STP’s, ACO’s, cuts, closures, privatisation, “wholly-owned subsidiary companies”, “partnerships“…….
>>> Cuts and closures: Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STP’s)
The NHS is underfunded. The Government says that we can’t afford more, but we know that this underfunding is a political choice – along with the subsequent cuts, closures, lengthening waiting lists and demoralisation of staff.
The reality is that the UK, the worlds sixth largest economy, chooses to spend significantly less per head on health than Germany or France – and less than half what is spent in the US or Switzerland.
>> Patients4NHS What is happening to the NHS – A Guide for Patients and Public
>> National KONP STP’s: What you need to know
>> Carol Ackroyd FAQ’s about STP’s
>> Patients4NHS Information sheet
>> Unite the Union Mythbusting: STP’s
>> Centre for Health and the Public Interest STP’s: Five Key Questions for Planners
>> London South Bank University STP’s: How serious are the proposals? A critical review
>> The Centre for Health and the Pubic Interest (January 2017) – article by John Lister, Health Campaigns Together STP’s: A Critical Assessment
>> The Centre for Health and the Public Interest (October 2017) Unaccountable Policy Making for the NHS in England
>> Public Matters (Feb 2018) Will the written evidence to the Health Select Committee bring about the end of the Sustainability and Transformation Plans?
Local and national NHS documentation relating to STP’s
>> Draft Northumberland, Tyne, Wear and North Durham Sustainability and Transformation Plan (Nov 2016) Full document: NTWND-STP-final-submission-combined
>> April 2017 Guidance from Newcastle City Council’s “Wellbeing for Life Board” about the “Communities and Neighbourhood model” is here This paper proposes ways in which the STP may fit within organisational structures.
>> NHS England guidance on engagement and consultation re STP’s is here: engag-local-people-stps
>> NHS England guidance on operational planning is here: NHS-operational-planning-guidance-201617-201819 (1)
>>> Privatisation of the NHS: Accountable Care Systems (ACS’s), Accountable Care Organisations (ACO’s), Integrated Care Systems (ICS)
The growing privatisation of our NHS includes awarding large commercial contracts for hospital, community and general practice to private businesses and corporations such as Virgin Care, Care UK, and HCA. Services such as ambulance, laboratory, cleaning and IT are also outsourced. The competition for contracts leads to aggressive cost-cutting, with loss of services and deskilled, poorly paid and demotivated staff.
Now, Government plans for “Accountable Care Organisations” risk wholesale NHS privatisation by tendering a single massive contract to run all of the hospitals, community services and, sometimes, social care services in one geographical region. Bidders are likely to include US healthcare giants and, equally deadly, private – public partnerships between finance corporates and NHS Trusts. The Government claims that these commercial contracts are needed for the “joined up” services that we all want. In reality, they will destroy our NHS. We need to restore our NHS as a publicly planned, run and publicly owned NATIONAL service, funded through taxation
ACS, ACO and ICS
>> Comprehensive briefing paper on ACO’s from national KONP:
The online summary and link to the full document, the summary pdf document and the full pdf document
>> Jon Ashworth identifies serious concerns re STP’s and ACO’s: Changes regarding healthcare provision must be debated and voted in Parliament New Statesman 8.12.17
>> Legal Challenge to the ACO’s number 1: 999 Call for the NHS is here
Working with public law firm LEIGH DAY, 999 Call for the NHS believe that the ACO contract is unlawful under current NHS legislation, on the grounds that the contract does not link payment to the number of patients treated and/or the complexity of the medical treatment provided. It fails to ensure that there would be sufficient money to meet the cost of delivering NHS services to the required quality standard.
>> Legal challenge to the ACO’, number 2: Judicial Review for the NHS (JR4NHS) is here
Working with public law firm LEIGH DAY, the JR4NHS team believe that ACOs would fundamentally change the NHS and many private businesses could profit from this radical reorganisation of health and social services. These private businesses would have control over the allocation of NHS and taxpayers’ money. Their accountability for spending it and their obligations to the public would be under commercial contracts, not statutes. This is not in the public interest. It is also against the public interest that ACO’s are being introduced by stealth, without proper public consultation and without full Parliamentary scrutiny.
>> House of Commons briefing paper on ACO’s
>> Commons Health & Social Care Select Committee on ACOs Oral evidence on dangers for the NHS of Accountable Care Systems and Organisations (click on the link at the bottom of this page to watch the proceedings)
>> 999 Call for the NHS – Is Accountable Care on hold? (March 2018) 999 Rough Guide to Accountable Care
>> New Internationalist – Jo Land (April 2018) Why neo-liberal institutions are pushing “Accountable Care” in health
>> Parliament debates e-petition on NHS Privatisation (April 2018)
Stop the privatisation of NHS services
We call for a ban on the outsourcing (privatisation) of NHS services, and stop the renewal of any outsourcing contracts already signed. Companies should not be profiteering from NHS contracts, when every pound of NHS budgets is desperately needed for more doctors and nurses, and to pay them more.
Research by Bain & Company published by the Financial Times in January 2017, found that private-sector companies had been invited to bid for 14 per cent more NHS contracts in the 12 months to August 2016 than just a year previously. In March 2017 the Financial Times also reported of the extra £2bn given to the NHS in 2014 to try and bolster NHS services, according to data analysis carried out by the Health Foundation, an independent charity, only about half this extra money was spent in the NHS.
Read the transcript: https://hansard.parliament.uk/commons/2018-04-23/debates/A43878B7-E1E8-4205-A7D2-6624BCF0E403/PrivatisationOfNHSServices
The petition: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/205106
Local and national NHS documentation relating to ACO’s
>> NHS England guidance on contracting for ACO’s (August 2017) – “Integrating care – contracting for accountable models”
>> The NHS England webpage which provides links to associated operational documents is here
>> Parliamentary report and guidance on the Effectiveness of Local Authority Overview and Scrutiny Committees (December 2017)
>>> and the Governments response to the report on the Effectiveness of Local Authority Overview and Scrutiny Committees (March 2018) – this recommends actively encouraging public participation
>> North East – Privatisation in 111, On Call and Urgent Care; Northern Doctors -> Vocare -> Totally www.vocare.org.uk/docs/Vocare%20RNS%20announcement.pdf
>> 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
>>> Backdoor privatisation of the NHS: “Wholly-owned Subsidiary Companies” (SubCo’s) / “Arms-Length Companies“
“A wholly owned subsidiary is an organisation set up at arm’s length but still owned by the trust. It means that those services currently provided in-house will be provided by a separate company that will employ staff who currently work for the NHS.
Trusts claim that money will be saved by exploiting a tax loophole, but the major savings will come from employing new staff on non-NHS terms and conditions with no access to the NHS Pension Scheme.
….this is a form of backdoor privatisation, with direct consequences for healthcare staff and potentially damaging ramifications for the NHS.”
Excerpt from Unison Wholly Owned Subsidiaries in the NHS
>> In the North East – NTW NHS Trust (March 2017) Proposal to establish an NTW Subsidiary Company
>> Expanatory article by Caroline Molloy, Our NHS (February 2018) – refers to NTW and Gateshead Are cash-strapped hospitals walking into a trap that could cost the NHS its family silver?
>> NHS Support Federation – refers to NE Trusts Back door privatisation: the rise of the spin-off company in the NHS
>> KONP briefing article (March 2018) No to Subsidiary Companies in the NHS
>> Links from Unison NHS Subsidiary Companies
>> Statement (March 2018) – plus see useful list of outstanding questions at the end of the document Gloucestershire NHS “SubCo” approved
>> Report from NHS Support Federation The Rise of the Spin-Off Company in the NHS
>> Situation in Wigan (February 2018) Unison report
>> Liz Twist Early Day Motion (January 2018) EDM 802
>>> Sale of NHS land and buildings
The 2017 Naylor Report proposes selling off NHS assets. This latest Public / Private Partnership scam involves the government working with property developers to force a “fire sale” of valuable NHS buildings and sites. These developers will then build “community hubs” and lease them back to the NHS, making massive profits. These sales are going ahead without planning for future need and with no public consultation.
Please click on the website NHS Property Services for details of NHS building and land currently under offer / recently sold.
Once the land and buildings have gone, it makes privatisation all the more easy…..
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