The deadline for receipt of contemporary motions is 12 noon on Thursday 12 September.

Motions have to relate to something which has happened since 31st July.

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  1. Given the recent expose of Serco/G4S overcharging, and announcements of massively accelerating privatisation in the face of government assurances to the contrary, we should re-state our opposition to large scale outsourcing in the NHS, our commitment to public ownership. We should go further than ‘preferred provider’ and reverse the hugely wasteful principle of outsourcing per se, We should also commit to a public investigation (by public not outsourced auditors) into the extent to which outsourcing in the NHS has offered genuine value for money, the costs of the internal market, and explore all possible avenues to reverse the tide of outsourcing.

    Or something like that.

  2. This was bit off the top of my head – understand it has to focus on an issue arising after 31st july – but given the stream of bad outsourcing news coming out at the moment, that shouldn’t be too hard. Certainly no harder than any other issue that SHA has been focusing on such as public health issues.

  3. Stephen Adshead says:

    Following Andy Burnham’s extensive review of health and social care in the 21st Century and as the party prepares to put forward a policy of greater integration and Whole Person Care at the next election: I would like to propose that the Labour Party work with the Trade Unions and Service User groups to collect intelligence on the increasing numbers of failures in the health and social care sector. Specific areas to look at might be: benefits traps and the stress caused by a ‘change in circumstances’ delay; blame cultures and failures in care pathways; the mental health of people being forced back into work; the impacts of having DLA withdrawn; and the link between mortality rates and social deprivation.

  4. Martin Rathfelder says:

    From Fiona Twycross:

    Conference is concerned that an independent study published by Ipsos Mori poll and the London Food Board on 11 August 2013 found that a third of children reported sometimes having trouble paying attention at school because of hunger. Conference notes the School Food Plan highlighting the benefits of Universal School Meals. Conference calls for a Labour manifesto commitment that healthy and nutritionally balanced Free School Meals for All will be introduced in to all state funded schools.
    Conference notes the British Heart Foundation report on childhood obesity published on 12 August. Obesity costs the NHS £5.1 billion annually with indirect costs estimated to be three times higher and rising. Urgent action is required. Poor diet and hunger in children can partly be tackled at school. Conference welcomes initiatives introducing free school breakfasts in Wales and Blackpool and policies in Southwark, Islington and Newham providing universal free school meals in primary schools.
    Conference welcomes the launch of the Free School Meals for All campaign noting children benefitting from the free school meal pilots introduced by the Labour government made four to eight weeks extra progress at school than children in similar areas.
    Free School Meals for All remove the stigma of claiming free school meals and a disincentive to work. Conference notes universal school meals save families £300 per child and ensures all children get a nutritionally balanced meal. Conference agrees that in tackling poverty, hunger and future obesity Free School Meals for All is a valuable One Nation Labour policy.

  5. Martin Rathfelder says:

    This is what we’ve submitted: Rationale is that it supports what Andy is doing. These resolutions don’t make much contribution to policy formation. More relevant to current political argument.

    The Crisis in the National Health Service

    Conference is not surprised that under this government we have had the first Summer crisis in the NHS for years. Nearly 1 million people waited more than 4 hours in A&E over the last year. Jeremy Hunt has spent August looking for people to blame for the unprecedented increase in waiting times in casualty departments across England. Professor Don Berwick’s Report to the Government published on August 6 makes it clear that NHS staff should not be scapegoated when services are overstretched and that ‘’good people can fail to meet patients’ needs when their working conditions do not provide them with the conditions for success ‘’

    What Hunt doesn’t want to acknowledge is that as far as patients are concerned health and social care is one system, not the disjointed market economy that Conservative ideology sees. The reason that patients have to wait to get into the front door of the hospital is that people can’t get out because of the huge cutbacks in social care.

    We welcome the news today that 100 MPs have signed up to spend a day in a GP surgery, that the government has set aside £250 million to ease pressures in A&E departments this winter, and that this year they are taking the national flu campaign seriously. We look forward to a health service run without commercial completion under Labour

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