Momentous progress at the Labour Party Conference

On Tuesday the 26th September at the Labour Party Conference a motion was passed unanimously. The motion included a call for a defence of the NHS in England and a move to reinstate the NHS ‘as per the NHS reinstatement Bill‘ Both members of Keep Our NHS Public: Alex Scott-Samuel from Socialist Health Acssociation and Doctors […]

If our government won’t act to save our NHS this winter, this is what we must do

NHS plans across England masquerade as ‘integration’ – but this autumn campaigners will meet to expose the reality now unfolding, of bed closures, private takeovers and a US-inspired system. John Lister 19 September 2017 https://www.opendemocracy.net/ournhs/john-lister/if-our-government-won-t-act-to-save-our-nhs-then-we-must  

Specialist fertility services to be suspended in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

Dr Gary Howsam, Chair and Chief Clinical Officer, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG, said: “Specialist IVF services are part of a range of investigations and treatments that can help couples to conceive. I would encourage anyone with fertility problems to go to their GP who can discuss with them the treatment options available. Couples can still […]

New CHPI report: profits made by PFI firms and cost to NHS

This report from the Centre for Health and the Public Interest (CHPI) finds that over the past 6 years the companies holding PFI contracts to build and run NHS hospitals and other facilities have made pre-tax profits of £831m – money which has therefore been unavailable for patient care. If the NHS had not been paying […]

Stephen Hawking blames Tory politicians for damaging NHS

Stephen Hawking has accused ministers of damaging the NHS, blaming the Conservatives in a passionate and sustained attack for slashing funding, weakening the health service though privatisation, demoralising staff by curbing pay and cutting social care support. https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/aug/18/stephen-hawking-blames-tory-politicians-for-damaging-nhs https://keepournhspublic.com/news/hawking-backs-nhs-destroys-hunts-posturing/

Flagship £690m cancer procurement abandoned over financial fears

– Staffordshire CCGs unable to award £687m cancer prime provider contract   – Privately led consortium unable to convince CCGs the contract was financially viable   – Decision follows the collapse of the UnitingCare Partnership contract in 2015   – The procurement has cost the four Staffordshire CCGs more than £840,000   A controversial tender […]

‘Fit for the Few’ – report by Cambridge Peoples’ Assembly

Fit for the few The Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) for the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS footprint was published on 21 November 2016,1 as the keystone of the Fit for the Future programme. The plan reveals the scale of the deficit that is being created in the local NHS by the austerity imposed by Conservative […]