Health News Blog

Edited by Ken Kirk

Copy of FUND OUR NHS (8)

23rd March 2022

The real state of the NHS
"The government must first be honest about the crisis conditions inside the NHS, and then commit to resourcing an urgent and long-term expansion of frontline staff, future-proofing the NHS against new waves of Covid."

And then the Tories response to this crisis
Former investment banker Javid called for more so-called "efficiency savings", cuts in everyday language. One hospital trust said savings of this order have never been delivered by the NHS.

Coperforma scandal: some money repaid
The privatised patient transport service in Sussex collapsed in 2016;. It was a disaster; the CCGs stepped in to pay wages at one point when some of the subcontractors ceased operating. Legal proceedings have weedled an inadequate sum from the Hong Kong parent company.

Most new testing centres may not exist
The health secretary last month claimed 69 new centres are ‘up and running'. Of only 17 sites confirmed to be set up, most appeared to have extensive private involvement. At least one is the joint project of a private equity firm whose parent company has a Conservative Party donor on its board of directors.

18th March 2022

Cleaners win parity with NHS T&Cs
Congratulations to the cleaners of Great Ormond Street hospital who were set to strike mid March over continuing inequality, have finally obtained full NHS contracts from 1 April 2022.

Private hospital again rated 'inadequate'
A mental health hospital run by Priory and that was put in special measures last year has been rated “inadequate” again following a fresh Care Quality Commission inspection.

Staff shortage causes poor patient discharging
You may well guess that this trust, East Kent, isn't the only one to too hastily discharge patients, owing to lack of trained staff; when you consider there is such a massive lack of well-trained nursing staff, that the government chooses to ignore.

Delays for hospital care will last for years
The government ...."has overseen a long-term decline in elective and critical cancer care that is dragging our National Health Service and the heroic staff down,” said the chair of the parliamentary accounts committee.

And while the NHS is buckling under the strain ...
A new private hospital in London to prey on our NHS. The director of the Centre for Health and the Public Interest said: “The worry is the two-tier health system.  An estimated £1 billion investment in a single hospital is a sign of how strongly foreign investors are betting against the NHS being able to meet the future health needs of the population."

Hundreds of surgeries closed in the last 8 years
Responses to freedom of information requests show that  between 2013 and 2020 a total of 778 practices shut their doors owing to a shortage of GPs and high workloads.

14th March 2022

NHS waiting times now longest on record
Shielded by the pandemic, the government have allowed waiting times, across the board, to increase to record levels. Cancer waiting times targets have fallen to their worst ever level, and the number of people waiting for operations such as hip and knee replacements has risen again to just over 6.1 million. No wonder SOSNHS is calling for £20 billion emergency funding.

Petition for NHS emergency funding
This petition, for £20 billion extra funding plus 2 other key demends, has attracted over 100,000 signatures. Please sign up and pass on to others to get to 200K, and share on social media.

There'll be no increase in funding for workforce
There's the usual HSJ paywall here, but in essence Javid has said any investment to increase NHS staffing levels recommended by the forthcoming long-term workforce plan will need to be funded from within existing budget. In other words, current staff shortages will continue.

7th March 2022

NHS vacancies: 39,652 nurses and 8,158 doctors
Here's the latest report from NHS Digital. The staffing crisis is the number one NHS issue, and the government ignores it while pumping money into the private health sector.

Scandal of NHS charging pregnant women
Vulnerable migrant and asylum-seeking women with no recourse to public funds are being issued huge bills ahead of giving birth or aggressively pursued for payments during their pregnancy.

Privatisation: Johnson lies, then the truth
Watch a short video of, firstly, johnson saying "absoultely, there will be no privatisation of the NHS", and then evidence of the increasing privatisation of the NHS since the notorious Health and Social Care Act 2010.

Number of 12 hour waits set to rocket
The HSJ article is behind a paywall. However, changes set out in the NHS Standard Contract for 2022-23 will see 12 hour waits measured from point of arrival instead of decision to admit will expose the true number of long waits hidden by current reporting rules.

NHS ombudsman: "flaws in NHS Bill"
The ombudsman said the NHS Bill would force an investigation into healthcare scandal to “operate behind a curtain of secrecy” and undermine his investigations into lapses in patient safety and could deny grieving families the full truth about why a loved one died.