Launch meeting for the East Sussex Save the NHS Campaign

A speaker event has been arranged for the 9th April  to launch this campaign group.  Speakers will include: Dr Carl Walker; Madeleine Dickens from Sussex Defend the NHS and Lloyd Russelll-Moyle MP for Peacehaven and Kemptown.  The event will be held in the Central Hall of the View Hotel on Grand Parade in Eastbourne from 7.00pm to 9.00pm.  Doors will open at 6.30pm.  If you are interested in attending this meeting please register through our Eventbrite page.  We will allow time at the end of the meeting for a Q&A session. There is disabled access.   Please share with your contacts news of this meeting.


Say the wrong things and we may lose the NHS completely

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”

The media and our NHS

Why our media is failing to protect the NHS

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”

Accountable Care Systems

Accountable Care Systems – why import something so bad?

Graph comparing different nations healthcare costs and efficiency

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.

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Sustainability and Transformation Plans

Update on threats to our hospitals

Our hospitals are the next in line for severe cuts in funding from this Tory government hell-bent on destroying our healthcare service. Sustainability and transformation plans (STP) for primary care have already been incorporated into the operating plans of our CCGs.  But we are now waiting for the publication of plans for our hospitals.  These plans are being drawn up in secret with no public engagement.  There seems to be a media blackout being applied so most people are left unaware of just how far the intention to finally put the nail in the coffin of our NHS goes.  Here is an update of what we know is going on in this footprint (region).

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Naylor Report

NHS up for a quick sale! The Naylor Report

NHS- not for sale sign

You may like me be starting to struggle to keep up with rotten government policies that seriously threaten our quality of life.  They are after all bombarding us with news of proposals for changes to how our country is run and it would be impossible to fight every proposal even if we wanted to.  But the NHS is something that matters to most of us, it is there to keep the country healthy.  The Naylor Report is something that we all should know about.  And, we need to understand why it is such a worrying proposal. Continue reading “NHS up for a quick sale! The Naylor Report”

NHS birthday card campaign

NHS birthday campaign

NNHS birthday card campaign

The NHS was created on the 5th July 1948, an appropriate time to set off with this campaign’s first street action.  We were out in the town centre of Eastbourne on three days in the run up to the 5th July.  The campaign had a simple message –  The NHS is not failing it is being failed, the only reason it is not failing is due to the hard work and dedication of NHS staff.  We asked the public to sign a birthday card for the NHS and say thank you to it staff. All the birthday cards were delivered to the DGH on the NHS birthday. Continue reading “NHS birthday campaign”


Psychaitry – the Cinderella service of the NHS

Silhouette of woman sitting in a dim room

I speak from bitter experience of mental illness.  I have experienced the best and worst of psychiatry.  The best came just a few years ago when I finally was diagnosed correctly and the doctors admitted they didn’t know how to help me. It was a groundbreaking moment to be told by one psychiatrist that he had no idea how to help me because nobody had ever admitted that before, although I had known it was true.  My story reflects how little understanding there is of mental illness.  I was successfully treated eventually but the unit I was treated in closed four years later.  My story also reflects how psychiatry is now going backwards. Continue reading “Psychaitry – the Cinderella service of the NHS”

General Practice

A changing climate for GPs

GP surgery

Many of us will have heard GPs talking about their almost unmanageable workload.  Even more of us will have noticed just how hard it can be to get a GP appointment when we need one.  The importance of primary care should not be underestimated, it is primary care that keeps us from needing hospital admissions.  It may also keep vulnerable patients safe and out of crisis.  To start damaging primary care is very unwise as it may simply translate into patient harm, increased pressure on hospitals and increased costs for the state. So what is happening now with primary care? Continue reading “A changing climate for GPs”