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  • NINE TESTS OF THE AUTHENTICITY OF HOLYROOD’S COMMITMENT TO HUMAN RIGHTS Joint authors:  Colin Slasberg and Peter Beresford We have previously set out why we believe the Feeley review of Adult Social Care in Scotland has the potential to be truly ground breaking. Its first and primary recommendation is that social care should be established on a human rights basis. Whilst it also makes recommendations about structural change, the report recognises that structural change without cultural change is no change at all. While the rhetoric of human rights has littered social care policy for at least two decades, Feeley is […]
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    Simon Collins at HIV i-Base reports today that the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) has decided to limit access to all conference materials – behind a pay wall –  for up to six months after the conference. As before, copying and distribution of i-Base reports is encouraged and free. But please credit HIV i-Base as source. Here is today’s post about CROI: This year, CROI has decided to limit access to all conference materials to delegates or new subscribers for up to six month after the conference. These include abstracts, posters and webcasts. Usually, CROI has made all […]
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    1. Legislating for Integrated Care Systems: Provider Selection Regime Consultations Legislating for Integrated Care Systems: five recommendations to Government and Parliament includes the Response to Public Consultation on ICS (See Pages 8-22) The consultation findings are attached above (at 2) and it is disturbing to read some of the NHSE/ NHSI conclusions. Firstly, the report appears to blur the distinction between what is regarded as an engagement seeking views and a consultation which it was described as on line. It begins by declaring that 5,171 responses from people identifying as members of the public or patients who were concerned with […]
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    Something major happened in the NHS in February. No, not the new White Paper on rearranging the furniture; something else. This was the announcement, or lack of announcement, that a large number of GP Practices have been taken over by a US Health Insurance giant – Centene. AT Medics, a London based GP group, which runs 37 practices, has essentially been bought out by Centene. This means overnight hundreds of thousands of patients woke up with a new GP provider, without their consent. The acquisition makes Centene the largest provider of General Practice in England with 69 practices. The way […]
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    Posted by Jean Smith on behalf of Labour Trans Equality 05.3.21 First some background. NHS England Commissions GIDS (The Gender Identity Development Service) at the Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust. GIDS accepts referrals of young people with the features of gender dysphoria up to the age of 18 in England and Wales. The service at Tavistock & Portman in London has a regional centre in Leeds and satellite clinics in Exeter, Bristol and Birmingham. As a result of representations, to the Care Quality Commission (CQC) including by the Children’s Commissioner, the CQC undertook a focused inspection of GIDS in […]
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    An industrial action ballot is one of the options that Unite the union will be considering as it steps up its campaign for a fair and decent pay rise for NHS staff. Unite, Britain and Ireland’s largest union, will be liaising with other health unions as to the next steps in the pay justice campaign, as the row continues over the government’s evidence to the NHS Pay Review Body (PRB) which recommends a one per cent rise for 2021-22. The PRB is due to report in May. Unite national officer for health Colenzo Jarrett-Thorpe said: “Following yesterday’s ‘slap in the […]
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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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