asterisk2a + services + jeremy   45

NHS staff 'quitting to work in supermarkets because of poor pay' | Society | The Guardian
NHS staff are quitting to stack shelves in supermarkets instead of caring for patients because they are so demoralised by years of getting pay rises of only 1% or nothing, hospital bosses have warned.

The health service is now so understaffed that patient safety is being put at risk and people with mental health problems are experiencing delays and setbacks as a result, NHS leaders say.
NHS  Austerity  mental  health  Tories  Conservative  Party  JAM  well  being  nasty  Theresa  May  Jeremy  Hunt  Simon  Stevens  chronic  stress  burnout  public  services 
may 2017 by asterisk2a
NHS child mental health services are failing the next generation, say GPs | Society | The Guardian
Up to four in five children with mental health problems are being denied access to the treatment they urgently need in some parts of England, according to new NHS figures. Despite high-profile pledges by the government, some of this country’s most vulnerable children are being “bounced” off the NHS: sent to a school counsellor or charity-run service to fill in the gaps. This did not happen by magic. Since 2010, child and adolescent mental services have endured cuts of £85m.
NHS  CAMHS  austerity  mental  health  mental  health  services  Jeremy  Hunt 
july 2016 by asterisk2a
Not enough doctors for 7-day NHS, says Royal College head - BBC News
There are not enough doctors to run a seven-day NHS in England, according to a leading doctor.
In a speech on Tuesday, Royal College of Physicians president Prof Jane Dacre will warn ministers the issue must be addressed if their policy is to work.
She will highlight research that shows vacant posts are not being filled and gaps in rotas are being seen.
It comes as ministers are locked in a dispute with junior doctors over their plans for improving weekend care.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
The NHS mental health hospital closed with just five days' warning | Society | The Guardian
Critics say lives have been put at risk by the closure of Bootham Park in York, with 30 patients having to be discharged or moved [ // cutting 30 beds and 400 out patient access. // ] The closure of York’s only public adult mental health hospital with just five days’ warning could put lives at risk and should be subject to both an independent inquiry and a judicial review, according to a local MP and lawyers representing patients. [...] There is speculation that Bootham Park, a Grade I-listed building with a chapel and grounds in central York, will now be sold off to private developers. In an email exchange seen by the Guardian, one NHS trust boss said: “I think it is the first time an NHS hospital has been closed … in such a short period of time. Even Winterbourne View was not closed within four working days of the Panorama programme [showing abuse of vulnerable patients by staff] being broadcast.” [ graphic, beds cut by 10's of thousand ]
NHS  austerity  mental  health  CQC  Council  Public  Services  Social  Services  well  being  NHS  England  Jeremy  Hunt 
march 2016 by asterisk2a
NHS child mental health money 'missing' despite investment - BBC News
[ demand resource mismatch, chronic sick population siphoning off funds more and more ] Last summer ministers said they would invest an additional £143m in the services this financial year. The Mental Health Network suspects the funding has been used to support other NHS services. [...] The additional funding was part of a £1.25bn investment over five years announced by the chancellor in the Budget in March 2015. [ others said, with knowledge, that the 1.25bn is no investment rather than plugging holes, gaps, cracks and crevasses in services ] [...] "It doesn't seem to have turned into posts on the front line. We are not hearing any reports of any significant investment at a local level around children's services. Indeed, some services are still experiencing cuts in services." [...] Some trusts say they have seen additional funding [ TORY CONSTITUENCIES!? as the 300m - bit.ly/1QzPqJT & bit.ly/1KG9DhK & bit.ly/1QIfVuA ]
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Iain Duncan Smith: the latest MP to pretend council cuts are not his fault | Public Leaders Network | The Guardian
[ comparing gov budget and council budgets to the liking of a company or household! ] [ Iain Duncan Smith ] My only advice to local council[s] is that if you get the balance right, you should be able to manage this in a way that is not headline news – doing it with better efficiency. It is like any company, [ ... /// ... ] In the case of Enfield, which has had to make savings of £118m since 2010 – 49% in real terms according to a council spokeswoman – Duncan Smith’s proclamations are an affront. [...] Duncan Smith’s ill-informed pontifications, Taylor says, are an exercise in power without responsibility
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Expect more teenage pregnancies and STIs as public health cuts kick in | Public Leaders Network | The Guardian
[ cut public health budget (prevention & intervention) by +200m ] Slicing money out of local prevention services is ‘economically nonsensical’, completely undermining the pledge to pump billions into the NHS [...] 77% [of councils] said they expected obesity interventions to be cut [...] total spend on STIs by 2020 could top £6bn. [...] Every £1 spent on contraception saves £11 in healthcare costs. Cuts to sexual health sector are economically nonsensical [ TORIES SET NHS UP TO FAIL! Simon Stevens is being ser-up to fail! ] //&! King's Fund analysis - bit.ly/1DsQcFS //&! bit.ly/1TTUVFP - short-termism. with cuts to prevention, and no new prevention initiatives ie sugar tax and processed food tax and meat tax (burger king and co), health coaches at gp surgeries ... 5 year nhs budget targets will be overrun massively by 2020. Simon Stevens is asked to resign before 2020 election.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Care homes 'could solve NHS bed-blocking' - BBC News
Every day thousands of elderly patients are unable to leave hospitals despite being medically fit to do so, because care is not available in the community. But Respublica said if care homes took them in it would be a "win, win". The think tank said it would free up hospital beds, while bringing in vital investment into the care sector. Currently there are about 4,300 patients stuck in hospital each day because of problems discharging them - taking up over 4% of all general beds in hospital. The report, which received funding from care home providers, said if current trends continued the numbers could increase by about 1,000 in the next five years, costing the NHS £3.3bn in total over the period. It said if this money was spent on care homes they could take on all the patients facing delays, while investing in staff and facilities.
NHS  bed  blocking  elderly  care  adult  social  care  austerity  Public  Services  Services  Council  Jeremy  Hunt  George  Osborne  David  Cameron  demographic  bubble  premature  ageing  ageing  population  chronic  diseases  diet-related  disease  OAP  GP  A&E  babyboomers  sick  population  health  crisis  prevention  intervention  health  care  budget  health  care  spending 
march 2016 by asterisk2a
NHS mental health funding falls in England - FoI figures - BBC News
[ minority of patients. Can't do that with cancer treatment! Public sentiment would rip you apart. ] Figures obtained through a Freedom of Information request showed the budgets for mental health trusts fell by 2% from 2013/14 to 2014/15. This compares to a rise of 2.6% in hospital trusts' operating budgets, according to analysis by the Health Foundation think-tank. The Department of Health said mental health care funding overall was rising. In the year to April 2016 the budget for mental health trusts was projected to rise just 0.3%. Of the 53 out of 59 mental health trusts in England which responded to the FOI request, 29 said their budget would be lower this year than last. [...] funding is not keeping pace - and many are facing cuts. [...] In Scotland, mental health spending was up just 0.1% last year, and down a projected 0.4% this year. [...] money increasingly is getting sucked in to meet their rising costs, [ diet-related and chronic preventable diseases ] & bbc.in/243Y4Yp
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Junior doctors' row: Time for the nuclear option? - BBC News
Ticker bbc.in/1TS2fBY &! BMA rejects final offer - bbc.in/1Q88sno &! bbc.in/1SJRaUx //&! [ 7-day NHS, treating Saturday not as a weekend day thus no extra pay. ] News that junior doctors have rejected a final "take-it-or-leave-it" offer from the government in the contract dispute means the nuclear option - imposition - is now a real possibility. [...] [ should BMA continue w strike action? Or should Junior Doctors concede defeat? And grant nasty party their victorious 7-day NHS for a sick population of babyboomers ... and then move on, to Canada, New Zealand, Australia, etc? ] [...] Some go abroad - to travel and to work - while others are tempted by opportunities in alternative sectors, including the pharmaceutical industry and (apparently) cruise liners who employ ship doctors. And Scotland and Wales would no doubt welcome some of the best English trainees into their health systems given half the chance. [ imposition may be short-termism, but long-term stakes could not be higher! ]
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Jeremy Hunt makes the wrong diagnosis - Jason Beattie - Mirror Online
Jeremy Hunt claims the new terms are necessary if the government is to deliver its ambition of a 7-day NHS. But there is a deeper issue of why Mr Hunt is pressing ahead with these reforms when there is a the far bigger crisis facing the health service - the dire state of social care. To put it another way: why is the Health Secretary trying to build an extension when the main house is in danger of collapsing? In the last parliament the Coalition government cut social care by more than £3billion despite warnings it would put unsustainable pressure on the NHS as elderly patients require treatment which could have been prevented if they had been cared for at home. The NHS is now suffering from the consequences of those cuts.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Record rise in NHS dissatisfaction levels - survey says - BBC News
"What's gone wrong is the public's perception of the NHS under growing pressure. Money is tight, waiting times are getting longer, people are concerned that when they need the NHS it might not be there for them." [...] But he said the "most important set of results" were on social care. He said the satisfaction levels were "deeply concerning" and said the system needed greater funding. [...] A spokesman for the Department of Health in England said: "There is pressure on the NHS as our population ages, and that's why the government is investing record amounts to transform care." [ << BUT NO PREVENTION THROUGH PUBLIC HEALTH PROGRAMS. INSTEAD THEY CUT THE PUBLIC HEALTH (ie stop smoking support, STD clinics) by +200m in 2015 budget ]
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Hospital bed-blocking 'costs' NHS England £900m a year - BBC News
Delays in transferring patients out of hospital after treatment could be costing the NHS in England £900m a year, an independent review has said.
bed  blocking  NHS  elderly  care  adult  social  care  austerity  Council  Public  Services  Services  Jeremy  Hunt 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
PMQs: Corbyn questions PM over cancer test waiting times - BBC News
[ spin, we need strong economy ] Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn questioned David Cameron over waiting times for cancer diagnostic tests and treatment, during Prime Minister's Questions. Mr Corbyn said there was "a serious shortage" of therapeutic radiologists in England and asked why the government was cutting training places by 5%. He also said £200m was being cut from the public health budget [ public services like STI centres, group therapy stopping smoking, alcohol abuse, and obesity help ]. Mr Cameron said the number of radiographers were increasing because of extra investment in the NHS. He added that the UK was hitting many key targets on treatment but had fallen below the target for cancer patients' first treatment to be 62 days after diagnosis. He also told MPs real advances had been made on public health under his government, including banning smoking in cars when children are present. //&! Follow-up - bbc.in/1NQNUhO
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Next week's junior doctor strike on - BBC News
[ after they came back on the table from the first strike and another strike as been called off during negotiation ] Next week's strike by junior doctors in England will go ahead as talks with the government have failed to reach a solution - but union leaders say medics will provide emergency cover. [...] BMA junior doctor leader Dr Johann Malawana said despite some "good progress" the union had been left no choice but to announce the stoppage would take place. He accused the government of taking an "entrenched" position by insisting the extra pay doctors get for working on a Saturday is cut. [ Tories redefine WEEKEND, as they did with poverty, and else ] Dr Malawana said: "What we are asking for is fair and affordable recognition of unsocial hours."
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Can call centre therapy solve the NHS mental health crisis? | Society | The Guardian
Fast-track treatment aims to ease growing problem in the UK, but critics say it is the clinical equivalent to online dating [...] [ mental health - a mental health crisis ] This is no fringe issue in the health of the nation. The NHS believes people with mental health problems die 15 to 20 years earlier than the average, but the system is struggling to cope. Lord Layard, a government adviser on mental health, identified mental health problems as “the biggest causes of misery in Britain today”, with an estimated 6 million people affected. [ needs massive investment, no call centres ] [...] Meanwhile 40% of mental health trusts saw spending cuts over the past two years and fewer than one in eight people who suffered a mental health crisis said they received appropriate care in 2015, according to the Care Quality Commission. The regulator concluded this was “unsafe and inherently unfair”. [ referring complex cases to call centre is neglect and malpractice ]
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
The UK must invest in mental health help | Letters | Society | The Guardian
the cost of mental ill health in England has been estimated to be £105bn per year. Fortunately, a number of evidence-based psychological therapies exist and are effective. Investment in psychological therapies to date has been a success, but it is a success that could be multiplied. The improving access to psychological therapies programme is only funded to reach “at least 15%” of the people who need it, and retention and recovery rates could be improved. [...] &! Osborne said that the ILF was “such an important fund … that we will be able to include it in the budgets going forwards”. Reality is not living up to the rhetoric. [ 7-day NHS? ]
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Nicola Roberts calls for better mental health education in schools - BBC News
beds and places for therapy have been cut since tories got to power // its now asking the NHS to pick up the pieces - without substantially more money // this is opportunistic speech and agenda/news headline setting and positioning itself w PR and spin, after englands biggest mental health trust came into spotlight, that it did not properly investigate deaths. and jeremy hunt had to be called in for questioning on short notice! ... and never saying we will give mental health services the money it needs!
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Junior Doctor BBC Question Time 03/12/2015 - YouTube
liver transplant patient refuse 2 come in on weekend because of Jeremy Hunt's misrepresentation of weekend deaths. //&! Question Time 5 November: Junior doctors' strike (Part 1 of 4) - youtu.be/abDCfDl8HUM &! youtu.be/14tu71awDxU "these are not negotiations [...] redefining home time after 7pm on Saturday." << redefining! as w poverty, vulnerability, ability to work, budget deficit by moving items off the balance sheet into private space, [...] "Poll Suggest if new contract as is is imposed, 70% will leave UK. [...] staff morale depleted [...] [ conning way, cripple NHS, 2 advocate 4 Privatization! ] //&! youtu.be/mpWjBrDOzXM caller-in "I completely regret voting Conservative." //&! 98% vote for strike action - youtu.be/yBZptDmxcbM - Saturday (7am) till 7pm is a normal working day. "breakdown of trust." &! youtu.be/jiJZR4YTux4 //&! youtu.be/a7aKPkR3lNo &! youtu.be/MFaLd1gnslM &! youtu.be/w-MiY-n3aZI &! youtu.be/jHvoCp-Qzbs
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Most of extra £3.8bn NHS funds already spent, says expert | Society | The Guardian
Much of the extra £3.8bn allocated to the NHS in George Osborne’s autumn statement has effectively already been spent, a leading health expert had said. John Appleby, chief economist at the King’s Fund, backed Labour claims that NHS trust deficits and extra pension costs mean very little of the extra money promised for 2016-17 will be available for better care. He said the NHS was in a weaker position now than five years ago and faced a real challenge over the rest of this parliament. Labour released figures that it said showed Osborne’s health spending boost was “more spin than substance” because £2.2bn would be swallowed up covering trust deficits and another £1.1bn would have to fund extra pension costs. [ not possible to use that for "full 7-day NHS" ]
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
NHS nursing levels: Nine in 10 hospitals missing targets - BBC News
The vast majority of hospitals in England are struggling to recruit enough nurses, figures show. // Osborn did, together with the LibDems, in the first few months, cut the budget for nurse and doctor training places. not even 5 years and its coming back to haunt the NHS, as an ops with little overhead and spare capacity at that time, is now struggling to keep the head above water. and at places sinks. see CQC reports of some hospitals. // [...] And the staffing problem is not just about numbers. It's about having the right mix of skills. Trusts need to recruit and retain highly trained senior staff too. [...] Royal College of Nursing chief executive Janet Davies said hospitals were trying to catch up on their staffing levels. She told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "We went through a period of time where we were trying to save money. We cut posts, we didn't train enough nurses and we're still feeling the effect of that. //&! bbc.in/1YzZtQV
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Adult social care outlook 'bleak', warns think tank - BBC News
The future for adult social care services in England "looks bleak", a think tank has warned. Chancellor George Osborne announced measures in his Spending Review that would lead to a rise in care budgets. But the International Longevity Centre said that would only "paper over the cracks" and suggested 1.8 million people had unmet needs for care. A government spokesman said authorities now have access to an extra £3.5bn to provide care for vulnerable people. In last month's spending review, Mr Osborne said he was protecting social care budgets by allowing local authorities to raise council tax by 2% and increasing the amount of money available for the Better Care Fund, a joint pot of money used by councils and the NHS to support care services. The report by ILC-UK said data from 326 councils indicated that the areas with the highest concentrations of elderly people would be the least able to raise extra funds. [ AND ALSO THE POOR/DEPRIVED AREAS! ]
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Why hospitals are under so much pressure - BBC News
3/4 of NHS budget is spend on long-term chronic conditions. ie 10% Diabetes (where Type 2 is lifestyle and can be reversed, and Type 1, its effects, can be reduced w lifestyle changes). // A bottomless pit because the trajectory is up. up. not sideways. not down. up. and up. and up. and up.
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Junior doctors row: 98% vote in favour of strikes - BBC News
new junior docs contracts is pay cut (austerity) in stealth, applied to "protected" health. - the same applies for the 7-day NHS which would cost much more without new junior doc contracts, with the budget of a straining 5-day NHS. // "Study after study has shown that our mortality rates at weekends are too high," he said. << wrong! re-purposing statistics. //&! Public health spending 'under threat' - bbc.in/1MGA4zh - [NHS protection from austerity] will not apply to public health work done by local authorities and health education, where there are set to be cuts. //&! bbc.in/1X7RjP0 - [ Seems like set plans are not working out. As is is not NHS. NHS is serving an ageing population with rising chronic diseases numbers per 100 citizens. ] Mr Stevens knows this is the last chance to secure a financial settlement for the NHS for the rest of this parliament. //&! bbc.in/1R284vl - 2016/17 rubber will hit the road
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november 2015 by asterisk2a
Chris Hedges June 8, 2015 Town Hall Seattle - YouTube
Ceased all power and rendered the citizen powerless. This is no capitalistic democracy. This is crony capitalism. Capitalism has no internal constraints. remove external constraints & it will see & use everything (private free market enterprise) as replaceable & commodity w a price (even the planet): the environment, workers health. &! non-violent revolution! // Revolutions are internal affairs w different dynamic. All succesful revolutions are fundamentally non-violent. No revolution is successful until sizable internal protection/security defects (Whistleblower et al) and refuses to fight for the discredited regime/plutocracy/oligarchy/Elite/Super Rich/1%/Corporation/crony capitalism/tax evasion/tax avoidance and joins the revolution. // Living in truth & speaking the truth to power. Pulling people into the streets & discrediting the status quo. Dont pit people against each other. Essay. The power of the powerless // If we do not break it. We & our children have no future!
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Junior doctors: 7 in 10 to leave NHS if Hunt pushes through new contract | Society | The Guardian
on.fb.me/1NVj79G >> //&! The NHS and junior doctors: we need to hammer the government | Owen Jones talks - youtu.be/IjSCg3hA0Jc - Tories spin, positioning, reframing, manufactured consent, constituency politics, //&! Medical Negligence Lawyer talks at the protests: Peter Stefanovic Medical Negligence Lawyer - Junior Doctors Protest 18 10 15 - youtu.be/r0_XKRA9wcM - Jeremy hunt bullies BMA. As much as Tories bullied BBC CEO to accept raw deal. 7-day NHS program realised not through investment, but renegotiating contracts with docs to work more. that is framing and positioning! changing the definition of social hours. as done with child poverty. //&! Angry doctors are just the latest victims of globalisation - bit.ly/1hVxz32 //&! Jeremy Hunt can’t win his fight with doctors – they have always held the power in the NHS - bit.ly/1ZZ4WEl
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Government facing defeat in Lords over tax credits | Politics | The Guardian
Tim Farron instructs peers to back fatal motion, greatly increasing chances of government being defeated //&! bit.ly/1NlQDCE - Live Ticker of that Day: Former shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna says that while state subsidy going to employers to top-up low wages is not desirable, it is the order of the government’s policy that is the problem, ie. cutting tax credits before the wages go up enough. [ << SHOWING HOW LITTLE EVERYDAY MORALITY, ETHICS, HUMILITY, MENSCH, COMPASSION AND SENSIBILITY TORIES HAVE. ] //&! MP Heidi Allen warns tax credit cuts 'betray' Tory values [...] cutting peoples cloth when there is no cloth. - bbc.in/1LlzFDQ [...] want "transitional" arrangements [...] [MP Heidi Allen] said her party must not treat it as "a spreadsheet exercise" since many of those affected would not be able to cope and faced a stark choice between heating their homes and putting food on their tables. //&! bit.ly/1jRP9WJ &! bit.ly/1M6zk5j - Who is MP Heidi Allen?
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Doctors, teachers, the police – public servants are demoralised | Will Hutton | Comment is free | The Guardian
To toil in the present-day NHS is thankless. [...] Whatever its merits, a workforce whose morale is already low sees it as yet more evidence that professionals’ views don’t count. Morale takes a further downward lurch. [...] Thus by 2020, the government will have imposed an unprecedented 10-year freeze in real pay across the public sector, shrunk its numbers by more than 1.5 million and offered as little upward career progression to public employees as it possibly can. A new industry of private contractors feeding off contracted-out public work will have been invented, offering even worse pay and conditions than the public sector itself. To raise taxes that might alleviate the crisis is ideologically prohibited. [...] Employees are voting with their feet. Between November 2013 and November 2014, 49,120 teachers quit – the highest rate on record. Nearly four in 10 newly qualified teachers leave after their first year. [...] [ Met warned less police officers on street ]
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Cameron responds to Question Time tax credits complaint | Money | The Guardian
[S]he & her four children were entirely dependent on a combination of working tax credits & child benefits because her business did not make a profit. “I get £400 a week in tax credits, child maintenance from my ex-partner & child benefit. And that’s what I live on. What I make from the business goes straight back into it.” Dorrell, who accused the Tories of telling lies to her and others in a similar situation [...] The House of Commons has approved the cuts to tax credits, with only a handful of Conservatives rebelling against the measures. [...] [The] IFS & the Resolution Foundation say the welfare cuts in Osborne’s summer budget will leave some of Britain’s poorest families up to £1,300 a year out of pocket. Paul Johnson, the director of the IFS, has said it is “arithmetically impossible” for workers not to lose out from the cuts. //&! bit.ly/1jsM5AQ - The ‘work penalty’ will hit the strivers of the country & youtu.be/wrbu6NFazfU & bit.ly/1Pn59NQ & bit.ly/1h98H3X
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
More maternity units closing doors, union warns - BBC News
The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) said a shortage of midwives was having a major impact and mistakes would "almost certainly be made". Some 42% of units shut down temporarily in the past year, its survey found. The government said it was determined to ensure "every mother and baby gets the highest quality care". A poll of 83 heads of midwifery at NHS trusts found there had been a rise in the number of units that had closed their doors, with 33% having closed the previous year. The RCM said budget cuts were also affecting services, with midwives struggling to cope with a rising birth rate and increasingly complex births. [...] But he added that rising numbers of complex pregnancies were also putting pressure on other UK countries. [...] The RCM says there is a shortage of 2,600 full-time midwives. 'Stretched and understaffed'
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Deal over junior doctors' contracts was torn up, reveals ex-health minister | Society | The Guardian
Tory MP Dan Poulter says government reneged on an initial agreement last year, replacing it with terms that have triggered ‘understandable’ anger [...] He accuses Hunt of changing tack because the NHS is desperate to identify ways of saving money to help tackle a£30bn hole in its budget that is expected to emerge by 2020. And he warns that cutting junior doctors’ pay – many face losing between 15% and 40% of their earnings under the new contract – will undermine David Cameron’s ambition to create a seven-day NHS because there will be too few doctors to staff it as a result of disillusionment. // &! Cutting the pay and worsening working conditions will not attract new doctors to hard-to-recruit specialisms such as A&E. But more than that, it could compromise patient care - bit.ly/1OdN176
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
My fear is that Addenbrooke's is just the beginning
Whilst our ageing population creates an underlying pressure on hospitals across the country, the failure of Conservative ministers to plan the NHS workforce and properly fund social care is at the heart of the problem.  A key contributor to the ‘inadequate’ rating given to Addenbrookes was understaffing, particularly in the maternity and A&E services. The CQC is clear that the staff working at the hospital did everything they could for the patients in their care. The problem was that there simply weren't enough of them. [...] The Royal College of Nursing estimate that hospitals spent almost £1 billion on agency nurses alone last year – it’s no wonder hospital finances are in such a dire position. [ Osborne cut spending (when came to power in libdem coalition 2010) on training! stupid, he put the NHS/Hospitals in that position! experts say it won't be fixed for years. pipeline issue was created by Tories! ]
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Prepare for a catastrophic NHS winter meltdown | Healthcare Professionals Network | The Guardian
[ Winter Service 2015: Increased A&E pressure/services that have to be delivered/met. Either invest. Or miss targets. Be in the news for your increased deficit, or for missed targets, not just A&E, think about staff sickness/sick leave cover, pushed off planned operations because A&E patients come first. Blocked beds by elderly patients bc of cuts in elderly care by councils (austerity). And lack of local GP appointments. Have a severe cold? Wait for your GP appointment 2 weeks or more. ] The 90% of trusts predicting a deficit are caught in a catch-22: to skimp on staffing and standards, or spend money they don’t have [...] The crisis happened because the NHS starved itself of the capacity it needed, in the futile belief that lack of supply would constrain demand and so save money. [...] [ how can it be that the buck stops with the trust? can't make a turd into a popsicle. ]
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
It’s the British establishment that has a problem with democracy | Seumas Milne | Comment is free | The Guardian
‘Rewarding major donors with seats in parliament and jobs in government is a long-established British tradition.’ [...] But political corruption and the implacable opposition of the spooks and military to progressive change are the traditional forms of anti-democratic politics, in Britain, as elsewhere. For the past generation it has been the corporate embrace, the revolving doors, the privatised contracts, the “free trade” treaties, European Union directives, and the removal of economics from democratic control under the neoliberal rules of the game that have set the boundaries of acceptable politics. [ Jeremy Corbyn is a symptom/backlash to the status quo ] Since the 2008 crash the rejection of that broken economic model and the hollowed-out politics that reflects it has spread across the western world, now including Britain. Which helps explain why Cameron’s Conservatives have turned to the most retrograde measures to bring opposition to heel. //&! bit.ly/1FWK86Y
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Junior doctors plan protests - trouble at hospital mill? - BBC News
Junior doctors [...] pay cuts of up to 30%, with overtime rates being scrapped for work between 7am and 10pm on every day apart from Sunday. [...] [A]after years of training & student debt this is a kick in the teeth [...] "The issue of cutting junior doctors' wages & increasing hours is the latest example of the Government pushing the service to the brink. As medicine is a globally transferable skill, more & more doctors will choose to work abroad instead of working for the life-crippling NHS." //&! bbc.in/1KMFzid - Figures reveal an unprecedented spike in NHS doctors registering to work overseas the day after the new contract was confirmed &! ind.pn/1FYfWWk &! thetim.es/1MHvWUs &! bit.ly/1Va3A9H - creating shortage //&! youtu.be/ScZ9EWgzmXA + Tories PR/spin doctors @ work reframing & repeating their message points over & over not answering direct questions. No debate, discourse, conversation. &! bit.ly/1MN4a8T
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
End to private contracts 'helped fuel NHS waiting crisis' - BBC News
[P]eople were now borrowing money in desperation to pay for their elderly parents' hip operations. "The patients we see are now turning to other options to pay for their health care including credit unions, bank loans or family members for money," he said. "Perhaps they aren't buying that new car in order to pay for their mother or father's hip replacement." He told the BBC that private companies provided value for money. "Use of the independent sector, contrary to popular belief, means we are charging exactly the same as the NHS - it is called the NHS tariff," he said. [ Privatisation through the back-door. ] The Health and Social Care Board said that, financially, the situation was so dire that they could not afford to pay either the independent sector or local health service consultants over-time to clear the backlog. [...] lack of funding //&! Care costs cap delayed until 2020 - bbc.in/1MxSQd6 - babyboomer constituency &! bbc.in/1QShbMZ - Care of vulnerable people 'put in danger'
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Addenbrooke's and Rosie Hospitals placed in special measures - BBC News
Inspectors found concerns about staffing levels, delays in outpatient treatment and governance failings. The trust, which Monitor said was predicting a £64m deficit this year, has apologised to patients. Monitor said the trust had an average overspend of £1.2m a week. // from commentary/analysis "it's hard to escape the feeling that this is just the tip of the iceberg." // &! after 'serious staff shortages' [...] High use of agency and bank staff to try to maintain adequate staffing. - bit.ly/1V7sotI //&! its problems are symptoms of savage national spending cuts [...] Why send in a CQC hit squad to beat up NHS managers struggling against impossible odds? - bit.ly/1Fcwdfx //&! bbc.in/1WfnYDD &! bbc.in/1JnORMh //&! bit.ly/1MK3mBJ CQC - the Addenbrooke CQC report. In over 20 years of working in the NHS I have never witnessed such a gross misrepresentation that smells of political manipulation and desperation on the part of the government. [Trusts are set-up to fail w budget they have]
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Lord Ashcroft 'not settling scores' with David Cameron book - BBC News
"If this was just a revenge job, Lord Ashcroft & I could have published it before the election." bbc.in/1V5Rl94 CoAuthor Isabel Oakeshott //&! bbc.in/1FpIfC4 - Ashcroft quits the House of Lords //&! Ashcroft & Cameron - an inevitable end? Two powerful men need each other, and then one of them becomes more powerful, and doesnt need the other anymore. [...] [book] looks a lot like revenge. [...] The Conservatives needed him, as all political parties need money, & between 2002/11 he gave more than £5m. [ those who want leadership position/power, ie Cameron, are & will be never great leaders when history judges them ] - bbc.in/1MEYLko bit.ly/1LrS8QP bit.ly/1MEppd0 bit.ly/1PktP6A bit.ly/1gH7wvI bit.ly/1NHFptp &! So Cameron was young & reckless. Lucky he wasnt young, reckless & poor - bit.ly/1Oqc8Fg bit.ly/1j3nRwJ bit.ly/1LIGEnD bit.ly/1V6xSoy - Cameron is part of a select group of people to whom different rules apply, and he knows it, [like evryone else in Britain [dubbed Hameron scandal].
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
NHS on brink of collapse, warns former health minister | Society | The Guardian
Norman Lamb [...] NHS will crash within two years with catastrophic consequences unless the government orders an immediate multibillion pound cash injection, the former minister in charge of care services says. [...] fears mount among senior NHS officials, care providers and local authorities that NHS and care services are approaching breaking point. [Lamb] accuses the government of dishonesty in failing to admit the scale of the problems [ sick population, premature ageing, chronic diseases, obesity crisis, Big Sugar, food industry, cancer, sedentary lifestyle, demographic bubble, pollution, chronic stress, mental health ]. [ need non-partisan commision ] [...] NHS CEO [...] [sees no] progress in tackling public health problems [which are multi-dimensional][, shaving the top off/limiting the extent/prevention (Sugar Tax/Alcohol Unit pricing review/review of food deserts & fast-processed-junk-food filled grocery stores) against predictable/status quo = pressures continue 2 increase.]
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Health regulator tells NHS trusts to 'look again' at finances - BBC News
bit.ly/1UjGIAQ - NHS told to fill vacancies 'only where essential' due to looming funding crisis. NHS trusts have been told by Monitor, the health service regulator, to fill vacancies “only where essential” as it warned that current financial plans are “quite simply unaffordable”. [...] As I have said before, if we are to do the best we can for patients we must leave no stone unturned in our collective efforts to make the money we have go as far as possible. [...] of course, all actions should be consistent with your responsibilities for safety and the delivery of constitutional standards.” [...] Andy Burnham, the shadow health secretary [...] "It will raise further questions about how the government can possibly fulfil commitments on a seven-day NHS without the money to back it up.” // &! http://www.theguardian.com/society/nhs // &! bit.ly/1IFaL3P - we really are getting sicker // &! bbc.in/1Hnj8tH &! bbc.in/1Ik1Zbx &! bbc.in/1IPeCuq &! bbc.in/1vRxxKx
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
An open letter from a doctor to Jeremy Hunt
The patients are more numerous and sicker than ever before; partly due to the ageing population, but also because the patients getting admitted to hospital have been disproportionately disadvantaged by the decimation of health and social care provision both in hospitals and nationwide in the community. The estimated funding gap for adult social care this decade? £4.3 billion.Charity funding cut by £1.3 billion; personal care cut; mental health services cut ; disability benefits cut; carers in crisis; benefit caps inexorably tightening; all welfare increasingly inaccessible to the most vulnerable members of society: the unwell, the poor, the young, the disabled.
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Without anyone noticing, doctors are leaving the NHS in droves.
Quietly George Osborne slipped into his budget the news that the medical staff perhaps dreaded, perhaps didn’t even imagine was possible: the public sector pay freeze will continue. For another four years. I’ll just let that sink in. For months doctors and nurses have been begging the public and the government to take notice: pressure on the wards is building to dangerous levels. Medical staff are overworked, under-appreciated and underpaid, and now there’s this insult to injury – a further slap in the face from a Chancellor unwilling to reward their graft with a share of the recovery, for which they have already sacrificed so much. [...] And his explanation for why printing the cost of a prescription, with the words ‘Funded by the taxpayer’ on the box would help patients and not just leave them guilt-ridden as well as sick
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Doctors 'having to apologise 20 times a day' for politicians’ broken promises | Society | The Guardian
In a searing attack on the government’s NHS plans, Dr Mark Porter warned that politicians were “living a lie” because of the gulf between their ambition to turn it into a seven-day service and the reality of too few doctors, hospitals and GP surgeries under pressure and budget cuts. Porter, the chair of council of the British Medical Association, used his keynote address to the doctors’ union’s annual conference in Liverpool to highlight what one hospital medic had recently told its online discussion forum: “The most stressful thing is having to say ‘sorry’ 20 times a day for something that isn’t my fault. ‘“Your appointment has been delayed? Sorry. Your operation has been cancelled? Sorry. Every day, I see my patients’ frustration with the health service and I am having to apologise’,” [...] there are two health services. The one that politicians say they’ll provide, and the one they actually do.” &! Rationing Care - bit.ly/1GlS4Mj
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june 2015 by asterisk2a
A Farewell To Jobs | TechCrunch
[the downside of making yourself hard to replace is, that its equally hard to move upwards the career ladder] the gig economy tends to reduce workers to fungible, replaceable cogs. Workers devalued in that way inevitably make less money and receive fewer benefits. When you can be more easily replaced, you become, pretty much by definition, less valuable; and technology is making the process of replacing one laborer with another increasingly frictionless. [...] in principle, both nurses and engineers are reasonably fungible. Short-term nursing contracts are plentiful, as are short-term engineering projects. One good iOS developer can easily replace another; good developers write code that’s easy for others to understand, maintain and expand. [...] an excess of supply relative to demand. [... thus the need for universal basic income / welfare state.] [...] spreading work more evenly among those who want it. [Borderless Flat World] - http://techcrunch.com/tag/peak-jobs/
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