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…)
A local solution to test and trace that gives local people protection. The deficiencies of the National Test and Trace system are being highlighted on a daily basis, but with little detailed discussion of how it could be improved. Many countries that have performed much better than the UK have been clear that effective contact….
Public Sector Focus News has published an article on Test & Trace by DFNHS’s Communications Manager Alan Taman. You can read it here
DFNHS Chair Colin Hutchinson has called for the NHS to be given enough funding to stop the growing number of people forced to ‘go private’ or face unbearable or even life-threatening waits – creating two-tier system the NHS was meant to prevent. (more…)
An NHS trust, working with the local authority in Newcastle, is to run a new ‘Lighthouse lab’ for Covid testing and tracing amidst growing evidence that the government’s privatised, delocalised ‘call-centre’ model (run by private firms Serco and Sitel) is failing to provide anything like an adequate service. (more…)
Policy failure Richard Horton, editor of the prestigious medical journal ‘The Lancet’, described the management of COVID-19 as the “greatest science policy failure for a generation” in his book on the pandemic. Currently the numbers of newly diagnosed patients are steeply rising with many wondering if the government has completely lost its grip. So –….