Press Summary: 13 June

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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

5 June

’60,000 condemned to early death by NHS failings’

No mention of health inequalities, relationship to poverty, chronic under-funding. Shameless parroting of the ‘NHS is inefficient’ mantra. Telegraph:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/06/05/60000-britons-condemned-to-avoidable-deaths-each-year-due-to-nhs/

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6 June

Trusts merger proposed for Manchester (local)

Open Democracy: https://www.opendemocracy.net/ournhs/kailash-chand/one-big-trust-for-manchester-but-what-will-be-impact-on-patient-care

 

Stevens admits social care shortages will delay NHS discharges

Telegraph: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/06/06/bed-blocking-crisis-leaving-pensioners-stranded-in-hospitals-to/

Similar story on 8 June from the Mirror, this time laying the blame at the government’s feet:

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/nhs-hit-massive-rise-bed-8143236

 

Vote Leave say Welsh NHS budget up £246m by 2030 due to EU migration

The historical irony of all those ruined castles on the Welsh border seems to have escaped them…BBC News: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-politics-36456288

 

7 June

‘Weekend effect real’ for heart conditions

A perfect example of DoH slipshod extension of a cautious research argument into a blunt policy club to strike the current government’s point home. BT web news

http://home.bt.com/news/uk-news/weekend-effect-very-much-a-reality-for-nhs-heart-patients-says-expert-11364066541468

 

Brexit would hurt the NHS

Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/jun/07/brexit-would-hurt-nhs-doctors-nurses-eu-referendum

And John Major’s searing attack on Johnson and Gove, Guardian:

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/jun/05/john-major-nhs-risk-brexit-pythons-johnson-and-gove

 

9 June

Effect of Brexit

Analysis from the Independent:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/eu-referendum-what-effect-would-brexit-really-have-on-the-nhs-a7073241.html

 

Obesity not to blame for NHS problems

Refreshing injection of common sense, gainsaying the alarming and sinister ‘undeserving sick’ (unspoken but implied, ‘they brought it on themselves – they should pay for it’) narrative – a classic shift in denial and blame to achieve the desired propaganda outcome. Spectator:

https://health.spectator.co.uk/ignore-the-nhs-propaganda-fatties-arent-to-blame-for-its-soaring-costs/

 

10 June

NHS staff crisis worse than cash shortage

BBC News: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-36488675

 

Hunt asks Deloitte to advise on privatising NHS staff bank

An almost unbelievable triumph of ideological hypocrisy over sound financial judgement.

NHS Finance: http://www.nationalhealthexecutive.com/Health-Care-News/hunt-considering-part-privatisation-of-nhs-professionals

Unite’s response:

http://www.unitetheunion.org/news/unite-statement-on-reports-that-nhs-professionals-may-be-part-privatised/

 

11 June

NHS staff under stress doubles

Mirror: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/number-stressed-out-nhs-workers-8171240

 

Poll shows massive support for increasing mental health spend

Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/jun/11/public-anger-soaring-mental-health-care-nhs

 

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