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KEN ADMITS HE USES PRIVATE HEALTHCARE

KEN Livingstone, the Labour candidate to be Mayor of London and a noted opponent of NHS privatisation, uses private healthcare services, City A.M. has learned.

 

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Calls for greater disclosure on NHS chiefs' meetings with private US health insurer

Calls for greater disclosure on NHS chiefs' meetings with private US health insurer | nhswatch | Scoop.it
Critics warn of more privatisation as UnitedHealth leads firms seeking £1bn worth of contracts

 

A handful of consultancy firms and a health insurance giant bidding for NHS contracts have been operating a discreet forum at which they receive regular briefings from senior health service managers charged with ushering in the new era of competition among its providers. The revelation has raised fears that the NHS is falling victim to a land grab by a few powerful business interests.

 

Documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by the campaign group Spinwatch shine a light on the workings of an obscure group whose existence and limited membership has alarmed campaigners who want the NHS to remain public.

 

The Commissioning Support Industry Group (CSIG) is largely unknown to outsiders. Its members are jockeying to win an estimated £1bn of contracts advising the new doctor-led clinical commissioning groups that will be responsible for spending more than two-thirds of the NHS budget on purchasing patient care.

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Why are so many secrets being kept from the taxpayer and how many of the NHS staff involoved in these discussions will end up with jobs at the private compnaies?

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BMA launches manifesto ahead of 2015 General Election

BMA launches manifesto ahead of 2015 General Election | nhswatch | Scoop.it

The British Medical Association has published a manifesto ahead of the 2015 General Election. 

 

The short manifesto ‘Four Steps to a Healthier Nation’ outlines the key areas that BMA doctors believe should be the priority for a new government ahead of next year’s general election.

 

The four steps focus on what is needed to deliver high quality patient care in, what the BMA describes as “the face of rising demand and unprecedented funding challenges”.

 

The four steps identified are:

Working in partnership with doctors to ensure a sustainable NHSSupporting the medical workforceImproving the health of the publicAssuring the quality and safety of patient care

Commenting on the publication of the manifesto Dr Mark Porter (pictured), Chair of BMA Council, said: “The quality of patient care and the enormous challenges facing the NHS will be key issues at the heart of next year’s general election.

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Stafford NCT launches petition to save maternity and children's services

Stafford NCT launches petition to save maternity and children's services | nhswatch | Scoop.it
A STAFFORD parents' and children's charity has launched an online petition against plans to downgrade maternity and children's services at the town's hospital. The Stafford branch of the National...
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Cancer treatment targets missed on Teesside due to celebrity-led campaigns

Cancer treatment targets missed on Teesside due to celebrity-led campaigns | nhswatch | Scoop.it
North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust said cancer services have been put under strain because of a sharp rise in referrals
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Hundreds face losing meals on wheel service

Latest Redditch news, HUNDREDS of elderly residents across the county could lose their current meals on wheels service.

 

In total 292 elderly people will be affected in Worcestershire this includes 30 in Redditch.

 

Volunteer driver David Gee, who has been delivering meals in the Bromsgrove and Redditch districts for almost ten years, said he was very upset and angry the lifeline service was ending.

 

He claimed service users could lose some of their independence, having to either depend on carers or relatives or, maybe, even be forced to move into a care home.

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Fiscal Studies group warn black hole in health finances will cost country dear

Fiscal Studies group warn black hole in health finances will cost country dear | nhswatch | Scoop.it
AN INDEPENDENT ­Scotland would find it harder to protect NHS ­budgets, according to an analysis by a leading think tank that contradicts Yes campaign claims about the health service.
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East Midlands paramedics hit by violence rise

East Midlands paramedics hit  by violence rise | nhswatch | Scoop.it
ASSAULTS by members of the public on paramedics have increased by 40 per cent in the past three years. During the last financial year, 131 intentional physical attacks on East Midlands Ambulance...
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The Ashya King case highlights the importance of doctor-patient dialogue

The Ashya King case highlights the importance of doctor-patient dialogue | nhswatch | Scoop.it
As doctors, we need to reflect on how to improve communication with patients when our health beliefs collideI trained as a GP in an affluent rural practice. Often our patients were well-informed scientists, teachers or university lecturers.
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Weekend staff shortages are the fatal flaw at the heart of the NHS

Weekend staff shortages are the fatal flaw at the heart of the NHS | nhswatch | Scoop.it

The truth is that were a long way from true seven-day care and quick fixes are not the answer.

 

Ive worked enough hospital shifts to know the reality of the NHS on the wrong side of the clock...

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What is the mystery respiratory virus sickening US children?

What is the mystery respiratory virus sickening US children? | nhswatch | Scoop.it

Hundreds of children are showing symptoms of rare respiratory illness, and the CDC thinks it could be unprecedented outbreak of enterovirus D68.

 

Hundreds of children sickened by respiratory virusHundreds of children are showing symptoms of a rare...

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Ashya King no longer a ward of court

Ashya King no longer a ward of court | nhswatch | Scoop.it
High court in London frees boy from legal controls, saying it is now up to parents to decide on treatment he should receiveAshya King, the five-year-old boy flown to Prague to be treated for a brain tumour, has been freed from all legal controls by...
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Cancer services weakened by coalition's NHS shakeup, says report

Cancer services weakened by coalition's NHS shakeup, says report | nhswatch | Scoop.it

Charity says health service feeling squeeze as shrinking budgets leave specialists struggling to cope with rising demand.

 

Cancer services have been weakened by the coalition's shakeup of the NHS and lack the money to cope with the growing number of people getting the disease, a report on Monday claims.

 

Diagnostic and treatment services are under such strain that improvements in recent years are in danger of unravelling, according to the charity Cancer Research UK. Its findings are based on anonymous interviews with 45 leading cancer experts and an online survey of 450 other NHS cancer personnel.

 

Specialists have been struggling to keep up with the rising demand for care at the same time as their budgets have shrunk amid the NHS's £30bn efficiency drive, it says.

 

The NHS's failure to meet its target for treating cancer patients quickly enough for the last six months may be a sign of deepening problems in the years ahead, the charity predicts.

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St George's Hospital 'one of the worst' in UK for food

St George's Hospital 'one of the worst' in UK for food | nhswatch | Scoop.it
The NHS has revealed St George’s Hospital as one of the worst in the UK for food.

 

While a hospital food shake-up has been announced by health bosses, the Tooting-based hospital was rated ‘among the worst’ for its quality of food.

Last week the health secretary Jeremy Hunt announced new legally-binding rules for hospital trusts to provide better quality food.

In the first set of new inspections hospitals up and down the country have been ranked on the quality of their food.

St George’s was ranked 1,049 out of 1,258 hospitals that responded. The cost of food services spent on each patient, per day, came to £6.50.

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Doctor abused child cancer patients

Doctor abused child cancer patients | nhswatch | Scoop.it

A child cancer specialist has admitted sexually abusing boys in his care.

 

Myles Bradbury, a paediatric haematologist at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge, committed sexual offences against boys aged 11 to 15 dating back to 2009, Cambridge Crown Court heard.

 

The 41-year-old from Herringswell, Suffolk, pleaded guilty to 25 offences including sexual assault and the making of more than 16,000 indecent images.

 

He is due to be sentenced at a later date.

The blood cancer specialist had worked at the hospital for five years.

He was suspended after a complaint about his behaviour in November 2011.

 

A spokesman for Addenbrooke's Hospital said Dr Bradbury no longer worked for Cambridgeshire University Hospitals Trust.

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NHS 'postcode lottery' denies Welsh nurse £7,000 treatment for rare stomach cancer because the hospital is across the border in England

NHS 'postcode lottery' denies Welsh nurse £7,000 treatment for rare stomach cancer because the hospital is across the border in England | nhswatch | Scoop.it
Beth Prout, 57, from Pembroke has a rare form of stomach lining cancer and needs specialist care available at only two hospitals in England. Welsh NHS bosses have so far refused to cover the cost.
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British scientists discover the 100th gene for the prostate disease

British scientists discover the 100th gene for the prostate disease | nhswatch | Scoop.it
Researchers believe they may be able to tell whether a man’s DNA puts him at higher than average risk of the cancer, which kills almost 11,000 Britons a year.
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Bromsgrove couple launch campaign to fund £50k cancer drugs

Bromsgrove couple launch campaign to fund £50k cancer drugs | nhswatch | Scoop.it
Latest Bromsgrove News, A COUPLE are facing a fight to find £50,000 worth of funding for cancer treatment drugs which are not paid for by the NHS
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Job cut fears at hospital trust

Job cut fears at hospital trust | nhswatch | Scoop.it

Hundreds of hospital jobs at County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust are under threat.

 

The posts include 300 clerical staff, 25 managers, 20 health professionals and five nurses, and represent 4% of the 8,000-strong workforce.

 

Unite said a cut in clerical staff could also impact on patient care.

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Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust to appear at crown court after failing to ensure the safety of patient Michael Wilcock

A Health and Safety Executive official was left needing plastic surgery after being burnt by an electric heater during an operation.
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Yes or no, the SNP faces tough choices over public spending

Yes or no, the SNP faces tough choices over public spending | nhswatch | Scoop.it
Whatever happens in the independence referendum, some on Scotland's centre-left have questioned the logic of 'middle-class welfare'You might imagine that after seven years of SNP government, Scotland would be a nation transformed a social democrat...
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Health Education England » NHS Careers for schools competition 2014/15 now live!

Health Education England » NHS Careers for schools competition 2014/15 now live! | nhswatch | Scoop.it
Excellence in education and training, quality in patient care (RT @HEE_GaryT: NHS Careers for schools competition 2014/15 now live!
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Investigation probes 50 maternity deaths

Investigation probes 50 maternity deaths | nhswatch | Scoop.it

Labour had been criticised for telling the Care Quality Commission that its role was to “restore public confidence in the NHS,” which was seen by some as putting pressure on...

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Ebola will infect thousands more people in Liberia within weeks, says WHO

Ebola will infect thousands more people in Liberia within weeks, says WHO | nhswatch | Scoop.it

UN agency says conventional measures to control deadly virus are not working, with patients overflowing new clinics.

 

Ebola is spreading fast in Liberia, where many thousands of new cases are expected over the coming three weeks, the World Health...

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Proton treatment saved our son - why did NHS deny Ashya?

Proton treatment saved our son - why did NHS deny Ashya? | nhswatch | Scoop.it

“If the NHS had had their way, I don't think Alex would be alive today,” says Mrs Barnes, 49, her arms around her son.

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Kirklees protesters Christine Hyde and Trish Foley join NHS Jarrow walk over 'privatisation' of service

Kirklees protesters Christine Hyde and Trish Foley join NHS Jarrow walk over 'privatisation' of service | nhswatch | Scoop.it

Kirklees protesters Christine Hyde and Trish Foley join NHS Jarrow walk over 'privatisation' of service.

 

Christine Hyde from Dewsbury and Trish Foley from Birstall have walked from Dewsbury Hospital to Pinderfields to link up with the Jarrow walkers.

The 300-mile march from the north east to London is to protest against Government “destruction” of the NHS.

The group of 11 mums from Darlington have been following the route of the historic Jarrow March.

In October 1936, more than 200 people walked to London from Jarrow, Tyne and Wear, in protest at unemployment and poverty.

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Plans for Tolworth Hospital to undergo £60m redevelopment

Plans for Tolworth Hospital to undergo £60m redevelopment | nhswatch | Scoop.it
The plans come off the back of proposals to centralise south-west London’s mental health services at two hospitals, including Tolworth.

 

South West London Mental Health and St George’s Trust (SWLSTG) has applied to Kingston Council to demolish 9,530sq m of its existing buildings and put up 12,330sq m worth of new developments.

It also hopes to increase its car parking spaces from 231 to 300 and create 80 parking spaces for cyclists.

Kingston Council leader Kevin Davis said: “For us, it’s quite a lot of investment going into a pretty sensitive part of Tolworth.

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