PRIVATISATION OF NHS
Enough is Enough: Liverpool NHS Bosses 50% pay rise. How can this be justified when #NHS Health Workers have lost 14% in real terms pay? #NHS front line staff need to strike back, the #Conservatives are destroying our NHS
Aside Posted on
Pay rises of up to 50% for senior NHS managers in Liverpool have been described as “scandalous” by an MP.
Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) chairman Nadim Fazlani got a £50,000 rise in 2014-15, Rosie Cooper’s Freedom of Information request found.
Replying to the West Lancashire Labour MP during Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday, Theresa May promised an investigation into the pay hike.
Liverpool CCG said its salaries were set within NHS England guidelines.
Junior doctors dispute: The TRUTH behind the Governments LIES: Leading Medical Negligence Lawyer Peter Stefanovic of Simpson Millar highlights the TRUTH behind the Junior doctors dispute which the Government would prefer the public not to know
Aside Posted on
Leading Medical Negligence Lawyer Peter Stefanovic of Simpson Millar highlights the TRUTH behind the Junior doctors dispute which the Government would prefer the public not to know. He urges everyone to put aside self interest and differences and come together in support of our courageous and hard working Junior doctors against this gross injustice prior to Saturdays demonstration.
Aside Posted on
Upload your photos and videos of support using #NHSselfie and #JuniorContract
Sign the petition: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petition…
This is a story about the patients and people of the NHS, and the staff that have dedicated their lives to helping others at their most scared and their most vulnerable. This campaign is far bigger than the terms and conditions of a contract – this is a campaign to defend the National Health Service itself.
http://www.medicineforthenhs.com How does the imposed junior doctor contract threaten the future of the NHS?
This is a grassroots effort striving to give a voice to 53,000 junior doctors, hundreds of thousands of NHS Staff and millions of patients across the country.
This film is the culmination of the collaborative efforts of a huge number of people who felt impassioned and driven by this cause to dedicate their time and talents for free. They cannot be thanked enough. But they are only the start. You are the next step. We need your help to fight the devastating changes to the way that healthcare can be delivered and the future of the NHS.
Produced by: Dr Amar Mashru, Dr Michael Eyre and Dr Joe Lipton
Filmed by: Oz Thakkar, Fergus Dingle and Sam Crook
Post Production: Guy Hixon, Simon Smith, Tom Carpenter
Original Soundtrack: Lois Paton
Original Photography: Richard Perry
Narrated by: Amar Mashru
With Special Thanks to: Ailsa White, Kami Paulson, Helen Malcolm, Phil Dart, Mark Sohatee, Professor Harold Ellis, Janna Kenny, Rachael Mitchell, Hannah Brotherstone, Ovi Roy, Matt Edwards, Reena Aggarwal, David Cocke, Tom Simpson, David Simmonds, Tom Merrifield, Ricky Stokes, Neel Patel, Jennifer Hulse, Chris Foster.
As always, thank you to our parents and our families.
#Conservative Party breakup and Privatisation of our #NHS: The connection between the junior doctors’ contract and the American corporate takeover of the NHS
Aside Posted on
Dr Bob Gill (@DrBobGill) explains the unreported and sinister drive behind the push for changing junior doctors’ contracts.
What is going on right now?
The latest assault on the NHS involves the imposition of a new contract for junior doctors that will see their salaries slashed by 30% with a requirement for evening and Saturday work.
The excuse used to justify this change is to provide a seven-day service and improve patient outcomes on weekends.
The reality is that more qualified staff are being driven out in preparation for the de-skilling that is always part of healthcare privatisation and corporate takeover. For the UK, this is mapped out in the Five Year Forward View by Simon Stevens, the head of NHS England. Stevens used to be an executive of the US based private health care company, UnitedHealth.
What all junior doctors – and the rest of us – need to know
Many junior medics – which means all doctors not yet senior enough to work in consultant positions – have been stirred into action, but it is crucial for them to understand the context of their current predicament to mount an effective campaign to protect patients, restore decent treatment of staff and block the completion of the privatisation of the NHS.
But first, a little history lesson…
Conversion from the NHS model, a publicly funded, provided and universal system, to a private insurance model has been proposed for decades.
In 1968 Arthur Seldon, later Margaret Thatcher’s privatisation policy adviser, produced a pamphlet for the Institute of Economic Affairs called After the NHS, explaining the aspiration to “improve the NHS” by abolishing it so as to build profit opportunities insurance industry.
Further incarnations of this same plan to enable the insurance industry to increase its profits in the UK by destroying the NHS surfaced in the 1980s. This included Health of Nations by the Adam Smith Institute and, in 1988, Britain’s Biggest Enterprise: Ideas for Radical Reform of the NHS, a version articulated by current Conservative Minister of State for Government Policy, Oliver Letwin MP in the NHS privatisation manifesto he wrote with John Redwood MP, published by the Centre for Policy Studies, a Thatcherite think-tank.
The stealth privatisation of the NHS had quietly begun under the Thatcher administration and has continued unabated ever since. The sole attempt to bring the plan out of the shadows, its presentation to a Conservative cabinet in 1983, was so roundly rejected that the decision was taken to complete the privatisation by covert means, under a series of false narratives to distract the public from what was really going on.
From outsourcing of non-clinical services, introduction of market bureaucracy, splitting up of the hospital network into independent Trusts and the usurious Private Finance Initiative (PFI) scheme for creating an opportunity to gouge the public purse through inflating the costs of funding new hospital building.
PFI started on John Major’s watch and continued under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.
Blair’s New Labour government continued with the privatisation project, while maintaining the deceptions contained within successive pointless top-down reorganisations which actually took the NHS further down the privatisation road, precisely following the steps laid out in the Health of Nations NHS privatisation plan.
Aside Posted on
Ahead of the spending review, 10 London mental health trusts warn against raiding their budgets to plug funding shortfalls in acute hospitals
Aside Posted on
TV medics to show solidarity with NHS staff as they prepare to down tools in protest over government reforms
Stars of BBC hospital drama Holby City say they will join NHS staff on strike in a show of support for their real-life counterparts.
Actors could walk out, disrupting filming of the show, which is watched by five million viewers each week.
Several big names are said to have agreed to the stoppage and are passionate about supporting medical staff embroiled in a contracts row with Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.
“I remember being asked last year if I was having an NHS birth – I was like yes!”
New mum Rosie revealed show bosses plan to reflect the challenges currently affecting NHS staff in forthcoming scripts.
Storylines are expected to see the hospital pushed to breaking point by long hours for medics
Rosie added: “We’re going to have some exhausted doctors and some doctors working Sundays.
“Some of it’s going to be quite relevant. It’s not going to be until a few months’ time, I don’t know how relevant it will be then but it probably will be, unfortunately.”