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By 999 Call for the NHS, May 22 2018 10:10PM

There is nothing more painful that Hypocrisy in Action.

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement is a positive-thinking bullshit machine that captures health and social care managers who, despite seeing the NHS fall about under their feet due to excessive layers of private company consultancy management and corporate strategy, seem hellbent on pursuing yet more consultancy and management blue-sky thinking as a solution!

Because this is all about the MANAGERS personal development and driving change to improve health and well-being for all through quality management. For all? Seriously? Everybody but the patient. Today saw their conference - The Integrated Care Expo - take place at 28 Portland Place, Marylebone, London.

A collection of eager speakers all ready to spout the positive can-do shit. Here we go...

"A fresh, innovative and practical event to explore solutions to delivering integrated care. With short, punchy presentations from a variety of original speakers, combined with a facilitated workshop at which delegates discuss the ideas presented, this promises to be an exceptional evening. A report to be authored by Richard Vize and using the solutions presented during the expo will be published subsequently.

Confirmed speakers include Norman Lamb MP, Samantha Jones (ex Vanguard NHSE), Ed Smith (previous Chair of NHSI), Michael Adamson (Red Cross), Ewan King (Social Care Institute for Excellence) and representatives from HC-One Care Homes, Local Government, Royal Society of Public Health, and NHS England."

Makes you proud doesn't it?

Touted as an EXPO but really only 3 hours in a posh room in Marylebone - the curtains look nice and I'm sure they had more than a cup of tea. Bit like an after school club for NHS Manager and Health/Thought Leaders.

But what is galling is to see a collection of supposed NHS Improvers being sponsored (through an educational grant says Roy Lilley with no trace of a giggle) by Swiss Pharmaceutical Corporation NOVARTIS.

Novartis - in their opening gambit on the UK site - is a healthcare company which strives to change the practice of medicine and aspires to approach things differently. We are passionate about what we do and the impact we have on patients and societies. We are Novartis, and we are re-imagining medicine.

Yes I bet they are. Imagining a day when the last elements of the old public service NHS hsa beend drained away and private commerce reigns supreme opening up the medical profits wider and deeper than ever before.

The company likes to make a bold and bright picture of itself. But there are (as always) darker shades to its portrait. Just a couple

In addition in 2010, Novartis agreed to pay $422 million to resolve criminal and civil liability arising from charges that it engaged in illegal marketing of its epilepsy drug Trileptal, including the payment of kickbacks to doctors to get them to prescribe the medication for off-label purposes.

In 2013 European antitrust officials accused Novartis of colluding with Johnson & Johnson to delay the availability of a less expensive generic version of a pain medication used by cancer patients.

In 2016 the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced that Novartis would pay $25 million to settle charges that it violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act when its China-based subsidiaries engaged in pay-to-prescribe schemes to increase sales.

So this is a company sponsoring an EXPO supposedly looking to improve our NHS and continue to house an Academy of Fabulous Stuff (another bullshit machine for NHS Managers). And here is the best and most recent shadow from the dark side. A recent report that Novartis - was among a handful of large corporations that made questionable payments to President Trump’s personal fixer Michael Cohen. Novartis, which initially struggled to come up with a plausible explanation for its $1.2 million contract with Cohen, ultimately admitted it was a “mistake.”

Great. Educational Grants to NHS manager conferences by a Swiss Pharma Company who don't see anything wrong in making a few good will payments to a Trump fixer...


And just look at the subjects that were being covered.

Surely at least one manager or near the top Exec in the NHS who had the unfortunate luck to be there must have thought "what a load of dangerous shite". If you are out there please get in touch.

We can help you and managers like you escape the mindfuck that is modern corporate thinking.

Let's reimagine healthcare again - a proper National Health Service funded properly, managed by a public sector with an ethos of proper human care, delivered by well paid and respected clinical staff, and provided by state run and organised management in a coordinated and coherant service - not private companies fighting for contracts and profits in a tattered chaotic and fragmented market.

Bring the NHS back into public hands. Renationalised and Reimagined.

By 999 Call for the NHS, 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.


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