Whistle-blowing junior doctor wins at Court of Appeal

Dr Chris Day, a young Junior Doctor, has won his long-running battle with Health Education England and the NHS over whether 54,000 junior doctors should have the same whistle-blowing protections as other employees of the NHS. The Court of Appeal ruled in his favour on 5th May 2017.

The full judgement can be read here.

March 2017: Update on Councils opposing their STP

Calderdale and Kirklees 999 Call for the NHS article dated beginning March 2017

 

In early December 2016 Calderdale & Kirklees 999 Call for the NHS  posted a summary of 19 Councils’ negative responses to their “footprint” Sustainability and Transformation Plans after the Clinical Commissioning Groups  published them following submission to NHS England on October 21st.

Since then Calderdale & Kirklees 999 Call for the NHS has had news of 13 more Councils’ negative responses to their Sustainability and Transformation Plans – which Defend our NHS campaigners have variously dubbed Switch to Private, Slash Trash and Privatise, and Secret Theft Plans.

These Councils are:

  • Bristol City Council
  • Devon County Council
  • Isle of Wight Council
  • North Devon District Council
  • North Yorks County Council
  • Oxford County Council
  • Redcar and Cleveland
  • Sheffield City Council
  • Waltham Forest Borough Council
  • Warwickshire County Council
  • West Sussex County Council Health and Wellbeing Board
  • Wirral Council

More details below.

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Wake up to the Accountable Care Organisation threat!

Calderdale and Kirklees 999 Call for the NHS article of 1st March 2017

 

Simon Stevens, the NHS England Chief Executive,  just told the Public Accounts Committee that some Sustainability and Transformation Plans will soon get going as Accountable Care Organisations or systems.

This sounds like more tedious, senseless jargonising.

Indeed one MP, Anne Marie Morris, was so bemused by what Simon Stevens was saying, she asked if they were all smoking dope.

But behind the jargon smokescreen – whether wacky baccy or not - setting up Sustainability and Transformation Plans to run the NHS as Accountable Care Organisations opens up the NHS to privatisation on a bigger scale than anything seen so far.

And it is a mechanism for limiting the range of care that the NHS offers, and for denying care to patients who are judged to offer poor value for money.

This would mean the end of the NHS as a service that provides the full range of health care to anyone who has a clinical need for it.

How does this work?

Sustainability and Transformation Plans require the speedy dismantling of the NHS to turn it into a health service that is based on American private health insurance systems – such as United Health,  the former employer of Simon Stevens, now NHS England’s Chief Executive.

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STPs must “encourage” long term NHS “partnerships” with the private sector

Calderdale and Kirklees 999 Call for the NHS - article of 10th November 2016, updated on 9th March 2017 for the Budget announcements.

 

Far from the Sustainability and Transformation Plans marking the government’s shift away from NHS marketisation and privatisation – as some are mistakenly claiming – the opposite is true!

Since the Autumn 2015 Comprehensive Spending Review that created the Sustainability and Transformation Fund, both the government and its quango NHS England have explicitly linked the Sustainability and Transformation Plans to the requirement to “encourage” increased private sector involvement in the NHS.

Update 9 March 2017

Behind the derisory £325m STP funding in Hammond’s Spring Budget (for a few “most advanced” STPs)  is the plan for 50% of STP funding to be sourced from private companies via Local Economic Partnerships by 2020 – please see section below: “Strategic partnerships with the NHS and the 39 Local Economic Partnerships”

Some key aspects of STPs’ mandatory “encouragement” of long term NHS “partnerships” with the private sector include

  • Strategic partnerships with the NHS and the 39 Local Economic Partnerships.
  • The abandonment of  “old-style contracting” and the  imposition of private company-friendly contracting.
  • Embedding digital technology in STPs.

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