The momentum is gathering and many hundreds of concerned public and professionals have been using our free platform to write to their MPs. Here we share some examples of what you have been saying.
There is a lot in the news about the contract negotiations between NHS employers and the British Medical Association (BMA). While the BMA's consultant negotiating committee has returned to the negotiating table, the junior negotiating committee have not.
Within the remit of the Health and Social Care Act the provision of healthcare services by private providers is set to endure and grow. I am not interested in the ideological arguments that surround this. What I have been considering is the battleground and potential inequalities that seem counter intuitive to the benefit of introducing market forces. Looking at existing market strategies, the closest model I can find that represents the current commissioning structure is franchising.
There are a myriad of examples of inconsistent thinking when it comes to the NHS and working patterns. I would like to focus on the pre-assessment service for anaesthesia, before you have your surgery as an example relevant to me.
It has indeed been a baptism of fire. Within 2 hours of going live NHS Survival received harsh criticism. We were called a "Jeremy-Hunt bashing group", a "self-interest group and our aims are ridiculous". The one which hurt though is that we "don't represent patients".
The Scottish government have declined to implement the DDRB proposals on their junior doctors, resulting in the current New Deal contract continuing. Although, this is welcome news for NHS staff in Scotland, this announcement raises more worrying questions for their colleagues and patients in Wales, Northern Ireland and England.