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Dear HCT affiliates,

Please find below our December newsletter. We at HCT wish you all a hearty seasons greetings and look forward to a prosperous new year.

Make our NHS Safe for All Campaign
Safety in the NHS in terms of safe staffing and provision is a key talking point in our campaigning, especially going into winter where services are stretched to the limit and dangerous situations can often arise. Health Campaigns Together are very interested in collating data around safety in our NHS and we need your help to kick-start our campaign. If you have any information around an NHS safety concern in any area then please email in confidence to John Lister hctsafetylog@gmail.com – a new and dedicated email set up for this purpose. You can also get more closely involved by signing up to support us and help develop the proposed charter for safer services.
Winter crisis
Sadly, a winter crisis in our NHS has almost become normalised now. We in HCT are all aware of the now seemingly perpetual winter the service suffers, but we must make sure that we keep the plight of the NHS in the news at both a local and national level. Please keep up the excellent work you are all doing in drawing the public’s attention to the conditions in the service over winter. Knowledge is power and if the public aren’t aware, they cannot challenge local representatives. The results from FOIs for OPEL (Operational Pressures Escalation Level) reports are always a good way into the local press in this area.
Social Care Conference
We are delighted to report that thanks to all of you our regional social care conference on 17th of November was a great success with over 100 attendees. There was some very productive networking, and commitment made for future groups and projects, including some important issues raised by disability campaigners. These regional conferences are a great way to feed ideas in from all around the country where we can all make a difference.
HCT help with launch: People’s Assembly “Britain is Broken” national campaign
Last week, friends of HCT the People’s Assembly Against Austerity invited HCT to speak about the NHS crisis as part of a nationwide campaign to highlight the devastating effects of austerity across the country. Our secretary, doctor Aislinn Macklin-Doherty chaired and introduced a dynamic and powerful range of speakers from Unite trade union activists on strike for better pay in the catering industry, to Richard Burgon Labour MP for Leeds. This was an exciting launch to what will be an important campaign to make the voices heard of those hardest hit by austerity. There are other events planned.
Warwick University debate
On 27th of November HCT officer and editor of our paper, John Lister took part in a debate at Warwick University with the Wolverhampton trust CEO. It was a lively and informative event with a lot of agreement on safety and staffing levels. The Institute of Economic Affairs’ Kate Andrews was due to attend but unfortunately withdrew at the last moment citing Westminster business. This is a shame as it would have provided a valuable opportunity to challenge her over her organisation’s pro-privatisation interests.
Google is gobbling up millions of NHS patient’s data
For several years giant tech companies from silicon valley have been making moves to access the wealth of information locked in the NHS. In the last fortnight we heard that finally Google seem to have crowbarred their way in via a subsidiary company they own called DeepMind who had made an agreement with The Royal Free NHS Trust (amongst others) to gain access to 1.6 MILLION patient’s records. With no public scrutiny.
Shockingly in July of this year the Independent Commissioner’s Office ruled that The Royal Free and DeepMind had acted outside the law in sharing this data and importantly, DeepMind PROMISED no other body would have access to patient’s data. But this seems to have been totally dropped when Google announced it had taken over DeepMind’s data. Most shockingly of all this has not made any waves in news headlines and HCT believe this is a very serious issue that needs to be addressed.
For more detailed info please read this report, evidence that good investigative journalists do still exist!
If you are a Royal Free patient or someone who wants to get involved personally with this campaign, please email Aislinn directly at aislinnmacklin@doctors.org.uk
HCT January issue
For inclusion in the January issue of our paper please submit copy and photos to John Lister by Friday 21st December at healthcampaignstogether@gmail.com ‘FAO The Editor’ in subject heading.
Dr Youssef El-Gingihy updated book launched this week
Dr Youssef El-Gingihy is a Tower Hamlets GP at the Bromley by Bow Centre. Many will be familiar with his book How to Dismantle the NHS in 10 Easy Steps which tells the story of how the NHS is being sold off. The new edition contains extra chapters on the junior doctors’ strike and the introduction of US style healthcare models of accountable/integrated care. It also has a coda on how we can save the NHS.
Student groups
Can we ask all affiliated groups to reach out to their local student organisations in order to better facilitate working with younger people and encourage the next generation of health campaigners and activists? We are very lucky to have a wealth of talent across the British Isles involved in Health Campaigns Together but we need to further strengthen our networks with other demographics in order to assure our future and gain new ideas. Why not find out your local FE and HE student union/relevant student societies and invite yourselves as a speaker? Your suggestion could be just what they are waiting for.
Trade Union Delegates needed
Please can our HCT affiliates from trade union branches and trades councils make sure you have chosen your delegate and remember to send them to the HCT affiliates’ meetings? Representation is so important in facilitating good discourse.
Interserve Group

Note that yet another multinational private provider involved in massive public sector contracts is in deep trouble. Watch how this unfolds over the coming weeks!

 

HCT and Keep Our NHS Public websites

Please don’t forget to regularly log in to both our major campaigning websites for new content and information. A lot more news is covered in detail here.
www.healthcampaignstogether.com
www.keepournhspublic.com/newsLocal News
Save Our Services in Surrey
If you are in or around the Surrey area on Saturday 15th of December then please consider joining health workers and others at the march and rally for public safety, and against austerity. Junior doctor and NHS activist Sonia Adesara will be speaking. Assemble at 11am outside Woking borough council offices, marching to the town square. This will be a peaceful, family-oriented event. The march will centre around the mainly pedestrian areas to Jubilee Square for the speeches. Bring home-made banners and placards and be ready to make some noise.
Join Save Our Services in Surrey: www.sosis.org.uk
saveourservicessurrey@gmail.com
www.facebook.com/sosinsurrey
@sos_surrey (Twitter)
South Tyneside Hospital
Monday 17th of December 12-1pm (Harton Lane entrance), South Shields NE34 0PL A Judicial Review challenging Phase 1 of the downgrading and closure of vital acute health services in South Tyneside will take place at the Administrative Court in Leeds over 3 days from Tuesday 18th to Thursday 20th of December 2018. The day before the court case begins there will be a protest vigil at the Harton Lane entrance to South Tyneside Hospital to remind people of the fight and the ongoing service restructuring that is paving the way for increased privatisation here and throughout England.
Success in Nottingham!
Nottingham City Council has pulled out of the Notts Integrated Care System stating there has been a poor degree of information sharing and involvement. This is a impressive victory from our colleagues at Nottingham Keep Our NHS Public who are doing great work. This victory is in no small part due to their local efforts in lobbying and raising awareness around the subject, and from their contact with Cllrs on the Health Scrutiny Cttee & Health & Wellbeing Board. Richard Buckwell (Chair of Nottingham KONP) said:
“We believe it will have a significant effect on progressing the ICS locally & is an excellent message to other authorities as the Greater Nottingham STP was often seen as a lead area on progressing STPs which have now morphed into ICSs.”
Dates for your diary
Our next HCT affiliates meeting is on Saturday 2nd February at Unite the Union, 128 Theobald’s Rd, London WC1X 8TN
Next year’s AGM is on Saturday 6th of April
Kind regards,
The Health Campaigns Together team

Health Campaigns Together

www.healthcampaignstogether.com
Email: healthcampaignstogether@gmail.com
Twitter:@nhscampaigns
Facebook.com/healthcampaignstogether

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A coalition to defend #ourNHS

Follow-up meeting

Thursday December 13, 13.30 – 16.00 at Carr’s Lane Conference Centre Birmingham, B4 7SX

Please let us know if you will be attending, by emailing reclaimsocialcare @gmail.com

 

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Jan Shortt, NPC General Secretary

Gill Ogilvie, GMB regional organiser

Reclaim Social Care Conference Nov 17, Birmingham

Speakers included

  • Health Campaigns Together editor John Lister,
  • Eleanor Smith MP who has put forward the NHS Reinstatement Bill aimed at preserving the future of the NHS,

and campaigners from

  • the Relatives and Residents Association,
  • North West UNISON Dignity in Care Campaign,
  • “Being the Boss” / Reclaim our Futures,
  • National Pensioners Convention
  • and the Centre for Welfare Reform,

as well as Prof Peter Beresford of Essex University and Gill Ogilvie, a GMB official who has led campaigns for children’s services.

Conor McGurran of NW Region UNISON

Simon Duffy (behind him Prof Peter
Beresford and chair Ann Bannister)

Between them they outlined some of the complexity and the varied interest groups affected by the crisis in social care, spelled out some outlines of policies and objectives that should be the basis for campaigning, and agreed on the need to combat the current dysfunctional and unfair system, while challenging any further cutbacks or privatisation.

It was clear from the conference that there is a common basis for a campaign for a publicly funded and provided social care service that respects the individual needs and capacities of all citizens.

The social care service we want would deliver support as required on the basis of needs and choices, giving a voice to service users, and with services delivered to all without means tested charges and funded nationally from general taxation.

There was also support for public control and ownership of most services, to end the scandal of public money flowing to tax dodging corporations and cheapskate, exploitative home care companies; and proper status, pay, terms and conditions for all care staff, including training where required and a career structure.

We will be posting video and extracts from speeches, but in the meantime please see:

 

The Debate over Social Care

The worsening plight of social care and the financial problems posed for local government have been unveiled by a new National Audit Office Report, available HERE. But how can the problems be addressed, and how far can social care be integrated with the NHS as part of a longer term development?

These are complex questions. Professor Bob Hudson’s BLOG is a basis of discussion, and while many campaigners will share some of these views, many will differ on his conclusions. The debate is an important one in shaping the policy of any future government to replace the Tories, so we invite campaigners to respond and develop this discussion, offer us your thoughts and suggestions, and help us develop a parallel campaign for properly funded and publicly accountable social care in parallel with the fight to defend, reinstate and fully fund our NHS.

Send any contributions (or suggested links and other material) to us at hcteditorial@gmail.com.

FEATURED BLOG

 

Response

 

Links to other articles and analysis on social care:

 

 

  • Hundreds of care home patients have died dehydrated or malnourished – Guardian report based on official figures:
    “More than 1,000 care home patients have died suffering from malnutrition, dehydration or bedsores, new figures reveal.
    “At least one of the conditions was noted on the death certificates of as many as 1,463 vulnerable residents in NHS, local authority and privately-run care homes in England and Wales over the past five years..
    “The figures have been obtained by the Guardian from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), which completed an analysis of death certificates at the newspaper’s request.
    “It follows a separate Guardian investigation that revealed some of the country’s worst care homes were owned by companies that made a total profit of £113m despite poor levels of care.”

 

  • Fair care: A workforce strategy for social care – New IPPR report on the social care system argues that says nearly half of the 1.3million people working in the care sector are earning less that the real living wage of £9 an hour, with one in four (325,000 people) on a zero-hours contracts.
    It warns that unless pay and conditions are improved there could be a shortage of 400,000 care workers by 2028.
    Nearly two-thirds of home care workers are only paid for contact time and not for travel between the homes of people they care for.
    One in three carers said they often don’t have enough time to prepare a meal or help with washing and bathing, while a staggering 89 per cent said that they don’t get enough time even to have a chat with clients.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Beyond barriers How older people move between health and social care in England – Another reminder of how far the current health and care system is from any real “integration”. Following comprehensive reviews of 20 local authority areas, the CQC has called for a new approach to the way the country runs health and care services.
    The ‘Breaking Barriers’ report followed people’s journeys through the health and social care system and identified gaps where people experienced poor or fragmented care, with findings showing “the urgent necessity for real change.”

 

 

 

 

  • A fork in the road: Next steps for social care funding reform – A joint report between the Health Foundation and the Kings Fund, which highlights low public awareness of social care and a lack of agreement on priorities for reform as major barriers to progress, despite apparent political consensus on the need for urgent action.
    It argues that reforming the current system will be expensive, but states that if reform is chosen, England is now at a clear ‘fork in the road’ with a choice between “a better means-tested system” and one that is “more like the NHS” — free at the point of use for those who need it.

 

 

 

 

 

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Chipping Barnet CLP notes that access to contraception is a fundamental human right underpinning equality, impacting on the health, structure and prosperity of both society and families. The 2012 Health and Social Care Act disadvantaged women, separating much of the funding for contraceptive care from the NHS by moving the responsibility for commissioning into Local Authorities, with NHS providers competing for contracts. As a result, the commissioning of contraception is now separate from the commissioning of other aspects of women’s health, including abortion. From both a woman’s and a clinical perspective, this is illogical. Compounding this, the impact of austerity on Local Authorities has led to a reduction in services, reduced access and to a postcode lottery for contraception in England.

Chipping Barnet CLP believes that contraceptive services need to be fully funded and accessible in all areas of the UK, with co-operation replacing competition. It welcomes the commitment of the Shadow Health Department to abolish competitive tendering for these essential services, and to work with clinicians to establish centres of excellence alongside regular accessible clinics to which women have free and easy access to confidential care.

Chipping Barnet CLP calls on the Labour Party to resolve to deliver fully funded contraceptive services in all areas of the UK, setting up a working group whilst still in opposition, composed of experienced clinicians and commissioners, to write a blueprint for delivery which will be implemented within the first year of the Labour Government.

Published by Jean Hardiman Smith with the permission of Sarah Pillai ( Chipping Barnet CLP )

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Reclaim Social Care Conference 17.11.18 final flier

Full details also on the Events page. Please circulate as widely as possible.

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Scrap a new contract that could wreck our NHS!

The quango NHS England is currently holding a badly-publicised public consultation on its new Accountable Care Organisation contract – which it has renamed the Integrated Care Provider contract.

Most people won’t have heard about this. Have you?

Why is NHS England consulting on it now, before they even know if their new contract is lawful?

This autumn, 999 Call for the NHS is challenging the lawfulness of this contract in the Court of Appeal.

Many thanks to over 750 individuals, NHS campaign groups and trade union branches, who have crowdfunded the £18K costs of the Appeal through CrowdJustice  – info here. http://bit.ly/999CourtofAppeal

NHS England’s consultation is online here.

999 Call for the NHS’s response is online here. (Downloadable word doc.) You’re welcome to use and adapt it for your own response. We do not accept the basic premise of the consultation – that contracts are an appropriate way of planning, delivering and managing NHS services. We are campaigning for the NHS Bill to reinstate the NHS as a  fully publicly funded, managed and provided service.

If you prefer a consultation that is shorter and more to the point, 999 Call for the NHS will shortly be carrying out our own consultation online. Please come back soon to find the link. We will collect the responses and send them to NHS England before their consultation ends on 26th October.

The proposed new contract might sound like a dry legal issue that’s hard to get bothered about. The reality is anything but.

This is about whether patients can continue to access the treatments they need, or whether the doctor – patient relationship will be undermined by making doctors put financial considerations ahead of patients’ clinical needs.

This new 10 year contract is driven by NHS England’s cost-cutting aim of avoiding a projected £22bn funding shortfall by 2020/21 – the result of nearly a decade of NHS underfunding by the government.

The Accountable Care Organisation/Integrated Care Provider contract would pay a new type of  legal entity for a whole range of NHS and social care services in a given area. It would use the same lump sum payment arrangement that has been used to pay for psychiatric intensive care – with disastrous results. Just think about the dire shortage of acute mental health beds.

This contract is explicitly intended to “manage demand” for NHS services – in other words, to restrict patients’ access.

Its cost-cutting payment mechanism would drive down safety standards as well as restricting patients’ access to care.

An Integrated Care Provider could be a private company or joint venture

The new type of single legal entity could be an NHS organisation like a hospital Trust, or a GP Federation, a private company or a joint venture or special purpose vehicle that could include NHS providers and private companies.

This is a complex contract where the legal entity that holds the contract would then subcontract to a number of different healthcare providers – whether NHS, private or 3rd sector companies. This comes with all sorts of risks and hazards.  (For more info, see our answers to questions 3,4 and 5 in NHS England’s Integrated Care Provider Contract consultation.)

The Contract’s wide loopholes would allow far greater privatisation of NHS services – under this contract, a private company could control the delivery of the whole range of out-of-hospital NHS and social care services for a large area. Or indeed could win multiple contracts across many areas, and so establish a near- monopoly.

NHS England has admitted that under current NHS and social care legislation, it is powerless to stop private companies bidding for this – or any other – contract.

Un-evidenced, cost-cutting “care models” and “modern workforce”

This Accountable Care Organisation/Integrated Care Provider contract is designed to cement new NHS “care models” that copy the USA’s Medicare/Medicaid system. This provides a limited range of publicly-funded health care for people who are too poor or ill to access private health insurance.

Under the new “care models, District General Hospitals are being cut and downgraded. Community Hospitals beds are being closed. Family doctors are going under, as they are asked to take on more and more while there is a shortage of GPs and GP funding is flat. They are being replaced by huge new GP super practices serving 30K-70K patients, that are likely to become Integrated Care Providers.

Increasingly, these practices are being taken over by companies like Modality. Modality now operates in 7 Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships across England and has over 300,000 patients registered with it.

Budding local Accountable Care Systems (now rebranded as Integrated Care Systems) say that this is all fine, as care will be delivered out of hospital, in people’s homes, in large scale GP hubs and by means of digital technology.

But the new “care models” come with a “modern workforce” employing cheaper, less qualified new grades of staff – and relying on unpaid volunteers, friends and family.

None of this adds up to a comprehensive NHS that cares for everyone on the basis of clinical need. Instead care will be allocated on the basis of decisions about money.

NHS England laid out its plan for setting up these new care models in its 2015-2020 Five Year Forward View. Since then it has set up Vanguard schemes to trial these new ways of providing NHS and social care. There is just one small problem. There is no real evidence that they work. That is the conclusion of the National Audit Office report.

Opening the NHS to deregulated trade

The NHS quangos are aiming to change the whole architecture of the NHS, so it can deliver these American care models. All the better to open the NHS gates to American corporations, post-Brexit.

Stewart Player recently pointed out that

“…the aim is to impose a kind of global homogeneity of healthcare organization. Such standardization will attempt to safeguard and simplify investment strategies, and to embed corporate control of both purchasing and service delivery within rapidly evolving ‘mixed economies’ of care…

“The use of capitated budgets for ACO providers, for example, is expressly geared towards private investor interests, as the upfront capital can be invested in the global markets, with returns on equity in excess of 16%.”

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Ray Tallis is an active member of Keep Our NHS Public and a strong defender of the NHS. This should be a very interesting lecture

Public Lecture: The Royal College of Physicians and the Politics of Healthcare 2018

8 November 2018
Liverpool Medical Institution, Mount Pleasant, L3 5SR

6pm: Welcoming drinks
6.30pm: Lecture

Raymond Tallis is a philosopher, poet, novelist and cultural critic and was until recently a physician and clinical scientist. In the Economist’s Intelligent Life Magazine (Autumn 2009) he was listed as one of the top living polymaths in the world.

Born in Liverpool in 1946, one of five children, he trained as a doctor at Oxford University and at St Thomas’ in London before going on to become profritic and was until recently a physician and clinical scientist. In the Economist’s Intelligent Life Magazine (Autumn 2009) he was listed as one of the top living polymaths in the world.
Born in Liverpool in 1946, one of five children, he trained as a doctor at Oxford University and at St Thomas’ in London before going on to become professor of geriatric medicine at the University of Manchester and a consultant physician in healthcare of the elderly in Salford. Professor Tallis retired from medicine in 2006 to become a full-time writer, though he remained visiting professor at St George’s Hospital Medical School, University of London until 2008. He was visiting professor of English at the University of Liverpool until 2013.
Over the last 20 years, Raymond Tallis has published fiction, three volumes of poetry, over two hundred articles and 23 books on the philosophy of mind, philosophical anthropology, literary theory, the nature of art and cultural criticism. Together, these works offer a critique of current predominant intellectual trends and an alternative understanding of human consciousness, the nature of language and of what it is to be a human being.

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Calderdale and Kirklees 999 Call for the NHS

It’s our NHS – the profiteers, privatisers and austerity liars can jog on

Scrap a new contract that could wreck our NHS!

The quango NHS England is currently holding a badly-publicised public consultation on its new Accountable Care Organisation contract – which it has renamed the Integrated Care Provider contract.

Most people won’t have heard about this. Have you?

 

Why is NHS England consulting on it now, before they even know if their new contract is lawful?

This autumn, 999 Call for the NHS is challenging the lawfulness of this contract in the Court of Appeal.

We are currently crowdfunding the £18K costs of the Appeal through CrowdJustice – please give whatever you can afford. Any amount, big or small, is a huge help and much appreciated. Here’s where you can donate and find out more. http://bit.ly/999CourtofAppeal

NHS England’s consultation is online here.

999 Call for the NHS’s response is online here. (Downloadable word doc.) You’re welcome to use and adapt it for your own response. We do not accept the basic premise of the consultation – that contracts are an appropriate way of planning, delivering and managing NHS services. We are campaigning for the NHS Bill to reinstate the NHS as a  fully publicly funded, managed and provided service.

If you prefer a consultation that is shorter and more to the point, 999 Call for the NHS will shortly be carrying out our own consultation online. Please come back soon to find the link. We will collect the responses and send them to NHS England before their consultation ends on 26th October.

The proposed new contract might sound like a dry legal issue that’s hard to get bothered about. The reality is anything but.

This is about whether patients can continue to access the treatments they need, or whether the doctor – patient relationship will be undermined by making doctors put financial considerations ahead of patients’ clinical needs.

This new 10 year contract is driven by NHS England’s cost-cutting aim of avoiding a projected £22bn funding shortfall by 2020/21 – the result of nearly a decade of NHS underfunding by the government.

The Accountable Care Organisation/Integrated Care Provider contract would pay a new type of  legal entity for a whole range of NHS and social care services in a given area. It would use the same lump sum payment arrangement that has been used to pay for psychiatric intensive care – with disastrous results. Just think about the dire shortage of acute mental health beds.

This contract is explicitly intended to “manage demand” for NHS services – in other words, to restrict patients’ access.

Its cost-cutting payment mechanism would drive down safety standards as well as restricting patients’ access to care.

An Integrated Care Provider could be a private company or joint venture

The new type of single legal entity could be an NHS organisation like a hospital Trust, or a GP Federation, a private company or a joint venture or special purpose vehicle that could include NHS providers and private companies.

This is a complex contract where the legal entity that holds the contract would then subcontract to a number of different healthcare providers – whether NHS, private or 3rd sector companies. This comes with all sorts of risks and hazards.  (For more info, see our answers to questions 3,4 and 5 in NHS England’s Integrated Care Provider Contract consultation.)

The Contract’s wide loopholes would allow far greater privatisation of NHS services – under this contract, a private company could control the delivery of the whole range of out-of-hospital NHS and social care services for a large area. Or indeed could win multiple contracts across many areas, and so establish a near- monopoly.

NHS England has admitted that under current NHS and social care legislation, it is powerless to stop private companies bidding for this – or any other – contract.

Un-evidenced, cost-cutting “care models” and “modern workforce”

This Accountable Care Organisation/Integrated Care Provider contract is designed to cement new NHS “care models” that copy the USA’s Medicare/Medicaid system. This provides a limited range of publicly-funded health care for people who are too poor or ill to access private health insurance.

Under the new “care models, District General Hospitals are being cut and downgraded. Community Hospitals beds are being closed. Family doctors are going under, as they are asked to take on more and more while there is a shortage of GPs and GP funding is flat. They are being replaced by huge new GP super practices serving 30K-70K patients, that are likely to become Integrated Care Providers.

Increasingly, these practices are being taken over by companies like Modality. Modality now operates in 7 Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships across England and has over 300,000 patients registered with it.

Budding local Accountable Care Systems (now rebranded as Integrated Care Systems) say that this is all fine, as care will be delivered out of hospital, in people’s homes, in large scale GP hubs and by means of digital technology.

But the new “care models” come with a “modern workforce” employing cheaper, less qualified new grades of staff – and relying on unpaid volunteers, friends and family.

None of this adds up to a comprehensive NHS that cares for everyone on the basis of clinical need. Instead care will be allocated on the basis of decisions about money.

NHS England laid out its plan for setting up these new care models in its 2015-2020 Five Year Forward View. Since then it has set up Vanguard schemes to trial these new ways of providing NHS and social care. There is just one small problem. There is no real evidence that they work. That is the conclusion of the National Audit Office report.

Opening the NHS to deregulated trade

The NHS quangos are aiming to change the whole architecture of the NHS, so it can deliver these American care models. All the better to open the NHS gates to American corporations, post-Brexit.

Stewart Player recently pointed out that

“…the aim is to impose a kind of global homogeneity of healthcare organization. Such standardization will attempt to safeguard and simplify investment strategies, and to embed corporate control of both purchasing and service delivery within rapidly evolving ‘mixed economies’ of care…

“The use of capitated budgets for ACO providers, for example, is expressly geared towards private investor interests, as the upfront capital can be invested in the global markets, with returns on equity in excess of 16%.”

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Dear NHS Reinstatement Bill Campaign Friends,

I am sharing this as widely as possible. Forgive me if you receive it more than once and forgive the blind copying.

We have launched our joint (KONP/HCT/We Own It) petition calling for the scrapping of the ICP contract and also we are asking people to take part in NHSE’s consultation and give your opinion on this dangerous contract.

‘We Own It’ is hosting the petition, which went live before 6pm today:

https://weownit.org.uk/ICP-petition-NHS

Here is our KONP page with links to the petition, key documents – including the JR4NHS submission, links to NHSE consultation, HCT resources page (very good):

Integrated Care Providers – What are they and how to oppose them

Please make every effort to sign the petition, complete the consultation either on line or in your own words and posting to them, and please SHARE petition link, video link, Facebook and Twitter with all your contacts.

Wtihin 3 hours, the petition is already close to 1000 and we hope to get over 20k to hand in with press coverage and a visible presence at NHSE on 26 October. And would be good to get many good responses to the consultation as well

Tony O’Sullivan

Co-chair of Keep Our NHS Public

@DrTonyOSullivan

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I can’t recommend this film – which focuses mainly on older political activists campaigning for the NHS – too highly.
(Statement of competing interests: I feature briefly in the film)

Pensioners United

Directors: Phil Maxwell, Hazuan Hashim

Country: UK

Running Time: 75′

Year: 2018

A potent account of a passionate group of pensioners who unite together to fight for a better life for themselves and those who will follow them. Starring Jeremy Corbyn, Harry Leslie Smith, the late Tony Benn, and thousands of inspirational pensioners from across the UK.
~ Allyson Pollock

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You may find this video of a meeting held in Birkenhead Town Hall on September 27 of interest. The meeting set the current situation in Wirral, of an accountable care system at a fairly advanced stage, in its national context.

The meeting began with a short contribution from a local GP, Dr Mantgani, who has in the past worked closely with Virgin; he expressed his concerns regarding the threatened closure of five walk in centres.

I then spoke – about 12 minutes into the video – about the historical and current context of NHS cuts, rationing and privatisation.

After a very interesting Q and A, there was a contribution, starting 56 minutes in, from Yvonne Nolan, a former director of social services in Manchester who now lives in Wirral. Yvonne described her work in Manchester, which in effect involved a long period setting up the de facto accountable care organisation which now operates across Greater Manchester. She related this to the current situation in Wirral.

This was followed by further questions and comments; all in all, a fascinating session

https://www.facebook.com/groups/defendournhs

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Can I appeal to everyone, individuals and organisations, to get solidly behind the judicial review as loudly and forcefully as possible.

I’d like to see all of us highlighting and publicising the judicial review in our various communications and campaigns. We are trying in Wirral.

If the review succeeds entire awful council/CCG edifices of pooling and dissembling come tumbling.

If the review doesn’t raise the required £18k we’re all doomed no matter how vocal our local and national campaigns!

Come on! The price of a few glasses of wine/beer/flat white.

https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/justice4nhs-stage5-courtofappeal/

Cheers

Kevin Donovan

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Dear chums

As you may have heard the Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has announced that it wants to close five local NHS clinics because Wirral residents “were confused about where to get help with urgent care”. The CCG, which is the local arm of NHS England, says it wants to “move care closer to home”.

Are YOU confused? Will YOUR care be closer to home if they close centres which are used by THOUSANDS of Wirral residents every week of the year?

Eastham Clinic; Victoria Central, Wallasey; Miriam Medical Centre, Birkenhead; Parkfield Medical Centre, New Ferry; Moreton Medical Centre

All these are due to close. Will a proposed ‘urgent treatment centre’ at Arrowe Park be closer to YOUR home?

You can find a petition from Defend Our NHS here:

https://www.change.org/p/defend-our-nhs-save-our-wirral-walk-in-centres?

Please sign and share with friends.

Thanks

Kevin

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