NHS Threats

The cost of the market

Published in “The Observer” Sunday March 26th 2009 Sir, Andrew Rawnsley is surely correct in suggesting (Comment 22nd March) that public services will have to bear their share of belt tightening. When this happens it is essential that the cuts fall where they do not damage essential services but are directed at areas where real….

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Selling off the NHS?

Many industries and banks may be sliding into recession world-wide, but private health care providers have a smile on their face as they look forward to rich pickings from our National Health Service. They love the government’s determination to divert a growing share of the NHS budget from public services to the private and “independent”….

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CCSC statement on CATS and ICATS

Primary Care Trusts in Cumbria and Lancashire have issued a consultation seeking the public’s views on the establishment of a Clinical Assessment, Treatment and Support (CATS) service in Cumbria and Lancashire. Plans to roll out a similar scheme in Greater Manchester are also underway. This is called Integrated Care Assessment and Treatment services (ICATS) and….

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Change policy not leader

Dear Sir, So the government is taking a beating and “the most talked about solution is changing the leader”. Have politicians become so out of touch and cynical that they have forgotten it might be their policies that voters are rejecting? Earlier this month I was at a packed meeting in Edinburgh where Nicola Sturgeon,….

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NHS A&E

The NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement (III) has produced a draft Directory of Ambulatory Emergency Care. In this they recommend that most emergency patients admitted to hospital with certain conditions should be treated in the community. They claim that 90% of current hospital admissions pulmonary embolism, transient ischaemic attacks and deep vein thrombosis, and….

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Coming to an SHA near you – CATS, ICATS, ISCATS…how long till the NHS disappears in your region?

Prof Janet Wilson, Consultant ENT surgeon in Newcastle upon Tyne, contemplates the reconfiguration from NHS to NHI – national Health Insurers Enjoy the freedom to read this missive, comrades – such commentary from NHS employees could soon be a thing of the past. Not, of course, that free speech is under threat, merely the NHS…..

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