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?
Thanks for reading my blog today.
You can find all my blogposts about #JR4NHS on this page.
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.
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.
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).
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.
– 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?
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.
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?
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!
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 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.
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
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.
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.