Press Summary: 2 February

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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

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

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NHS myths

List of common myths. Guardian:

http://www.theguardian.com/society/commentisfree/2016/jan/26/five-myths-nhs-health-service

 

Mental health death spike shows NHS not coping

Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/jan/26/rise-mental-health-patient-deaths-nhs-struggling-to-cope

 

28 January

 

Norwich CCG gives plans to out-of-hours GP service (local)

Includes a quote from KONP Norfolk member, Bill Adnams. Well done Bill! BBC Norfolk:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-35411439

 

Local hospital debate gives KONP local group publicity (local)

A good example of a local group using a local issue to get free publicity via the local press.

Weston Mercury: http://www.thewestonmercury.co.uk/news/small_weston_general_hospital_in_streetlife_debate_1_4395110

 

30 January

 

Hospitals told to cut staff in NHS cash crisis

Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/jan/29/hospitals-told-cut-staff-nhs-cash-crisis

 

1 February

KONP activist warns on trust merger (local)

Mike Scott on Sherwood Forest Trust merger; or ‘NHS critic’, as the BBC call him! Well done Mike – despite the label.   BBC Notts: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-35453906

 

2 February

 

Two fifths of NHS budget spent on over-65s

Seems to be falling into the ‘ageing myth’ trap, sadly?

Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/feb/01/ageing-britain-two-fifths-nhs-budget-spent-over-65s

 

Care home visits cut by GPs

Outlining the effects of cutting costs for this vulnerable group

BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-35462112

 

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You can now get alerts sent about health stories yourself. This is much better than a regular, ‘supplied’ service because you can choose what key words trigger the alerts: “Keep Our NHS Pubic”, “NHS”, “health” – your choice. Then you can adjust the settings to improve the coverage. This has the added advantage that local stories to you can be searched for, as well as national. Alerts can be set up to send you an e-mail as a story breaks, or summarise them under headings you decide once a day.

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