Sustainability and Transformation Plans – the great NHS sell off by digitech woo merchants Stevens & Swindells

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Digitech is central to NHS Sustainability and Transformation Plans, says ex-Cerner Vice President turned NHS England Director.

What fresh revolving door horror is this?

Before he started his job at NHS England – pushing digitech as key to Sustainability and Transformation Plans –  Matthew Swindells was Senior Vice President  at the US health digitech company Cerner.
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Posted from London, England, United Kingdom.

Why the NHS Bill and the Labour Party’s failure to support it matter

Deborah Harrington, National Health Action Party campaigner, provides some context for those who don’t get the point of the NHS Bill and think there is no problem with Labour not turning up to support it.

The first problem of note is Simon Stevens. Continue reading

Posted from London, England, United Kingdom.

American corporate foxes to ransack NHS henhouse in £3bn-£5bn privatisation

A huge privatisation is underway that will put US health insurance company United Health in a position to bid for contracts to provide NHS clinical services, at the same time as it advises clinical commissioning groups on what clinical services to plan and buy.

NHS England – increasingly looking like a Trojan Horse for United Health (the previous employer of the NHS England CEO, Simon Stevens) – is pushing one of the biggest NHS privatisations to date, worth £3bn-£5bn. Continue reading

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Let the people set the agenda for the remaining NHS debates by Calder Valley parliamentary politicians

The first NHS debate between Calder Valley parliamentary hopefuls and the current MP Craig Whitaker ran along familiar lines.  The politicians repeated what they have already said several times in other situations.

There were only two unexpected comments.

  • Craig Whitaker MP accused Labour Parliamentary Candidate Josh Fenton Glynn of “schoolboy politics”, instead of repeating his earlier slur that Josh was a “stick of celery”.
  • The LibDem Parliamentary Candidate, Alisdair McGregor, said that in the next Coalition Government, which he seemed confident would happen, LibDems would push for the widespread roll out of Personal Health Budgets (despite the fact that the Dutch experience of Personal Health Budgets has been that they led to escalating costs and widespread abuse, with the result that the Dutch have radically reduced their availability – which Mr McGregor didn’t mention.)

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New NHS head Simon Stevens is key player in private healthcare network

Simon Stevens, the new NHS England head, is one of the key folk who’s been responsible for driving private healthcare companies’ capture of UK governments and the NHS.

Simon Stevens was formerly president of US/global private healthcare company United Health. Before that, he was involved in the private health care advocacy think tank Kings Fund, and was central to New Labour‘s NHS privatising reforms.

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Posted from Hebden Bridge, England, United Kingdom.