Press Summary: 4 October

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27 September

Accountancy giant PWC paid £300k to help slash Mersey NHS services (local)

Another glimpse of what STPs are really going to be about. Liverpool Echo


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‘Pressure group’ warns of NHS crisis (local)

Refreshing take on Sussex Defend the NHS’s views, which are the lead for a change. Brighton & Hove Argus.


30 September


Junior doctors join cuts protest (local)

Oxford KONP Chair Ken Williamson quoted. Well done Ken. Oxford Mail


Hunt ‘did not impose contract’ (local)

Local angle of national story. Oxford Mail


Protesters set for demo against NHS cuts (local)

KONP Dorset’s Debby Monkhouse quoted. Well done Debby. Dorset Echo


The NHS: How bad will it get?

Bleak summary from the BBC


Another private contractor pulls out of contract

For Southern Health NHS Trust this time. Will they never learn? As long as the ‘market for health’ delusion persists, probably not. BBC


Private healthcare ‘revolution’ leaves the NHS healthier

Predictably simplified rhetoric expounding the ‘private must be better’ view, ignoring issues like complexity, coordination and the need to address multiple co-morbidities in the best way. Which the NHS does every split-second. And private companies…er…don’t. Telegraph:


1 October


Kirklees A&E crisis (local)

More STP consequences. Bately & Birstall news


3 October


Greater Manchester hospitals £78 million in debt

Part of the devolution narrative? BBC


Bradford residents forced into ‘DIY dentistry’ because can’t afford to pay (local)

If ever there was a herald to what the future could hold for most of us unless it is stopped, this is it. Bradford Telegraph & Argus


More NHS doctors should be ‘home grown”



And reported widely elsewhere, including the Guardian.



Developed later by the Mail (4 October) as ‘cutting dependency on overseas employees’.


NHS staff crisis exposed as trust plans to hire ‘100 foreign doctors’




KONP received several calls from national outlets in the past week, relating to Carillon spending £15k to display their wares at the Tory conference despite the poor quality of their services in Nottingham, and other issues.

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