Introduction   The  SHA Council agreed to pull together some of the existing policies on prevention and public health, introduce new proposals that have been identified and put them into a policy framework to influence socialist thinking, Labour Party (LP) manifestoes and future policy commitments. The SHA is not funded by the industry, charitable foundations or by governments. We are a socialist society which is affiliated to the Labour Party (LP) and we participate in the LP policy process and promote policies which will help build a healthier and fairer society within the UK and globally. An SHA working […]
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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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Labour will halt Tory deaths rise and save the NHS   Sunday 22 September, 7.00pm (for 7.15)- 9.30pm Friends Meeting House, Ship Street, Brighton, BN1 1AF Speakers Professor Danny Dorling, University of Oxford; Jonathan Ashworth MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Health; Sussex Defend Our NHS Chair Dr Alex Scott-Samuel, Socialist Health Association Programme Professor Danny Dorling – What Labour must do to halt the Tory rise in baby and early adult deaths in England and Wales Jonathan Ashworth MP – How Labour will revive the NHS and our health Sussex Defend Our NHS – Our fight for a healthy Sussex  

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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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Alice Peterson, (2019) If you were Here, London, Simon and Schuster   This is a novel around Huntington’s Disease (HD).  That in itself is a rarity.  Readers may wonder if a novel on such a subject can work. Central to the plot are three women of different generations.  The first in grandmother, Peggy.  Her husband died of HD in the period before the book is set.  The next generation is Beth. Like her father she also died of HD.  However, her voice is important for the plot through her diary.  The youngest is Beth’s daughter and Peggy’s granddaughter Florence, known […]
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Join us on September the 12th at the Quaker Meeting House, Sheffield, at 6pm. PM Boris Johnson, on the steps of Downing Street: “My job is to protect you, or your parents or grandparents, from the fear of having to sell your home to pay for the costs of care and so I am announcing now on the steps of Downing Street that we will fix the crisis in social care once and for all with a clear plan we have prepared to give every older person the dignity and security they deserve.” July 24th 2019   Social Care: Fixing […]
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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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The Socialist Health Association (SHA) notes the public health green paper – Advancing our health: prevention in the 2020s, which was published on the 22nd July by the Cabinet Office.   We believe that this is a missed opportunity, which ignores much of the evidence on what works best to improve people’s health and wellbeing. Doing something at the level of communities, such as changing an ‘obesogenic’ environment, is more effective and much better value for money, than doing something one by one for individuals..  The paper also largely ignores the impact of poverty and the gross and worsening inequalities […]
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SHA Central Council unanimously passed this motion at its last meeting. Please circulate and discuss at your CLPs and wards and consider whether you want to choose this as a motion to go to conference. It is an opportunity to shift Labour policy forward. The beginning of the motion succinctly describes the current disastrous situation, deepened by this government:   England’s Social Care system is broken. LAs faced £700m cuts in 2018-9 with £7 billion slashed since 2010. 26% fewer elderly receive support, demand grows. People face isolation, indignity, maltreatment, neglect, barriers to inclusion and independent living. Most care is […]
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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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The life long member of the Socialist Health Association, Dr Julian Tudor Hart died on July 1st 2018. The following is the funeral tribute paid to him by Dr Brian Gibbons who worked with Julian in the Upper Afan Valley Group Practice  in south Wales. ========================================================================================= There is no great forest that is made up of a single tree, no great river made from a single tributary or no great mountain range with single peak. And as we come here to remember and commemorate the life of Julian Tudor Hart—we realise what a multi-faceted individual he was. He embraced and […]
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The title of the new GP contract is “ Investment and evolution: A five- year framework for GP contract reform to implement the NHS Long Term Plan.” 31.1.19 (Framework) The main aim of NHS England’s ‘NHS Long Term Plan’ 7.1.19 (LTPlan) is to establish Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) throughout England by 2021. And for these to evolve into Integrated Care Providers (ICPs) (Ps 29 – 31 LTPlan) ICSs and ICPs were previously called Accountable Care Systems (ACSs) and Accountable Care Organisations (ACOs). It was against the latter that Judicial Reviews were fought by NHS campaigners from 2017. In January 2018, […]
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