Press Summary: 23 March

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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

16 March

Risks of devolution and other ways of achieving integrated care

SHA Vice-President Brian Fisher. GP online:

http://www.gponline.com/nhs-reform-devolution-not-path-integrated-healthcare/article/1387416

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NHS Bill filibustering by Tories

OurNHS’s description of how the government stopped the NHS Bill by denying debate.

https://www.opendemocracy.net/ournhs/caroline-lucas/tories-stole-nhs-bill-debate-from-public-but-bill-to-save-our-nhs-is-not-going

 

19 March

 

Budget cuts NHS repair bill

A damning indication of the government’s strategy of running down the NHS.

Independent: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/nhs-cuts-budget-george-osborne-secret-stealth-privatisation-a6938441.html

 

Waiting targets missed because of NHS pressures (local)

North-East Chronicle: http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/health/crippling-pressure-nhs-north-east-11064801

 

NHS ‘waste’ in drug use

Never happens in a BUPA hospital, of course…

Daily Express: https://www.express.co.uk/comment/expresscomment/653888/NHS-waste-continues-we-suffer

 

20 March

 

Former Lib-Dem MP Laws spills the beans about Tory pre-election NHS budget pledge

Tories knew their promised budget pledge was not enough. Guardian:

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/mar/20/conservative-pledge-protect-nhs-disingenuous-david-laws

 

Mental health nurse staffing crisis

Daily Express: http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/health/653954/Staffing-crisis-nurses-quit-NHS-health-Britain-mental-health

 

21 March

 

Southport Hospital unions fear privatisation in ‘sustainability review’ for hospital (local)

Southport Visitor: http://www.southportvisiter.co.uk/news/southport-west-lancs/unison-fears-back-door-privatisation-11067787

 

Ray Tallis: we are now an undeveloping nation (local)

Ray’s brilliant comments in Mancunian matters reported from pro-NHS Bill demo in Manchester:

http://www.mancunianmatters.co.uk/content/210375664-we-are-now-undeveloping-nation-nhs-melting-icecap-warns-retired-man-uni-professor

 

BMA claim Tories deceiving public over true level of NHS funding

Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/mar/21/bma-doctors-accuse-tories-lying-extra-10bn-support-nhs-england

 

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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