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By 999 Call for the NHS, Aug 4 2019 12:27PM

A reaction to a Guardian piece today. A prime example of why we should keep our BS ALERTS handy at all times... 999 comments in bold.

Boris Johnson promises (fingers crossed) £1.8bn to boost the NHS

Boris Johnson is to inject £1.8bn into the NHS as part of his pledge to upgrade 20 hospitals across the country, it has emerged.

Which twenty hospitals? and of these which are upgrades - physical building improvements, equipment maintenance - and which are 'sell-off the rather nice old building and build a modern centralised services hospital designed to support the removal of all good localised support services in a region'?

The new prime minister has used a boost in health funding as part of an attempt to build a domestic agenda beyond Brexit, with his team well aware that they could be forced into an election this year.

That is key. More “bullshit central” to sway tory dissenters.

But experts have already warned that the fund may not be enough even to cover the upgrades Johnson has already promised. Full details of the plan are set to be revealed on Monday, but it is understood the new funds will be directed straight to the front line for new beds and updated equipment. So keep your eyes peeled for that. Standby to contact your local ccg/stp and ask them where the money has gone.

It is also set to include upgrades to wards and some building repairs. Oho so definitely one to check...and what sort of beds will they be? Fully NHS funded or reserved for self-funding/private paying patients?Interesting to note that Simon Stevens, CEO NHS England, recently said that NHS England had cut too many beds – forgetting that now that NHS Foundation Trust Hospitals are required to make income to survive they actually need beds to do just that! SIMON SAYS...

The money is set to be made available immediately, though Downing St has not revealed where it will come from. Sigh... It comes from the public money the government can quite easily create if it wants to.

Johnson has already made clear he is willing to spend more money on public services, using the so-called “fiscal headroom” created by the previous government’s spending plan.

Pardon? So now the damaging cuts of so-called austerity are being described as the the saviour mechanism that is going to let this new prime minister spend “piggy bank coffers” on the nhs? The headroom was supposed to help the economy in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

A source said: “The prime minister has been clear since day one that the NHS is a top priority. This money will be felt by frontline services , by the doctors and nurses whose hard work is invaluable, and by the patients they care for.”

It will be interesting to see where on the “frontline” it is felt and how - more low level assistants? More funds for volunteer support?More funds to promote the idea of community care? Let's be clear there is always money when a government decides it needs it...

The Vote Leave campaign controversially argued that funds sent to the EU would be used to fund the NHS instead. Dominic Cummings, the Vote Leave strategy chief now overseeing Johnson’s Downing St plans, said such a pledge should have been one of the government’s first moves after the Brexit vote. Because manipulation is all... Keep politics simple and emotional and people will be swayed.

Researchers at the Nuffield Trust thinktank have suggested that Johnson’s promise to upgrade 20 hospitals would cost at least £3.2bn, based on an assessment of hospitals two years ago.

“Based on the conservative £160m cost estimate per trust, the total cost for upgrading all NHS services would be around £33bn,” tweeted Sally Gainsbury, a senior policy analyst at the trust. “That wouldn’t all need to happen at once – it takes time to build a new hospital wing after all. There have been calls to double the NHS budget for NHS investment – including from the NHS’s own regulator NHS Improvement. That would take investment to around £14bn next year.”

What’s needed is longterm vision and a belief that the NHS is worth having - morally, socially, economically. And - stating the bleeding obvious - all very well pumping money into the system but right now it’s like pumping air into a rubber dingy with holes in it...

Even if this media piece has some truth in it, any money pumped in now will head straight to the providers and do nothing but support and promote the restructuring and reshaping moves to the two tier American style Accountable Care system we are witnessing in our local areas.

The NHS needs proper funding and it needs to be reclaimed as OUR NHS - a publicly provided, owned and delivered health service for all. #NHS4ALL

By 999 Call for the NHS, Oct 26 2015 11:46AM


Campaigning for the NHS would be so much easier if it were easy to point out to the general public the tactics employed by NHS England and the government of

funding starvation

impossible targets that NHS Staff can only fail in attempting to reach

encouraging public frustration and confusion

deploying a distracting stage show of participation groups

mixed messages about health and wellbeing

blaming the public for being old, fat and mad

(ageing population, obese with dementia)

tactics that are doing a grand job of killing off our NHS. It's all part of the plan.

And that's the hard bit. How do you tell the public that the government and the corporate world behind them, the MPs with interests in private health firms, WANT the NHS to fail? THis is Britain. Not even Tory MPs would do that surely? Believe it. They want it gone and they want a private healthcare, USA insurance style health system in its place.

How do we inspire the public to take action without alarming, scaring the bejeezus out of them that this plan is real, the tactic of "there's no money and we're doing our best to make the savings" is having its planned effect? Well we have to try and an article by Caroline Molloy (clcik on logo at end) is a good start. At last we are beginning to lose our worries about the British sense of decency. Let's start really telling it the way we see it. If we are wrong let them prove it.

They're here...
They're here...

Once you've had your eyes opened to the reality of what is going on - the moving in of American "experts" and consulants to "support the failing NHS" - it is damn near impossible to un-see it. But the trouble is once you've got your head round one attack plan NHS England and government forces are rounding up another attack - Five Year Forward View, Devo, Vanguards, Care Closer to Home, Lean Management, NHS Citizen, NHS Choices... it is endless right now. And that is why we have to keep it simple. Bring the NHS back in to public ownership, management and funding. It's the only way to protect it not only from our own government destruction but also TTIP Trade deals and EU complications.

The Tories and many others with vested interests (in surprising places I might add) will fight back with the obvious "The NHS cant take another top down reorganisation" - right now the NHS is suffering nothing but top down management DISORGANISATION. It needs our help. We don't see putting the NHS back together as a shared, valued public service after 20 years of planned dismantling, disruption and destruction as another top-down reorganisation. It's a rescue plan. Dragging the public body from the bloody jaws of privatisation dogs.

Thanks to Caroline Molloy for the OUR NHS article. Have a read and then think what you might like to do.

To read a fabulous article that says what we all need to know... CLICK HERE

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