April 1st starts stealth privatisation of NHS – every day, things are getting worse

You can read an edited transcript of the video on the British Medical Journal website. Lucy Reynolds offers a clear, chilling analysis of how the Health and Social Care Act will work when it comes into force on April 1st.

Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign is calling on everyone to lobby Parliament and MPs on 26th March, and write to Lords to oppose  regulations that are the thin end of the wedge for stealth NHS privatisation.

We want to make sure that CCGs are not forced to use competition, but can decide for themselves whether they use NHS services or whether they choose to use private providers like Virgin or other international companies.”

Also, you can ask your MP to sign the EDM 1188 aiming to get a public debate on the new regulations.
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New NHS commissioning will put profits above healthcare

KPMG Leeds Office. KPMG has seconded Pete Thomas to work as Finance Lead for the new NHS West Yorkshire Commissioning Support Unit (CSU). His job is to prepare the CSU business plan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr Chris Day writes:

The NHS internal market will mean that commissioners who allocate the budget and providers who do the work are effectively part of the same organisation. This is a recipe for conflicts of interest. Patients will not know why they are being refused care or where the money has gone that would have been available in the past.
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Chucking a steak to the HealthWatch dog?

How can an organisation funded by Calderdale Council – and, indirectly, central government – be expected to act as an independent, public watchdog for Calderdale Council public health policies, strategies and actions, and for the NHS purchasing decisions of the new Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group?

If you share these doubts, you might want to get in touch with Calderdale Save Our Services and/or your local Councillor.

Calderdale Council has awarded the £302k 2013-2015 contract for Local HealthWatch to Voluntary Action Calderdale, who bid for it in 2012.

The Coalition government’s Health and Safety Act 2012 requires Councils to fund a Local HealthWatch group. This is supposed to be “the consumer champion within the new NHS and social care arrangements, providing influence, signposting and advocacy for service users”, according to a Calderdale Cabinet Report of 10 December 2012. Continue reading

Ten things we’ll miss now the NHS has been gutted

This post is copied (with some omissions and a slightly altered title) from Just Plain Sense Blogs by Christine Burns MBE , licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales License. See Google for author details.