Medact July Newsletter 2020

1 August 2020 — Medact

We kicked off July with the launch of our new report on the Prevent counter-extremism policy in healthcare, and there’s been lots more activity since!

Across our groups, Bristol and Oxford had successful reboot online meetings after taking some time out in recent months, and Brighton are putting plans in place for theirs, while Sheffield have been talking with MPs about access to healthcare on the radio and our newest group in the East Midlands hosted their first meetings.

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The NHS: Some good news

22 July 2020 — The Lowdown

Some good news: the NHS has successfully lifted its hospital occupancy to pre-COVID levels despite the current challenges, according to figures revealed by the Lowdown.

This week too Sarah Jane Downing writes in the Lowdown about her personal campaign to improve the safety of hospitals and we analyse what steps should be taken after several damning inquiries into hospital failures.

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National Care Service?

8 July 2020 — The Lowdown

Boris Johnson promised to “fix social care once and for all”. After the last election, he backed this up with a pledge to provide a plan for solving social care within a year. We are still waiting for his plan, but in this week’s Lowdown, we show that there are more reasons than ever to leave behind an era of failed market based-solutions and build-up public provision.

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False Positives: the Prevent counter-extremism policy in healthcare

2 July 2020 —

False Positives: the Prevent counter-extremism policy in healthcare is a new Medact report, written by Medact Research Manager Dr. Hilary Aked.

The report examines the implementation and impacts of the Prevent duty in the NHS, looking at the interaction between the duty and other professional duties. It analyses and gives a breakdown of the figures relating to the number of referrals to Prevent across a number of NHS Trusts, discussing the mental health and racialised implications of the duty. The report concludes with key recommendations to both Government and medical bodies based on the findings.

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NHS: Decisions with a cost

24 June 2020 — The Lowdown

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

Here are three issues from this week’s Lowdown: A&Es are being closed as a temporary measure, but often in areas where NHS leaders have been trying to permanently close them in the face of strong public objections. (2) How residents in care homes and their carers were left unprotected. (3) Private hospitals are being set up to help with huge NHS waiting lists, but who will benefit and what does the NHS need?

Tory MP: Student nurses ‘not deemed to be providing a service’

23rd June 2020 — True Publica

Tory MP: Student nurses ‘not deemed to be providing a service’

TruePublica Editor: This government is a constant source of amazement nowadays. They are now being sued by doctors for not providing PPE, families for the deaths of elderly parents, sons and daughters who have seen front line key workers in mortuaries and for handing out multiple £muti-million contracts to dodgy outfits who have failed to deliver. And this is just their handling of the pandemic. There’s so much more corruption and dodgy dealing going on it’s becoming the new norm. Boris Johson’s government is now immersed in a pool of malfeasance, nepotism and the fraud of taxpayers. It is run by technocrats obsessed with data surveillance, focus groups and public relations. One day, unless it’s too late, they might realise that good governance is what they are paid for.

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Fresh concerns over privacy and profit in NHS Covid data deals

19 June 2020 — Open Democracy

Documents released to openDemocracy suggest tech firms will profit from controversial deals – and that government gave misleading assurances.

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Health Secretary Matt Hancock at the press briefing

Health Secretary Matt Hancock at the press briefing, 18th June – PA Images

Documents obtained by openDemocracy suggest the UK government has misled the public about how it is protecting the privacy of millions of NHS users in its major Covid-19 data deals – and about how the controversial tech firms involved stand to profit in the long term.

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The Lowdown: What’s the limit on care now?

28 May 2020 — The Lowdown

The NHS Support Federation

This week we can reveal that almost a billion pounds worth of debt is weighing down local commissioners as they start to plan care for the next year – with 7 million patients now on growing waiting lists. This week, we also follow-up on the under the radar plans to bring in major NHS changes without proper public scrutiny, look at the mental health services that are crying out for better support and publish a call to nationalise care homes.

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Into the heart of the NHS – an American backed spy programme at the centre of Brexit

28 May 2020 — True Publica

By Rob Woodward: Palantir is a special ops company. It is considered at best as a controversial and highly opaque company that has long sought to sell governments an unmatched power to sift and exploit information of any kind for any purpose. Its billionaire owner Peter Thiel, the co-founder of PayPal, through Palantir has worked for years to boost the global dragnet of the NSA and its international partners and was in fact co-created with American spies.

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