Jun 272011
Save the NHS march

Save the NHS march, May © 2011 Pete Riches

This march was initiated by health workers in Unite the Union, who felt that the savage attacks on the NHS needed a stronger response than the media event planned for the NHS 63rd birthday.

The ‘listening exercise’ on the Health and Social Care Bill was a PR job, and has resulted only in minor cosmetic changes. The clear intention is a corporate takeover of our NHS, and the end of a comprehensive and universal healthcare system. The combination of this legislation and £20 billion ‘efficiency savings’ is an utter disaster.

The legislation is now being rushed through, with little time remaining to organise in defence of the NHS. This demonstration is an incredibly important one for health workers, to build our confidence and help us organise and fight against the coming onslaught. It’s an important demonstration, too, for all of us – to build practical unity between NHS workers and the wider community, and to send a clear message to Cameron and his chums that we will fight them every inch of the way.

Our health workers in Unite would welcome anything you can do to publicise this march, and to encourage your supporters to attend.

The demonstration assembles at 5.30 pm on 5th July at Savoy Street, Strand, London, and marches to Old Palace Yard (opposite Parliament).

May 232011

You might like to add your views  on the government’s  modernisation of the health and care system. This is a very good way of expressing what you think directly to the government.

They first set out their proposals for putting these principles into
practice in the White Paper, Equity and Excellence: Liberating the
in July 2010.

There is a pause in the legislative process now, to allow for listening and
engaging with patients, clinicians and the public, including the new
organisations formed to deliver a modern NHS.

The engagement process will inform potential changes to the Health and
Social Care Bill
and broader policy and implementation plans.

You can get involved with the NHS Listening Exercise in a number of
different ways.
There are four themes to the exercise and you can read more about them at the links below and leave comments publicly:

How can we best ensure that competition and patient choice drives NHS improvement?We are interested in your views on this area, including:

  • Which are the types of services where choice of provider is most likely to improve quality?
  • What is the best way to ensure a level playing field between the different kinds of provider who could be involved?
  • What else can be done to make patient choice a reality?
  • accountability and patient involvement
    • How can we ensure commissioning decisions are made transparent to the public, and that commissioning consortia engage fully with patients, carers and communities?
    • How can we best ensure that the NHS commissioning budget, held by the new NHS Commissioning Board, is allocated transparently and used with proper accountability to the public at local level, and Parliament at a national leave?
    • Are we doing enough to make sure the NHS at local level has the freedom it needs to take locally-based decisions?
  • How can we make the NHS properly accountable to the public, and make sure that patient involvement is at the heart of its decision making

    We are interested in your views on this area, including:

How can we make sure that NHS staff in the future have the right skills to meet changing patient needs? Are the arrangements we have proposed for education and training the best ones to ensure this?

We are interested in your views on this area, including:

  • Will the proposed changes to the education and training system support the aims of the modernisation process?
  • How can health professionals themselves take greater ownership of the education and training of their own professions, whilst meeting the needs of healthcare employers?
  • How can we ensure that the values of the NHS are placed at the heart of our education and training arrangements?
  • How can we best combine local and national knowledge and expertise to improve staff training and education?

How can we ensure that advice and leadership from NHS staff themselves on improving services and tackling patient needs are at the heart of the health service?

We are interested in your views on this area, including:

  • What early action is being taken in your area to improve quality of services through clinically-led commissioning?  What is working well?
  • How can commissioning consortia best engage and take on views from across the range of health professions in taking their commissioning decisions?
  • What more could we do to ensure that commissioners collaborate to join up services to fit around the lives of patients and carers, and the particular circumstances of certain conditions?

If you want to submit comments privately, please use the online form.

You can also download a form and return it by email or post: download NHS Listening Exercise
Email to: nhsfutureforum@dh.gsi.gov.uk

Send to: NHS Modernisation Listening Exercise, Room 605, Richmond House, 79
Whitehall, London SW1A 2NS.

You can also request alternative versions of any of these documents by contacting them using the above details.

All responses and views should be submitted by 31 May 2011 to inform the Government’s response to the listening exercise. However, they would be grateful to receive responses as early as possible so that these can help shape the NHS Future Forum’s initial advice to the Prime Minister, Deputy
Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for Health, which is due to be submitted by the end of May.

There will also be events running in every part of the country during the next two months. This will give people a chance to share their views in person – from specific events for NHS staff, to others involved with the NHS, and those already involved in making change.

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