Press Summary: 19 May

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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

14 May

‘Weekend effect’ evidence attacked by research (local)

Research showing NHS surgeries not less safe at weekends. The Cherwell

http://www.cherwell.org/2016/05/14/oxford-research-attacks-evidence-behind-weekend-effect-in-nhs/

[8 more stories]

16 May

Major reorganization from STPs under way

Refreshing report on footprint deceit. Huffington Post

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/justin-madders/nhs-reform-reorganisation_b_9991164.html?utm_hp_ref=uk-politics

 

17 May

Juniors set to quit in mass numbers of contract imposed

Pulse: http://www.pulsetoday.co.uk/hot-topics/junior-doctor-contract/almost-half-of-junior-doctors-will-quit-the-nhs-if-contract-is-imposed/20031856.fullarticle

 

18 May

TTIP not good reason for Brexit

Telegraph: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/05/18/no-ttip-is-not-a-good-reason-for-britain-to-leave-the-european-u/

 

19 May

NHS finances worsening

Interesting use of language here; talk of ‘recovery’ from debt, no mention of systematic under-funding as the driver for it. Telegraph:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/05/18/nhs-faces-herculean-challenge-amid-worsening-care-and-finances/

A more balanced view from ITV News:

http://www.itv.com/news/2016-05-19/patient-care-has-deteriorated-warn-nhs-trust-finance-chiefs/

 

Junior doctor contract deal

Summary points. Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/may/18/junior-doctors-contract-deal-what-was-agreed

Juniors split over new deal. Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/may/18/junior-doctors-bma-jeremy-hunt-agree-deal-end-contract-dispute

BMA fears struggle to sell deal to members. BBC:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-36330589

STOP PRESS: There’s a Better Way…

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.

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 and look for the “starter set of instructions”.

… and please don’t forget, your smartphone or tablet will have free apps that look for and filter news, too: try configuring those for health stories, or the NHS, as well.


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