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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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 […]
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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   . 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 […]
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Response to the concerns we have expressed on the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill. As my colleague stated (6 and 7), we cannot take our eyes off the ball on this. The Chair of the Relatives and Residents is an SHA member and some of you may have heard her speak at meetings/conferences our organisation either ran or was part of:   I reproduce here the Noble Baroness Thornton’s Speech on the above resolution:-   VOLUME 7904 – COLUMN 596 “My Lords, I feel sorry for the Minister that after so much agreement we are now criticising the Bill. However, the […]
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Unite Press Release Immediate release:  Wednesday 7 November 2018 Vote for Cornwall’s children’s services to remain in-house applauded by Unite  Cornwall Council’s decision today (Wednesday 7 November)) to keep children’s services in-house, and not to outsource them, has been hailed as ‘a significant victory’ by Unite the union. The council’s cabinet voted to adopt the option – outlined in its One Vision blueprint – to keep children’s services in-house from April 2019. However, Unite warned that the possibility of parents paying for health visitors to carry out vital health checks on their babies and children still remains as the ‘means […]
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Author Tony Beddow 1.11.18 Purpose This short report gives progress made with our policy development process since the last Central Council meeting. Members may recall that central Council previously agreed that four possible areas of work could form the focus of policy development in the coming months. These are: Mental Health – building upon the (inchoate) policy produced by the Labour’s National Policy Forum Public Health policy – building upon current SHA policy, identifying gaps and undertaking work to fill them A National Care Service – exploring the boundaries of this emerging concept, its funding and governance and other aspects […]
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April 2014 Call for Action—for a democratically accountable, membership led SHA The Socialist Health Association’s January Central Council (CC) and March AGM have highlighted serious issues of governance and accountability within the SHA, problems which remain to be addressed. The AGM did not adopt either the Treasurer’s or the Auditor’s report and merely noted the Director’s and Chair’s reports. The SHA is a democratically accountable membership organisation. In the light of concerns about previous elections January CC agreed that the 2014 election would be tightly managed including a more formal and more clearly labelled call for nominations to go out. […]
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SHA Birmingham Central Council 1.9.18 in the Birmingham and Midlands Institute. The meeting opened at 1.30 Headings, significant actions and other matters in bold Present:   Alex Scott-Samuel Chair (ASS), Andy Thompson Vice Chair (AT), Tom Fitzgerald Treasurer (TF), Alison Scouller (AS), David Mattocks, Vivien Walsh (VW), Paul Leake (PL), Caroline Bedale (CB), Mark Ladbrooke (ML), Catherine Grundy Glew (CGG), Steve Bedser (SB), Tony Beddow (TB), Irene Leonard (IL), Mike Roberts (MR), Helen Cranage (HC), Pater Mayer, Vivien Giladi (VG), John Lipetz (JL), Brian Fisher (BF), Allison Gardner (AG), Carol Ackroyd (CA), James Williamson (JW), Gurinder Singh Josan (GSJ), Corrie Lowry […]
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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 […]
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Brexit is opening the door to NHS chaos in so many ways. But we are now presented with a new threat. There have been concerns for many years, often expressed in this column, that the 2012 Tory design of the NHS opens the way to privatising not only services but also commissioning itself. Fighting the impact of the 2012 Act and its offspring such as ACOs/ICSs has been paramount. By shrinking the state at the same time as imposing austerity, the Tories have created the conditions for increasing mortality rates. This appears to be taking place now. But Brexit has […]
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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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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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