Press release: Birth of a bad idea – maternity budgets

[Tuesday 23 February]

The latest proposals to give pregnant women a £3,000 ‘personal budget’ – recommended by the Maternity Services Review – on the pretext of offering more choice are a formula for chaos.

 Keep Our NHS Public is adamant that this proposal – as with other ‘health voucher schemes’ in the past – is nothing more than a pretext for large-scale privatisation which would fragment and reduce core services even further. Read more Press release: Birth of a bad idea – maternity budgets

Press summary: 23 February

The following stories were selected from those sent as daily alerts under the search term ‘NHS’, and ‘Keep Our NHS Public’ from the Google alerts service. Please send any comments to Alan: press@keepournhspublic.com

18 February

Privatisation approaches £6 billion

Common space: https://www.commonspace.scot/articles/3483/privatisation-of-english-nhs-approaches-6bn-in-last-three-years

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Press Summary: Tuesday 16 February

The following stories were selected from those sent as daily alerts under the search term ‘NHS’, and ‘Keep Our NHS Public’ from the Google alerts service. Please send any comments to Alan: press@keepournhspublic.com

10 February

Privatisation cases threatening free NHS treatment

Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/feb/08/surge-in-privatisation-threatening-free-nhs-treatment-unions-say

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Press release: NHS 2 billion in the red and rising

[Tuesday 16 February]

As Jeremy Hunt demands NHS trust managers clear deficits before they receive any of the £1.5 billion “transformation fund” in 2016-17, figures from a snap survey of trust board papers in early February by pressure group London Health Emergency show trust deficits are bigger than ever, with 138 out of 150 trusts in the red. Read more Press release: NHS 2 billion in the red and rising

Press release: Hunt’s arrogance will cost us all

[Thursday 11 February 2016]

Jeremy Hunt’s decision to impose the employers’ latest contract on junior doctors despite massive support for their cause should not surprise anyone: the arrogance of this government has defined their handling of the NHS since they came into power. But the most unpleasant surprises are what lies behind the government’s latest move, and the legacy they are willing to risk. A dwindling, demotivated and resentful workforce, in the very service that at some time or another looks after all of us, which has nothing to do with a “24-hour, 7-day-a-week NHS” and everything to do with cutting costs and breaking the NHS apart to fulfil the warped ideal of a privatised health service. Read more Press release: Hunt’s arrogance will cost us all

Press release: 30 thousand ops YEARLY cancelled under the Tories, not 3!

[Wednesday 10 February]

The Department of Health’s claim – used by Jeremy Hunt today to pile blame on the thousands of junior doctors striking – that 3,000 operations were cancelled “because of the strike” is an act of monstrous hypocrisy. Because, under the Tories, close to THIRTY thousand operations thousand extra operations now have had to be cancelled EVERY YEAR by the NHS compared with 2010, A 64% increase*. And the increase shows no signs of slowing, as budget cuts starve the NHS year on year have had to be cancelled by the NHS since 2010*. And it shows no signs of slowing, as budget cuts starve the NHS year on year. Read more Press release: 30 thousand ops YEARLY cancelled under the Tories, not 3!

Press Summary: Tuesday 9 February

The following stories were selected from those sent as daily alerts under the search term ‘NHS’, and ‘Keep Our NHS Public’ from the Google alerts service. Please send any comments to Alan: press@keepournhspublic.com

5 February

Delays to patient discharges costing NHS £900 million a year

From the Carter Report.

BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-35481849

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Press Release: Cancer Care Private Contract Farce

[Tuesday 2 February]

“We told you so!” – something Keep Our NHS Public does not relish saying. But a £687 million deal to hand cancer care services in Staffordshire to a private provider has been “put on holdwhile the inquiry is held into the disastrous failure of a privatisation contract for £800million of elderly care in Cambridgeshire after 8 months because it was financially unsustainable. To say “privatisation does not work” would be an under-statement. Read more Press Release: Cancer Care Private Contract Farce

Press Summary: Tuesday 2 February

The following stories were selected from those sent as daily alerts under the search term ‘NHS’, and ‘Keep Our NHS Public’ from the Google alerts service. Please send any comments to Alan: press@keepournhspublic.com

27 January

Failed Addenbrookes contract signed off despite major doubts
Investigation into why Uniting Care contract was awarded in the first place.
Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/jan/26/nhs-watchdog-signed-off-doomed-750m-contract-despite-doubts
The London Economic:
http://www.thelondoneconomic.com/news/failed-nhs-contract-signed-off-despite-major-doubts/26/01

[8 more stories] Read more Press Summary: Tuesday 2 February