Press Summary: 15 February

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8 February


Nuffield Trust says delayed discharges far higher than official figures


[16 more stories]

Guardian letter: health tourism claims a distraction

Signed by doctors. But drew some criticism from this week’s New Statesman about the impression this gives of a ‘metropolitan elite’. Can’t win if you stay silent, can’t do right if you don’t sometimes


10 charts that show why the NHS is in trouble

Interesting analysis from the BBC’s Nick Triggle. Ignores the corrosive effect of privatisation.


Senior doctors call on PM to increase NHS spending

Which she promptly ignored. BBC News


Corridor nurses now in place

Independent. Speaks for itself. There was a time when staff meetings in corridors were all about being OUT of earshot of anyone else…


‘Two tier’ GP fears as ‘pay to see me’ service brought in by practice



Newcastle rally against STPs (local)

Credit given to KONP North-East. Well done. The Shields Gazette


Talk to be given by campaigners (local)

Pre-publicity about a KONP organised gig! Well done Southend KONP. Basildon Echo


10 February


Worst A&E waiting stats on record

Sky news


Hundreds of serious incidents that should not be happening

Independent. What anyone should expect with massive under-staffing, over-working, increased bullying and a culture of fear essentially. Which the Indy missed completely. Falling straight into the Chomsky agenda by doing so: under-fund, wait for people to complain, privatise


Hunt: NHS problems unacceptable

Adding there is no excuse for some of the problems. He just missed out the ‘I am determined to provide…’ at the start. Tactic to deflect the criticism as it was becoming hard to ignore. Guardian and elsewhere.


11 February


NHS experience and druid surgeons

On the face of it, an attempt at irony which compounds tourism and the NHS. But it subtends to a much darker narrative of xenophobia and decrying the NHS as ‘old fashioned and bureaucratic’ which is the government’s line: ‘look at our creaky, old, quaintly British yet not working too well NHS – on a par with Stonehenge, which those dastardly foreigners are determined to visit’. PR spin via sarcastic humour exploiting stereotypes: a classic tool for appealing to those already on side. Ugly.



When Labour said it can’t trust the Tories with the NHS it was a fact

A far more direct opinion. Mirror


Most Brits blame NHS tourists for poor state of the NHS

Which was of course the whole point in making such a fuss about retrieving money off them. Chomsky again: the point of most PR is to manufacture (uninformed, irrational) consent. [Some of us are trying to stop that! AT] Mirror

Interesting analysis of this in the context of ‘fake news ala Trump’ by the Chronicle:

And refreshingly countered by the Independent:


12 February


£850 for a roller blind

Mail. Which to its credit does lay the blame on pirating private companies as much as NHS incompetence. This is an increasing trend as NHS procurement is deliberately changed from a system whereby the NHS procures the best goods and services at value to one where the NHS is procured by an increasingly predatory number of private companies.


15 February


Norfolk and Norwich trusts criticised for hiring private accounting consultants (local)

Cites KONP Norwich as the source for this. Well done Norwich.


The Great NHS gamble (local)

Peterborough Telegraph’s take on the Johnston Group’s investigations unit’s look at the NHS. See below. Also taken up by the Yorkshire Post, the Independent, and others in the group. Dialogue continuing.


KONP received several enquiries nationally, including the Morning Star (published quotes several times this week), Channel 4 News and the investigations unit of the Johnston Group (who produce many local titles as well as the Independent, competing with Trinity Mirror nationwide), for advice and for quotes. Several calls relating to local stories were fielded to the respective group contact or dealt with directly. The Johnston enquiry has lead to ongoing dialogue about developing further ideas

Several branches are sending in press releases – thank you. We need more! Local successes are at least matching national ‘presence’, which is to be expected – but it helps to know of any successes, or even unsuccessful attempts. Please send to Alan Taman: [email protected]


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