Recent Posts

Look back in anger: Monitor and EY put Hospital PFI investors above people of Calderdale and Kirklees

Just a reminder, in case one is needed, about how the government, its quango Monitor (now renamed NHS Improvement) and the management consultancy company EY have worked hand in glove to put PFI investors’ interests above the healthcare needs of the people of Calderdale and Huddersfield.

Here’s how the story has unfolded over the last 4 years.

In 2014, Calderdale and Huddersfield hospitals Trust’s finances fell into “deficit”, as a result of impossible underfunding combined with a £20m+ transfer over 2 years of Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust funding to Calderdale Council to prop up its cash-starved adult social care services, via the Better Care Fund.

This fund was introduced in 2014 to allow local authorities and NHS clinical commissioning groups to pool budgets and jointly commission social care services that would take pressure off hospitals. But it did not bring any new money. Instead it required Clinical Commissioning Groups to redeploy money from supposedly ringfenced NHS funding. NHS England 2013 Guidance said this meant:
‘hospital emergency activity will have to reduce by 15%’

This is what happened next. Continue reading

Posted from here.

  1. Disabled children’s funding cuts consultation on 29th November in Halifax Leave a reply
  2. Living Wage Week in Calderdale Leave a reply
  3. Santa in Heptonstall 25th November Leave a reply
  4. Calderdale Council plans 7 day working week for street sweepers that would remove weekend overtime Leave a reply
  5. Frack Free Calderdale tell Yorkshire Water fracking risks to water are unacceptable Leave a reply
  6. Social prescribing – the good, the bad and the destruction of jobs and the local economy 1 Reply
  7. NHS commissioners must back off from supporting the flawed hospital cuts Full Business Case 2 Replies
  8. Calderdale Royal Hospital PFI equity sold on for profit YET AGAIN 1 Reply
  9. Fracking Protectors Ask Calderdale Council to Honour its Frack-Free Pledge Leave a reply