NHS Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group meeting

This is The West Country: NHS Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group meeting NHS Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group meeting

THE governing body of the NHS Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group will be holding its next public meeting on Wednesday (December 18) at 2pm at Lyngford House Conference Centre, in Selworthy Road, Taunton.

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12:51am Tue 17 Dec 13

Somerset.SocialistParty says...

Drive the profit vultures out of our NHS

The vultures are no longer circling our National Health Service (NHS). They have swooped in and are tearing it apart. Billions of pounds in profits are being bled from the NHS by private healthcare companies, contractors and drug companies.

Blackpool Clinical Commissioning Group and Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group have both been reported to Monitor, the health regulator, by private health company Spire, for not sending enough NHS patients to Spire's private hospital in Fylde.

Instead, Blackpool's GPs have been treating some patients themselves and depriving Spire of its guaranteed revenue stream in neurology and orthopaedics.

The facts that using this primary care is best for patients and saves the NHS money matter not one jot to Spire, which is solely concerned with its bottom line.

While NHS trusts and health boards struggle with cuts in funding by laying-off nurses, doctors and vital ancillary workers, billions of pounds are being bled out of the NHS by private profiteers.

And any attempt to keep services in-house by the NHS in England is being thwarted by referrals to Monitor, which is charged with preventing "anti-competitive behaviour" in the NHS.

The private health companies have prepared squads of competition lawyers to force Clinical Commissioning Groups to spend scarce NHS funds on their companies. Even collaboration between services in different Trusts is being banned as "anti-competitive".

And while benefiting from public health spending, the private health companies resent making any contribution towards it - they are very 'tax efficient'.

Owned by private equity group Cinven, Spire made an operating profit of £130 million in 2012 but avoided paying any tax on it because it declared a loss after repaying loans to another company also owned by Cinven!

The NHS is caught in a triple whammy by all three pro-capitalist parties. The Tories and Liberal Democrats created a systematic privatisation of the NHS when the Health and Social Care Act was passed. Three-quarters of new NHS services have been tendered out to private healthcare companies.

Labour has promised to repeal the act but not to end private competition in the NHS.

A Labour government would not end the purchaser-provider split and bring Foundation Trusts back into a publicly owned NHS; so the health service will still be liable to competition law and at the mercy of the competition lawyers.

And in Wales, Labour is showing the Tories the way to close A&E units by cutting them down to just four or five for the whole of South Wales.

The Welsh Labour government has backed Cardiff and Vale University Health Board in sacking over 300 nurses and other health workers to balance the books even though waiting lists are getting longer and longer.

The Socialist Party fights for:

*No cuts. Abolish the Health and Social Care Act which allows the further selling off of our NHS to private companies

*End big business profiteering from the NHS: Abandon the Private Finance Initiative which is bleeding the NHS dry

*End NHS job losses and low pay. No downbanding

*Nationalise the pharmaceutical and medical supply industries and all private health providers

*A fully publicly funded NHS, free for all at the point of use
Democratic control and accountability of health services

*United action to defend the NHS - the TUC must name the day for a 24-hour general strike against austerity

*A new mass workers' party that fights for these demands. Support the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition as a step in this direction

*A socialist planned society that can genuinely meet and exceed the original aims of NHS

For further information, or to join the Socialist Party, visit: www.socialistparty.o
rg.uk
Drive the profit vultures out of our NHS The vultures are no longer circling our National Health Service (NHS). They have swooped in and are tearing it apart. Billions of pounds in profits are being bled from the NHS by private healthcare companies, contractors and drug companies. Blackpool Clinical Commissioning Group and Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group have both been reported to Monitor, the health regulator, by private health company Spire, for not sending enough NHS patients to Spire's private hospital in Fylde. Instead, Blackpool's GPs have been treating some patients themselves and depriving Spire of its guaranteed revenue stream in neurology and orthopaedics. The facts that using this primary care is best for patients and saves the NHS money matter not one jot to Spire, which is solely concerned with its bottom line. While NHS trusts and health boards struggle with cuts in funding by laying-off nurses, doctors and vital ancillary workers, billions of pounds are being bled out of the NHS by private profiteers. And any attempt to keep services in-house by the NHS in England is being thwarted by referrals to Monitor, which is charged with preventing "anti-competitive behaviour" in the NHS. The private health companies have prepared squads of competition lawyers to force Clinical Commissioning Groups to spend scarce NHS funds on their companies. Even collaboration between services in different Trusts is being banned as "anti-competitive". And while benefiting from public health spending, the private health companies resent making any contribution towards it - they are very 'tax efficient'. Owned by private equity group Cinven, Spire made an operating profit of £130 million in 2012 but avoided paying any tax on it because it declared a loss after repaying loans to another company also owned by Cinven! The NHS is caught in a triple whammy by all three pro-capitalist parties. The Tories and Liberal Democrats created a systematic privatisation of the NHS when the Health and Social Care Act was passed. Three-quarters of new NHS services have been tendered out to private healthcare companies. Labour has promised to repeal the act but not to end private competition in the NHS. A Labour government would not end the purchaser-provider split and bring Foundation Trusts back into a publicly owned NHS; so the health service will still be liable to competition law and at the mercy of the competition lawyers. And in Wales, Labour is showing the Tories the way to close A&E units by cutting them down to just four or five for the whole of South Wales. The Welsh Labour government has backed Cardiff and Vale University Health Board in sacking over 300 nurses and other health workers to balance the books even though waiting lists are getting longer and longer. The Socialist Party fights for: *No cuts. Abolish the Health and Social Care Act which allows the further selling off of our NHS to private companies *End big business profiteering from the NHS: Abandon the Private Finance Initiative which is bleeding the NHS dry *End NHS job losses and low pay. No downbanding *Nationalise the pharmaceutical and medical supply industries and all private health providers *A fully publicly funded NHS, free for all at the point of use Democratic control and accountability of health services *United action to defend the NHS - the TUC must name the day for a 24-hour general strike against austerity *A new mass workers' party that fights for these demands. Support the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition as a step in this direction *A socialist planned society that can genuinely meet and exceed the original aims of NHS For further information, or to join the Socialist Party, visit: www.socialistparty.o rg.uk Somerset.SocialistParty

1:09am Tue 17 Dec 13

Somerset.SocialistParty says...

Fight for our NHS: Public health, not private profit!



The latest measure of the cuts crisis in the NHS is the revelation that some patients are being forced to wait in ambulances outside hospitals because there is no bed for them and no staff to treat them.

The BBC recently asked all UK ambulance services for their waiting figures. This revealed that many patients have to wait in ambulances outside hospital for at least an hour, many around two hours. One ambulance in Wales was 'queuing' for six hours 22 minutes!

NHS England claims waiting times are improving but these figures relate to the summer months.

Now the cold winter weather is beginning to bite and people face ever-rising fuel bills, particularly older people who are vulnerable to cold-related illnesses.

These can only be exacerbated if they have to wait outside hospital in an ambulance for hours on end.

Scandalous situations like these are of course a direct result of the Con-Dems' policy of cuts and privatisation.

This has led to staff shortages and the closure of A&E departments entirely in some areas, putting further pressure on those that remain.

But we shouldn't let Labour off the hook.

They paved the way for privatisation while they were in office and they championed the Private Finance Imitative which is bleeding our hospitals and health service dry while lining the pockets of the construction bosses.

Labour councils are also cutting services such as homecare and are doing nothing to increase the amount of accessible housing.

So frail older people get stuck in hospital with no suitable home to go to. And the ambulances line up outside with more patients needing hospital care.

Care workers working in the community are having to fight the cuts in their pay and conditions. Some find themselves working for less than the minimum wage because council contractors don't pay them for travel time between visits.

None of the establishment parties can be excused from the mess they have made of the NHS and the care services in general. Time for organised action to rebuild what we have won in the past.

Time for a 24-hour general strike against austerity and cuts. Time to build a new mass workers' party which can really represent the interests of working people.

The Socialist Party fights for:

##No cuts. Abolish the Health and Social Care Act which allows the further selling off of our NHS to private companies in England

##End big business profiteering from the NHS: Abandon the Private Finance Initiative which is bleeding the NHS dry

##End NHS job losses and low pay. No downbanding

##A fully publicly funded high-quality NHS, free for all at the point of use

##United action to defend the NHS - the TUC must name the day for a 24-hour general strike against austerity

For further information, or to join the Socialist Party, visit: www.socialistparty.o
rg.uk
Fight for our NHS: Public health, not private profit! The latest measure of the cuts crisis in the NHS is the revelation that some patients are being forced to wait in ambulances outside hospitals because there is no bed for them and no staff to treat them. The BBC recently asked all UK ambulance services for their waiting figures. This revealed that many patients have to wait in ambulances outside hospital for at least an hour, many around two hours. One ambulance in Wales was 'queuing' for six hours 22 minutes! NHS England claims waiting times are improving but these figures relate to the summer months. Now the cold winter weather is beginning to bite and people face ever-rising fuel bills, particularly older people who are vulnerable to cold-related illnesses. These can only be exacerbated if they have to wait outside hospital in an ambulance for hours on end. Scandalous situations like these are of course a direct result of the Con-Dems' policy of cuts and privatisation. This has led to staff shortages and the closure of A&E departments entirely in some areas, putting further pressure on those that remain. But we shouldn't let Labour off the hook. They paved the way for privatisation while they were in office and they championed the Private Finance Imitative which is bleeding our hospitals and health service dry while lining the pockets of the construction bosses. Labour councils are also cutting services such as homecare and are doing nothing to increase the amount of accessible housing. So frail older people get stuck in hospital with no suitable home to go to. And the ambulances line up outside with more patients needing hospital care. Care workers working in the community are having to fight the cuts in their pay and conditions. Some find themselves working for less than the minimum wage because council contractors don't pay them for travel time between visits. None of the establishment parties can be excused from the mess they have made of the NHS and the care services in general. Time for organised action to rebuild what we have won in the past. Time for a 24-hour general strike against austerity and cuts. Time to build a new mass workers' party which can really represent the interests of working people. The Socialist Party fights for: ##No cuts. Abolish the Health and Social Care Act which allows the further selling off of our NHS to private companies in England ##End big business profiteering from the NHS: Abandon the Private Finance Initiative which is bleeding the NHS dry ##End NHS job losses and low pay. No downbanding ##A fully publicly funded high-quality NHS, free for all at the point of use ##United action to defend the NHS - the TUC must name the day for a 24-hour general strike against austerity For further information, or to join the Socialist Party, visit: www.socialistparty.o rg.uk Somerset.SocialistParty

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