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  • The following is a major speech from Shadow Health Minister Justin Madders.  In Parliamentary terms it is extremely critical of the government.  Even though the prime minister may have lowered the tone of debate, this is polite, measured, and at  the end, does threaten the PM with his P45.  I work with Justin a lot, and have developed considerable respect for his honesty and integrity over the years. Jean Hardiman Smith   As we know, we are now a year into this pandemic. It has been a year unlike any we have experienced before, and it certainly was not the […]
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    Joint Authors: Colin Slasberg Consultant in Social Care Peter Beresford visiting Professor University of East Anglia Last September, spurred into action by what the pandemic told her about the state of social care, Nicola Sturgeon announced an independent review of adult social care to ‘build a service fit for the future’ in Scotland. She invoked the spirit of 1948 for social care to experience the same transformation post Covid as the NHS did post war. The review was led by Derek Feeley, President and Chief Executive of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. With remarkable speed, based on extensive public engagement […]
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    Author: B Fisher on behalf of Keep Our NHS Public The SHA asks you to support this great project if you can. Please spread the Crowdfunder with friends, families and in your networks – we need to know why so many deaths – why so many families, the NHS and social care were let down so very badly. The target for funds will sustain our campaigning efforts. Please share the crowdfunder for the KONP People’s Covid Inquiry: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/peoples-covid-inquiry. People’s Covid Inquiry site for info and evidence: https://www.peoplescovidinquiry.com/ https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/peoples-covid-inquiry

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    In September 2020 the Welsh Government invited comments on the draft regulations, code of practice and statutory guidance from local authorities, local health boards, and other organisations or sectors which are represented on Regional Partnership Boards (RPBs) or have an interest in the provision of care and support to the local population. RPBs are the main Welsh platforms of collaboration between health, social care, the Third Sector and a range of other key stakeholders. The Socialist Health Association – Cymru agreed its repose to the consultation questions as follows:- Question 1 Do you agree that market stability reports should be […]
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    The pharmacists’ defence association and trade union, PDA, is to urge the NHS to develop its strategy for the delivery of the second vaccination in good time and to give the role of the second vaccination of the Astra Zeneca vaccine to the national community pharmacy network as part of a collaborative and integrated NHS process. The decision to delay the second dose of the Covid-19 vaccination to twelve weeks so that the current efforts can concentrate on giving as many people as possible a first dose of the vaccine has already resulted in more than 6 million first vaccinations […]
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    Updated 06/02/2021 Authors: Liam Sunner, Maynooth and Tamara Hervey, Sheffield, in collaboration with Brian Fisher, Socialist Health Association 22 January 2021 The support of the ESRC’s Health Governance After Brexit grant ES/S00730X/1 is gratefully acknowledged. With grateful thanks to Elitsa Garnizova, LSE. Summary The NHS and other aspects of healthcare provision and planning are at risk from future trade deals, including one with the US. Some aspects of trade agreements may have direct or indirect effects on the NHSs of the UK, especially NHS England where the Health and Social Care Act 2012 requires some aspects of primary care, and […]
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    A recent study by the Bevan Foundation has called for the establishment of a “ Welsh Benefits System”. It found that over £400 million in welfare type payments are distributed by devolved bodies but that the system  lacks coherence and does not operate in a strategically focused way. Just over half of all public expenditure in Wales is undertaken by devolved bodies e.g. Welsh Government, NHS, housing, and local government. The bulk of the remainder is through welfare payments which constitute over one third of all Welsh public expenditure. While the overwhelming bulk of these these payments are administered and […]
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    Cllr Barry Rawlings, Leader of the Barnet Labour Group Particularly since the pandemic, public attention to social care has focussed on the fragility and impoverishment of the major services, residential and domiciliary care, that provide the direct care and support to older and disabled people. However, less visible is the beating heart of social care, which is the way councils identify need, plan support and allocate resources. This is the process that determines the fate of each individual. Over the past 18 months, as the Labour opposition to a Tory controlled Council, we have been forensically testing how that system […]
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    HIV i-Base continue to report on COVID-19 vaccination and treatment. The Q&A service on the i-Base website has been answering many questions about coronavirus vaccinations. Please see this new question: Are animal products in the COVID vaccines? Are they Halal? https://i-base.info/qa/16668 Answer: The vaccines are safe and recommended if you are Muslim. There are no animal products in the Pfizer, Moderna or Oxford vaccines. There are also no traces of pig products or egg products. These vaccines are all Halal safe. The video in the i-Base link above is from Imam Yunus having the vaccine at Newham Hospital in East London. […]
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    NHSE/I consultation on “Integrating care: Next steps to building strong and effective integrated care systems across England” Response to the consultation by Professor Allyson Pollock and Peter Roderick, Population Health Sciences Institute, Newcastle University; and David Price, independent researcher 8 January 2021 Overview Publication of the next steps document during the covid-19 pandemic comes at a remarkable moment. Significant shortcomings have been exposed in the NHS[1], in the systems for communicable disease control and public health,[2] in the procurement system[3] and in the social care system.[4] The lack of hospital and ICU capacity have been major drivers of national lockdowns […]
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    by Esther Giles, Former Director of Finance (Specialised Services) South Region of England, SHA member” This article tracks the extent and nature of marketisation and privatisation in the NHS up to the current proposed move to Integrated care systems (ICSs) and argues that the current ICS proposals are the logical conclusion of the marketisation reforms implemented progressively from Thatcher onwards.   Some of David Cameron’s many famous last words were his pre-election pledge in 2010 that there would be no more “top-down reorganisations” of the NHS[1]. He then presided, in 2012, over the most chaotic and unlegislated top-down upheaval of […]
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    This is SHA’s response to NHSE’s consultation on putting ICSs on a statutory footing. It is a curation of the generous and thoughtful comments of many members. Please forward to as many of your groups and networks as possible.  THE SOCIALIST HEALTH ASSOCIATION’S RESPONSE TO “INTEGRATING CARE – Next steps to building strong and effective integrated care systems across England” WHAT SHA WANTS TO SEE A cooperative and democratic health and care system, fully funded through general taxation, free at the point of use, that eliminates the privatisation of clinical services.  SHA cannot support these proposals. RESPONSES TO QUESTIONS Q. […]
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