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Ralf Littlte knocks Block off #Conservative #NHS Privatiser and Murdoch fan boy Jeremy Hunt #Mental Health #Derbyuk #Derbyshire #Derby

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120,000 DEATHS LINKED TO #Conservative #LibDems AUSTERITY #Derbyuk #Derbyshire #Labour #Momentum #DCFC

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The Conservatives have been accused of “economic murder” for austerity policies which a new study suggests have caused 120,000 deaths.

The paper found that there were 45,000 more deaths in the first four years of Tory-led efficiencies than would have been expected if funding had stayed at pre-election levels.

On this trajectory that could rise to nearly 200,000 excess deaths by the end of 2020, even with the extra funding that has been earmarked for public sector services this year. Real terms funding for health and social care fell under the Conservative-led Coalition Government in 2010, and the researchers conclude this “may have produced” the substantial increase in deaths. The paper identified that mortality rates in the UK had declined steadily from 2001 to 2010, but this reversed sharply with the death rate growing again after austerity came in. From this reversal the authors identified that 45,368 extra deaths occurred between 2010 and 2014, than would have been expected, although it stops short of calling them “avoidable”.

Based on those trends it predicted the next five years – from 2015 to 2020 – would account for 152,141 deaths – 100 a day – findings which one of the authors likened to “economic murder”.

The Government began relaxing austerity measures this year announcing the end of its cap on public sector pay rises and announcing an extra £1.3bn for social care in the Spring Budget. Over three years the additional funding for social care is expected to reach £2bn, which Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said was “patching up a small part of the damage” wrought by £4.6bn cuts. The study, published in BMJ Open today, estimated that to return death rates to their pre-2010 levels spending would need to increase by £25.3bn. The Department of Health said “firm conclusions” cannot be drawn from this work, and independent academics warned the funding figures were “speculative”.

However local councils who have been struggling to fund care with slashed budgets urged the Government to consider the research seriously. Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth said the Government must match Labour’s spending pledges in the Autumn Budget.

Per capita public health spending between 2001 and 2010 increased by 3.8 per cent a year, but in the first four years of the Coalition, increases were just 0.41 per cent, researchers from University College London found. In social care the annual budget increase collapsed from 2.20 per cent annually, to a decrease of 1.57 per cent. The researchers found this coincided with death rates which had decreased by around 0.77 per cent a year to 2010, beginning to increase again by 0.87 per cent a year.

And the majority of those were people reliant on social care, the paper says: “This is most likely because social care experienced greater relative spending constraints than healthcare.” It also notes that a drop in nurse numbers may have accounted for 10 per cent of deaths, concluding: “We have found that spending constraints since 2010, especially public expenditure on social care, may have produced a substantial mortality gap in England.”

The papers’ senior author and a researcher at UCL, Dr Ben Maruthappu, said that while the paper “can’t prove cause and effect” it shows an association. And he added this trend is seen elsewhere. “When you look at Portugal and other countries that have gone through austerity measures, they have found that health care provision gets worse and health care outcomes get worse,” he told The Independent. One of his co-author’s, Professor Lawrence King of the Applied Health Research Unit at Cambridge University, said it showed the damage caused by austerity

“It is now very clear that austerity does not promote growth or reduce deficits – it is bad economics, but good class politics,” he said. “This study shows it is also a public health disaster. It is not an exaggeration to call it economic murder.”

The Department of Health stressed that no such conclusion could be drawn. A spokesperson said: “As the researchers themselves note, this study cannot be used to draw any firm conclusions about the cause of excess deaths.

“The NHS is treating more people than ever before and funding is at record levels with an £8bn increase by 2020-21. We’ve also backed adult social care with £2bn investment and have 12,700 more doctors and 10,600 more nurses on our wards since May 2010.”

And independent academics added that it is hard to prove cause and effect with this kind of study even if the underlying assumptions may be correct.

Professor Martin Roland Emeritus Professor of Health Services Research, University of Cambridge said: “This study suggests that a change happened to cause deaths to stop declining around 2014. This is likely to be a correct finding. However, the link to health and social care spending is speculative as observational studies of this type can never prove cause and effect.”

Cllr Izzi Seccombe, chairman of the Local Government Association’s community wellbeing board, said: “We would urge government to review the evidence behind this analysis. If correct, it would clearly reinforce the desperate and urgent need to properly fund social care

Mr Ashworth, responding to the study, said: “This shocking mortality gap is a damning indictment of the dire impact which sustained Tory cuts to our NHS and social care services have had on health outcomes across the nation.

“Ahead of the Budget, this appalling news must serve as an urgent wake up call to the Prime Minister. She must match Labour’s pledge to deliver an extra £6 billion for our NHS across the next financial year to ensure the best possible quality of care is sustained for years to come.”

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Motorcade and Rally to Save Our #NHS  #Matlock Sat 18th November 11.30 Derbyuk #Derbyshire

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Motorcade and Rally to Save Our NHS    

 

Matlock Sat 18th November 11.30
 
Our NHS is in danger. £22 billion has been taken out of the budget in the last seven years and now Derbyshire is to lose 535 beds. This will affect surrounding districts. Who is making the decisions? Council-led Health and Wellbeing Boards play a part, Commissioning Groups decide who gets the limited money made available but never challenge it, and MPs preside over these cuts and changes.
 
Bolsover Hospital, Matlock Whitworth, Bakewell Newholme, Stockport/High Peak’s Shire Hill, Babington. All for the chop.
 
WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO?
 
Join us on Saturday 18th November, leaving from wherever you are, in colourfully dressed up cars, or just with yourself and your banners. Arrive in the Matlock County Hall Car Park at 11.30

 

Rally for Our NHS

 
Indoor Meeting at 12.00. Speakers.
 
We’ll, to be joined by campaigners from all over the county, plus Sheffield, Burton and Lincoln. We are hoping ITV will be thereThen from 12.00, there will be speakers, discussion, action planning.
 
We must fight for Our 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

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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.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-39356516

News from John Lister @JohnRLister Journalist specialising in international health policy

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News from John Lister @JohnRLister Journalist specialising in international health policy

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

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Published on Oct 15, 2015

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.

We are your Junior Doctors: 6 minutes to save the #NHS

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Published on Nov 13, 2015

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.

Credits:

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.