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Mad Management: Leaders (not) learning the lessons of history, especially in the Public Sector  “Good morning, good morning!” the general said, when we met him last week on the way to the line. Now the soldiers he smiled at are most of ’em dead, And we’re cursing his staff for incompetent swine.  “He’s a cheery old card”, grunted Harry to Jack as they slogged up to Arras with rifle and pack . . . But he did for them both by his plan of attack. This was Siegfried Sassoon’s bitter poem about the World War I battle(s) of Arras. By […]
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Following the Budget we now see the effect of this austerity ridden economy on the future prospects of the UK economy, revised down to: 1.5% – 2017 1.4% – 2018 1.3% – 2019 1.3% – 2020 1.5% – 2021 1.6% – 2022 In March the forecasts were 1.6% in 2018, 1.7% in 2019, 1.9% in 2020 and 2.1% in 2021. These are major reductions in forecasts made in March this year.  What is the government hiding about the reasons for this sudden about turn in economic expectations? ` In considering issues of Health the basic question is willingness to pay. Related to it is what is the […]
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This branch condemns seven years of Tory austerity that has brought NHS to the brink; regrets that the Tories have spent less than 1% per year while NHS costs rise by 4% leading to pay caps, rising waiting lists and tighter rationing nationally and in this constituency; therefore we call on the Labour Party to stop austerity in the NHS and re-commit to increase the NHS budget in line with rising costs of new treatments, fair wages and increasing health needs, rather than the 2.3% average increase promised in the 2017 manifesto.

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Government austerity measures since 2010 have impacted healthcare across the UK. Holyrood is the administrator for NHS funds in Scotland but the Scottish Government has struggled to mitigate the impact of Westminster cuts. In the short-term they’ve had limited successes in keeping various healthcare plates spinning in the air — but with no clear end to cuts in sight, they might soon come crashing down. So here are three ways austerity is impacting health in Scotland and an overview of the stakeholders combating cuts. Economy Prior to Scottish GDP figures being released in early July, the mainstream media was awash […]
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Grenfell demonstrates it. The NHS exemplifies it. “I seem, then, in just this little thing to be wiser than this man at any rate, that what I do not know I do not think I know either..” Socrates Apology by Plato The events of the last week will undoubtedly shape the future of Britain in a monumental fashion. First, an election like none we have seen for fifty years. Called in hubris, led to nemesis, won, in truth, by no one. History-making nonetheless. The prevailing wind of politics has changed, now blowing Left of centre for the first time in […]
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Speech at the RSA on Labour’s approach to the economy: REWRITING THE RULES Thank you very much for the opportunity to speak here at the RSA on Labour’s approach to the economy. George Osborne will be presenting his Budget to Parliament next week. As is usual, much of its content has been trailed in the press. Or, rather, much of what will not be in it has been trailed. Osborne is not, we are told, now considering changes to pensions tax relief. Osborne would like to, but will not, be cutting the top rate of income tax, we are told. He is too […]
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Three quarters of the UK population are pretty much unaffected by the cuts and the proportion is falling. There’s nowhere near enough support here to win a General Election, particularly in the marginal seats. Labour needs to offer something far more inspirational that connects with the broad swathe of ordinary people. I see nobody inside the NHS who thinks we can keep the show on the road  without very substantial injections of money.  The Spending Review produced just about enough to bail out all the bankrupt institutions. Perhaps to keep the NHS afloat until next Summer. The only policy issue […]
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I have already commented on the trends and costs of the growing burden of health inequalities in the UK and what this means for growing numbers of the population in particular disadvantaged communities. The recent report,  just published from Prof John Hills team at the LSE on wealth inequalities trends, rebased from official stats, also confirms this widening disparity between those able to leave wealth, in whatever form, and those with no wealth. However if Austerity continues in this “hair shirt” addiction then the consequences will become ever more real to many more people, not just those at the bottom […]
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