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 […]
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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, […]
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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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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 […]
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Saving the NHS: Planning our fightback Few people know that the North West of England can proudly lay claim to be the conception point of our NHS. It was here at the 1934 Labour Party Conference that the party accepted a paper on the creation of a National Health Service by Labour politician, surgeon and founding President of the Socialist Health Association, Somerville Hastings. He was a primary mover in the fight for the NHS from the mid-1930s, and we in the SHA today remain steadfast supporters of the values on which the NHS was founded, the values of the […]
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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 […]
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  Waiting for Jeremy: Wavertree Chair Alex Scott-Samuel and other invited Merseyside activists on stage awaiting the Leader’s Speech at #Lab18 Note the SHA tee-shirt.  

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For everyone who couldn’t make the Conference, here is Alison Scouller’s ( Vice Chair ) speech. An audio file is also posted. Jean Hardiman Smith Hello Alison Scouller here, sorry I can’t be with you. These are my thoughts to accompany the SHA discussion document before you. We decided to write this policy as part of our wider policy work, as we had no statement of the SHA’s perspective on maternity care. I’m a retired midwife who worked in hospital, community and latterly as a midwifery lecturer in South Wales. To devise a policy I took inspiration from the Save […]
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For everyone who couldn’t make the Conference, here is Jessica’s speech to our Fringe meeting on the future of Women’s health that I referred to earlier in a members email. Jean Hardiman Smith   Thank you for inviting me to speak to you today. My name is Jessica Ormerod. I run a research and information organisation called Public Matters with my lovely friend and colleague Deborah Harrington. Although we write about all aspects of the NHS and other public services, I have a particular interest in maternity. I have been writing about maternity issues for seven years since I was […]
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