Article, published in The Guardian 19 January 2015
Hinchingbrooke has been a heavy defeat for an ideological solution that can work well in manufacturing or retailing, but runs into problems in healthcare.
Advocates of a market-led, partly privatised NHS for England have been saying for years that “what matters is what works”, dismissing those who believe in the 1948 NHS concept as ideological, old-fashioned or plain wrong.
Now that their flagship, Hinchingbrooke hospital, the only privately run NHS hospital in the country, is losing its private contractor, Circle, one might have expected the zealots to acknowledge the flawed nature of their policy? Not a bit of it. The arch priest of markets everywhere, the Economist, merely records that it “is just one of dozens in financial trouble”.
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A new book by Lord Owen entitled The Health of the Nation: NHS in Peril will be published on 4 December. It details the damage done by the Health and Social Care Act 2012 and the reasons why the worst aspects of it must be repealed.
The six chapter headings covering the main topics are as follows:
“The Campaign for the NHS Reinstatement Bill 2015 is an all-party and no-party campaign* whose aim is simple: to ensure a sufficient number of MPs are returned to Parliament in May 2015 so that whichever party or combination of parties form the government the marketisation of healthcare is removed from the Health and Social Care Act 2012 – which in essence only applies to England. This Act was likened when it was published to tossing a hand grenade into the NHS. The damage it has done already is hard to exaggerate, let alone quantify. This legislation must be repealed but it will have to be done carefully in an enabling way, with no single appointed day when everything changes.”
Action Sheet p. xvii
This explains the Campaign for the NHS Reinstatement Bill:
Chapter 1 The Hung Parliament of 2010
Chapter 2 Fatally Flawed NHS Legislation
Chapter 3 A People’s Commission
Chapter 4 NHS Marketisation – EU and US
Chapter 5 SOS: Save Our Surgeries
Chapter 6 A One-nation NHS
For more details regarding specific sections within the book please click here
To buy the e-book or paperback please go to the book section or click here
Leading public health experts have launched a consultation on a new Bill which aims to reverse the failings of the Health and Social Care Act 2012 and fully restore the National Health Service (NHS) in England as an accountable public service.
The Bill proposes to abolish competition and the purchaser- provider split, re-establish public bodies and public accountability, and restrict the role of commercial companies. It draws on some of the best examples of NHS administration over its history, retains some features of the reforms laid out in the Health and Social Care Act 2012 and would be implemented on a timescale determined by the Secretary of State.
To read the full consultation please click here
Interview with Lord Owen, GP Magazine 30 August 2014
Whatever ministers knew about the impact on practices when they decided to withdraw MPIG funding, they could not have known the direct effect on one of parliament’s most vocal and respected opponents of government health policy.
Up the road from the Jubilee Street Practice in Tower Hamlets, east London, which has spearheaded the campaign against MPIG cuts, is the famous Limehouse residence of David Owen.
Lord Owen of the City of Plymouth – former neurological and psychiatric registrar, Labour health secretary and foreign secretary, and leader of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) – has been a patient at Jubilee Street Practice since 1965…
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Lord Owen Commenting on Labour’s National Policy Endorsement of Health Amendments, Milton Keynes 18-20 July
The Labour Party ‘s proposals for the NHS are a very important new direction which are to be greatly welcomed. The Labour Party has listened to the authentic voices supportive of the NHS and plan to roll back PFI commitments with no further privatisation and reinstate a new model NHS drawing on the best traditions of the past while realising that we cannot rush into another massive reorganisation.
In all its essentials a duty to provide a comprehensive national health service; to take competitive law out of the NHS by ending Monitor’s role as an economic competition regulator; scrapping Section 75 and allowing the Secretary of State to issue directions on the NHS becoming the preferred provider; and committing to a review of the mixed economy of Trusts and Foundation Trusts so that all services are fully integrated to deliver whole person care, represents a massive and imaginative change encompassing a new collaborative way with a new priority for mental health and focussing on deprived areas.
To view the the full speech by Lord Owen please click here
Lord Owen speaking at Save Our Surgeries (SOS) Campaign, Limehouse, London where he has been a patient for nearly 50 years:
Lord Owen on SOS Protest March from Wapping to Bow:
Save our Surgeries Statement by Naomi Beer
Dear valued Colleagues and patients,
today, we are marching for our local surgeries. We have shown what it means to stand together. I am so proud that we are able to show the nation who and what we are and what people who work together can achieve.
This is also about the heart of the NHS. It is all about values.
The values at the heart of the NHS and of our nation.
What successive governments have done is put corporate values at the heart of our NHS, replacing a language of collaboration, compassion and service for the good of all with the corporate language of competition, service delivery and productivity.
When you set out to achieve something, you first decide on your core values. This determines your goal or function and the structures follow. In the NHS today, this is all the wrong way round. Structures come first and values have to lag behind and fit in somewhere. This is why GPs in East London and across the country are in the position we find ourselves in today- defending and justifying our very existence because the Secretary of State hasn’t the power or necessarily even the will to act on our behalf, despite the evident justice of our cause.
So let us hold our heads up high and continue to fight to tell the public what is really happening to their NHS so that the values we treasure can be put back at the very heart of this much loved and fantastic institution.
on behalf of the Jubilee Street Practice
Meeting after SOS March:
Lord Owen puts forward an amendment to seek statutory underpinning of the Oversight Panel in relation to the use of confidential information in health and adult social care.
To read the full amendment please click here