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LAST week’s Labour Party conference saw significant advances in Labour’s policies for the NHS — advances resulting from the collective efforts of health campaigners and the labour movement. Rather than sitting back and waiting for a general election, these gains now need to be followed up by concerted action to ensure that MPs, councillors, trade unionists and activists work as one to ensure that Labour’s new policies are effectively implemented in every part of the NHS, national and local government. The week began with a Sussex Defend the NHS march through Brighton to the conference centre. The speakers at the […]
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The 2017 Labour manifesto for health, like the road to hell, is paved with good intentions. Its pledges include improving children’s and mental health services, more funding for NHS and social care, tackling obesity and other public health prevention initiatives. However, unlike the Beveridge report of 1942, which considered the social determinants of health in the round, with its plan to slay the five giants of want, disease, ignorance, idleness and squalor, this manifesto for health has no public health framework. It is puzzling to see the issues of tackling unhealthy foods, obesity, physical activity, smoking and alcohol tucked under […]
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NHS Reinstatement Bill is in Parliament this Friday 11th March – but it seems very uncertain whether it will be debated. ****   10th March 2016 Dear Martin, Thank you for your recent email asking me to be in the House of Commons for the second reading of the NHS Bill 2015 on Friday 11 March. I very much regret that due to existing constituency commitments, I will be unable to be present but I thought it would be helpful if I set out my views on the Bill. As you may know, this Bill was introduced as a Private […]
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Both the SHA and the Labour Party have developed policies that are designed to remove the market structures from the NHS and to return to an integrated managed system with a Secretary of State politically and legally accountable for its performance. Both have argued that a top down reorganisation is unnecessary and to be avoided; legislation is required to repeal the market related part of the 2012 Act but the broader aims can be achieved by allowing existing structures and organisations to develop in the appropriate way. In fact this is already happening in many parts of the country with […]
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Legal and Policy Briefing for the Second Reading of the National Health Service Bill 2015-16 in the House of Commons, on 11th March 2016 The NHS in England is being dismantled. This is the result of Parliament over 25 years applying market ideology. The main Acts which made this happen were the: NHS and Community Care Act 1990: introduced the internal market into the NHS; split purchasers from providers, so that the planning and delivery of services was to be undertaken by separate bodies, with the money flowing between them; ended direct management of services by health authorities with the creation of ‘NHS […]
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Many campaigners expressed concerns during the passage of the Lansley nonsense that the NHS was being packaged up to make privatisation easier and a sell off inevitable. As has been said many times the only way to prevent privatisation is to elect a government that does not do it. Anyway. The NHS Reinstatement Bill  suggests that the NHS is reorganised so that (around 40) health authorities would be directly funded to plan, organise and provide the services for the relevant area. The health authorities would be under the direction of the secretary of state and their management would be appointed. […]
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The National Health Service in England is being dismantled. But you wouldn’t know it from listening to the radio or reading the newspapers. As so often, you have to look beyond the headlines about pressures on funding and the junior doctors’ dispute to find out what’s really going on. In 1990, Kenneth Clarke introduced an internal market into the NHS, following on from the ‘options for radical reform’ set out by Oliver Letwin and John Redwood in 1988. It had three pillars: GP fund-holding (delegating budgets to individual GP practices); the replacement of health authorities by ‘NHS trusts’ (self-governing accounting […]
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to  Irwin Brown’s post on the NHS Reinstatement Bill  Irwin writes: “The NHS Reinstatement Bill is expected to have its second reading in March 2016. It would replace the current NHS architecture with a return to Regional and District Health Authorities.” Our response: The Bill does not do this. The Bill replaces clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), transforms NHS England into a Special Health Authority, and abolishes the market structures (NHS Trusts, NHS Foundation Trusts and Monitor). The Bill does not return to regional and district authorities (the first consultation draft put out in August 2014 proposed district authorities and regional committees […]
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The NHS Reinstatement Bill is expected to have its second reading in March 2016. It would replace the current NHS architecture with a return to Regional and District Health Authorities. It seeks to address some genuine problems but it is the wrong solution. Nobody believes the Bill can become law but it raises some key issues about the NHS. What is important is that looking at such a narrow and technical issue should not be allowed to drown out more important discussions around social care and funding. There are no solutions any more looking at the NHS in isolation. Trying […]
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The NHS Bill is expected to have its second reading in March 2016.  It would replace the current NHS architecture with a return to Regional and District Health Authorities.  It may seek to address some genuine problems but it is the wrong solution. Its supporters say the Bill would prevent privatisation and save the NHS.  Passing legislation cannot do that.  Any determined administration would just pass its own legislation.  The only way to prevent privatisation is to elect a government that is against it. The NHS does not need another redisorganisation.  To implement the Bill would require the biggest ever top down […]
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The SHA has not discussed the proposed NHS Reinstatement Bill but established SHA policy as set out on the web site would appear to rule out full support.  However, much is still unknown and it would be helpful if the advocates of the Bill could give a lot more details than they have so far.  Little by way of supporting information has been provided that would allow for a proper discussion. Some important questions are unanswered. The Bill effectively repeats the legislative background that applied 30 years ago.  Over the last 30 years there have been some positive developments into […]
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