Press Summary: 29 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: [email protected]

 

24 March

The toll on NHS staff from meeting targets (local)

Liverpool Echo: http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/unions-nhs-staff-left-stressed-11086461

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Juniors next walkout

Daily Express, leading with the claim that lives will be endangered: http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/655057/Junior-doctors-announce-first-full-walkout-including-withdrawal-of-emergency-care

 

Why juniors are striking

A more even-handed account! The Week: http://www.theweek.co.uk/65579/why-junior-doctors-are-striking

 

NHS pressured to fiddle figures to show finances falsely better than they are

Telegraph: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/12203691/NHS-being-pressured-by-government-to-fiddle-the-figures-to-make-finances-seem-better-documents-reveal.html

(See also John Lister’s informative analysis:

http://www.healthemergency.org.uk/pdf/Snapshot%20survey%20of%20NHS%20acute%20Trust%20finances.pdf

Also how this is driving “transformation” in the NHS, ie driven by debts forcing cuts:

http://www.healthcampaignstogether.com/financialcuts.php

And John’s TUC blog:

http://touchstoneblog.org.uk/2016/03/nhs-cash-crisis-reaching-turning-point-worse/

Also our own:

http://keepournhspublic.com/nhs-threats/nhs-finance-shortfalls-will-drive-massive-cuts/ )

 

Investing in social care essential to balance NHS books

Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/social-care-network/2016/mar/24/social-care-essential-balance-nhs-books

 

25 March

 

Keogh says doctors’ dispute has “derailed” 7-day plans

Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/mar/24/junior-doctors-row-derailed-seven-day-nhs-plans-bruce-keogh

 

Keighley 38 Degrees stage support demo for NHS Bill (local)

Keighley News (West Yorkshire)): http://www.keighleynews.co.uk/news/14383322.Keighley_members_of_38_Degrees_campaign_group_stage_action_in_support_of_the_NHS/

 

Worcester CCG cuts help for obese (Local)

Worcester news: http://www.worcesternews.co.uk/news/14385100.NHS_cuts_may_mean_you_re_on_your_own_if_you_re_fat/

 

NHS reorganisations imposed without evidence

OurNHS’s typically robust take on how politicians impose change that is anything but evidence-led on our NHS: https://www.opendemocracy.net/hannah-basson/who-s-afraid-of-evidence-about-what-works-in-nhs

 

A&E warn people to stay away ‘unless an emergency’ over holiday weekend (local)

In complete contradiction to decades of encouraging people to turn up in the hope it might save lives? Coventry Telegraph: http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/health/nhs-warn-people-stay-away-11096616 (based on DoH advice, see below)

 

26 March

 

Three Things MPs say about the NHS Bill and why they are wrong

OurNHS: https://www.opendemocracy.net/clive-peedell/three-things-mps-say-about-nhs-bill-and-why-they-are-wrong

 

Head of GP development says Government ‘has listened to GPs’ on 7-day working

Pulse: http://www.pulsetoday.co.uk/hot-topics/seven-day-gp-access/government-has-listened-to-gps-on-seven-day-opening-says-nhs-leader/20031437.fullarticle

 

Doctor whistleblowers risk ‘career suicide’

Daily Mirror: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/nhs-junior-doctors-who-turn-7635466

 

Trivial reasons for visiting A&E issued by NHS for holiday weekend

And there are some! Independent: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/nhs-crisis-worst-reasons-people-visit-ae-when-they-shouldnt-a6954296.html

 

27 March

 

Hunt claims Brexit could cost lives

ITV News: http://www.itv.com/news/2016-03-27/jeremy-hunt-brexit-could-starve-nhs-of-investment/

 

28 March

 

West Country MP defends privatisation (local)

Everything you didn’t want to hear about TTIP! This is the West Country: http://www.thisisthewestcountry.co.uk/news/14345528.COLUMN__MP_Fysh_talks__privatising_of_NHS_and_healthcare_/

 

How did Britain build the NHS?

BBC’s take on the reasons and history, plus a survey: http://www.bbc.co.uk/guides/zp8bcdm#zyxdq6f

 

Mass GP surgery shutdown over Easter: costs and A&E pressures

Daily Mirror: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/mass-shutdown-gp-surgeries-easter-7640781

 

29 March

 

NHS ‘terminally ill’, says Leeds GP (Local)

Yorkshire Evening Post: http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/health/nhs-terminally-ill-claims-leeds-gp-1-7821465

 

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