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The following article was first published in the Camden New Journal on 06 December, 2018 A private company being promoted by government to recruit patients to its doctor service spells ruin for the whole-person integrated care we need from the NHS, argue Susanna Mitchell and Roy Trevelion The sneaking privatisation of our National Health Service now aggressively threatens our GPs. In Camden and across London, we all need to be aware of the long-term harms this development will cause GPs and primary care NHS services. Last year, a global multinational corporation called Babylon Healthcare – owned by a former Goldman Sachs […]
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Nick Bostock reports at GPonline that: Under-pressure GPs are delivering ‘remarkable outcomes’ on cancer You can read the complete article here. Nick reports: GPs ‘can take a lot of credit’ for marked improvements in early cancer diagnosis and reductions in the proportion of cases detected as an emergency, according to a cancer expert. In the year to March 2018, the proportion of cancer patients who first presented at hospital as an emergency fell to 18.8% – down from 21% in the year to December 2012. Over roughly the same period, cancers detected at an early stage increased significantly – rising […]
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Surveys of members of the British Association of Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH) and the British HIV Association (BHIVA) provide new evidence of pressure on over stretched sexual health services and a sector at ‘breaking point’   Access to sexual health and HIV services has been dramatically reduced as a result of changes to the funding and organisation of sexual health services since 2013, according to the medical professionals providing care. Over half (54%) of respondents to a survey of members of the British Association of Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH) reported decreases in the overall level of service access […]
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Following the Judicial Review in London in July, NHS England quietly launched its promised public consultation on the Integrated Care Provider (ICP) Contracts on 4 August. The consultation closes on 26 October.  If the appeal granted at the other Judicial Review called for by 999 Call for the NHS in Leeds is successful, this ICP contract may yet be unlawful, but it is nonetheless essential that we respond to the feedback. The ICP consultation document is a daunting read for most of the public. However, Health Campaigns Together (HCT) has provided expert answers to all 12 points in the public feedback document.  HCT’s aim […]
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On 15 April 2018 Doctors of the World (DOTW) and the National AIDS Trust (NAT) issued a joint statement that called on NHS Digital to immediately stop sharing patient details with Home Office immigration authorities. DOTW and NAT believe that sharing confidential patient information with the Home Office will deter vulnerable migrant groups from seeking antenatal care or urgent care for infectious diseases. Here is the DOTW statement: MPs repeat demand for an end to NHS Digital sharing patient data The House of Commons Health & Social Care Committee has, for a second time, called on NHS Digital to immediately […]
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This article was first published at HIV i-Base on 25 April 2018. The revised BHIVA Standards of Care for people living with HIV are primarily produced as a reference for commissioning HIV services. It also describes a minimum standard of care that HIV positive people can use as a reference. These 90-page guidelines were last updated in 2013 and this third edition was launched at the 4th Joint BHIVA/BASHH Conference in Edinburgh. The Standards was produced by a writing group of more than 90 individual doctors, health workers and people living with HIV. It was a collaboration with numerous professional […]
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SRH sector join forces and call on SoS Jeremy Hunt to strengthen local authorities’ SRH mandate Key SRH and public health stakeholders such as FSRH, BASHH, BHIVA, FPH, NAT, THT, FPA and Brook have sent an open letter to Secretary of State Jeremy Hunt highlighting the challenges currently faced by the sector. The open letter puts forward a set of recommendations, including fully-funded SRH services based on the needs of the population; delivery of SRH services by local authorities in accordance with nationally recognised standards such as FSRH, BASHH and the new BHIVA standards; enhanced accountability mechanisms, among others. The […]
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NHS England are seeking views on the impact of data-sharing arrangements under the memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the health and healthcare-seeking behaviour of migrants. This consultation closes at 5pm on 30 March 2018 Evidence can be: peer-reviewed publications narrative accounts case studies more formal analyses using qualitative, quantitative or mixed methods https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/data-sharing-mou-between-nhs-digital-and-home-office-call-for-evidence

As many of you may know, NHS England’s latest project is to establish Accountable Care Organisations (ACOs) throughout the NHS. ACOs consist of huge consortiums of NHS trusts, CCGs, local authorities, GP federations and so on, and contracts to run them can be held by private companies, effectively privatising the NHS. Jeremy Hunt is currently trying to enshrine the ACOs in law by slipping the programme through Parliament by means of secondary legislation, without submitting it to normal democratic parliamentary scrutiny. This is the greatest threat the NHS has ever faced. The campaign against this profoundly undemocratic plan has already scored a […]
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The government is using NHS patients’ personal information for immigration enforcement The Home Office, the government department in charge of immigration, has permission to access NHS Digital records of a patient’s last known address, date of birth, GP’s details and the date registered with a GP. They can use this information to trace patients, which can result in patients’ homes being raided, sometimes leading to them being detained and deported. Doctors of the World say their toolkit: “Is a toolkit for healthcare professionals and GP practices who want to provide confidential and welcoming services for all their patients including refugees, asylum seekers […]
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The National AIDS Trust (NAT) is the UK’s leading charity dedicated to transforming society’s response to HIV. NAT provide fresh thinking, expertise and practical resources. They champion the rights of people living with HIV and campaign for change. On Wednesday, January 25, 2017 NAT issued the following Press Release: Yusef Azad, Director of Strategy, said: “We strongly disagree with the decision by the NHS to hand over patient information to the Home Office immigration authorities. Patient confidentiality is one of the cornerstones of an ethical and effective healthcare system. “We are especially worried at the impact on trust in the NHS among […]
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