NHS: Issues uncovered

29 September 2020 — The lowdown

Evidence-based journalism and research on the NHS to create change.

The NHS is being reorganized, but under the radar. Contracts signed, but without scrutiny and NHS staff are working hard to reduce delays, but plans to expand the  number of staff could be buried because of the Chancellor’s postponed spending review. Some of the issues that must be uncovered, and are in this week’s analysis, news and explainers.

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“National crisis” facing UK National Health Service as deficits grow By Ben Trent

16 October 2018 — WSWS

In the latest quarterly report of NHS Improvement (NHSI), the combined forecast deficit of NHS trusts stands at a staggering £519 million.

NHSI is responsible for overseeing foundation trusts and NHS trusts, as well as “independent providers” operating within the NHS. This figure has been deemed “unaffordable” by NHSI. Trusts across England were already at a total deficit of £814 million at the close of June, roughly £80 million worse than the same time last year.

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NHS Hospitals in Crisis!

22 November 2016 — 38 Degrees

Exposed: hospital beds across England are dangerously full. And now Jeremy Hunt’s plans for our NHS mean thousands more hospital beds could be cut. [1] Asthma attacks, bad falls, or car accidents could put any of us in need of a hospital bed – and the idea of turning up to an overcrowded hospital in an emergency doesn’t bear thinking about.

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UK Govt’s secret plans to further cut local health services exposed

25 July 2016 — 38 Degrees

Health Minister Jeremy Hunt has a secret plan to force through changes to local NHS services to cut costs. The changes – called “sustainability and transformation plans” – are being kept secret. [1] But they could mean cuts to hospital beds, local walk-in centres or family planning services near you.

First drafts of the plans have already been drawn up across England. [2] Because they’re secret, it’s hard to say exactly which services near you are at risk. But the plans for one area have been leaked and show the scale of the threat – they include axing 500 hospital beds and some emergency ambulances. [3] No wonder Jeremy Hunt doesn’t want us to see them!

The best way to stop these cuts is to get them out in the open and demand the public has a say. So please can you sign the petition now, demanding that Jeremy Hunt publishes his plans for local NHS cuts? It only takes 30 seconds to add your name:

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The NHS Needs Emergency Funding Now!

12 October 2015 — 38 Degrees

It’s official: unless £2bn is urgently given to struggling hospitals, A&E waiting times will go up, cancer treatment will be delayed, and it’ll be impossible for hospitals to provide beds for people in need this winter. [1]

NHS experts say they’ve exhausted their options for saving money in hospitals, and now Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt’s cuts are putting patients’ lives in danger. [2]
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NHS: “The worst thing a UK government has done to its people in my lifetime” By Marcus Chown

6 May 2014 — OurNHS

Marcus Chown explains why, in the European elections, he is standing for the National Health Action Party in London.

I’m a science writer. I usually write about the big bang and parallel universes black holes. But I was born in the NHS, my wife is an NHS nurse and I can see that the NHS is rapidly disappearing down a black hole.

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