Health News Blog

Edited by Ken Kirk

Copy of FUND OUR NHS (8)

11th November 2021

Warnings of impending NHS crisis
A number of news sources have issued a warning that the NHS is on the verge of collapsing. Firstly, a respected CEO of a trust said his trust was in a “profound crisis”, and that it “was ceasing to function as a hospital”. Another said "This is far worse than January". A survey of NHS leaders confirmed this; it found that patient safety is being put at “unacceptably high” risk.

Bed occupancy already at winter levels
The CEO NHS Providers said the situation was unprecedented and “very worrying” as exhausted hospital staff prepare not only for higher levels of Covid but other respiratory infections such as influenza. Bed occupancy is generally above 90%; a recommended level to avoid cross infection is no higher than 85%.

NHS is being "deprofessionalised"
Here's further evidence of on-going Conservative plans to cut funding at all costs regardless of health outcomes by lowering professional standards of healthcare workers. Senior nursing roles are being advertised to those with no nursing qualification.

Hour-long ambulance waits quadruple
A leak reveals that ambulance waits for hand-overs at A&Es are rapidly getting worse. The number of waits over one hour has quadrupled in the last year.

3rd November 2021

Next NHSE chair is former Centene boss
This HSJ article has a paywall but it tells us that among the job requirements is  “maintain strong business relationships with key private sector stakeholders". Just what an NHS privatising government needs, a chair who ran the US insurance company that took over 49 surgeries, .

Governemnt ignores NHS staffing crisis
There's likely to be a “mass exodus” of GPs from the NHS, 1 in 5 nurse posts are unfilled, NHS Providers, which represents NHS trusts, said staff shortages were “the health service’s biggest problem”.  Yet Javid delays his staff plan until the Spring of 2022.

Covid contract win-win for private hospitals
Government spin said the multi-billion-pound plan for private hospitals gives "vital buffer capacity". It turns out that the private sector cared for just 0.08% of the national total of COVID patients. On average, the private hospital sector cared for eight COVID patients a day while the NHS averaged 10,000.

NHS test-trace contractor cuts pay
Mitie, who employ 1,000 people at mobile testing sites, has told workers that from 8 November they will be guaranteed pay for an 8 hour shift rather than the current 12 hours, slashing secure pay to £80 a day from £120.



27th October 2021

Test and Trace: Eye-watering waste of money
This Telegraph piece is behind its pay wall, but you'll see enough. The government ignored our public-funded public health service and chose to spend £37,000 million on a privatised system. It failed appallingly to prevent Covid lockdowns and enable return to normality.

25th October 2021

Sunak's NHS bonus is for capital expenditure
Chief of the Kings Fund says the money is welcome but "will we have any staff to put in them, to actually work them [new equipment]?" The primary focus to cut the backlog should be the staff shortage; for example, there are 39000 nursing staff vacancies.

Covid tests: private firms shouldn't be doing them
It was due to members of the public raising concerns that the problem at the private lab run by Immensa came to light. Health officials should have known about major failings at the lab within days of the problem arising, rather than taking weeks to shut down operations at the site.

F-to-F appointments: government versus GPs
The government has offered GPs more money, but GPs insist it not the issue. A GP says she has never faced a tougher year, a trainee doctor says he can see why others are leaving the profession. Now GPs threaten industrial action.

How will government's health database be used?
OpenDemocracy has written to Sajid Javid demanding that he offer a clearer explanation of what the BAE system is for, and to what extent other private companies will be involved in its set-up, operation and processing of sensitive personal data.

NHS charging patients: £54 million written off
Is the overhead cost of charging patients worth it? Does the government persist with hostile environment policies without knowing their cost-benefit? A London hospital has just written off £54 million. Here are some testimonies of patients, some asylum seekers, who couldn't afford care and who died.