Press Summary: 15 February

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8 February

 

Nuffield Trust says delayed discharges far higher than official figures

Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/feb/08/bed-blocking-three-times-worse-than-nhs-figures-show-study

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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

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/feb/07/health-tourism-claims-distraction-from-nhs-real-problems

 

10 charts that show why the NHS is in trouble

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

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-38887694

 

Senior doctors call on PM to increase NHS spending

Which she promptly ignored. BBC News

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-38906914

 

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…

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/nhs-hospitals-corridor-nurses-over-full-a-and-e-accident-emergency-departments-uk-royal-blackburn-a7569441.html

 

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

Guardian.

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/feb/08/two-tier-nhs-gps-allow-patients-pay-jump-the-queue-bournemouth

 

Newcastle rally against STPs (local)

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

http://www.shieldsgazette.com/news/opinion/emma-lewell-buck-stand-up-and-fight-cuts-to-health-service-1-8377377

 

Talk to be given by campaigners (local)

Pre-publicity about a KONP organised gig! Well done Southend KONP. Basildon Echo
http://www.echo-news.co.uk/news/15078970.A_E_talk_by_campaigners/

 

10 February

 

Worst A&E waiting stats on record

Sky news

http://news.sky.com/story/nhs-in-england-failing-to-hit-targets-on-ae-cancer-and-trolley-waits-10760984

 

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

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/nhs-mistakes-never-events-surgery-patients-fatal-a7566936.html

 

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.

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/feb/10/jeremy-hunt-nhs-problems-completely-unacceptable

 

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.

Telegraph. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/11/welcome-great-nhs-experience-druid-surgeons-await/

 

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

A far more direct opinion. Mirror

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/labour-said-you-cant-trust-9802090

 

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

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/health-tourism-blamed-poor-nhs-9802486

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

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/comment-how-government-uses-fake-12590710

And refreshingly countered by the Independent:

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/health-tourism-nhs-crisis-jeremy-hunt-spain-brexit-hospitals-a7575226.html

 

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.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4215944/NHS-spends-850-23-roller-blind.html

 

15 February

 

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

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

http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/health/norfolk_and_norwich_hospital_trust_to_spend_nearly_4m_on_private_accountants_for_help_saving_60m_over_two_years_1_4890815

 

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.

http://www.peterboroughtoday.co.uk/news/health/the-great-nhs-gamble-what-have-we-investigated-and-why-1-7821117

 

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: healthjournos@gmail.com

 

This service is provided as a guide to the main stories, but you can get alerts sent about health stories 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 (http://keepournhspublic.com/support-konp/steering-group-page/news-events/ ) 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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