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CALENDAR of events

Saturday 28th April 2018

Sheffield march & rally for the NHS - Save MIU & Walk-in centre
City Hall Sheffield
SHEFFIELD SAVE OUR NHS leads a March and Rally
Meet from 1.30pm outside the City Hall
March from 2pm to the Royal Hallamshire Hospital.
Come and join in this important action to fight for the future of our NHS. Keep the Minor Injuries Unit at Hallamshire hospital and Broad Lane Walk-in Centre open.
Time is short, as Jeremy Hunt is desperate to push ahead with Accountable Care plans which will leave the doors wide open to increased - even total - privatisation.

Saturday 5th May 2018

MAY DAY Rally - Save our NHS
Market Cross Market Place Huddersfield
MAY DAY Rally - Huddersfield TUC
* Save our NHS - Save Huddersfield A&E
* Fight against Austerity & Racism
* Build for 'A new deal for working people' TUC march & rally
Sat 12th May - London
Speakers from HANDSOFFHRI, UCU, UNISON, Kirklees Campaign against Climate Change, UNITE, Kirklees Stand up to Racism, GMB
Please bring your banners
Organised by Hudds TUC & Hudds Community UNITE


The Independent Reconfiguration Panel critical of CCG's handling of the Horton. But has the Horton been saved?

In 2016 Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group announced the planned closure of obstetrics at the Horton Hospital in Banbury and the centralisation of obstetrics at the John Radcliffe Hospital ...

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  • Realism needed over delivery task for providers NHS Providers, representing trusts, responds to the warning from NHS Improvement that their plans have been unrealistic.

  • NHS spends as little as £2.61 per day on patient food Daily Mirror report reveals 13 hospitals spent less than £5 a day; average spend was just £11 per day on food for patients on hospital wards.

  • NHS and council staff in a new care model 'vanguard' in Greater Manchester have voted for strike action. (£) HSJ article based on UNISON press statement.
    "Unison, which represents 230 council and NHS staff involved in the Stockport Together vanguard, said the decision follows seven months of negotiations.
    "The industrial action will take place on 27 April. The union said 96 per cent of respondents to the ballot voted to strike.
    "HSJ revealed staff’s concerns in January, which presented further difficulties for a project that has already been scaled back from initial plans to form a single accountable care organisation.
    "The project partners – including Stockport Foundation Trust, Stockport Council and Stockport Clinical Commissioning Group – have instead focused on establishing integrated community teams working under an “alliance contract” between providers."
    Union members are concerned about a planned expansion of unqualified support workers, as well as a reduction to the availability of services during peak times.

  • Health Care Assistants doing nurses' duties Three quarters of HCAs are taking on tasks that should be carried out by qualified nurses, according to a UNISON report in the Guardian. A symptom of desperate efforts at cost saving while bridging huge gaps in staffing.

  • NHS Improvement chief: Trust plans are unrealistic and unachievable Article in the (£) HSJ by Lawrence Dunhill, begins:
    "NHS Improvement has told providers their activity, workforce and financlal plans for the
    new financial year do not look realistic or achievable."
    In an email to the sector on April 18, NHSl chief executive Ian Dalton said plans submitted by some trusts are "not sufficiently robust" and further work is needed to address several issues before final submissions are made by 30 April.
    It is the first blast of realism from the top of the NHS since trusts, CCGs and local councils were told just before Christmas 2015 to organise themselves into local "footprints" and draw up Sustainability & Transformation Plans -- few of which are robust, evidence-based or achievable.

  • Hunt halts Horton General closure plans A splendid victory for the Banbury campaigners after such a long haul, showing that no matter how hopeless it may seem it is sometimes possible to get the Independent Reconfiguration Panel to put a spanner in the works. Also a broad, popular, vocal campaign in a Tory area can create a political pressure, which should not be ignored.

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