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Boris Johnson’s Queen’s speech includes this statement: “New laws will be taken forward to help implement the National Health Service’s Long Term Plan in England.” A Camden New Journal article ‘Beware false prophets’ published last month, reports: “The most alarming feature of the Long Term Plan, however, is that it completely locks in the contracts on offer through the adoption of Integrated Care Partnerships (ICPs). “These ICPs are the planned outcome of NHS England’s Sustainability Transformation Plans and Accountable Care Organisations, and are non-state organisations with a single management structure. Included within them are hospitals as well as primary and commun­ity […]
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This article was first published by Simon Collins at HIV i-Base on 2 September 2019. On 2 September 2019, leading HIV charities including HIV i-Base and the UK-Community Advisory Board (UK-CAB), published an open letter to Rt Hon Amber Rudd MP in her capacity as Minister for Women and Equalities, calling for an urgent intervention to include sexual health in the upcoming Government Spending Round. [1] In England, the responsibility for sexual health was disastrously shifted from the NHS to local authorities, whose public health budgets have been cut in real terms by £700 million over the last five years. […]
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Today the Mail on Sunday published an article headlined ‘HIV treatment now costs NHS as much as breast cancer – Fears £606m annual bill for sexually transmitted disease is fuelled by flood of foreign health tourists‘. The only views to ‘balance’ the diatribe published in the paper and online was a short rebuttal from BHIVA  (British HIV Association) and NAT (National AIDS Trust) as well as a short statement from NHS England on how costs for HIV treatment are actually reducing: A spokesman for the BHIVA said: ‘In the UK, new diagnoses of HIV are now falling because of the […]
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You may have seen the Panorama programmes about the shocking crisis in social care. If not, please see links to iPlayer at the end of this post. Below is a motion that I’ll present at my local Labour Party branch meeting on 9 July next week. The motion has been agreed by the Reclaim Social Care Group (RSCG) with the aim of getting it discussed and accepted as union policy at Labour Party Conference this year.  Although I’m not ‘registered’ disabled, I’m a member of Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC). The RSCG is co-ordinated through the umbrella group, Health Campaigns Together (HCT). It includes representation from Socialist Health […]
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This article was first published in the Camden New Journal under the title, Brexit, and spectre of NHS US sell-off, on 16 May 2019. There is much talk at the moment about the prospect of Brexit resulting in a trade deal with the US which will sell off our NHS to American private healthcare providers. This fear has also been expressed by Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth. [1] But it is critical to understand this “sell-off deal” has been under way for a long time and is fast gaining momentum, argue Susanna Mitchell and Roy Trevelion.   The driver of the […]
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A tribute to the much-loved Mags Portman on the sad news of her death First published by HIV i-Base in HIV Treatment Bulletin (HTB) on 20 February 2019 It is with great sadness that we have to report the death of the much-loved sexual health pioneer and community activist Dr Mags Portman. Mags had immense energy and enthusiasm for everything that she became involved with. Most recently this included linking with community activists to demand and enable access to PrEP. Mags initially trained as a GP in Glasgow, qualifying in 2003, where she also worked at the Steve Retson Project that […]
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The Pharmaceutical Journal reports that the Good Law Project threaten DHSC with legal challenge over “failure to consult properly” From The Pharmaceutical Journal 21 FEB 2019 By Carolyn Wickware: The Good Law Project has warned the Department of Health and Social Care that it will start judicial review proceedings if serious shortage protocol powers are not revoked on the grounds that the consultation was “insufficient and unlawful”. A non-profit group has threatened the government with legal action unless it revokes new powers designed to allow pharmacists to switch patients’ medicines if there is a shortage. The Good Law Project has said it will […]
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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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