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 […]

Mission impossible? The task for NHS providers in 2017/18

The 2017 Budget on 8 March confirmed that, while there was extra money for social care and a small amount of extra capital funding for the NHS, there would be no extra revenue funding for the NHS in 2017/18, the new financial year which starts on 1 April 2017. Analysis by NHS Providers predicts that […]