The NHS is under attack from all sides as the Government uses the cover of the pandemic to force through privatisation plans, with the controversial White Paper released on February 11th, the roll out of ‘Integrated Care Systems’, the sell-off GP services, and continuing cronyism – all carried out at a time of increased danger brought about by the Trade Bill, and in the context of cuts, closures and the ongoing sale of NHS land and buildings. It is a complex picture but, as far as the Government is concerned, with one direction of travel.
To find out more about privatisation, please click the following pages:
For NHS privatisation associated with Covid 19 and cronyism, click here
For the Policing Bill 2021, and the clampdown on protest about NHS privatisation, click here
For Questions to NE Councils re NHS privatisation, click here
For info re privatisation in North Tyneside Primary Care (“Livi”), click here
For info re privatisation in other Primary Care locations, click here
For privatisation in A&E at York, click here
For the privatisation of Urgent Care throughout the North East, click here
For privatisation associated with the White Paper and Integrated Care Systems, click here
For privatisation through wholly-owned subsidiary companies, click here
For sale of NHS land and buildings, click here
For info re the KONPNE powerpoint presentation, click here
For NHS privatisation associated with the 2020 Trade Bill, click here
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2: Video and audio
4: NHS Bill
> BBC News (16th April 2021) Matt Hancock and sister own shares in NHS contract firm
> In These Times (30th March 2021) The UK’s Vaccine Rollout Is the Latest Reminder We Need Universal Healthcare
> The Lowdown (21st February 2021) Under cover of Covid…
> The Mirror (1st April 2021) Former private health firm chief ‘given job’ as No10 advisor
> OpenDemocracy (30th March 2021) We’ve won our lawsuit over Matt Hancock’s £23m NHS data deal with Palantir
> Keep Our NHS Public (19th March 2021) But aren’t all GPs private anyway?
> The Lowdown (24th February 2021) Privatisation: Key Facts
> The Lowdown (21st February 2021) A History of NHS Privatisation (Part 3)
> The Lowdown (19th February 2021) Why does NHS privatisation matter?
> John Furse, London Review of Books (November 2019) The NHS Dismantled click here
> GP Online (18th February 2021) US company’s subsidiary to hold nearly 1% of GP contracts in England
> The Guardian (16th February 2021) My partner is pregnant – and the cost of giving birth in the US is stressing me out
> The Guardian (8th February 2021) NHS dental patients ‘told to go private’ as watchdog warns of crisis
> The Lowdown (5th February 2021) Private health and privatisation cost lives
> The Lowdown (4th February 2021) US company in takeover of network of GP practices
> Tribune (18th January 2021) Amazon Is Coming for Our Healthcare
> CK 999 Call for the NHS (20th January 2021) Routine NHS funding withdrawn from another 31 diagnostic tests, treatments and operations
> We Own It (May 2019) When We Own It – a model for public ownership in the 21st century
> Public Matters (8th October 2019) How much of the NHS in England has already been privatised?
> The Lowdown (6th January 2021) Private hospital group backs out of Covid deal to treat NHS patients
> Caroline Molloy, OpenDemocracy (19th December 2020) The terrifying truth about those deciding the future of the NHS
> CK 999 Call for the NHS (14th December 2020) US companies poised to run NHS following proposed legislation
> The Lowdown (8th December 2020): Vanishing front line beds pose threat to NHS future
> The Lowdown (22nd November 2020): The beginning of the end of Subcos that affect low paid NHS staff?
> The Guardian (30th October 2020): ‘Profit over death’: millions of American diabetics struggle to afford insulin
> NHS Support Federation (October 2020): A snapshot of NHS outsourcing failures
> Information from “We Own It” (2020) is here: https://weownit.org.uk/public-ownership/nhs
> Recent article from “The Lowdown” (2020): https://lowdownnhs.info/private-providers/revealed-nhs-commissioners-high-spend-on-non-nhs-care-providers
> Staff morale / staff shortages in the NE (19th Nov 2019): True picture of the NHS in the North East – bosses say thousands of vacancies putting patients at risk
> The “Open Democracy” (September 2017) article by Professor Allyson Pollock on the need to legislate to reinstate the NHS is here.
> National report from The Centre for Health and the Public Interest; this report was published in April 2015, but still provides some important information and pointers for future action The Contracting NHS: Can the NHS Handle the Outsourcing of Clinical Services?
>> Article on the Health and Social Care Act 2012 (June 2013) Tritter and Koivusalo – Undermining patient and public engagement and limiting its impact – the consequences of the HSC Act 2012 on collective patient and public involvement
>> Guardian article on Health and Social Care Act 2012 (March 2013) Youssef El-Gingihy – Health Act means the death of the NHS as we know it
Privatisation in the North East
> Privatisation in 111, On Call and Urgent Care; Northern Doctors -> Vocare -> Totally www.vocare.org.uk/docs/Vocare%20RNS%20announcement.pdf
and click here for our webpage Privatisation of Urgent Care
> Privatisation in Primary Care in North Tyneside
click here for an update regarding the Swedish company “Livi” in North Tyneside
Video and audio
> British people guess how much health care costs in the US – a video by Waleed Shahid
> Privatising the NHS – A View from the Top (Public Matters, December 2020)
> Hear Stephen Fry in “Boris and Trumps Deadliest Trick” (July 2019)
Are Johnson and Trump trying to privatise the NHS? Which healthcare system is most likely to save you? Killer facts are hidden by carefully constructed illusions…..click here
> “The dismantling of our NHS and why we need an NHS Bill to reinstate it“ (Newcastle University, October 2017)
Recorded at Newcastle University in October 2017, Professor Pollock outlines the ins and outs of health policy over the past twenty years, culminating in the Accountable Care Systems of today – an American import which is clearly orientated to a private health takeover. Our NHS was the model for the rest of the world in 1948 – low cost, efficient and universal – and many European countries followed our health care model. We now need to reinstate it to public ownership. Listen to the audio recording here.
> “Post-election reflections on the fate of the NHS in England and health and social care services in the North East“ (Newcastle-upon-Tyne, July 2017)
Professor Allyson Pollock, in this Public Lecture and Q&A session, reviews past and current developments in health provision and provides insight into ways forward for all who support and care for the NHS. Watch the video here.
> “Privatisation of the NHS“ (April 2014)
Watch this TED talk on the Privatisation of the NHS by Professor Allyson Pollock (18 minutes)
> United Voices (August 2020)
Personal stories of one group of cleaners, caterers and porters from St Mary’s Hospital in London – this is an inspiring story of resistance. This 20 min film charts their first strike through to an influential victory that benefits outsourced workers across five other hospitals. Click here
> See this short video Privatising the NHS from We Own It (2020)
Click here for information
THE NHS BILL
The NHS in England is being dismantled and only a change to the law can stop the damage
Changes in the law (esp Health and Social Care Act 2012) have brought about the dismantling of the NHS over recent years – only a change in the law can re-establish it as a publicly owned and publicly provided National Health Service, which includes the governments duty to provide the key NHS services. Legislation is needed to re-establish these principles of the NHS.
The NHS Bill has been presented to Parliament on a number of occasions, but it has not received the necessary support for enactment.
Details of the most recent Bill are here: http://www.nhsbillnow.org/eleanor-smiths-nhs-bill-published-in-full/
As part of the KONPNE anti-privatisation exhibition in the summer of 2018, we invited all 22 North East MPs to send us a one-liner statement about where they stood regarding the NHS Bill ….some positive responses, some surprising responses (reading between the lines) and (sadly / interestingly) no responses from some….even though they are our elected representatives….
Click konpne st thomas exhibition mp quotes june 2018 to find out what your MP did (or didn’t) say at that time, and whether s/he had signed up…..We have added the line “Supporter of the NHS Reinstatement Bill” to those 10 MPs who have already signed up to the Bill (according to the www.nhsbillnow.org website)
More information? Read more about the past content of the NHS Bill here and check out the NHS Bill website, facebook and twitter
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