Whatever is happening to our NHS? Latest update on #JR4NHS now available


If, like me, you’ve supported the Urgent Legal Action for Our NHS campaign the result is very disappointing.

Mr Justice Green has found against the campaign on both remaining counts.

Read the full report from the campaign organisers here.

The campaign has achieved some success as the Secretary of State for Health has conceded to a consultation.

But so far there is no sign of any consultation.

A House of Commons Library Briefing Paper published on 6th July 2018 states on the very first page:

THe NHS England consultation has not yet been launched

and I really wonder if the consultation will ever see the light of day.

I shall keep looking for it and if I catch sight of it I’ll let you know. But don’t hold your breath!

Anyway, I don’t think that some obscure consultation is the right way to introduce this massive and fundamental change to our NHS.

It should be done at a General Election – clearly spelled out in the Tory manifesto what is intended. And then we all get a chance to vote and decide if we want our NHS handed over to private companies on 10 year contracts.

We talk such a lot about “democracy” these days related to the Brexit referendum and “taking back control”. Shouldn’t we be exercising control over what is done to our NHS?

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Happy 70th Birthday NHS. Thanks for saving my life! #NHS70


I wrote a blogpost last year on my Cabbage and Semolina Blog to celebrate the 69th birthday of the NHS.

I’d had a cancer diagnosis a few weeks earlier and didn’t think I’d still be here to celebrate the 70th birthday of our NHS.

But I am!

I was at the chemo unit of our local hospital on Tuesday having my 9th cycle of maintenance therapy (21st cycle overall) and today am halfway through a 46 hour chemo infusion at home via a vacuum pump, which a district nurse will remove later this afternoon.

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our National Health Service for saving my life and keeping me alive.

I value every extra day I’ve been given and I value our NHS beyond words.


doctors, nurses, admin and technical staff.

You’re all amazing and wonderful and appreciated to the nth degree on this special day of celebration for 70 years of our wonderful NHS.

But on every other day you’re overworked and underpaid.

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Aneurin Bevan and the Labour Government for starting our NHS after the Labour landslide in 1945. (And no thanks to the Tories who opposed the founding of our NHS every step of the way.)

And for rescuing our NHS from years of Tory neglect after the Labour landslide in 1997.

And isn’t it ironical that in  this 70th anniversary year we’ve had to crowdfund over £150k to try and get a Judicial Review to stop the ultimate step to privatisation with the present Health Secretary’s ACO plans.


Dr Colin Hutchinson, Prof Allyson Pollock, Prof Sue Richards, Dr Graham Winyard and the late Prof Stephen Hawking for your bold and successful campaign (whatever the outcome you and we are winners because we stood up to undemocratic, under=handed trickery).

Urgent Legal Action for Our NHS

Thankyou for standing up to this Tory government’s ideological determination for ever more privatising and asset stripping of our NHS.

And how remarkable is this campaign to Take Back our NHS:

Best birthday present for our NHS? Booting out Branson and co

which has now got the support of Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, Jon Ashworth.

Read The Pledge here and ask your MP to sign it here.

I hope you enjoy whatever you’re doing today to celebrate 70 years of our NHS. I know I’ll be enjoying my day!

If you’d like to read my 69th NHS Birthday blogpst it’s Belated Birthday Greetings to our NHS.

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#JR4NHS in court this week


How ludicrous that in the year of the 70th anniversary of the founding of our NHS, a campaign group has to go to court to stop the current Secretary of State for Health and Social Care implementing his privatisation plans via Accountable Care Organisations.

Aneurin Bevan would be appalled.

Wednesday this week, (23rd May 2018) sees the campaign Urgent Legal Action for Our NHS in the Royal Courts of Justice.

I quote from the campaign update:

When the case started in December 2017, NHS England was planning to introduce the first Accountable Care Organisations (ACOs) by April 2018. The Government was planning to rubber stamp swathes of regulations so that ACOs could operate.

Following massive public support, NHS England promised a full national consultation on the plans. And the Government said it will not make the regulations until after the consultation. That satisfied 2 of our 4 grounds for judicial review – our first victories.

But, at worst, ACOs and the regulations have only been delayed by one year. The policy to introduce ACOs is still very much in place. We need to win this court case to land a serious blow to plans to privatise the NHS.

Read the full campaign update here.

Hopefully the news will be good and justice will prevail.

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Only a few days left to support #JR4NHS #NHS


The clock is ticking….

There are 7 days remaining to chip in and support the campaign to secure a judicial review of the plans to set up Accountable Care Organisations across NHS England.


If ever there was a mis-nomer


– to whom? Not you and me, the voting public, that’s for sure.


– with the likely syphoning of funds from patient care into private profit.


– which companies will get the contracts? And the sub-contracts? And which organisations will ensure that they deliver what they’re supposed to without ripping us off? The same lot that brought us Carillion, maybe?

Please read this website, sign up to receive your own email updates and chip in a few quid (or more) to the crowd fund.

By the time you’re reading this blogpost, there might only be 6 days left or 5 or fewer to support the campaign.

The subject is complicated for most of us to understand but this article by Polly Toynbee in The Guardian might help.

Or try this article in The Independent: Stephen Hawking and leading doctors to take Jeremy Hunt to court over ‘back door privatisation’ of NHS.

Or read the details of the #JR4NHS campaign at


and also


Meanwhile, what’s happened to the NHS England consultation on ACOs that I highlighted in this blogpost a few days ago.

“Not a lot” to mis-quote Paul Daniels.

There’s a repeat of the NHS England info on this website but I can’t find anything new about this proposed consultation anywhere on the Internet. How can we share our opinions about ACOs with NHS England if we can’t find the consultation?

Urgent Legal Action for Our NHS – Round 3


is aiming to raise £100,000 by March 1st.

At the time of writing, £80,127 has been crowdfunded.

7 days to go

Tick tock

Tick tock!

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Have you seen the latest update from Urgent Legal Action for Our NHS #JR4NHS

In case you haven’t seen the latest update from Urgent Legal Action for Our NHS #JR4NHS here’s the link:


It appears that Hunt’s plan

to sneak in ACOs under the radar via a parliamentary Statutory Instrument has been put on hold for a few weeks. Pause for a healthy dose of scepticism that a public consultation will carry much weight unless the response is massive.

And how will there be much of a response unless the public knows about the consultation?


NHS consultation on ACOs


NHS England announces consultation on ACO contracts.

Towards the end of a very warm and cuddly explanation of ACOs,

NHS England state:

Given the interest in the ACO proposals NHS England will hold a 12 week public consultation process to provide further clarity about their role and scope.

That must qualify for one of the understatements of the twenty-first  century!

“Given the interest” when five leading medical experts are seeking a judicial review and hundreds of members of the public have crowdfunded £thousands to support their legal case. I think there’s more than a little interest in this attempt to change our NHS for ever!

Nothing about ACOs in the Conservatives 2017 General Election Manifesto,

as far as I can see. What happened to the 2010 “no more top-down re-organisations of the NHS”? Or was that the Lib Dems before they joined hands with the Tories in The Coalition? Instead we’re going to have countless bottom-up reorganisations at local level, if the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care gets his way.

I’m sure the thousands who called for proper NHS funding in a huge London march last Saturday would have plenty to say on the subject.

I wonder when the consultation period commences and how the public can respond? No information on that page as far as I can see. If you hear anything about the NHS England public consultation, please let me know; and if I find out I’ll pass it on.

If you missed the January 30th update from #JR4NHS, you can read it here.

And my precis is here.

Professor Allyson Pollock and Dr Colin Hutchinson talk about ACOs in this video.

And read why Professor Stephen Hawking’s joined the campaign, in this Guardian article.


I am concerned that accountable care organisations are an attack on the fundamental principles of the NHS,” Hawking told the Guardian, explaining his move.
“They have not been established by statute, and they appear to be being used for reducing public expenditure, for cutting services and for allowing private companies to receive and benefit from significant sums of public money for organising and providing services.  Professor Hawking to The Guardian newspaper 8/12/2017

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Have you seen the latest update from #JR4NHS

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There’s been an important development in the #JR4NHS campaign to secure urgent legal action for our National Health Service.

Read the latest update here.

This  whole issue of ACOs (Accountable Care Organisations) is very complicated but the #JR4NHS campaign explains in language that everyone can understand what’s being planned for our NHS.

My understanding is that ACOs are the means by which the Tories will achieve their dream of privatising our NHS and introducing an American-style health insurance system to the UK.

I hope I’m wrong. I was born into an NHS that embodied the hopes of the WW2 generation for a better future for all. And, when the time comes, that’s the health care system I want to die in. I don’t want to end up like Walt in “Breaking Bad” who had to spend his final  days stressing about how to fund his cancer treatment without bankrupting his family.

Please visit the  #JR4NHS website, read the information and support the doctors and medical professors who are trying to prevent the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care (no joke intended) from changing our NHS irrevocably.


I received another #JR4NHS update yesterday evening.

Good news but with an almighty sting in the tail.


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Still a few days remaining to support #JR4NHS


There’s an update

at Urgent Legal Action for Our NHS – Round 2

which if you’re concerned about the future of our NHS you need to read.

I last wrote about this campaign on December 18th and since then the crowdfunding has grown considerably.

The more I read about #JR4NHS the more serious and shocking the plans seem.

It just can’t be right to make such fundamental changes to our NHS without parliamentary scrutiny at the very least. You’d think inclusion in the Conservative Party manifesto at the recent General Election would have been automatic with such a huge change to our NHS in the pipeline.  If we wanted our NHS privatised we should have voted on it. Except, of course, we didn’t want our NHS privatised and any hint of such plans at the General Election would have made the social care fiasco look competent.

If you’re not already signed up to the Urgent Legal Action for Our NHS – Round 2 email list, I hope you’ll visit the site and read what the Health Secretary is planning and how the  campaigners are going to stop him. Then sign up for email updates and support the campaign.

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