Very quietly the NHS in North West London has asked GPs and other prescribers to reduce prescribing of medicines and products (under the pretext of promoting ‘self-care’) that can be purchased without a prescription. (List) The medicines patients are now advised to obtain over the counter include: vitamin D, skin creams, nasal sprays (like Beconase and saline solution for babies), lubricant eye drops, haemorrhoid creams, constipation laxatives (like Cosmocol), the commonly used painkillers, or dispersible aspirin to keep blood thin. One GP tweeted: Such a money saving move hits hard vulnerable, elderly, school age children* or those on benefits, who are exempted […]
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A Christmas message from Aimee Shalan Dear friend, This year has been yet another difficult and tragic one for Palestinians. The shocking use of force by Israeli forces against demonstrators in Gaza has killed scores and injured thousands, many with horrific limb injuries. Demolitions continue to be a day-to-day reality for many Palestinians in the West Bank. Not only have individual homes and buildings such as schools been demolished, but entire villages like Khan al Ahmar have been threatened with demolition and forcible transfer. We have also witnessed a dangerous politicisation of humanitarian aid, with the US administration cutting all […]
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Present: Alex Scott-Samuel (ASS), Tom Fitzgerald (TF) Diane Jones(DJ), Nicholas Csergo(NC), Vivien Walsh(VWa), David Wrigley(DWr), Steve Bedser(SB), Gurinder Josan(G J), Jane Roberts(JR), Guy Baily(GB), Brian Fisher(BF), Brian Gibbons(BG), Tony Jewell(TJ), John Lipetz(JL), Mike Roberts(MR), Eileen O’Keefe(EO’K), Vivien Gilardi(VG), Stephen Warren(SW), Carol Ackroyd(CA), Norma Dudley(ND), Coral Jones(CJ), Caroline Bedale(CB), Allison Gardner(AG), Shaun McBride(SMcB), Laurence Cotter(LC), Jon Shaffer(JS), Kathrin Thomas(KT), Mark Ladbrooke(ML), Paul Leake(PL), Jos Bell(JB), Helen Cranage(HC), Irene Leonard(IL), Alan Hall(AH), Judith Varley(JV)     Tom Fitzgerald (TF) came later Observers:   None 1    Apologies:  Jean Hardiman Smith, Jacky Davis, Allison Scoular, Catharine Grundy-Glew, Corrie Lowry, Katrina Murray, Tony Beddow, Caroline Walsh, Andy […]
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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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