‘LEGISLATION WATCH WALES’ – October 2018 Health and Social Care Briefing Acts Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (Wales) Act 2018 http://www.senedd.assembly.wales/mgIssueHistoryHome.aspx?IId=16496 The Act makes provision for a new statutory framework for supporting children and young people with additional learning needs. This is to replace existing legislation surrounding special educational needs and the assessment of children and young people with learning difficulties and / or disabilities in post-16 education and training. The Act also continues the existence of the Special Educational Needs Tribunal for Wales and provides for children, their parents and young people to appeal to it against […]
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General comments:   It was wonderful to be amongst such an enthusiastic group of diverse people, of wide age range, varied skin tones, many dressed relating to the country of their family origins, with and without disabilities (wheel chairs were very much in evidence); they seemed to reflect the diversity of our population as I experience it on the street. There was a joyful atmosphere despite almost all the topics reflecting the distress amounting to cruelty imposed by this current government on those least able to fight back; the hunger for change, just the prospect of being able to work in […]
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Ray Tallis is an active member of Keep Our NHS Public and a strong defender of the NHS. This should be a very interesting lecture Public Lecture: The Royal College of Physicians and the Politics of Healthcare 2018 8 November 2018 Liverpool Medical Institution, Mount Pleasant, L3 5SR 6pm: Welcoming drinks 6.30pm: Lecture Raymond Tallis is a philosopher, poet, novelist and cultural critic and was until recently a physician and clinical scientist. In the Economist’s Intelligent Life Magazine (Autumn 2009) he was listed as one of the top living polymaths in the world. Born in Liverpool in 1946, one of […]
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Is this the knife poised to finally kill the NHS and the post 1945 social settlement? Throughout the 80s under Thatcher, but particularly since the Health and Social Care Act (2012), contract after contract for health provision has gone to the for profit private sector. Sometimes the NHS has won contracts, sometimes the privateer, but overall during this last 6 years, our taxes / resources have been drained from public (NHS) to private providers. Stresses on the NHS have been exacerbated by cuts in financial support and staffing, increased demands and by immigrant doctors, nurses and other staff being unwelcome […]
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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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