Press Summary: 1 August 2017

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25 July

Protest against proposed merger set to be held in Burton (local)

Burton KONP cited – well done, Burton. A great example of ‘pre-publicity’ gained from cultivating a good relationship with the local press. Burton Mail

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NHS to face unprecedented workforce crisis as vacancies rise

The chilling process by which privatization is achieved: run it down, make people complain, bring in the private suppliers. Independent


Private fertility clinic opened in NHS hospital (local)

A growing trend – privatized ‘choices’ opening in NHS buildings as ‘non-essential’ services are cut. A choice if you pay, that is. Chester Chronicle


27 July


Labour demands inquiry into privatization of NHS-owned recruiter

Another example of a successful, efficient public service being privatized because it is successful and efficient. Could there be a clearer example that NHS privatization is driven by ideology, not ‘efficiency’? Guardian


28 July


BMA accuses government of planned cuts shrouded in secrecy

STPs. What we have known for some time: they are clandestine, exclusive, plans to cut the NHS to unsafe levels and render areas ripe for privatization. Guardian


Campaigners want more cash for NHS future (local)

Report from a CCG meeting. Jan Gay, Lambeth KONP, quoted. Well done Jan. South London Press


Staffs end-of-life plans scrapped after £840K spent (local)

CCGs decided to drop largest ever privatization plans in county. Perfect example of money spent on ‘consultancies’ that is wasted. Stoke Sentinel


29 July


Plans to cut cataract ops dropped – for now (local)

Greenwich CCG’s plans to cut cataract operations and impose exclusions on people who are obese or who smoke have been dropped after protests. Greenwich KONP played a significant part in this. Evening Standard


31 July


Government promises ’21,000 extra’ mental health staff

But RCN doubts this is achievable. Money to come mainly from budget already promised for NHS.


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Nearly 40 per cent of GPs plan to leave service in next 5 years

As NHS faces intolerable burden through years of under-funding. No signs of extra funds here. Telegraph


Recent national enquiries have included the Morning Star and LBC radio (the latter for live phone-in contributions).

These summaries provide a guide to the main stories in the preceding week, but you can get alerts sent about health stories to yourself every day. This is done through Google news and Google alerts: free services anyone can set up. To find out how to do this, go to the Steering Group, News & Events section on the KONP website ( ) and look for the “starter set of instructions”.

Mobile devices also have free apps that provide news, which you can filter with varying degrees of control.

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