The Stevens Report into NHS England: Our Response

stevensNHS blueprint prompts questions on funding and private sector involvement, says the People’s NHS Hull.

The crucial questions  posed by The NHS Forward View are how is it going to be paid for with an increasingly ageing population and who was going to provide the new models of care outlined – the NHS or the private sector?

Lynn Longbottom, Chair of the People;s NHS Hull said: “The best investment that the government could make in the NHS is the immediate scrapping of the Health and Social Care Act which has already squandered £3 billion in a pointless reorganisation.Simon Stevens, the new chief executive of NHS England, makes precious little mention of the plummeting morale of the 1.3 million workforce which is becoming a worrying pattern for this government with its continued failure to invest in skills, retention and development.

Theresa Vaughan is Secretary of Save Our NHS Hull and East Yorkshire. She said“In the last four years the NHS has been battered by the funding crisis resulting in £20 billion being sucked out of the service during this parliament.The picture remains very bleak and it is clear that the plan will not plug the predicted £30 billion financial black hole by 2020/21.This will be impossible to deliver in five years – if you are talking about a real improvement in health prevention, retraining and realigning the roles of NHS staff, together with integration of health and social care.

Danny Marten co founded the campaign group in 2011, and underwent gruelling chemotherapy and surgery in a successful battle with cancer in 2012. He told us,“The NHS has been also been hit by the helter-skelter dash to privatise services with 56 per cent of new contracts going to private healthcare companies in the last year.There is also the financial albatross of the private finance initiatives (PFI) which is bringing many hospitals to their knees.One positive to take from this plan is that it will focus the minds of politicians of all parties for the need to provide a suitable financial framework to underpin the NHS going forward.” 

We are also calling for Stevens to disclose the legal advice the NHS and Department of Health has received on the potential impact of TTIP, the controversial US-EU trade deal, which could make the Tory sell-off of local services irreversible.

Activist Liz Charles said: “We have consistently warned that TTIP means the irreversible privatisation of the NHS – what is the Department of Health trying to hide?The government has spent months trying to hide or even deny that the NHS was in the scope of TTIP now it transpires it sought and received legal advice on the trade deal. It’s extremely worrying that the Department of Health is refusing to release it. As head of the NHS we are calling on Simon Stevens to intervene and tell the people of this country how TTIP will affect our health. Our country is united against this trade deal and the disastrous impact it will have on our health. The people of this country oppose it, parties from across the political spectrum oppose it, unions and NGOs oppose it. It’s time Simon Steven intervenes and it’s time for Cameron to use his veto and exclude the NHS from TTIP.”

If you believe in the future of the NHS as being free at the point of use and out of the hands of profiteers via TTIP then come and join the People’s NHS Mass March and Rally on Saturday 15th November. Assemble Mid Day outside the BBC in Hull, Queens Gardens.

For further information go the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/955555144461769/

Follow us on twitter @saveournhshull

Email: dermotrathbone@hotmail.com

Tel: 07717 948146

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