I have been asked to put together a fact sheet which outlines why we have a crisis in the NHS today. This is what a few people have said to me they would like so they can feel they are able to get out there on the streets to campaign. I couldn’t agree more that it is essential to know what you are talking about when you campaign on any issue. But from my own experience of NHS campaigning I have become aware that so many people are confused by why we now have a crisis in the NHS.
The task of putting together a fact sheet is one I have not found easy. So much has happened since 2010 to damage our NHS and more is still being planned. It could be a full time job to just try and keep up with the changes. Keeping up being made much harder by our Government’s attempts to conceal what they are doing and lie to us. It feels like much of our media is aiding and abetting with these attempts.
But all that said, there are numerous books, websites, the Health Campaigns Together newspaper, local campaign groups and YouTube videoes available for those who want to really know as much as possible.
I am sure I am not alone in thinking that there is something morally offensive about anyone reaping profits from another’s illness. The right to healthcare is enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We need to fight for that right because our lives do depend on it.
It is the NHS’s 70th birthday on the 5th July there is a big protest/ celebration of the NHS in London on Saturday. Make sure you get to it if you can and hopefully the NHS will live to see more birthdays.
Fact sheet for NHS Campaigners
If you ever doubted that our NHS was being destroyed we can now see clear evidence of this as our CCGs start to debate and vote on increasing thresholds for NHS treatments. We have also seen examples of proposals to ration services by cutting the numbers eligible for NHS treatment by excluding people who for example are obese or smokers. I have already mentioned in this blog about how individuals from outside the EU are expected to pay upfront for NHS care if they become sick. That is another example of healthcare rationing. East Sussex Healthcare Trust already has an annual deficit of around £49m. Our Government has charged STP boards with making changes to absorb deficits. Cuts are inevitable and it is hard to believe that the changes I am going to mention in this post will achieve the elimination of that deficit. This is just the start of things to come …
Continue reading “The NHS services that East Sussex is going to see reduced”
Never before has our NHS been so close to its end as it is now. We have seen services steadily rationed by NHS bosses dictating a higher threshold for who can be treated or reducing those who are eligible for treatment. We have seen the introduction of a new policy where overseas residents from outside the EU are expected to pay up front for NHS treatement. Continue reading “A NHS that is free at the point of need may soon be a thing of the past”
East Sussex Healthcare Trust (ESHT) provides hospital and some community care to 525,000 people across East Sussex. It is right for us to know what is happening to the organisations that are there to protect us and our families at times of illness or injury. There are many figures given on their website which chart the changes within the trust although it is a complex discussion. The services our trust provides have changed over the years, our population’s needs have changed, the size of our population has changed and investment has been made in terms of new wards and new equipment. But the stark reality is that in 2011/12 ESHT returned a surplus of £87,000 and by 2015/16 they ended the year with a deficit of £48m. Continue reading “East Sussex Healthcare Trust and how it is changing”
The launch of East Sussex Save the NHS Campaign felt like a success. We had some excellent speeches from Lloyd Russell-Moyle MP; Dr Carl Walker; Madeleine Dickens and Dr Mona Kamal. The enthusiasm of those who attended was evident by the debate that followed in the Q&A session. Videos from the event were live-streamed to the Facebook group (East Sussex Save the NHS Campaign Forum). There is so much this campaign can do to fight the destruction of our NHS and protect local services. But as there is so much to do, we need to get as many people as possible involved. I am adding a poll to this post to try and get an idea of how many people would be keen to start campaigning and what they feel they could offer. Please share this post on social networks and with as many of your contacts as possible. Continue reading “Following on from a successful launch event”
A few facts from the Health Campaigns Together publication in January 2018 reveal a shocking state of affairs in our NHS.
16,900 people were left waiting in ambulances outside A&E units between Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve – 15% increase in A&E attendances since 2010 – 350% increase in waits in A&E – 550% increase in waits for admission – 170,100 total days delayed transfer of care in English hospitals,equivalent to 5,487 hospital beds – bed occupancy rates remain dangerously high averaging 93.5% – During Christmas week 5,000 people waited more than one hour for paramedics to hand them over to A&E staff – since 2010 we have seen 14,000 beds lost from hospitals, reductions in district nursing and walk-in centres closed – mental health inpatient beds cut by 20% – child and adolescent mental health services at crisis point – an additional 10,000 extra deaths were recorded over what we would normally expect in our hospitals in the first few weeks of 2018 – the UK spends less per capita on healthcare than Ireland, Finland, Iceland, New Zealnad, France, Canada, Germany, Netherlands, Australia, Denmark, Sweden, Luxembourg, USA, Norway and Switzerland.
I do not believe this is acceptable in the sixth richest nation in the world. If you agree with me please come to the launch meeting of this campaign on the 9th April.
Many of us will have heard the term Slash, Trash and Privatise. It is the preferred approach of many governments wishing to gain public support for the privatisation of a vital service. And this government is proving to be no different, They are slashing the funding of our NHS then watching the service deteriorate and the public satisfaction grow. Could all the recent talk about the current pressure on A&E units do nothing more than signal to our government that now would be a great time to tell us the NHS is being sold off? The words we use when we discuss the NHS may be the deciding factor. Continue reading “Say the wrong things and we may lose the NHS completely”
Our media is there to inform us. It is a crucial body in the running of any democracy. By providing citizens with factual information as to what the authorities are doing they empower us all. Without that factual information we stand no chance of being able to challenge decisions of authorities that may damage our lives. Democracy is about us having a say in how our country is run, but as far as the NHS is concerned our media seems to be removing any chance of democratic decisions being made. This won’t just damage our lives it can, and is, ending lives. Continue reading “Why our media is failing to protect the NHS”
Sustainability and Trasformation Plans (STP) are being drawn up in secret by bodies that lack any legal status with no public consultation and from that process we are now seeing the emergence of Accountable Care Systems and Organisations (ACS/O). These too lack any public engagement, transparency or legal status.
So far US-style Accountable Care Systems are planned in just eight regions but we have good reason to fear that the intention is to roll out this system across the whole of England eventually.
We have good reason to fear the impact that ACS will have on the healthcare system that is available to us. This post will aim to explain why.
Continue reading “Accountable Care Systems – why import something so bad?”