A survey of nearly 7,000 members of the public and over 500 NHS staff has shown an alarming increase in the number of people opting to pay for private treatment rather than face longer waits – and in many cases, NHS staff have advised them to in the face of unprecedented demand, mounting staff shortages….
The NHS Care Bill as currently proposed has not so much a loophole in it to allow private providers to slice off the bits of the NHS they want to profit from as a gaping back door, an open funnel through which to cajole, influence and drain public cash into private provider hands – with….
Integrated Care Boards (ICBs) will still have the power to appoint private health companies, despite the promised amendment to the Health & Care Bill currently going through Parliament. A further amendment is needed to prevent ICBs from acting completely outside of parliamentary control, and providing private health companies with the opportunity to influence how the….
Doctors for the NHS are running our essay competition again this year, in association with the Journal of the Royal society of Medicine, open to all doctors in training. (more…)
Colin Hutchinson, DFNHS Chair, has submitted evidence on behalf of DFNHS to the Select Committee looking at the White Paper proposals to integrate health and social care. A cautious welcome but pointing out the risks that this could be a ‘back door’ to commercialisation at scale.
David Rowland, the Director of the Centre for Health and Public Interest, has written a searing condemnation of the way the private sector is sucking up billions of taxpayers’ money supposedly to ‘help’ during this unique crisis for the NHS but in fact draining it of its most vital resource: consultant labour. (more…)
Doctors for the NHS Chair, Mr Colin Hutchinson, has submitted our view on the proposed rollout of Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) in England to NHS England in response to their call for views. You can read it in full here (or download as a PDF): (more…)
Doctors for the NHS are asking people to write to their local press to try to stop the government from removing a vital piece of legislation that would protect the NHS from hostile trade negotiations. Because taking this government at its word is foolish. (more…)
Doctors for the NHS Chair Colin Hutchinson, acting in his capacity as local Councillor, pointed out the (many) shortcomings of the current test & trace system on Newsnight [16m 20s] on 11 November. (more…)
The winning essay to our Essay Competition – in association with the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine – this year delivered a powerful argument for democratising healthcare. By Joseph Freer. You can download it from here. (more…)