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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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    Doctors in Unite statement in support of NEU: 3.1.21 Doctors in Unite support the NEU in calling upon Government to move learning online in all primary schools including primary special schools in England for at least 2 weeks and in issuing advice to all their members informing them of their legal rights not to have to work in an unsafe environment. We supported the NEU on May 2020 and we support them now. https://doctorsinunite.com/2020/05/29/schools-should-not-take-in-more-pupils-on-1st-june-unless-it-is-safe-to-do-so/ Doctors in Unite are fully cognisant of the detriment to our young people that stems from missing their education and that the educational deficit falls disproportionately on the […]
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    HIV i-Base continue to report on COVID-19 research and treatment as a supplement to HIV treatment research and information. Copying and distribution of i-Base infomation is encouraged – and free – but please credit HIV i-Base as source. You can see this Q&A here or read it below: Q&A on COVID vaccines: are they safe and effective? The following questions were for a community UK-CAB workshop on COVID vaccines. Answers by Angelina Namiba and Simon Collins. Are vaccines against COVID-19 effective? Yes, any approved vaccine has been very carefully studied in  a wide range of people. These first vaccines are […]
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    The NHS are running a survey on Integrated Care – your views. The link to the NHS  Consulation Hub is below. https://www.engage.england.nhs.uk/survey/building-a-strong-integrated-care-system/ Many thanks to David Taylor-Gooby of the North East branch for bringing this to our attention.

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    John Lister (editor Health Campaigns Together, co-editor The Lowdown) This is an opinion piece – it is not SHA policy Despite all the other issues that might be expected to be priorities, it seems NHS England remains focused on driving through its plans for yet another reorganisation, to establish a network of 42 “Integrated Care Systems” (ICSs) to control services at local level – and possibly even fewer than that, with the possibility some smaller ICSs might also merge A new 39-page NHSE consultation document “Integrating Care” at the end of November follows on from a volley of instructions to […]
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    Joint authors: Colin Slasberg Consultant in Social Care Peter Beresford visiting Professor University of East Anglia In September, while the Health and Care Select Committee Inquiry into funding for social care was still sitting, we wrote an article highlighting the case of Anna Severight. The Committee played a clip of Anna’s testimony to Matt Hancock, Secretary of State. Anna is a 34 year old disabled woman who receives enough support to be ‘fed and watered’, but not enough to have a life ‘worth living’. Hancock noted this was a sad example of people not getting ‘all they would like’.  He […]
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    Please write to your MP to try and stop this deportation of up to 50 Black British residents to Jamaica on Wednesday 2nd December Please use the following template. Dear xxxxx MP, Please would you support this appeal. Many of those facing deportation have been criminalised through social exclusion and a police and justice system which is deeply prejudiced. Repeated investigation shows the consequences of their deportation are likely to be exceptionally severe.   Socialist Health Association.

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    MASS TESTING PROGRAMMES FOR COVID 19 USING NOVEL TESTS SITUATION Last week [November 9th] the government proudly announced a major expansion of the UK s testing programme to provide rapid access testing of asymptomatic people for COVID 19 [1]. They claimed this programme was : – a“ vital tool to help control this virus and get life back to normal “ a partnership between national Test and Trace and local public health directors ‘ to develop the evidence base on how testing with rapid reliable COVID-19 tests can be delivered at scale Liverpool has nearly completed a two -week “pilot” […]
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