The Campaign is “asking candidates in the general election who want our vote to state publically that they will support a Bill in the Queen’s Speech after the next election in May 2015 which:
- reinstates in England the legal duty of the Secretary of State to provide the NHS,
- re-establishes local health authorities, and NHS England as a special health authority, to carry out the Secretary of State’s duty,
- abolishes clinical commissioning groups, NHS trusts, NHS foundation trusts,
- re-establishes Community Health Councils to represent the interests of the public in the NHS,
- allows private companies to provide NHS services as an exception, only if the NHS can’t and otherwise people would suffer.”
BMJ editorial on TTIP and health.
This editorial provides just some of the ‘expert’ discussion of this topic available to UK citizens. We are not the ignorant people that the Committee of MPs believe us to be. (38 degrees experiences)
UN Report: See document A/69/299 on this page.
War on Want report
A new report issued in November by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges “has identified nearly two billions pounds worth of cost savings the NHS could be making if it provided more appropriate care in just sixteen areas of clinical practice.”
National Audit Office report on out-of-hours services, September 2014.
“Although some parts of the NHS in England are achieving value for money for their spending on out-of-hours GP services, this is not the case across the board”.
National Audit Office report on the financial sustainability of NHS bodies, 7 November 2014
“The financial position of the NHS has worsened since 2012-13, with growing financial stress in NHS trusts and foundation trusts. … these trends are not sustainable.”
A recent High Court has found that NHS England has “acted unlawfully by failing to properly involve and inform patients about primary care commissioning decisions”. They are not compliant with the duty created by the 2012 Health and Social Care Act.
This document provides some detail about CCG legal requirements.
A statutory duty of candour for all NHS trusts in England came into force on 27 November 2014.
- have an open, transparent and honest culture
- be honest with patients when things go wrong, explain ad apologise
The obligations associated with the statutory duty of candour are contained in regulation 20 of The Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014.
Health Select Committee inquiry into expenditure issues in the health and care system is currently running.