We're taking the old wise saying...
If it moves like a Duck...
sounds like duck...
and looks like a duck...
- it's probably a duck
No doubt you've noticed that local councils, STP Boards, Hospital Trust CEOs, NHS England officials - they are all busy running away from the words Accountable Care Organisation/System. They know we are onto them.
And now the NHS England Cunning Linguist department has supplied local authorites and STP partners with a whole new dictionary of absurd lingo to allay the fears of those pesky troublesome campaigners who are "ridiculous" to think that NHS England would dare to introduce a copy of the USA Medicare/Medicaid system.
DON'T BE FOOLED.
No matter how much local councils and Integrated Care partners offer us a selection of choice phrases and gobbledygook it is clear that all the different explanations they give us
Integrated Care Partnerships
Place Based Care
Vertical & Horizontal Integration
Integrated Strategic Commissioning
these are just smoke and mirror tricks to hide the fact that the path leads directly to the setting up (eventually) of Accountable Care Organisations. What's worse is the local democratic processes are failing us miserably. Councils are handing over responsibility to their CABINETS - a select committee with powers to make decisions without full consultation and debate with councillors - thus depriving us all of local democracy.
Visit our #NHS4ALL page to find out more about actions we think we need to take.
We think we need to ensure our local elected representatives understand fully the implications of their participation in the new models of care that are being pushed through with no real public scrutiny or in-depth debate. Our first question is "Do local councillors really understand the hollow words that they hand to us once they have referred to their Cunning Linguist Dictionary?"
And we have an idea. Let's put them to the test. CLICK here to find out more
It's time to call out what we know. Please go to your
Clinical Commissioning Group website
and find out what they are calling their Accountable Care new local nhs and social care "way of working". Probably an ICS - Integrated Care System.
If you can't find it on the website why not contact the Health & Wellbeing board and ask them.
"Who is in charge of setting up the Integrated Care System?"
"Is it operating now in shadow form?" (commonly known as 'in secret')
"Who are the partners?"
"Are the public going to be invited to participate?"
Who is accountable to the public.
Send your info to us via this page. Thanks