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By 999callfornhs, Mar 17 2017 02:27PM

And I'll cry i want to...

Right now not one of the three mainstream political parties has the answers for our NHS, education, public services or our country as a whole, they have no sense or understanding of a good society where equality, fair play and justice exists for all. Austerity has not reduced the National Debt it has increased it and has only served to make the rich even richer whilst the poor get what they deserve - poorer.

Politicians make the right sounds, the right facial expressions and hand gestures but behind their smiles and expressions of sincerity they're either lying at worst, or at best, confused, deluded that they can promote and deliver a better future for our kids to grow up in by delivering the same old tired economic policies that have blighted the nation since the 80s. They've become stuck in the groove of "money is running out, we're just going to have do without".

And in turn we, the nation, having been encouraged to step back from political process have learnt to believe the scenario and we've become addicted to suffering, tightening our belts and closing our wallets because the money trees are running out of fruit. We now take a strange comfort in the assumption that "Times are hard and the world is changing" and we just have to put up and shut up and suffer the consequences.

Such is the limiting, controlling logic of Austerity, the philosophy invented by corporate mindsets determined to destroy public services, public wellbeing and public benevolence because it means they are denied the opportunity to make money. The economic philosophy that is the raison d'etre of those with wealth that is unimaginable for most of us and ultimately utterly pointless for all of us.

Economy is not how much money we have

...it's how much money is circulating between us as wages, profits, taxes. How much is recycled, reintroduced and reused as purchases, mortgages, savings. If millions are now disappearing into offshore tax havens (they are we know it) when will that money enter back into our economy? When will it circulate freely back into our society and maintain the UK as the world's 6th largest economy? The answer? Slowly at best, most likely never.

Soon, as the corporate machine takes over all our public services and filters out our public budgets to offshore accounts (Branson's vast Virgin Island accounts for example) our economy will begin to shrink, the government will shout louder "there's not enough money!" and we will all be told we'll need to be even more careful with money, more resilient in our outlook and tighten our belts even further. A self satisfying philosophy of starving an economy to create a starving economy and a nation of grateful supplicants. A sort of sick economic Stockholm Syndrome as we learn to love the pain of living without the basic rights of health, education and jobs.

So where's the hope in the future ahead?

It lies in us, ordinary people putting ourselves back into politics with courage and determination and some decent honest rethinking of what is needed to provide a healthier future for our children and generations ahead. After decades of being “encouraged” to sit back, feel unworthy and let "others more fitting" take the lead, it's time for a return of ordinary people into the world of decision making and political strategy. Ordinary people with the ability to question not only their opponents but themselves too, the ability to explore and research new monetary thinking,  new methods of international relations, new and trusted methods of educating the nation and how to best deal with the ingrained corporate mindset that is entrenched within the corridors of power, the media and virtually every aspect of our daily lives.

Hope lies in our ability to look back at recent social history and discover what worked well in our past welfare state, the vision at its core, its beginnings and why it sometimes failed, mostly through no fault of its own but through longterm resistance by the established upper classes, the corporate business class and their struggle to remain in control and grow their own wealth. Hope lies in our ability to see that The Austerity Myth began long before it acquired its name. 

Hope lies in talking, sharing ideas with no hidden selfish agenda. It lies in not being afraid of a new political system that creates allies of those who share ideals and can reach beyond the limited tribal habits of current political behaviour patterns. Hope lies in breaking the cultural void of critical thinking in politics, encouraging voters to analyse all of their allegiances, to question their emotional ties to political parties they have remained faithful to out of habit or fear or apathy.

The time is now for voters on all sides of the political spectrum to ask if their MP is truly representing their needs, their desires and their hopes. And if their party is failing them to search for or create an alternative force for political good.

The time is now to demand MPs from all parties declare where they stand on healthcare, social care, private companies taking over our NHS, schools, prisons, public services and where they stand in regard to the dark looming shadow of Austerity. The time is now for ordinary people to step up and create an opposition to the lies and cultural brainwashing of 30yrs of the Austerity mantra.

Hope lies in ordinary people putting themselves in extraordinary circumstances.

That time surely is now.

By 999callfornhs, Jul 22 2016 10:32AM

999 Call for the NHS has always been a keen supporter of new ways to get the message out to people. It's hard getting people's attention and up and down the country campaigners are continually asking "why aren't people angry?". Because the mainstream media doesn't tell them what we know. The journalists working behind the desks in the newsroom are only looking for the hooks, the sensational soundbite filler for the evening news and tomorrow's front page.

The real stories of corporate takeovers, failures of services being provided by non-experienced wokers, patients being left with no care because of cuts - these all get hidden by the ignorance and genuine dimwittery of the modern deskbound journo.

So getting the message out is something we as campaigners have to do in any way we can.

Say HELLO to Dr Rishi!

Hi there.

I'm a junior doctor of ten years working as an orthopaedic senior registrar at the Royal National orthopaedic hospital, London. Having worked as a junior doctor for this time, I've experienced at first hand the tremendous job that my colleagues and I do to keep our patients safe in a system which has been chronically underfunded and devalued for too long. The last few months with the dangerous new contract being imposed on doctors, were a call to action and made me feel that we, on the front line of patient care, had to get politically involved and stand up against a contract which is #notsafenotfair.

Looking at the new proposed contract which, depsite Jeremy Hunt's smiling assurances, still had all the flaws of the old one I felt compelled to get the message out that we have to unite and stand up against this imposition and dangers to our patients, us as NHS Staff. For me it also created a realisation that something was dramatically changing in my workplace - creeping privatisation.

I wanted to use a tool to permeate through to people quickly and effectively and felt that music was the best medium to achieve that as I felt the public were fatigued after Brexit and protests of the last few months.

I approached Dave Randall (previously worked with Faithless and DIDO) as I knew he was politically engaged and together we wrote STAND UP in two weeks and recorded it (I performed it and directed the video).

What did I want?
What did I want?

A great song that could deliver a thousand messages and THIS IS that great song... I need people to hear it

I need everyone to share the video far and wide so it goes viral. And if you download the track (it is 79p and goes to charity for depression in physicians). If thousands of people download it can start creeping up the charts and give a platform to get the issue back into the public consciousness.

I have completely self funded this with no help and no profit, my reward would be to get this message out and turn back the tide of destroying our beloved NHS...

Thank you.


By 999callfornhs, Apr 15 2016 01:01PM

Either they're stupid or duplicit. Or both.
Either they're stupid or duplicit. Or both.

A lovely lovely thing happened this morning. On social media in a rambling post about local councillors & Clinical Commissioning Groups making an absolute cock-up of proceedings around public consultations and providing information - well let's be honest HIDING information, producing classic i-Arse facts and goobledegook, and plain lies!

But out of that feeling of despair when you just can't figure out how to fight these awful monstrous individuals who seem hell-bent on killing Our NHS - they really do - comes something delightful from a campaigner somewhere in the ether. The question came up "are they really thick or are they in on the whole thing?" And then the new lovely word we should all get put into the English Dictionary


Are those in positions of decision making and power genuinely stupid or are they aware of the catastrophic damage being done to the NHS, and the country, and just dont give a shit?

Duplicitous. Knowing. Stuplicity.

It's a question campaigners are constantly having to ask themselves as they sit in dull, "pins in my eyes would be more beneficial" CCG meetings, Scrutiny Committees, Health & Wellbeing Boards, Healthwatch, NHS England consultations... As they engage with politicians, Union Officials, local dignatories, local media...

Right now local CCG's, NHS Trusts, Foundation Trusts, GPs, local authorities are all being squeezed into something called the Sustainability & Transformation Plan which is a sealant strategy designed to make the Five Year Forward View concrete - think concrete boots.

By June 16th, NHS Trusts, coerced into working with local authoriites and 3rd Sector organisations have to come up with a plan to show how they are are going to dramatically improve services whilst cutting cutting cutting.... SLASHING. So look forward to lots of iApps, digital innovation and secretive meetings where the public can't reach.

The NHS is about to be divided up into 44 Footprints. Where that lovely term has come from no one knows but no doubt some oik in a suit with a good grasp of Excel came up with that gem. And got paid millions no doubt because that is what we come to expect from the likes of Ernst & Young, McKinsey, Price Waterhouse Coopers. Trouble is describing these "footprints" is damn near impossible. Currently campaigners are struggling to grasp the sense behind it because it is clouded in layer upon layer of jargon, confusing terminology, and official document (pass the pins please) formatting. And we're getting there.

A terrfyingly dull NHS England version is here STP ONE

An excellent link written by campaigners who have worked really hard to understand it is this one. STP TWO

Using the new word STUPLICITY we'd like to invite you to pick up the phone, write a quick email and ask your

local councillors

local MPs

local Clinical Commissioning Group

local Scrutiny Committee

local Health & Wellbeing Board

local Healthwatch

local NHS Trust

community leaders

and charity organisations like Macmillan, Age UK, MIND.

Then ask the Sustainability and Transformation Plan leaders... STUPLICITY GROUP LEADERS

You keep talking about increasing services and improving quality. But everything points to cutting services and reducing quality in staff and resources.

Are you really stupid? Or are you in on it? The destruction of our NHS.

By 999callfornhs, Feb 14 2016 12:21PM

Multi-media makes us more aware?
Multi-media makes us more aware?

Georgia Lewis from the KOSHH (Keep Our St Helier Hospital) offers sounds advice.

The standard of reporting on stories in the mainstream British media about the NHS is frequently lazy, inaccurate, incomplete or just poor. We shouldn’t expect the standard of reporting on NHS stories to improve any time soon so we have put together some helpful tips for journalists who report on the NHS.

1. "NHS bosses" is a lazy term constantly used by journalists. While the term is OK for a headline where space is tight and the attention of readers needs to be grabbed, it is too vague for proper reporting. Within a report, the journalist should always clarify exactly who the "NHS bosses" are. Do they mean hospital trusts? Clinical commissioning groups? Simon Stevens? Jeremy Hunt? Chances are, the reporter is referring to either trusts or CCGs. This needs to be made clear from the outset.

2. When reporters for national newspapers and news channels are referring to trusts and CCGs when they talk of "NHS bosses", it needs to be made clear that these bodies make different decisions in different areas. The way stories such as the personal health budgets funding "treats" and the NHS funding gluten-free food were reported in recent weeks seldom made it clear that these funding decisions vary wildly between areas. Instead, we ended up with a warped narrative that made it sound like the NHS was morphing into a giant, nationwide hybrid of Greggs and Butlins.

3. It is important that readers and viewers are aware of what CCGs actually are. As NHS campaigners, we need to keep in mind that not everyone understands what a CCG is or the powers they have to make massive decisions about our vital health services - they are making decisions on everything from gluten-free food and IVF to hospital cuts and closures.

4. We realise that it can be hard to explain what a CCG is in every single media report. However, for journalists whose work appears online, it is easy to provide links to pages that can explain what CCGs are. Despite the limitations of broadcast time or space in print media, even a brief one-liner to explain CCGs would be helpful.

Clinical Commissioning Group - do people know what they do?
Clinical Commissioning Group - do people know what they do?

5. CCGs are just one outcome of the Health and Social Care Act 2012. If you are reporting on the NHS, you have the responsibility of reading this act as it has shaped the NHS as we know it today. If you are interviewing an MP who voted for this act, ask them if they regret voting for the act. Ask them if they take responsibility for any negative outcomes that can be directly attributed to this act.

6. When you are reporting about something that has gone wrong in the NHS, it should not be used as a stick with which to beat the entire NHS or a rallying cry to close down entire hospitals. When something goes wrong, it should be an opportunity for improvement, for ensuring that "never incidents" never happen again. Find out what trusts and CCGs are doing to make improvements if something goes wrong and hold them to account. If people are killed or injured, they should not be seen as collateral damage, as a reason to cut services.

7. When something goes wrong in the NHS, investigate properly. Find out if any private companies may have been involved. If there is an outbreak of infection in a hospital, for example, find out if the cleaning has been contracted out to the private sector, ask about the cleaning company's training procedures and how well their employees are paid. Is the incident related to staff shortages? Is the trust relying heavily on agency staff? Are patients receiving inconsistent care because of a lack of permanent staff?

Always check who's hiding behind it...
Always check who's hiding behind it...

8. It is especially important to find out about the extent of private company involvement in the NHS, especially when things go wrong or if CCGs and trusts are spending our money on private management consultancy firms. Unfortunately, private companies are exempt from FOI requests. This makes it hard to properly report on the NHS. This is quite deliberate, a conscious attempt to reduce transparency and keep people unaware.

You can and should make FOI requests of CCGs and trusts in relation to their private sector partners. You might not get a complete answer because of commercial confidentiality, but this should be noted in your report. You should also ask the private companies involved for comment whenever it is relevant and note in your report if they refuse to comment or did not return phonecalls or reply to emails.

9. Attend CCG and trust board meetings, especially if you work in the local media. They are open to the public. They are where big decisions are made and hard questions should be asked. Such meetings are usually held during working hours so it is difficult for many people to attend. The media has a responsibility to attend such meetings and report on what is said. This should be seen by local and regional journalists as being as important as attending council meetings.

10. Find out about vested interests, especially on CCGs. Clinical commissioning groups, as the name suggest, commission services, they spend our money. If CCG members have vested interests in private healthcare providers, they should not be commissioning health services. If you are reporting on a CCG, find out if their declared interests have been published online. If not, call them out on it.

Corproate Consultants are embedded in NHS?
Corproate Consultants are embedded in NHS?

11. Ask local campaigners for comment. We are always happy to talk to the media, may have good information from meetings we have attended, such as CCG meetings, and might offer you perspectives that you had not previously considered.

If you have any more tips for good reporting on the NHS? Please feel free to leave them in the comments section below.

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