Our Steve gives his impression of just one aspect of a fascinating afternoon session with four NHS Defenders giving evidence as to why ACO/ACS/ICS/ICP are NOT A GOOD IDEA.
But it seems the Health Select Committee weren't that interested...
For full video of the session and to hear the excellent evidence given by Dr. Graham Winyard. Dr Colin Hutchinson, Dr Tony O'Sullivan and Professor Allyson Pollock click the button.
The death of a patient at Northampton General Hospital A&E has been blamed on overcrowding and increased demand. Yet when you look at the statistics for the last 12months - the actual figure for A&E have REDUCED!
So why is the CEO of the hospital claiming that A&E has seen a 30% rise in attendances? Does she need help in understanding her own stats?
So we are awarding Dr Sonia Swart and her team our Pants on Fire Award.
The increase has been seen in the attendances at the new Type 3 ward that was built recently. Not at A&E! Click on the stats image and see for yourself.
We were saddened to hear the news that Prof. Stephen Hawking had passed away. Despite being told he would not live beyond his 30's he led a life of true fighting spirit and in his speech at the Royal College of Medicine in August 2017 he said he owed his life entirely to the NHS. In the last couple of years he chose to use his public status to directly challenge the policy and negligence of the government and in particular the disgraceful actions and statements of Jeremy Hunt, Health Secretary.
With sadness we say farewell to a true defender of the NHS.
Our condolences to all his family & friends.
Revisit last year's letter of thanks to Prof. Stephen Hawking signed by other 20 campaign groups
Campaigners in two very different parts of the country are celebrating more of those small step BUT very important victories.
Hands off Huddersfield HRI in Yorkshire were at Leeds Court on the 15th March to see if their appeal for a Judicial Review would be granted and the judge agreed their case should be heard.
In Dorset, campaigners in Poole fought hard to push for a Judicial Review into the closure of maternity services.
There are over 231K signatories to the government petition Stop Privatisation of NHS services so MPs will debate it in Westminster Hall on 30th April, 4.30pm. Stop & Reverse NHS Privatisation Rally at 3pm at Cromwell Entrance, tickets available for the debate from 3.30pm in Westminster Hall.
You can write to Mike Hill, the MP leading the debate via the House of Commons Petitions Committee, they will forward that on to him. They would not treat it as formal written evidence or publish it as they have not set up an inquiry into this subject.
Please contact your own MP and ask them to speak in the debate – any backbench MP can speak in the debate.
The meeting can be seen on the Facebook Event link:
This week has been an important one for campaigners in Devon.
Due to a huge effort from local campaigners urging the lcoal community to send emails and letters to the Adults Health Scrutiny Committee - the committee voted unanimously to put on hold the plans to set up an Integrated Care System.
Save Our Hospital Services Devon have done a fantastic job and we can all learn from their experience. Find out more on the page we began a few months ago...
We are seriously asking the question of local councils, STP Boards, Hospital Trusts and CCG Members...
DOES ANYONE OUT THERE KNOW WHERE THEY ARE?
They're all stepping back and forth between Accountable and Integrated as quickly they can, dancing to the crazy rhythms of the NHSE Band. We want an answer to the question - SHALL WE BIN THE ACO Route Map?