Press Summary: 19 January

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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

16 January

111 Service staff told to cover up problems

Daily Mail: (refreshingly; keep it up! [fat chance]) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3402101/NHS-staff-told-cover-problems-hours-hotline-according-leaked-report.html

Norman Lamb has since called for this to be made public:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-35346683

[10 more stories]

Calderdale Hospital to keep A&E in service re-configuration (local)

Halifax Courier: http://www.halifaxcourier.co.uk/news/calderdale/calderdale-royal-hospital-to-keep-a-e-under-shake-up-of-nhs-services-1-7677730

 

Oxford trust found wanting by CQC report

CQC says Oxford Health FT ‘requires improvement’:

https://www.cqc.org.uk/content/care-quality-commission-finds-oxford-health-nhs-foundation-trust-requires-improvement

 

17 January

‘This is the NHS’ Guardian project

Guardian announces project looking at all aspects of the NHS

http://www.theguardian.com/society/ng-interactive/2016/jan/17/this-is-the-nhs

[Their video production team have already been in touch with Alan Taman and he is liaising with them.]

 

GPs to vote on mass resignations

GPs are to consider this unless the current crisis state in general practice is addressed by the government.

Pulse: http://www.pulsetoday.co.uk/home/finance-and-practice-life-news/lmcs-to-debate-mass-resignation-from-nhs-unless-rescue-package-is-agreed/20030896.fullarticle

 

18 January

Cameron says junior docs ‘must not block progress’

Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/jan/18/junior-doctors-must-not-block-nhs-progress-says-cameron

 

19 January

North Manchester hospital facing severe cuts (local)

Mancunian matters: http://www.mancunianmatters.co.uk/content/180175383-sacrificed-feed-beast-north-manchester-hospital-faces-extinction-under-torys

 

Will Self column on NHS

Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/jan/18/will-self-nhs-power-jolt-despairing-back-to-life

 

Managerial model as way forward?

John Neil’s ideas to ‘save’ the NHS.

Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/jan/18/how-to-boost-british-productivity-and-save-the-nhs-all-at-once

 

Sunday Times claim that ‘out-of-hours’ crisis’ is down to women lambasted by junior docs

Independent: http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/junior-doctors-hit-out-at-column-blaming-the-feminisation-of-nhs-for-causing-out-of-hours-crisis-a6817991.html

(The tweet of a junior doc holding a large pair of what looks to be bolt-cutters while in scrubs and claiming she got upset when trying to manicure her nails is especially amusing)

 

Junior Doctors call off strike planned for next Tuesday

But BMA stresses ‘no deal reached’. BBC News: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-35352911

 

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