Read all about it: media coverage of NHS rationing. John Major: The NHS is about as safe with Tory Brexiteers as a hamster is with a phython..

Anna Charles of the The Kings fund policy research unit has published a paper on 16th February 2017: Read all about it: media coverage of NHS rationing

NHSreality has been trying to tell citizens that covert rationing is going to get worse, standards are going to fall, and since Brexit there will be national staff shortages. Many Health Services are delivered by private contract, or by charities. Budget cuts mean these suffer more than the “core” of long term health employees…. The Civil Unrest in London as a result of the poor fire safety rules for high rises will be nothing compared to the unrest as the average citizen realises their safety net has been holed – by neglect and denial.

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Tom Bulger on 20th June in the Liverpool Echo reports: Health boss slams Tory cuts as more than 20 city charities lose NHS cash

The Northampton Telegraph reports 21st June: Corby survey finds majority of people are unaware of planned NHS changes


Michael Buchanon for BBC News reports today: Ninth avoidable baby death at NHS trust

and BBC News reports (presumably with Michaels help): Reducing baby deaths and brain injuries during childbirth – shamed by an infant death rate which in Europe is only better than Malta, and worse than all other countries in Europe.

Katie Forster in the Independent 21st June reports: NHS leak reveals ‘shocking restrictions’ on care in London hospitals as part of secret cuts programme

Secret cost-cutting plans described as a “death knell” for the NHS will result in longer waiting times, rationing of care, job losses and ward closures at hospitals in London, a new leak has revealed.

Details of the proposals, part of a national savings drive designed to cap NHS spending, have been called “shocking restrictions on care quality and access for patients” by politicians.

North Central London is one of 14 regions across the country in which senior NHS managers have been told to make “difficult choices” to curb overspending.

A document leaked to The Guardian sets out how care at 10 hospital trusts in Camden, Islington, Haringey, Barnet and Enfield – including the Royal Free and Great Ormond Street children’s hospital – could be cut back.

These include job losses to reduce “admin costs”, increasing waiting times past the current 18-week limit, and the closure or downgrading of services, likely to put smaller hospitals such as North Middlesex Hospital in Enfield at risk, reported the newspaper.

The document is said to outline plans to plug a £183.1 deficit at the London trusts – singled out by health bodies NHS England and NHS Improvement as one of the most severe in the country.

But Jonathan Ashworth, Labour’s shadow health secretary, said the proposals, known as the “capped expenditure process”, would result in “a postcode lottery where healthcare varies depending on where you live”.

He said Theresa May’s “weak and unstable” Government has “huge questions to answer about this new NHS ‘capped expenditure process’”, which is “in reality a Tory NHS ‘hit-list’ drawn up in secrecy during the election campaign.”.

“It’s an absolute scandal that, whilst Parliament and the public were concentrating on the election campaign, this was being rushed through in secret, ready for immediate approval by ministers in the expectation of a Tory victory at the general election,” said Mr Ashworth.
“Now we learn detailed proposals for North London involve shocking restrictions on care quality and access for patients.”
Other ideas under consideration as part of the programme, which aims to ensure NHS spending meets budget targets for this year, include limiting the number of operations carried out by non-NHS providers to make sure funding stays within the health service, which could limit patients’ choice of providers.

NHS funding could also be withdrawn for new and recently-approved treatments and those considered “low value” – adding to the list of prescription items such as cough medicine and gluten-free food that patients were made to pay for earlier this year.

Doctors said the “sweeping cuts” would result in patients being denied treatment and increasing wait times that are already unacceptable. This is “far from safe and will only lead to poorer care in the future,” said Dr Mark Porter, Council Chair of the British Medical Association (BMA).

“The government must step up and finally act in the best interests of the NHS and its patients, rather than continuing to starve the health service of resource and patients of care,“ he said.

Louise Irvine, a GP who stood against Jeremy Hunt in his South West Surrey constituency at the general election, coming second with 20 per cent of the vote, previously told The Independent the “truly shocking” scale of the proposed cuts and closures represent a “death knell” for the founding values of the NHS.

Campaign group Keep Our NHS Public said there were “no surprises” in the revelations, but “plenty of horrors”.

“Their twisted plans – hatched largely in secret – are set to hurt people all over London, Jeremy Corbyn’s constituents included. How long are people going to put up with this double dose of secrecy and cuts? Is this what they voted for?”

The North and Central London consortium of NHS bodies said: “Health organisations across North London are working with NHS England and NHS Improvement to ensure we deliver safe and effective patient care within budget. This process is underway but has not reached any conclusions to date.”

John Major: The NHS is about as safe with Tory Brexiteers as a hamster is with a phython

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About Roger Burns - retired GP

I am a retired GP and medical educator. I have supported patient participation throughout my career, and my practice, St Thomas; Surgery, has had a longstanding and active Patient Participation Group (PPG). I support the idea of Community Health Councils, although I feel they should be funded at arms length from government. I have taught GP trainees for 30 years, and been a Programme Director for GP training in Pembrokeshire 20 years. I served on the Pembrokeshire LHG and LHB for a total of 10 years. I completed an MBA in 1996, and I along with most others, never had an exit interview from any job in the NHS! I completed an MBA in 1996, and was a runner up for the Adam Smith prize for economy and efficiency in government in that year. This was owing to a suggestion (St Thomas' Mutual) that practices had incentives for saving by being allowed to buy rationed out services in the following year.

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