the NHS. It is in part an attempt by the NHS leadership attempt to reverse the impact of the Health & Social Care Act via any means that does not require primary legislation. Everyone now seems to acknowledge that the top-down reorganisation has been as much of a disaster as Labour warned that it would be at the time. In some ways, reversing the Lansley legislation and bringing health and social care services together in a fully public system […]
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“NHS funding growth is much slower than the historic long term trend.” “Real terms funding per person will go down in 2018/19 and 2019/20.” “The public are concerned for its future.” “There is likely to be continued pressure on waiting times for routine care and some providers’ waiting times will grow.” The words above are not taken from a Labour press release or a critical speech in Parliament, but from a new NHS England Plan, Next Steps on the NHS Five Year Forward View, which was published this week. The document confirms that the NHS does not expect to meet […]
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In my role as a Shadow Health Minister, while it did not grab many headlines; it was extremely disappointing that a House of Lords amendment, which would have seen more patients able to access life-saving innovative medicines without delay was voted down by the Conservatives. I spoke in support of the proposed changes to the Government’s Health Service Medical Supplies (Costs) Bill, which I have been leading on for Labour. Through both their failure to back this amendment and their recent changes to NICE, which could further delay access to new medicines, the Government is presiding over a system which […]
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atbaei via Getty Images “NHS funding growth is much slower than the historic long term trend.” “Real terms funding per person will go down in 2018/19 and 2019/20.” “The public are concerned for its future.” “There is likely to be continued pressure on waiting times for routine care and some providers’ waiting times will grow.” The words above are not taken from a Labour press release or a critical speech in Parliament, but from a new NHS England Plan, Next Steps on the NHS Five Year Forward View, which was published this week. The document confirms that the NHS does […]
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A new NHS reorganisation, carried out behind closed doors is now upon us, as I first warned in May, in the form of Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs). Following the publication or leaking of two thirds of the plans, it is now clear that the Government have spectacularly misjudged the situation by insisting on a cloak of secrecy, which has only heightened people’s suspicions. Those areas where the plans have wholly or partially been released have so far been almost universally criticised. The principle of the STP process could have made a significant contribution to the challenges the NHS faces. […]
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I have written before about Jeremy Hunt’s opaque and secretive reorganisation of the NHS, which is being drawn up behind closed doors at this very moment through Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs). Despite my best efforts, there still seems little appetite among the media to talk about STPs, but I think that will change when the outcome of this project becomes clear. Following the publication of the NHS “reset” (otherwise known as NHS Improvement: Strengthening Financial Performance & Accountability in 2016/17), we can finally be a lot clearer about what is in store for local health services and it doesn’t […]
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At a first glance, the notion of an NHS “reset” conjures up images of Jeremy Hunt as an inexperienced IT technician, examining your faltering piece of equipment studiously but having absolutely no idea what the problem with it might be. Rather than admitting any shortcomings, the technician instead confidently tells you to “turn it off and on again” in the vague hope of a miraculous solution emerging, leaving his lack of knowledge unexposed. The truth about the reset, revealed in a document entitled, Strengthening Financial Performance & Accountability in 2016/17, slipped out on the last day of term to avoid […]
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