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Lipstick On A Monster – Comment on This NHS U-turn was a fake by Jacqueline Davis and Nursing Times Poll Results

7 Jul

The BMA has twice voted for the bill to be scrapped, and a British Medical Journal poll this week showed 93% calling for its withdrawal. Today the heart tsar, Sir Roger Boyle, resigned, saying: “I feel in my bones the current changes are not correct and ministers were not prepared to change them substantially.” How much more proof is needed that nothing significant has changed? The BMJ christened the bill “Lansleys monster” when it first appeared. The politicians took it away, slapped on some lipstick and asked us to embrace it. A monster with lipstick is still a monster. It needs to be terminated with extreme prejudice.

via This NHS U-turn was a fake | Jacqueline Davis | Comment is free | The Guardian.

For people interested in the NHS Reforms (ie. anyone who has ever received or is interesting in receiving public healthcare) this pretty good gaurdian article by Jacqueline Davis reports a few interesting things, and is a good read.

In brief:

  • All the mechanisms for privatization of the NHS are still in place
  • Many trusts will be tempted to boost private income at the expense of public patients
  • The proposed reduction in bureaucracy and putting the power into the hands of GPs in reality means increased bureaucracy (various monitors, consortia, groups and organizations are no proposed) and GPs subordinate to commercial companies
  • A Poll by the BMJ has received a 93% vote that even despite changes (or perhaps because of) the health and social care bill should be scrapped.
  • “The secretary of state’s “duty to provide” comprehensive health care is now so obscure that teams of lawyers are working their way through the legalese in an attempt to understand it”

On top of that the Nursing Times this week released the results of their own poll questioning “Do changes to the health bill go far enough to safeguard the NHS?”

The results were 100% no, displaying that readers of the Nursing Times unanimously have absolutely no faith in the health and social care bill and the changes which the government has been making to it.

In conclusion, doctors don’t like it, nurses don’t like it, it would appear many patients don’t like, hell even most politicians don’t even like it but a couple of politicians love it and so do private companies.

I’m still not too keen.

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BBC News – Nick Clegg to oppose NHS competition regulator

18 May

Good news. Clegg is attempting to save the NHS…and the Lib Dems as well of course. It’s good to see him actually standup for his own policy for once. It may or may not pave the way to Lib Dems getting a second chance…the most important thing is that he has recognized a problem with the reforms. Various problems have already been published in the very prestigious British Medical Journal, with bodies such as The British Medical Association, The Royal College of Nursing,  The Royal College of Physicians and The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy making their concerns heard.

The Lib Dems’ policy document, which Mr Clegg signed, is specific.

It says: “We cannot treat the NHS as if it were a utility, and the decision to establish Monitor as an “economic regulator” was clearly a misjudgement, failing to recognise all the unique characteristics of a public health service, and opening us up to accusations that we are trying to subject the NHS to the full rigours of UK and EU competition law.

“I have come to the conclusion that we must not make this change.”

via BBC News – Nick Clegg to oppose NHS competition regulator.

When the government first proposed the NHS reforms they said that the health professionals would know best how to run the NHS. I feel that in those statements they admitted that they lacked the knowledge necessary to interfere in how the NHS is run without the consent of health professionals. I agree, the government is correct that the greatest authority on how to run the NHS is the health professionals and not any particular political party or policy maker. This means that I agree with the concerns which a great deal of health professionals have raised over this bill. In conclusion, currently the most sensible stance to take appears to be that the NHS reforms are not currently acceptable and at the very least are in need of a lot of work.

Lansley responds to no confidence vote by claiming RCN supported health bill | News | Nursing Times

16 May

A 99% vote of no confidence from nurses and Andrew Lansley goes ahead and claims nurses support his health bill. Typical Con-Dem coalition. Typical Lansley.

“Chair of the RCN congress Rod Thomson also responded saying: “That’s an interesting form of listening from the secretary of state for health. I’m sure if he is not listening there will be other members of the government who are listening, including his boss because your message this morning was clear and unqualified.”

Lansley responds to no confidence vote by claiming RCN supported health bill | News | Nursing Times.

Save The NHS. Austin Mitchell MP is against NHS Reforms.

16 May

I recently signed a petition by 38 Degrees to Save The NHS http://www.38degrees.org.uk/page/s/Protect_our_NHS_Petition#petition. Their website also requested that people write to their local MP http://blog.38degrees.org.uk/2011/04/01/email-your-mp-to-save-the-nhs/. So I quickly searched the internet for information and evidence and compiled it, cobbling together this letter for my local MP, Austin Mitchell.

Dear Austin Mitchell MP,

Not long ago the coalition government announced their new reforms would put more power into the hands of doctors. Saying “Dr’s know best how to run the NHS”. That was effectively the government’s motto to sell the reforms to the public.

“The centrepiece of the reforms is giving power to the doctors, on the basis that they know what is best for health. The reasoning goes that doctors have an unrivalled knowledge of NHS in England. Now the same doctors are saying these reforms present a substantial threat to health care in this country. Lansley and co can’t have it both ways. Doctors are either the trusted guardians of the NHS, or they are not.…Past experience of GP commissioning has been patchy and mixed, showing GPs to be costly and unenthusiastic commissioners of health. Current worldwide experience of unrestricted private competition has shown it to decrease fairness in health provision.” –  http://www.labourlist.org/when-the-facts-are-on-your-side-argue-the-facts

The British Medical Association recently announced they completely oppose the new NHS reforms.

Firstly they complain that doctors, nurses and health professionals have no choice in the NHS reforms, which completely opposes the ‘selling point’ the government has been using.

“The BMA also argued there was “no electoral mandate” for the reforms as the plans were not part of the election manifestos put forward by the Conservatives or the Liberal Democrats, whose members voted against reforms at the party’s spring conference, calling them “damaging and unjustified”. – http://www.guardian.co.uk/public-leaders-network/2011/mar/15/bma-doctors-vote-against-nhs-health-reforms

Doctors around the UK are protesting against NHS reforms, saying they are ill thought out and that the reform amounts to privatization. Continue reading