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Revealed: England faces shortfall of 10,000 primary school places
[ we are not all in it together ] Councils say funding pressure is deepening crisis but Department for Education says free schools will make up the numbers [...] [north and deprived areas] The latest data reveals that the councils facing shortfalls in places by 2019-20 are Bolton, Manchester, Oldham, Leeds, Leicester, Birmingham, Walsall, Bexley, Greenwich, Richmond upon Thames, Sutton and Slough. //&! Poor children need better chance of good school place, says report. High-performing primary schools are under-selecting pupils from low-income families, claims education charity - bit.ly/23AJFFf
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Budget 2016 shows Osborne's failure on debt, surplus, GDP
// higher in-work poverty
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march 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
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
Austerity has hit disabled people hardest – now they're fighting back | Public Leaders Network | The Guardian
The charity has accused the council of systemic failures, including removing wellbeing payments without offering an alternative, and raising eligibility criteria for social care so that disabled people who previously received services are no longer able to do so.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
House of Lords votes to keep income-related child poverty measures | Society | The Guardian
[ trying to redefine poverty! ] Iain Duncan Smith, the work and pensions secretary, announced the proposals in July, prompting dismay among child poverty charities. He said the government would scrap its measurement of child poverty and the aim to eradicate it by 2020, while replacing it with a new duty to report levels of educational attainment, worklessness and addiction. Under his plans, the old measurement, based on the percentage of households with below-average income, would continue to be published as a government statistic but would no longer be seen as a target. However, peers voted by 290 to 198 to keep the targets, in a move to prompt the House of Commons to think again. [...] [ TRICKLE-DOWN! ] David Freud, the welfare minister, opposed the amendment on behalf of the government, saying “life chances” indicators were a better way of monitoring what was happening and of directing resources most effectively to tackle the problem.
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march 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
Prisons overhaul to be announced by David Cameron - BBC News
He will say the "failure" of the current system, with its high reoffending rates and levels of violence, is "scandalous". He is expected to announce prison governors will be given more say over how jails spend their money. [ BUT NOT MORE MONEY AS A WHOLE TO PREVENT, INTERVENE, REINTEGRATE and this was not in the Manifesto ] [...] "Not everyone shows remorse and not everyone seeks redemption. "But I also strongly believe that we must offer chances to change; that for those trying hard to turn themselves around, we should offer hope; that in a compassionate country, we should help those who've made mistakes to find their way back onto the right path." [...] "Prisons are currently violent and overcrowded. As such, they fail everyone: victims, the public, staff and prisoners themselves. [...] outgoing chief inspector of prisons in England and Wales said prisons were "as bad as you could possibly imagine". [...] conditions in adult prisons had deteriorated over the past five years.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Rules relaxed to become a teacher due to staffing crisis (From Herald Scotland)
[ hiring foreigners ] TEACHER shortages have forced their watchdog to relax the rules on joining the profession. Classroom staff who have qualified outside the country will now be allowed to work in a school immediately under a new conditional registration. People who secure a job in this way will be put on probation while they complete any additional studies or training required for full registration, a legal requirement.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Services for LGBT young people will just disappear | Kirstie Brewer | Society | The Guardian
Cuts to council youth budgets are putting vital specialist provision for vulnerable youngsters in jeopardy [...] “Youth provision has always been the Cinderella service and LGBT youth provision is its poor relation,” [...] Overall, youth services directly provided by councils in England have been cut by 36% since 2011 – from £877m to £561m total expenditure, according to figures provided by Kate Green, shadow minister for women and equalities. “Councils are facing impossible decisions about youth services as the government slashes their revenue support grants by over 50%, regardless of the cost to individuals and communities,” //&! Out in the cold: LGBT housing services devastated by austerity cuts. Homelessness among gay, lesbian and transgender people is rising but the few organisations that offer help are struggling to survive - bit.ly/1R6FIyh
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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
Wealthy areas 'getting cash aimed at poorer communities' - BBC News
[ when councils can not raise $ because there is no money $ then there needs to be redistribution. thus devolution praised to regenerate areas like the north, is a con trick. positioning. for votes. normal people don't read and think farther than headlines. ] Most of the money aimed at regenerating Scotland's most disadvantaged communities is going to wealthier areas, a report has said. The independent regeneration network, Surf, said current policies were increasing rather than reducing inequality. [...] The report said there was evidence that, following the financial crash of 2008, there was a trend of public and private sector capital being invested in Scotland's affluent areas and commercial centres with poorer areas missing out. It said that was damaging town centres and "secondary locations" such as Falkirk and Paisley. [...] fairer, wealthier and more successful place for everyone."
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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
Hungarian PM says UK must alter tax credits plan for EU citizens | Politics | The Guardian
In a sign of the strength of feeling in eastern and central Europe over the proposed ban, Viktor Orbán said Hungarians should not be described as migrants anywhere in the EU, and said Cameron’s EU reform proposals must not be discriminatory. Orbán made his remarks at an upbeat press conference with his British counterpart in Budapest, in which he said he agreed with three out of the four reform proposals that Britain has tabled. His only disagreement is over the plan to ban EU workers from claiming in-work benefits for four years.
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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
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
NHS rationing 'is denying patients care' as cash crisis deepens | Society | The Guardian
Survey of doctors reveals concern about adults and children being denied treatment, resulting in emergency care or worsening of long-term conditions [...] A survey of doctors reveals that three-quarters said they had seen care rationed in their area over the last year – including treatments such as speech therapy, operations to remove varicose veins, Botox to help children with cerebral palsy move better and even potentially life-saving stem cell transplant surgery. //&! NHS watchdog slams hospitals' handling of patient complaints Dame Julie Mellor warns that three out of four investigations fail to identify serious failings in care as families are often met with ‘wall of silence’ [...] “Hundreds of thousands of incidents of poor care go unreported every year across the NHS precisely because people fear they either won’t be taken seriously or that nothing will change as a result.” //&! https://redd.it/3w2auw
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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
Spending Review: Schools to get 'fair funding' formula - BBC News
Plans to redress differences in school funding across England are expected to be outlined in the Autumn Statement. [ fair funding but not more funding, duh, but will spin/frame it as more funding ] &! bbc.in/1X7t0pz - School budgets face a likely fall of 8% per pupil due to rising costs during the next five years. //&! MPs present fairer school funding petitions to Commons - bbc.in/1YHhJd4
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november 2015 by asterisk2a
Tax credits: SNP and Conservative MPs clash over government cuts - YouTube
Natalie McGarry, the SNP's shadow disabilities spokesperson, and Conservative MP Chris Philp, a member of the Treasury Select Committee, debate the government's tax credit cuts.
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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
UK's most expensive city facing 'catastrophe' - BBC News
shortage of supply = unaffordable = nobody can afford to live there, work there, study there. or have to commute from out of town for 1 hour or more. // this is not only a problem in Oxford. NHS Grampian has problems of recruiting because unaffordable house prices and rents pushed up by Oil Industry and the lack of new housing. Same for teaching jobs. // all the while building companies make pumper profits and even skirt around the edges to lower the ratio of social and affordable housing they have to provide with each new big project. its in their interest, if prices were to fell, they would make less money. so they build not enough to keep up with demand at all. and not enough so each new builds profit rises because of risen demand and people willing to pay more for the same house or flat from previous year or two or three despite no real improvement in the build technically/energy efficiency wise/or architecture wise - modern, wide open, big windows. //
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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
Iain Duncan Smith calls people without a disability "normal"
The art of cruelty: why the Conservative attack on disabled people harms us all. No sick person responds to their diagnosis by thinking, “I can scam taxpayers for £73 a week!” [...] Not only is in-work poverty a larger drain on the benefits system than the unemployed, but most of the things that help disabled people get back to work have been cut. [...] They got away with this by launching an all-out propaganda assault that portrays disabled and workless people as “scroungers”, “sponging” off the state, when presumably they should be grateful not to be left on a hillside to die as would have been done in the good old days. [...] This is Tory Britain. [...] The welfare state is being dismantled and rebuilt as a machine to manage and discipline the workforce into accepting precarious labour, low pay and no social safety net. [...] this way the Tories can persuade the most vulnerable in society to accept their fate and the rest of us to believe that they deserve it. [...] moral hazard
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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
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
Vince Cable: ‘Historically, the coalition will be seen as a success’ – interview | Politics | The Guardian
[A] look at the post-crash global economy, is the first fruit of that freedom. After toeing the line for five years, he can go public with his criticisms of chancellor George Osborne’s handling of the economy. He warns that the emphasis on consumption rather than investment, the continuing reliance on house price inflation as the driver of growth, the decline in productivity and innovation mean fundamental problems are not being addressed. He is also the first minister to lift the lid on the coalition: we learn the Tories could be likable colleagues but “collectively appalling, with ugly tribal prejudices”; that Osborne and David Cameron were unable “to move Theresa May an inch”; that Osborne’s Treasury effectively controlled government, with a hands-off Cameron; and that, in Cable’s view, Nick Clegg and Danny Alexander were too accepting of the Treasury line. [...] [ Cameron the PR man, being in office for the sake of just being in Office ] &! bit.ly/1KROBLk
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
Row breaks out over benefit cuts 'suicide watch' claims - BBC News
The SNP and Labour have hit out over claims that frontline benefits staff are getting guidance on how to deal with claimants threatening suicide. The Sunday Herald reported that the advice has been given to Scottish Department for Work and Pensions staff. The SNP said it highlighted the "devastating impact" of benefit cuts and sanctions, while Labour said cuts were hitting the vulnerable. The DWP said staff can refer claimants for support and this was "nothing new". The guidelines for call centre staff are designed to help staff deal with unsuccessful applicants for Universal Credit who are threatening to self-harm or take their own life, the newspaper reported. [...] "That the UK government are issuing suicide guidance to their frontline staff is an acknowledgement by them of the devastating impact of their social security cuts on people's lives - it's not new guidance they need, it's a new approach." [...] [We are all in this together.] [But, sense of everyone for him/herself. ]
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
▶ BBC Radio 4 - Today, 15/08/2015, David Cameron: 'Without the restrictions of the Liberal Democrats we were able to do something radical'
On nurses/doc/gp training, they did cut the budget 4 that, when they came to office together with the lib dems! // "You can only control immigration if you control welfare," >> he is accepting collateral damage ... // Tories are taking UKIPs stance on this issue here. a calculated career politicians move. // and spin notable, using "living wage" declaring it a living wage. instead of the minimum wage. // securing the future of our country ... tax evasion, lower taxes for corp, low taxes for well off/rich (see OECDs recent warning), no STEM, bigger inequality, lower gini coefficient - social mobility, poverty trap (Student Maintenance Grant, study showed more students work part-time than ever to support themselves through uni because of living cost), gender inequality - tax credit cuts hit single working mothers, redefining disability and vulnerable, cutting training budget for nurses and doctors in previous budget - NHS has to costly hire overseas and demanding 7-day service!
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Jaguar Land Rover urged to give assurances over 36,000 British jobs | Business | The Guardian
[ Tories economic policy for the future is the small state, and nothing else, its the short-term dogma and ideology of the Tories. ] // JLR said it had turned down other locations in Europe, the US and Mexico in favour of Nitra because of a strong supply chain and good infrastructure. Poland has claimed that Slovakia offered high state subsidies to win the factory, which it was not prepared to match. Slovakia has already attracted Germany’s Volkswagen, South Korea’s Kia and France’s PSA Peugeot Citroën, which together build hundreds of thousands of cars in the country each year. The average hourly labour cost in Slovakia is below €10 (£7), less than half that of Britain, according to Eurostat figures. The plant could help reduce JLR’s reliance on Britain, where it had to offer an improved pay and pensions deal last year to avoid strike action.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Budget 2015 key points: At-a-glance summary - BBC News
NOT MEETING LIVING WAGE CALLS - just raising the minimum wage, and calling it a national living wage. [PR & spin doctor! same w child poverty move] &! No push for higher, faster rise of tax free income. &! DISCRIMINATING "Tax credits & Universal Credit to be restricted to two children, affecting those born after April 2017 [...] Income threshold for tax credits to be reduced from £6,420 to £3,850" &! Deficit to be cut at same pace as during last Parliament - reaching a budget surplus a year later than planned in 2019-20 [...] reaching a £10bn surplus in 2019-20 [ << Schuldenbremse/Fiscal Pact.] [ neoliberalism, corporate state ] Corporation tax to be cut to 19% in 2017 and 18% in 2020 [ "Creates lots of new jobs and investment" ] &! [ half measured non-dom cut ] [ 8% on bank profits? when they to accounting gimmicks and move it abroad!? and abolish slowly the bank levy = pro London, Zombie Banks, Financial Wizzardry ] [ Climate Change Levy exemption 4 renewable electricity ended?! ]
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Budget 2015: Why are we having another Budget? - BBC News
bbc.in/1HE4ll1 - Budget July 2015: BBC editors on what to expect // Chancellor George Osborne's Budget is to confirm the end of inheritance tax on family homes worth up to £1m. - bbc.in/1C9uzJH &! Further loss of social housing by selling remaining stock at a discount - bbc.in/1GXACNp by
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july 2015 by asterisk2a
Osborne’s first budget without Lib Dems likely to hit welfare state hard | UK news | The Guardian
Cuts to housing benefit, a further lowering of the overall welfare cap as well as reductions in in-work tax credits are all being considered by George Osborne in next week’s budget as he seeks to roll back what he regards as a bloated welfare state expanded by Gordon Brown during his tenure of the Treasury. // bbc.in/1f6af25 - Ministers are considering forcing all housing benefit recipients to contribute towards their rent as part of efforts to save £12bn from the welfare bill, government sources say. [...] ESA a "passive" benefit which does not "incentivise" people to find a job and proposes abolishing the Work Related Activity Group (WRAG) category. - bbc.in/1C1jz16 // We are all in this together, he said.
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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
Election 2015: Sturgeon says Cameron must go further on devolution - BBC News
Responding to former SNP leader Alex Salmond's comments on Saturday that following the party's landslide victory he thought Scotland was now closer to independence, Ms Sturgeon said there was "no disagreement" between them. She said: "I think Scotland will become an independent country one day. He said he thinks it will be in his lifetime, I hope that's the case." // An anti-austerity protests took place outside Downing Street and in Cardiff // &! http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2015/04/disability-audit-eight-coalition-policies-have-hit-disabled-people // &! Protests against Tories and Cameron - http://www.spiegel.de/video/proteste-gegen-wiederwahl-camerons-in-london-video-video-1576209.html
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may 2015 by asterisk2a
Schools face cash crisis, head warns parents - BBC News
A London head teacher has written to parents warning them of a looming "financial crisis" in secondary schools in England. [...] He has urged parents to challenge general election candidates about what he called "deep and damaging" cuts. [....] His letter says that within three years many secondary schools will face having to make significant savings of up to £1m in some cases. In the letter Mr Kerr said this has been caused by increased pupil numbers as well as rises in teachers' pay and schools having to make increased employer contributions to staff pensions.
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may 2015 by asterisk2a
Does money affect children's outcomes? - YouTube
causal vs correlation // reduce stress and anxiety, mental health, // fairness of austerity on welfare and public social services - vs - going after (10x higher amount of savings compared to welfare cuts) tax avoidance and evasion by corporates and individuals // why isn't the IMF & OECD warning UK not to cut crucial welfare (that would widen inequality, social mobility, fairness etc) further if it already admitted that austerity for PIGS nations is not the right medicine!!??
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april 2015 by asterisk2a
Why have Osborne and Balls neutered themselves? - BBC News
Because both parties have now ruled out increasing the basic and 40% rates of income tax, the rate of National Insurance and the rate of Value Added Tax. Between them these taxes raise more than £380bn a year, or 60% of all tax revenues. Also, it is now more or less impossible for political and economic reasons to push up corporation tax rates or business rates (big companies can move abroad, small companies are our future). So that is another 15% of tax revenues that can't really be augmented to any significant degree. To put it another way, Ed Balls for Labour and George Osborne for the Tories have done something early-ish in the election campaign which is pretty unusual and Treasury traditionalists would describe as bonkers. They have promised, in effect, not to increase the burden of the UK's most important income and indirect taxes, that raise 75% of all taxes.
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march 2015 by asterisk2a
As a jobcentre adviser, I got ‘brownie points’ for cruelty | Mary O’Hara | Society | The Guardian
"We are all in this together." << yea right. We just don't have a lobby like Canary Wharf and Fortune500 companies. // A demonstrable shift took place once the coalition settled in, says Neville. Along with “relentless” targets, huge caseloads, and less time to spend with individual claimants, she lists the increasing complexity of the system including the many and very complicated forms that needed to be filled in and problems with the fitness to work test administered by Atos. “It used to feel like we were doing something for clients, now it was [doing something] to them,” she says. Things were made all the more difficult, ...
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february 2015 by asterisk2a
BBC News - NHS reorganisation was disastrous, says King's Fund
But they were described by NHS leaders as "so big you could see them from space". The changes, which came into force in 2013, abolished large numbers of NHS organisations. Purse strings The aim was to shift the balance of power in the NHS to give GPs more say over the way budgets were spent. It provoked uproar in sections of the medical profession, in part over the role of potential privatisation of some services. King's Fund chief executive Chris Ham told the BBC: "People in the NHS focused on rearranging the deckchairs rather than the core business of improving patient care. "That's contributed to the increasing waiting times and declining performance that patients are experiencing." [...] During the reorganisation, all 151 primary care trusts - which provided services such as hospitals, dentists and opticians - and the 10 regional strategic health authorities were abolished. New bodies called clinical commissioning groups were set up locally.
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february 2015 by asterisk2a
BBC News - IFS says worst of UK spending cuts yet to come
The IFS said that over the next four years the UK is planning the largest fiscal consolidation out of 32 advanced economies. It would mean public spending falling to its lowest share of national income since at least 1948, and fewer people working in the public sector than at any time since at least 1971. [...] The IFS said 98% of the remaining consolidation is currently planned to come from spending cuts rather than higher taxes.
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february 2015 by asterisk2a
BBC News - Independent Living Fund closure ruled lawful
"Funding will be transferred to councils, but there will be no guarantee that the money will be used to support disabled people to live independently, or that former ILF users will receive the same levels of support, given the pressures on local authority finances." [...] The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has previously warned that closure of the fund will "result in loss of dignity and independence for many ILF recipients". It says that some 18,000 severely disabled people risk losing essential funding in breach of the UK's international commitments to support disabled people. ... [We are all in this together ... right ...]
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december 2014 by asterisk2a
Autumn Statement 2014: Osborne's Cuts 'Will See Public Spending Fall To Lowest Level In 80 Years'
Tony Dolphin, senior economist at the Institute for Public Policy and Research, warned that Osborne's planned cuts were "implausible". "Given the scale of cuts in the public sector, [the OBR] can only make its growth forecast add up by assuming that consumer demand is boosted by households taking on more debt - and at an unprecedented pace. "Extraordinarily, the OBR thinks that by 2019 the household sector will have a financial deficit twice as big as in 2007 and 2008 when the financial crisis hit. As result, the household debt-to-income ratio is forecast 2 rise beyond its pre-crisis peak 2 over 180%. "This is pretty implausible. If the next government tries 2 follow the deficit reduction path set out in the Autumn Statement, it can only succeed in the short-term because the household sector takes on debt @ a faster pace than it did before the financial crisis. [this warning was heeded some years ago alrdy that consumer&corp would have to take on debt to spend to keep GDP # up!!!]
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