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I am very excited actually. Why? Today’s the day it’s likely one of my Twitter followers becomes Labour’s new mayor. Time to draw a line under Boris Johnson’s suffocating air quality, and the perennial roadworks on the embankment meaning it takes me hours to trek across SE1. I am loath to use the word ‘radical’ in relation to something about Sadiq Khan, in case it looks as if I’ve taken a leaf out of Zac Goldsmith’s dogwhistle divisive offensive rulebook. But Sadiq Khan has a chance to help as London’s new mayor (and the result has not been announced yet […]
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Simon Stevens, the new chief executive of NHS England, former President of global health at UnitedHealth, a large US health corporation, proposed the Five Year Forward View in October 2014. Five Year Forward View is written in code, to give the impression that it is in favour of sustaining the NHS according to its founding principles and merely wants to make it more financially sustainable. Closer scrutiny reveals a five year plan to impose “new care models” ( NCMs), inspired by the US health market. These would replace our current GP surgeries, District General Hospitals ( DGHs) and tertiary care. The plan […]
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It has long been SHA policy that greater democratic accountability should be introduced into our health care system.  The NHS has never had any form of effective accountability. Since there are already elected and democratically accountable local authorities which deal with most local public services it has been our view that health care should be added to their responsibilities – thus ‘integrating’ with social care and then to public health, housing, environmental health, planning, economic development and other services.  It has never been suggested that we have a separate elected body just to deal with health care (as was tried […]
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