Press Summary: 8 January

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6 January

 Mental health services at grave risk through privatization (local)

West Bridgford Wire (Notts)

5 more stories

Hospital merger forced by PFI

Unite blames Cambridgeshire merger on failing scheme

Morning Star


8 January

 Keogh letter skewed to exaggerate dangers from doctors’ strike

DoH officials urged Bruce Keogh to be ‘hard edged’ about the effects the strike would have on the NHS’s ability to cope with a major incident resulting from a terrorist attack. A rare example of health policy propagandizing being caught in the act.

BT News

Also the Mirror


The history of doctors’ ‘militancy’

A refreshing look at how the medical profession has always been politically active



Blood donors trebled using social media

NHS Blood and Transplant Service’s use of social media to reverse long-term decline using social media won them a marketing award. If they can do it…



Student nurses to take to streets over bursary cuts (local)

Middlesbrough Gazette

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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