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newspaper No 13 - NOW OUT!

In our 4th year of quarterly publication, issue 13 (January 2019) is now available here online. Printed copies of the 12-page full colour tabloid will be available from January 8. We SOLD ALL COPIES of our last issue, so order now to avoid disappointment.

Features include the Safety Campaign, a look forward towards the Long Term Plan and back at the Five Year Forward View, reports from our Social Care Conference, pages of campaign news from around the country, two pages on mental health, and a special feature from Shadow Health Secretary Jon Ashworth MP … plus much more.

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Social Care conference a big success

Well over 100 people from all over England took part in the successful Reclaim Social Care conference called by Health Campaigns Together in Birmingham on November 17, in collaboration with the Socialist Health Association, the National Pensioners Convention and others.

More pictures and reports, along with background facts and info on social care, are available HERE.

June 30: tens of thousands celebrate and demonstrate for #OurNHS70

See HERE for a collection of news, video and pictures from the day

CALENDAR of events

Sunday 27th January 2019
6:30 pm

Spit & Sawdust Music Hall

The Regal Theatre, Tenbury Wells

One night only - audience invited to dress in period costume!
All proceeds to be donated to Shropshire Defend Our NHS Campaign.

Thursday 31st January 2019
10:00am to 1:00pm

Long Term Plan is
Unfunded, Undemocratic, Unsafe!

Skipton House,
80 London Road
Elephant and Castle
London SE1 6LH

Please come and join fellow KONP supporters in protesting the government's NHS long term plan.

Saturday 16th February 2019
1.00pm- 3pm

Hands Off QEQM!

Margate Methodist Church Hall
Union Crescent
Margate CT9 1PL
(near Cecil Square)

This is a meeting for the general public, arranged by Save Our NHS in Kent. We will be discussing the future of the QEQM, the plans that threaten A&E, maternity and stroke treatment for the people of Thanet, and we will be taking questions from the public. We want to hear your views.
Please be sure to put this in your calendar, and spread the word to your friends, colleagues and family.
The people of Thanet need to come together and fight back to ensure we have the health services we deserve, for ourselves and for the next generation.

Saturday 30th March 2019
11.30 -2pm

Yorkshire Health Campaigns Together Demonstration

Leeds Art Gallery

Continuing a long line of spring demonstrations in Leeds to defend health services in Yorkshire and the North.
No cuts, No closures, No charges!
NHS Long term Plan is Unfunded, Undemocratic, Unsafe!
Starts and finishes at Leeds Art Gallery!

Contact Leeds organisers


What hope for a ten year plan for the NHS?

The repeated postponement of the 10-year “long term plan” for the NHS called for during the summer by Theresa May is partly a product of the fixation on Brexit – but partly a reflection of the cleft stick in which NHS England is trapped ...

Read the full item, and other breaking news

Info links

Links to important new information on other websites
  • Carillion Pocketed £205m Despite Finishing Just 10% Of Much-Delayed Hospital Huffington Post reports on Birmingham's Midland Metropolitan Hospital: "Construction giant Carillion earned £205million from a contract to build a multi-million pound hospital despite completing just 10% of vital engineering work before it went bust.

  • STATEMENT FROM MEDWAY COUNCIL Document to KENT AND MEDWAY STROKE REVIEW JOINT HEALTH OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY COMMITTEE argues the proposals for centralisation are wrong. "Medway Council believes that the proposed sites that have been selected for the
    provision of HASUs (Darent Valley, Maidstone and William Harvey, Ashford) are not in
    the best interests of the health service in Kent and Medway. Furthermore, Medway
    Council believes that there were flaws in the way that the Joint Committee of Clinical
    Commissioning Groups was led to choose the selected sites. This invalidated the criteria
    used on the public consultation documents and failed to provide evidence to support the
    evaluation criteria."

  • Are patients benefiting from integrated care? Fascinating figures from the Nuffield Trust show the case for integration is far from proven; on several measures patients do worse.

  • Future Fit officials criticised over Newport venue for crucial vote Shropshire Star reports local Defend our NHS has voiced criticism of the location and the timing of an important meeting, claiming that people using public transport will be unable to attend.: "A vote over the future of Shropshire's health services will be taken by a 15-person panel at Newport's Harper Adams University on January 29.
    "The result of the vote will confirm whether the county's only A&E department is based at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital or Princess Royal Hospital Telford. "

  • RCEM statement on four-hour target speculation Statement by Royal College of Emergency Medicine says:
    "The four-hour ECS has been a resilient, sophisticated and very successful overall marker of a hospital's emergency care system performance for the last 15 years. Sadly, the past five or six years has seen a steady deterioration in system performance due to under investment in acute hospital bed capacity, cuts in social care funding and understaffing in EDs. This has resulted in a significant increase in the number of crowded EDs which scientific evidence clearly shows is linked to increased mortality and morbidity for patients. It also results in secondary attritional harm to staff having to work in such environments which further compromises patient care.”

  • Concerns raised about lack of consultation on targets review (£) HSJ report on complaints by the Royal College of Emergency Medicine that they have not been consulted by NHS England on revision of targets for A&E performance.

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