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Petition to the European Commission to finance EU Provision to the Cochrane Library

17 May

Petition to the European Commission to finance EU Provision to the Cochrane Library.

“The Cochrane Library is an electronic database that is updated four times a year and contains the world’s leading collection of comprehensive, up-to-date, independently reviewed, reliable information on effects of health technologies, whether these be drugs, surgical interventions or alternative medicines. The information is made available in the form of transparent high quality systematic reviews. Currently, the Cochrane Library contains more than 3,000 systematic reviews.

The Cochrane Library is produced by the Cochrane Collaboration, an international, independent, not-for-profit organization of more than 15,000 dedicated volunteers (health professionals, researchers and patients) whose aim is to improve healthcare decision-making globally, by producing systematic reviews of the evidence about the effects of healthcare interventions. As each review has a plain language summary, lay people are also able to benefit from the empowering information contained in the Cochrane Library.

Having recognized the value of such independent information in improving the quality of healthcare and optimizing public expenditures in health, a number of governments and public agencies around the world have financed free access to the Cochrane Library for their doctors and nurses, as well as the general public.”

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