Press Summary: 2 August

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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: mailto:[email protected]

27 July

Specialised commissioning as part of STP structure

Outline of Stevens’ plans by NHS Exec magazine. National Executive

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NHS underspends budget by half a billion

Any connection to the above story is entirely ‘coincidental’…



29 July

Creeping healthcare damaging NHS

Great piece reporting on new research, Allyson Pollock one of the researchers. Independent.


Southern Health FT paid millions to private firms run by associates of CEO

Public dosh for the private chums. And in the Telegraph!


A&E crisis as patients wait too long for treatment (local)

Gloucestershire Live:


NHS boss paid £335K to oversee North Devon cuts (local)

Or about 15 times the median annual salary in the UK. For all of 11 weeks’ work. North Devon Journal:

Also BBC News:


Scrapping bursaries for trainee nurses will plunge the NHS into chaos and put patients at risk

Opinion piece in the Independent:


31 July

Hunt’s plans for the NHS

Critique in the Huffington Post:


Hospitals under pressure to cut pay bill after taking on ‘too many’ nurses

Cut staff, in other words. Telegraph:


Cambridge KONP report condemns collapse of UnitingCare contract (local)

Report prepared by John Lister. Well done Cambridge and John. Cambridge News


2 August

Lancs urgent care centre faces privatisation threat (local)

Chorley Guardian.


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