Tag Archives: Andy Burnham

Our Manifesto: Health & Wellbeing Before drafting my manifesto for Mayor I want to do things differently. I want to involve as many people as possible in developing policy ideas that will make a real and meaningful difference to people’s lives. At the Health and Wellbeing Manifesto conference, we heard from users, carers, experts and interested parties alike about the things that really matter and could improve the lives and the quality of healthcare for residents across Greater Manchester. The ideas suggested: 1: Care workforce needs to be further valued and recognised 2: Integrated health and social care pathway 3: […]
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Video of the three candidates Ivan Lewis, Tony Lloyd and Andy Burnham (links are to their initial statements) at our hustings on 25th June.

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First as Health Secretary, and then as Shadow Health Secretary, I have given long and careful thought to the future of the NHS and social care in the 21st century. My answer to the challenges of an ageing society is a National Health & Care Service – bringing social care into the public NHS and creating a single service for the whole person, meeting all of their needs (physical, mental and social). As Mayor, I would lead the building of the country’s first National Health & Care Service here in Greater Manchester and show the rest of the country that […]
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There must be an election coming.  After five years of making savage cuts to council budgets, and five years of fragmenting and privatising, George Osborne has waited until five weeks before this Parliament ends to endorse Labour’s plan to integrate the NHS and social care. We can all speculate about the reasons for his Road to Damascus-style conversion and have every right to be suspicious of the real reasons behind the rushed timetable unveiled this week. But the great thing about our political leaders in Greater Manchester is that they are always more interested in getting the best deal for […]
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Those who listened to Andy Burnham’s Kings Fund speech can only have been encouraged and even a bit excited – but remember it only becomes real if Labour wins the election and probably only if Andy is the Secretary of State. The Ten Year Plan announced elsewhere is a political document as much concerned with bashing the Tories, making the mandatory bullet point pledges and pushing the usual buttons about management and bureaucracy and GP appointments and sheds little light on anything. In fact much of its tone and style is in direct conflict with the messages Andy Burnham sends […]
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Just about everyone who has met Andy Burnham would agree that he is thoughtful, pleasant and engaging; a conviction politician.  He is also obviously passionate about the NHS and the whole of care and his knowledge and experience give him command of his subject.  The few that suggest he was somehow in some way involved in hiding or deflecting criticisms of aspects of his time as a Minister are simply wrong; his determination to confront opposition from all sides to the revelation of the facts about Hillsborough show his true nature. Despite that there is no doubt that somewhere in […]
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This is a summary of our view of Andy Burnham’s proposals for health and social care. It isn’t authorised by him, or anyone else, so it may not be a fair representation of what he means.  We should start with the WHO definition of health . There should be better focus on prevention.Andy never really develops this idea, but we could and should – but the debate needs to be wider than the health community and talk about the determinants of health. In the short term we should focus on housing for older/disabled people – something that he does mention […]
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This is NHS Check report no 8 originally published by Labour’s Shadow Health Team in April 2013. Today, David Cameron’s NHS re-organisation comes into force. This comprehensive survey of the new NHS system finds emerging evidence of the dangers Labour warned about. In March 2013, just weeks before the changes came into force, NHS chief David Nicholson told MPs that the NHS had been put at “maximum risk” by the changes. It is a flawed piece of legislation that has destabilised patient care and commercialises the NHS. That’s why Labour has pledged to repeal the market rules of David Cameron’s NHS Act. The next Labour […]
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Andy Burnham Clinton’s advisor said “It’s the economy stupid, but don’t forget healthcare.” NHS likely to be second issue in the next election. Not sure what will be left if two terms of Tories. Wants Tower Hamlets to be beacon for what NHS could be:  Prevent postcode lotteries,  Restrictions on cataracts. Divergence from NICE guidelines. Restrictions on hips, bariatric surgery, varicose veins etc diverge from NICE guidelines. Patients before profits. We let the market in too far in Healthcare. Bill takes this all much further, with already 3 areas in each PCT going out to Any Qualified Provider.  Now 39 services to go out […]
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