National Health Service (Co-Funding and Co-Payment) Bill 2017-19 Type of Bill:          Private Members’ Bill (Presentation Bill) Sponsor:          Mr Christopher Chope Progress of a Bill House of Commons First reading, Second reading, Committee stage, Report stage, Third reading House of Lords First reading, Second reading, Committee stage, Report stage, Third reading Consideration of the Amendments Royal Assent This Bill is expected to have its second reading debate on Friday 26 October 2018. This Bill was presented to Parliament on Tuesday 5 September 2017. This is known as the first reading and there was no debate on the […]
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As the NHS passes its 70th birthday the recent report from the Health and Social Care Committee on Integrated Care could find little wrong with the direction of travel within the health service. While critics might cavil about the threat of further privatization, the Committee argued instead that the service was entering a new phase of collaboration rather than competition. Notions about the Americanization of the NHS were misplaced, due in part to the terminology surrounding Accountable Care Organizations, while the somewhat less than transparent introduction to this new phase had added to the confusion. Such problems could however be remedied by a “clear and compelling […]
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 Court of Appeal grants NHS campaign group permission to appeal against NHS England’s new Integrated Care Provider contract Some very good news – which also means NHS England is consulting on an ACO contract that may be unlawful. They knew full well that was a possibility, despite their protestations in the consultation document that both Judicial Reviews had ruled in their favour. (They have rebranded the ACO contract the Integrated Care Provider contract and their consultation runs until 26 Oct.) We shall be putting out more info shortly about this.   The Court of Appeal has issued an order granting […]
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Hi friends, just to say quickly that this looks like a good job opportunity for the right person, don’t know if it’s been circulated already? https://www.charityjob.co.uk/jobs/neon/organiser-healthcare-/586510 they’ve asked me for recommendations, so if anyone is interested in going for it let me know and i will mention it to them – am seeing someone who is involved in the process this evening (deadline is end of next week) all the best Caroline Editor, openDemocracy UK/ OurNHS

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Obesophobia Posted: 16 Aug 2018 11:27 PM PDT In 1976, we ate more than we do today. So why are we fatter? By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 15thAugust 2018 When I saw the photo, I could scarcely believe it was the same country. The picture of Brighton Beach in 1976  featured in the Guardian a few weeks ago appeared to show an alien race. Almost everyone was slim. I mentioned it on social media, then went on holiday. When I returned, I found that people were still debating it. The heated discussion prompted me to read more. How […]
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The Orbán regime introduced legislation to shut down accredited gender studies programs offered by universities in Hungary. Academics now have 24 hours to respond to the government’s plan. The ban will primarily impact students at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest (ELTE)–the only institution in Hungary, other than Central European University, to offer gender studies at the graduate level, and the only one to provide this program in Hungarian. The number of students impacted by the ban is small–only 11 applicants were admitted this year at ELTE and two at CEU. The maximum number of students that ELTE can admit any […]
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BMA: No deal Brexit could be catastrophic for health The British Medical Association (BMA) is today warning that a no deal Brexit could have could have potentially catastrophic consequences for patients, the health workforce, services and the nation’s health. In a new briefing paper published today, the BMA outlines what is at stake for health services if the UK and the EU fail to reach a deal on the Withdrawal Agreement by March 2019. The paper warns that, in a worst-case scenario, a no deal Brexit could: Cause real disruption for almost a million patients receiving treatment for rare diseases […]
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Principles for a National Health Service One of the Centre’s friends, Jack Czauderna, recently shared this with us: Dr Julian Tudor Hart, who has recently died, was a pioneering GP who inspired generations of health workers. He coined the term Inverse Care Law in 1971 which asserts: “The availability of good medical care tends to vary inversely with the need of the population served. This inverse care law operates more completely where medical care is most exposed to market forces, and less so where such exposure is reduced.” Here are his 9 distinctive and essential characteristics of a National Health […]
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On 7thAugust The Guardian published a major story on the theme of the billions of pounds of NHS contracts going to Richard Branson. The following day there was only one letter on the subject – from Virgin – saying that the saintly Richard has been misrepresented, that he loved the NHS and, if he ever made money from health, it would all go back to the NHS. A letter in response to the original news item remains unpublished. This is what it said: Your headline (Virgin awarded almost £2bn of NHS contracts in the past five years, 6 July 2018) […]
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By 999callfornhs, Aug 9 2018 12:35PM (PERMISSIONS  GRANTED) Steve Carne keeps getting dragged into the pit… The image of vicious piranhas fighting for flesh, (made in desire for a dramatic context I confess in yesterday’s blog about Babylon), seems to be ever more relevant and continues to grow as more corporate quibbling and quarrelling now truly “disrupts” every layer of the once public service NHS. Including the basics of supplies and logistical planning that supports the once joined-up network of hospitals and healthcare NHS units (clinics etc.) All under the guise of greater integration of course and using the Carter […]
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LATEST figures on A&E waiting times reveal the “astonishing” collapse in NHS standards under Theresa May, Labour said today. Monthly statistics for July 2018 published by NHS England show that just 89.3 per cent of people attending A&E were seen within four hours, well below the 95 per cent target. That dismal performance means NHS England has consistently failed to meet the 95 per cent four-hour target — lowered from 98 per cent by the coalition government — since July 2015. The number of people attending A&E in July 2018 also hit a record 2.176 million people in July 2018, […]
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The Commonwealth Fund The Issue How medical practices are organized and structured keeps changing. But as more practices merge and more physicians sell their practices to hospitals, we don’t have a good understanding of whether, and how, these factors affect the quality and cost of health care. Using 2012–2013 data from the National Study of Physician Organizations linked with Medicare claims, Commonwealth Fund–supported researchers writing in Health Services Research (July 5, 2018) examined how the size of a practice, along with other characteristics, relate to the total amount spent on a patient’s care and the quality of care provided. Quality was […]
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