The EU-US trade agreement will open all our public services to privatisation. This page gives links to information on the topic
This article discuss the problem and give ideas for improving the process.
The care.data initiative has been put on hold for 6 months.
This item gives a good overview of the current situation. http://ehi.co.uk/insight/analysis/1260/a-bad-week-in-the-bunker-for-care.data
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This site gives you information about how to opt out of care.data. It provides a simple letter you can download and post to your GP.
Care.data is an initative of the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) http://www.hscic.gov.uk/, a new body with the role of “collecting, analysing and presenting national health and social care data” with the aim of planning and monitoring services. This data will be shared with other public and private organisations. However, the key issue has been the lack of processes for ensuring the confidentiality of the data.
Simon Stevens will succeed Sir David Nicholson as the chief executive of NHS England on 1 April 2014. Stevens was special adviser to Labour’s first two health secretaries, Frank Dobson and Alan Milburn. They produced the ‘NHS Plan’, launched in 2000. He is currently president of UnitedHealth’s global health division (a US private healthcare company). NHS England oversees the day-to-day operation of the health service in England.
The House of Commons Health Select Committee voted not to endorse Dominic Dodd, who was the government’s preferred candidate for the post of Head of Monitor. Dodd previously worked for a consultancy that advised private health companies how to take advantage of opportunities in the NHS. Dodd has withdrawn his application. Monitor is the regulator for health services in England.
“More than 70 people gathered at County Hall in Durham on the morning of Saturday 21st September to discuss collectively what unions, medical professionals, service users and MPs can do to defend the NHS from increasing privatisation and fragmentation.” The event was organised by the Public Services Alliance.