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The Department of Health (DH) is to create a new property company to replace the two that currently exist1 nearly four years after the intention was first announced. The move is understood to be one of the recommendations of Sir Robert Naylor’s forthcoming report on the NHS estate. The current position came into being as an afterthought to the now much derided Health and Social Care Act 2012 “reforms”, with a new DH owned company, Propco, solving the problem of who took over billions of pounds of property (such as primary care centres, clinics, community hospitals and offices) after Primary […]
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The author is a member of BMA Council, a former (1987-97) President of the Medical Practitioners’ Union, a former (1992-8) Chair of the BMA Public Health Committee, a former (1987-90) Chair of the Greater Manchester Socialist Health Association, Director of Public Health for Stockport, UNITE’s Spokesperson for Doctors Employed in Local Government and author of “Medicine and Labour – the Politics of a Profession”. The evidence is entirely personal and not connected with any of the organisations and offices above, which are quoted for personal descriptive purposes only. 1948-1974 the NHS cleared the slums, cleaned the air, eradicated polio and […]
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In Hackney the NHS funds more than 100 mental health organisations, ranging from support from Somali women to Sane, the national help-line and IRIS, an rape-support service. The NHS needs organisations like this. What they don’t do is cherry-pick easy cases or over-treat. Transaction (tendering etc.) costs are minimal so far as I know. It’s absolutely right that the NHS funds services like these that it cannot provide itself, but I can think of no good reason why existing NHS services should be tendered out to private providers. See my response to accusations of extremism on Radio 3. My objections are […]
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Taken from the Health Service Journal The NHS is drifting into a world where key principles are under threat, patient care is increasingly fragmented and commissioning is contorted by the market. Criticism of the government’s reforms often centres on the threat of “privatisation”. The Socialist Health Association distinguishes between privatisation and marketisation and highlights marketisation as the most dangerous. Marketisation means a system where relationships and behaviours are driven by competition and profit. In the NHS it applies to both private and state enterprises, and competition and marketisation is almost always dangerous in healthcare. Patients are not customers The consequences of […]
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Health professionals speak out The organization of a health system is a public responsibility. We, health professionals, are concerned with diagnosing, treating and preventing illnesses in our patients. We do this without discriminating on the basis of race, gender or socio-economic status. Our role would be severely restricted and handicapped if care for patients were defined by primarily economic criteria. We do not wish to withhold necessary services, nor do we want to perform services that are medically unnecessary but profitable for health care providers. In all European countries, the resources are available to provide excellent medical services as the […]
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Health professionals erheben ihre Stimme – Kurzfassung Die Organisation des Gesundheitswesens ist eine öffentliche Aufgabe. Als Gesundheitsprofessionelle sind wir damit betraut, die Krankheiten unserer PatientInnen zu diagnostizieren, zu behandeln und nach Möglichkeit zu verhüten. Wir sollten diese Aufgabe ohne Ansehen der Person wahrnehmen. Eine Unterordnung unter vorwiegend ökonomischen Kriterien hindert uns diese Aufgaben zu erfüllen: Weder wollen wir PatientInnen medizinisch notwendige Leistungen vorenthalten, noch wollen wir Leistungen erbringen, die medizinisch überflüssig, aber für den Leistungserbringer lukrativ sind. Diese Bedingungen für eine gute Medizin herzustellen, ist in allen europäischen Ländern möglich. Ist doch die EU eine der reichsten Regionen der Erde. […]
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