10 year plan for the NHS – Leeds KONP

The plan sets out how the NHS will use the extra £20.5bn a year by 2023-24 to drive improvements in the service over the next 10 years.

  • investment in “world class, cutting edge treatments,” including genomic tests for every child with cancer and artificial intelligence to potentially improve stroke diagnosis
  • a renewed focus on prevention to stop an estimated 85 000 premature deaths each year, including new dedicated alcohol and tobacco treatment services in hospitals, and an expansion of the diabetes prevention programme
  • a new guarantee that investment in primary, community, and mental health care will grow faster than the overall NHS budget2; the plan says this will include £4.5bn to fund integrated care across England
  • the “biggest ever” investment in mental health services, rising to at least £2.3bn a year by 2023-24,3 will include an expansion of community based services, including in schools, to help 345 000 more children and teenagers
  • a package of upgrades to improve neonatal services, including more specialists and expert nurses in units
  • extra investment in early detection in areas such as cancer and respiratory care
  • “every patient will have the right to online ‘digital’ GP consultations, and redesigned hospital support will be able to avoid up to a third of outpatient appointments – saving patients 30 million trips to hospital, and saving the NHS over £1 billion a year in new expenditure averted. GP practices – typically covering 30-50,000 people – will be funded to work together to deal with pressures in primary care and extend the range of convenient local services, creating genuinely integrated teams of GPs, community health and social care staff.”
  • The document warns that the H&SCA is damaging the NHS and stopping it from making vital improvements to the care patients receive.

Health Service Journal :

KONP website:

Rationing plan for 17 NHS treatments no longer to be commissioned by CCGs. Trusts are also urged to ‘grow their external (non-NHS) income’ and ‘work towards securing the benchmarked potential for commercial income growth’. They must set up systems to raise money by charging patients for treatment (‘overseas visitor cost recovery’) – a policy recently denounced by several medical Royal Colleges because of its impact on individual and public health.

The 44 discredited Sustainability and Transformation Plans, re-branded as Integrated Care Systems, will hold the regional budgets to control NHS Trusts. ‘Planning assumptions’ in each STP area are to be agreed by 14 January. Neither the STPs, nor the ICSs, nor the Long Term Plan has been mandated by an Act of Parliament, let alone by patients or healthworkers.

The private sector could gain control of individual ICSs through long term contracts to manage the entire health system within one region.

John Lister:

A depressing re-run of previous plans and gimmicks: the only novel proposals are for more central control and less accountability, for trusts to run more like and with private businesses seeking profits, and to raise money by undermining the principles and values of the NHS.

There is no reason to believe this plan, with even less local accountability and no serious plans for public consultation, will prove any more acceptable to the public or successful in implementation than the secretive STPs in 2016 or other previous failed efforts.

Campaigners have yet to see anything to recommend the new plans, or any indication NHS England is willing to come to grips with the crisis fuelled by chronic austerity limits on funding – or demand an end to chaos and fragmentation of the Health & Social Care Act.”

Kailesh Chand (GP; BMA)

Continuation of the NHS 2000 modernisation plan of the Tony Blair government. The end game is one where ‘NHS’ will simply be a ‘kitemark’ attached to institutions and activities of a system of private providers.

The whole of England is to be covered by integrated care systems (ICSs) in just over two years, with ICSs ‘central to delivery of the long-term plan’ which is essentially a market model of health care that can be taken over by the likes of Virgin and United Health.

ICSs and their focus on population health are seen as central to the plan: ‘triple integration’ – of primary and specialist care, physical and mental health services and social care. The private sector will be licking its lips at the prospect.

£20.5 billion funding will barely make up for eight years of austerity that have crippled the NHS and social care and undermined public health. The gap between policy rhetoric and supply has never been starker.

There is nothing in the plan’s outlined aspirations – keeping people out of hospital, caring for the vulnerable in the community, earlier diagnosis of treatable disease – that any right minded person wouldn’t want to do or make happen. The question is how are we going to meet the challenge? Where will the money and the personnel come from?

Analysis by the King’s Fund, the Health Foundation and the Nuffield Trust suggests the health service could be short of more than 350,000 staff if it continues to lose employees and cannot attract enough from abroad.

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999 NHS Judicial Review in London next week 20-21st November

999 now have confirmation that their judicial review will be heard at the Royal Courts of Justice in the Strand, London on 20-21st November.

Please support 2 rallies, one from 8-9.30 am on Tuesday 20th Nov and one around 4.30 on Wed 21st when they expect the Appeal to have finished.

Leeds rally at initial hearing https://bit.ly/2JKoauQ

More: https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/justice4nhs-stage5-courtofappeal/

Hopefully London activists will turn out in good numbers but if you have any reason or excuse to be in London or fancy a trip, they will be delighted to see you.

Good luck, thank you and loads of solidarity to all the feisty 999 crew!

Join us tomorrow, 6.30pm O’Neills 

Hope to see you in O’Neill’s tomorrow at 6.30pm ( Directly behind the Town Hall)

You will be able to pick up bundles of NHS birthday postcards to distribute and I’ll also have some A3 Happy Birthday cards on foamboard – see attached. We want to fill these up with messages for NHS staff then hand them in to the hospitals on the NHS’s birthday on Wed 5th .  If you can take one into work or  pass round friends and relatives and get it back to me for 5th ( or arrange for us to pick it up)  that would be great .

 

Next Events needing support :

 

Tomorrow ( wed) 12 – 1ish outside Leeds Market on Vicar Lane: Giving out postcards and gathering comments on the birthday cards

Unfortunately the forecast is poor. If is raining more than a few drops we will postpone, please contact us.

 

Saturday 1st Some of us will be joining the health section of the NOT ONE MORE DAY#TORIES OUT  demonstration in London. assembling at 12 noon at Broadcasting  House, Portland Place and marching to Parliament.  See http://www.thepeoplesassembly.org.uk/not_one_day_more_toriesout_national_demonstration . Leeds TUC has organised a coach: see  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/not-one-day-more-leeds-tuc-transport-to-national-toriesout-demonstration-tickets-35633828741.

Unite are also organising coaches  but I expect these will be for member and families although they may offer out any extra space. The contact for Unite coaches is Sharron.Lucas@unitetheunion.org 

Sunday 2nd  11.30 – 1pm Leeds KONP stall outside Boots on  Albion St. with the birthday cards, balloons etc

 

Wednesday 5th  NHS Birthday

 7.30am –  9.30am beside the multi- storey car park and mini roundabout outside the Jubilee/ A&E entrance to LGI. We will have a big birthday banner, placards, balloons,  bunting etc to welcome staff and public. As I ‘m sure we’ll will want to sing happy birthday if not other songs, it would be good if people can come along with musical instruments. Trade Union banners also very welcome.  After a brunch break we’ll take all the kit across to St. James main entrance for 12noon so if it is easiest to come at lunchtime  please join us

12 – 2 at the main entrance to St. James Hospital on Becket St.   

 

Meanwhile you might like to look at a couple of Guardian articles  https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/jun/26/uk-public-are-more-dissatisfied-than-ever-with-nhs-poll-shows  in which the Head of the BMA says  “The Government is trying to keep the NHS running on nothing but fumes” and a piece on the Govt reneging on expanding nursing places and the disastrous effect of scrapping the nurse bursary https://www.theguardian.com/education/2017/jun/27/fund-extra-nursing-training-places-dropped-universities

 

NB if you want postcards or a birthday card and can’t collect tomorrow, just let us know and we will arrange.

Govt is trying to shred the NHS, here’s how you can help stop it

Join us in August – October, details below

Yorkshire “Health Campaigns Together” Conference in Leeds on Saturday October 15th from 11-4pm.  St. George’s Conference  Centre on Great George St. next to the LGI.

Coming up soon:

Wed. 17th Aug. 6.30- 8pm  Leeds KONP meets in O’Neill’s pub , Great George St. 

Wed 7th Sept.  6.30 -8pm   O’Neills,  HCT Conference planning with other regional activists

Sat 17th September    National Health Campaigns  Together Conference on Challenging the Sustainability and Transformation Plans in Birmingham  11-4pm Carrs Lane Conference Centre,  B4 7SX (opposite Moor St Station). To book  visit http://www.healthcampaignstogether.com/

19th & 20th September     Judicial Review re imposition of the junior doctor’s new contract at the Royal Courts of Justice, Strand, London. This will be held in public and there will be a gathering  outside.

Saturday 24th September       KONP stall. & Gig Up Our  NHS with bands in the Square. 

Wed 28th Sept. 6.30 -8    Leeds KONP in O’Neill’s pub

Sunday 2nd October    Protest at the Tory Party Conference in Birmingham

Sat October 8th    KONP stall/ event tbc

Requests for support : 

Dewsbury campaigners have a petition re saving services at Dewsbury Hospital https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/keep-all-servces-at-dewsbury-district-hospital/

KONP is crowd funding to  employ a researcher to investigate  issues new NHS developments such as STPs, submit FOIs, share results widely etc.  If you can help, please contact http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/keepournhspublic

Jeremy Hunt must be held to account – drop the imposution

Leeds Junior Doctors began an indefinite protest outside the NHS headquarters in Leeds this week. They are determined that Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt be held to account for his appalling changes to their contracts making them unsafe for patients and unfair and for women in junior doctors in particular.

The BMA has indicated it’s willingness to call off strike action set for the 26th and 27th of April next week if Hu
nt enters into meaningful negotiations and ensure that proper funding and training is put in place to achieve to ensure that the NHS meets the needs of patients.

The empty chair is a symbol of Hunt’s inability to meet and discuss with health professionals and his reckless attitude towards both medical professionals and patients and their families.

It is important that people visit picket lines and get maximum support for the junior doctors next week.

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We’re not stopping in our fight to stop the privatisation of the NHS and there’s no reason for you to either!

Join us tomorrow and onwards:

Tomorrow 19th March 11.30 -1pm KONP stall in Headingley outside Sainsbury’s

Wed 23rd March  6.30 – 8pm . Leeds Keep Our NHS Public meeting – all welcome 6.30 – 8pm in O’Neill’s pub, Great George St.

Saturday 2nd April 2pm KONP stall outside Boots in the City Centre ( Commercial St. / corner of Trinity)

Wed 6th and Thursday 7th April from 8.15am support junior docs picket lines at LGI and Jimmys – more details to follow soon

Friday 8th April flashmob  choir practice:   5.30 until 6.45 at The Quaker Meeting House on Woodhouse Lane but might move and morph into a more general get together with some discussion and music.

Wed. 13th April 6.30 -8pm  Leeds Keep Our NHS Public meeting – all welcome 6.30 – 8pm in O’Neill’s pub, Great George St.

Sat 16th April assembling 11.30 outsisde Leeds Art Gallery. Yorkshire March for the NHS