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1 KEEP OUR NHS PUBLIC Wendy Savage MBBCh(Cantab) FRCOG MSc(Public health Hon DSc Croydon 5 th June 2008

2 Keep Our NHS Public Launched September 2005 by NHS Consultants Association, NHS Support Federation and Health Emergency and Health EmergencyWebsite

3 Aims of KONP To build a broad non-party political coalition which will campaign to protect the NHS from further privatisation and fragmentation To inform the media, public and MPs about the government ‘reforms’ To keep our NHS public which means publicly provided as well as funded

4 Background to the ‘reforms’ The NHS Improvement plan 2004 Original plan was published in 2000, updated in June 2004 The stated aims are: The stated aims are: To increase capacity To increase capacity To extend choice To extend choice To reduce waiting times To reduce waiting times

5 Progress so far 33 KONP groups have been established. 72 other groups, many pensioners or those fighting cuts locally 90 unions or union branches have affiliated. Over 5000 people have expressed interest in the group. KONP speakers have addressed meetings in many towns including Bristol, Sheffield, Lancaster, Liverpool, Bournemouth, Norwich, Northampton, Harlow, Southampton and several places in London. Distributed 53,000 leaflets, 3000 postcards and sold 13,000 copies of ‘Patchwork Privatisation’ Sold over 100 copies of Confuse and Conceal

6 Important consultations Your health, Your care, Your say widespread consultation September-November Four sites for public events, Gateshead, Leicester, Birmingham, London. 42,000 people contibuted via Q, focus groups etc. Report and White paper January 2006 Our Health. Our Care, Our Say Four sites for public events, Gateshead, Leicester, Birmingham, London. 42,000 people contibuted via Q, focus groups etc. Report and White paper January 2006 Our Health. Our Care, Our Say Darzi 2007 ‘Framework for Action’ Consultation closed in February for both NHS staff and GPs 15 th and public 25 th but there is Lord Darzi’s blog on which you can complete if you missed this

7 March 2005 Creating a ‘patient-led’ NHS- delivering the NHS improvement plan. This moves from ‘patient centred NHS’ to ‘patient-led NHS’.‘the ambition is to move from a service that does things to and for its patients to one which is patient-led.’ ‘the ambition is …..to change the whole system’ Simon Stevens advisor to Blair ‘creative destruction’- he is now the president of United Health Europe

8 Key elements of the ‘patient-led’ NHS Patient choice Patient choice Payment by results Payment by results Tariff payment ie a fixed national price for each procedure used to have a block contract system Tariff payment ie a fixed national price for each procedure used to have a block contract system Multiple providers from the NHS, private and voluntary sectors Multiple providers from the NHS, private and voluntary sectors A strategic shift into primary care A strategic shift into primary care Practice based commissioning Practice based commissioning

9 Creating a health care market Commercial Directorate set up June 2003 First Wave ISTC contract September 2003 Expected to provide 170,000 procedures a year for 5 years at a cost of £1.6 billion Expected to provide 170,000 procedures a year for 5 years at a cost of £1.6 billion GSupp contracts 125,000 operations a year for 5 years for £200 million May 2005 Extended Choice Network of private hospitals March 2008 Hospitals can advertise

10 Ask your GP if you could choose to have your treatment at any of the following hospitals in Lancashire: * Euxton Hall Hospital, Chorley.. *Classic Fylde Co ast Hospital, BlackpooI *Fulwood Hall Hospital, Preston *Abbey Gisburne Park Hospital, Gisburn Renaeres Hall Hospital, Ormskirk Picture of a stethosope here As an NHS patient. you could now have your elective surgery in a treatment centre within an independent hospital. Visit our website for more information about the services we offer as well ~ as contact details for each treatment centre,

11 Alternative provider medical services APMS offers substantial opportunities for the restructuring of services to offer greater patient choice, improved access and greater responsiveness to the specific needs of the community. It will provide a valuable tool to address need in areas of historic under- provision, enable re-provision of services where practices opt out, and improve access in areas with problems with GP recruitment and retention. APMS offers substantial opportunities for the restructuring of services to offer greater patient choice, improved access and greater responsiveness to the specific needs of the community. It will provide a valuable tool to address need in areas of historic under- provision, enable re-provision of services where practices opt out, and improve access in areas with problems with GP recruitment and retention.

12 Creation of a health care market- ideology not evidence Private sector considered more efficient than NHS ISTC programme-read Confuse and Conceal Privatised procurement –NHS logistics – DHL Privatised commissioning-United Health and Humana amongst 8 private companies 2008 GP contracts to corporations including UH who have long history of fraud in US and currently negotiating fine from State of California and are being investigated in New York State

13 The result In February 2008 ATOS origin awarded contract in Tower Hamlets despite good bids from two local practices In April United Health awarded contract for three GP practices in Camden despite good bid from local GPs who had been running one of these and had excellent results. VFM criterion added after interviewing.

14 Threats for health care as a whole Fragmentation of care, with loss of continuity of the patient pathway Doctors loss of control of which patients they see Unclear clinical governance issues around the private sector and foundation trusts Perverse financial incentives will lead to inappropriate management of patients Loss of staff to the private sector Adverse effects on teaching and training Adverse effects on teaching and training

15 Threats for health care as a whole Closure of NHS units leading to less real patient choice Increasing dominance by the private sector Patients become commodities, and high risk patients will be unattractive leading to ‘patient dumping’ Inability to plan services as a result of ‘patient choice’

16 Market-driven politics 1. Real markets are deeply political-state omnipresent-national politics and the state always targets-businesses want to enter NHS 2. Convert services into commodities and workforce into one orientated to profit and get government to underwrite risk. 3. Market competition transforms commodities 4. Consequences, inequality of provision, high costs and corruption (eg US health system)

17 Current situation Darzi review due to report in July Threat of polyclinics being imposed all PCTs instructed to set one up with very short timescale. BMA has launched a campaign to ‘Save our GP surgeries ‘return signed petition by tomorrow Friday Head of Commercial Directorate resigned –fraud allegations in USA Kings Fund questions polyclinic plan

18 What can we do ? Join Keep Our NHS Public Donate money to this campaign Talk to your MP about the practical problems you have experienced or foresee Respond to articles or letters in the newspapers national & local to inform the public Respond to articles or letters in the newspapers national & local to inform the public Attend PCT and OSC meetings regularly

19 Further reading Colin Leys Market-driven politics (2001) Verso Allyson Pollock NHS-plc (2005) Verso John Lister Health Policy Reform (2005) The NHS after 60:for patients or profits? (2008) Middlesex University Press Middlesex University Press Donaldson C and Ruta D. Should the NHS follow the American way? BMJ 2005 v331 pp Lane R and Paton A. Bevan betrayed : the demise of the NHS. BMJ Craig D & Brooks R Plundering the Public Sector Constable 2006 Stewart Player & Colin Leys Confuse and Conceal Merlin Press 2008 Merlin Press 2008


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