Drawing together NHS and other public body facts for Jan 2012 - Jan 2017
it concludes that we cannot afford to close any more Type 1, blue light A&Es
as there are an insufficient number at present and they are barely coping
- and are on downward trend.
Cameron visits Hammersmith - without the facts! 16th May 2014
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16TH MAY 2014 11.56 CAMERON VISITED HAMMERSMITH YESTERDAY TO SUPPORT TORIES, doctor BUT GOT HIS FACTS WRONG
The Prime Minister visited the Hammersmith Conservative Office
Talking about Charing Cross Hospital, recipe one of the most contentious issues in the borough, buy cialis he accused Hammersmith MP, Andy Slaughter of not giving out the true facts about the hospital.
Mr Slaughter has relentlessly campaigned with the Save Our Hospitals group, saying Charing Cross is to be closed which will risk lives.
But Mr Cameron said: "Andy Slaughter is not giving the true facts. Charing Cross will retain its A&E and services, it will still be a very good hospital with a fantastic cancer care unit so I think the Conservatives councillors are correct to write to local residents to put the facts right."
The Better Care Fund was meant to reduce the growing pressures on hospitals and keep people healthier in their own homes. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images
A government policy intended to stop the NHS from becoming overwhelmed has been delayed after a confidential Whitehall review concluded it would not work as hoped. Neither would it help to balance the NHS budget or bring about an intended revolution in patient care.
The £3.8bn-a-year Better Care Fund was supposed to have been launched last week, but its introduction has become mired in doubt after the Cabinet Office voiced deep disquiet about its viability and argued that there was little or no detail about how the expected savings would be delivered.
A Whitehall source said the Cabinet Office believed that the claims for the Better Care Fund did not stack up and wanted "a lot more work done on the policy".
The idea behind the plan, due to be introduced in April next year, was to bring together health and social care services – traditionally funded by local authorities – in the belief that this would reduce the growing pressures on hospitals and help keep people healthier in their own homes.
The delay in its launch is a setback for the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, and local government secretary Eric Pickles, who were supporters of the plan and had been due to attend its launch last Wednesday.
The Better Care Fund is partly funded by the Department of Health, which was to have contributed £1.9bn from the £40bn hospital budget from next April in the belief that it would release savings to compensate for the money transferred from the NHS.
However, the Guardian has learned that the Cabinet Office review found that plans to save money from local hospital budgets by moving care elsewhere lacked financial credibility, with little or no detail about how savings would be delivered.
Now a team of officials from both departments responsible for the new policy have been told to produce extra evidence to make it more "credible" and overcome deep Cabinet Office scepticism.
Without our amendment the hospital closure clause would have given the government new powers to close any hospital in England, even if local doctors were against it.
The clause was voted for by MPs back in March after the government made some concessions. Their changes didn’t go far enough, but it seemed like the government wouldn’t budge any further.
The clause was due to be passed today. So the government’s decision to accept – almost word for word – the changes proposed by lawyers funded by 38 Degrees members came right down to the wire – and it was a big surprise.
Our people powered pressure worked and our hospitals are now safer. Thank you for everything you’ve done to make this happen. Hurrah!
David Lock QC, an NHS expert lawyer, has checked the Government’s changes and here’s what he said:
“This is a very satisfying outcome. It recognises the compelling logic of the position taken by 38 Degrees members.”
The current STP is the Oct 2016 version. In January 2017 the finance spreadsheets and the Delivery Plan were obtained by FOI. They reveal job cuts of 8,000, outpatients cuts of 222K, planned admissions cuts of 50K and A&E admissions cuts of 64K cumulatively by 2020/21. 500-600 beds will be cut by end March 2021.
People's Inquiry into NW London NHS - commission chaired by Michael Mansfield QC
The Inquiry's findings have been published on Wednesday 2nd December 2015. The full report can be accessed here.
“Deeply flawed hospital plans must be halted immediately” says Michael Mansfield QC
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