Schmoozers' delight: Nuffield Trust Health Policy Summit March 2017

From a Spinwatch article dated 1st April 2015

The influence of the private sector on the agenda of the NHS is powerful, as the following details of the forthcoming Health Policy Summit organised by the Nuffield Trust on 2nd-3rd March 2017 make clear.

The two days conference at Wotton House, Dorking includes two highest NHS directors (CEO Simon Stevens and Chief Clinical Information Officer Prof Keith McNeil) as well as current Government committee chair Dr Sarah Wollaston, two Heads of Royal Colleges, professors from Oxbridge, reps of sponsors, etc... It is sponsored by Optum (about 50% of UnitedHealth Group - sic ), the Health Foundation (spun out of PPP Healthcare insurers on demutualisation), MSD (Merk Sharp and Dohme) the US drugs company, Boston Consulting Group, the British Medical Journal and Guardian Healthcare Professionals network. The NHS is not a sponsor but senior NHS directors, including Simon Stevens "in conversation" at 10.20 on the 2nd day, will be participating or, more realistically, being schmoozed by the sponsors.


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Private Eye Medicine Balls "Bed Hunting" 27th Jan 2017



Boss of London hospital trust featured in BBC2 ‘cancelled operations’ documentary to quit

Ross Lydall  


The boss of the London hospital trust seen in a groundbreaking TV documentary battling against crisis levels of patient demand and cash shortages is to quit, the Standard can reveal. 

The revelation that highly respected Dr Tracey Batten is to leave Imperial College Healthcare, which runs five west London hospitals including St Mary’s and Charing Cross, will send shockwaves across the NHS. Many will see her departure as evidence of the impossible task that hospitals face contending with rising demands and diminishing resources. 

The trust has been openly criticised by its own consultants in the BBC2 documentary Hospital, which has given the public unprecedented insight into the scale of the NHS crisis. 

Patients have been seen having critical operations cancelled on numerous occasions — as entire surgical teams sit waiting in their scrubs and operating theatres go unused — because of a shortage of intensive care beds. 

The latest episode saw Imperial’s chief neurosurgeon, Kevin O’Neill, question if Imperial was right to send patients stuck on waiting lists to private hospitals for operations rather than keep the money within the NHS.

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GP superpractice tries to buy hospital and recruit GP trainees from China

Neil Roberts on the 2 December 2016  - Superpractice in talks to buy hospital and recruit GP trainees from China -

A 100,000-patient GP 'superpractice' in an NHS vanguard area plans to buy a hospital from a struggling foundation trust, and is in discussions with China about bringing medical students to train in England.

Robert Harris, chief executive of the Lakeside Healthcare group of practices - one of the biggest GP partnerships in England - is due to meet Chinese officials next week with a view to bringing students to train in its practices. The organisation is also planning a similar scheme for India and plans to buy a hospital from a foundation trust which is in financial difficulties, Mr Harris revealed.

Speaking at a Westminster Health Forum event in central London on Thursday Mr Harris said the superpractice, which is developing a vanguard multi-specialty community provider (MCP) around its five Northamptonshire practices, wanted to become a teaching and training practice of repute.

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