Archives for posts with tag: Simon Stevens

02_september_2016

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,541

Friday 02 September 2016.

Dear Mrs May,

Jeremy Hunt has accused junior doctors of inflicting ‘the worst doctors’ strike in NHS history’. It is hardly surprising given that we are afflicted with the worst health secretary in history.

What is more worrying is that the rest of the nation is not striking as Hunt and CEO of NHS England, Simon Stevens, are about to crucify our NHS by reducing the 140 full A&E hospitals in England we had in 2013 to somewhere between 40 and 70 under their so called ‘Sustainability and Transformation Plans’.

The NHS and the country is now split into 44 regional areas – known as ‘footprints’ which have been labelled the ‘The 44 footprints of death’.

This national vandalism being inflicted on our NHS is, as far as I can see, the final nail in the coffin for our publicly funded, publicly owned, free at the point of use NHS paving the way for full privatisation and an American style health insurance system.

Stevens used to be President of Global Strategy for United Health of America where he apparently lobbied for healthcare around the world to be included in the despicable Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. This is the wolf who is now CEO of NHS England.

I am sure Hunt must be delighted that his lousy junior doctors contract is hogging the headlines. The vast majority of the general public seem to be completely unaware of Stevens’ plans or the impact they will have. We the public must be prepared for longer ambulance journeys for A&E treatments which for critical patients will put lives at risk, longer waiting times for treatment adding to the risk of increased patient deaths and including the possibility of paying extra to be seen by a doctor.

Eamonn Holmes gave Hunt a grilling yesterday on Sky News over the junior doctors strike. Hunt, as he so often does these days, looked like a rabbit caught in headlights, but he must have been secretly delighted that Holmes made no mention of the obscene acts of social vandalism being rolled out by Hunt and Stevens.

The bottom line is that this is all about profits before people and healthcare and it is utterly despicable.

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/sep/01/jeremy-hunt-five-day-doctors-strike-worst-in-nhs-history

http://999callfornhs.org.uk/footprints/4592357931

Watch – This will be “the worst doctors’ strike in NHS history,” claims Hunt

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11_august_2016

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,519

Thursday 11 August 2016.

Dear Mrs May,

What in the world…? United Lincolnshire hospitals NHS trust (ULHT) has announced that crisis point has been reached and to protect patient safety they are looking to reduce A&E hours because of a shortage of doctors.

Before Andrew Lansley and then Jeremy Hunt got their unlovely hands on our NHS we had a fully functioning 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, NHS hospital service in Britain. Now it’s in chaos and, unless I am very much mistaken, reduced A&E hours at ULHT means less than Hunt’s duplicitous 24 hour service and ULHT is far from alone.

Simon Stevens, CEO of NHS England, ex-President of Global Strategy for United Health of America (GSUHA), who lobbied for health care around the world to be included in the infamous Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, is destroying our NHS.

He is paving the way for privateers to take over each of the 44 ludicrously named ‘Footprint’ areas (they should have been called ‘Steamrollers’ or ‘Jackboots’). His plan is to open up each area to US private health corporations, which is what he lobbied for whilst with GSUHA.

Under his Sustainability and Transformation Plans he is set to reduce A&E departments from the 140 full A&E hospitals in 2013 to between 40 and 70. It’s hard to imagine how they’ll cope with a single Friday night let alone anything else.

This has all come about after David Cameron vowed in 2009 that there would be no more ‘tiresome, meddlesome, top-down re-structures’ of our NHS, since 2010 that’s exactly what we’ve had, the biggest in the history of our NHS. Hunt and Stevens have no mandate to undertake their despicable acts of social vandalism and worse, it’s all taking place underhandedly and deceitfully.

The nation is not being informed by government or the mainstream media. The majority of the pubic simply have no idea what is going on, many of those I’ve spoken to were absolutely clueless. I do not blame them in any way, they are living busy lives, many struggling just to keep their heads above water. They have no time to scrutinise the actions of your government, and well you know it. The first many will know of the situation will be in the event of an emergency, and I wonder how many will not survive those emergencies? This is a national crisis and a tragedy waiting to happen for which Stevens is paid somewhere in the region of £190,000 a year and Hunt £134,565 and given your reappointment of Hunt as Health Secretary, you fully support them.

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/aug/10/hospital-a-and-e-crisis-shortage-emergency-doctors?CMP=share_btn_tw

http://999callfornhs.org.uk/footprints/4592357931

http://blogs.channel4.com/factcheck/factcheck-camerons-broken-promises/20429

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simon_Stevens_(NHS_England)

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/tory-jeremy-hunt-rakes-1m-5714882

22_june_2016

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,471

Wednesday 22 June 2016.

Dear Mr Cameron,

The one thing I can say about the EU referendum and the Tory campaign is that it has been run by the fantastically corrupt for the fantastically corrupt.

I have never witnessed a more brutally corrupt campaign which has sowed discord and confusion at every step of the way.

Ipsos MORI found that 47 per cent of the public believe the claim that we pay £350 million a week to the European Union. Why would they not? It is a lie that has been ruthlessly promoted with malicious intent.

I saw some clips of you in a TV studio facing the public. What boggles my mind is that people would actually go to such an event, sit docilely in seats and ask you questions as if anything you say will be of any value to them whatsoever.

In America snake oil salesmen used to go around the country preying on folks with their magic elixirs of life. In Britain people will happily attend a TV event to participate in the same sort of flannel from politicians who not only have a vested interest in lying but have a proven track record. Isn’t that so, Mr no more top down reorganisations of the NHS?

Michael Gove, Boris Johnson and Priti Patel all claim that money saved from EU membership can be spent on the NHS. These are Tory policy decisions that are not in the remit of any of those politicians and I have heard no such commitment from you, Jeremy Hunt or George Osborne in the event of a majority vote for Britain’s exit. As such these ‘suggestions’ do not represent real term benefits, they are mere speculation against the facts over the last six years which show that the break up and privatisation of the NHS is inevitable due to Tory policy and a deliberate starvation of funds.

The reality is that Jeremy Hunt and Simon Stevens, CEO of NHS England, have launched their ‘Footprints’ plan which will close services and sell off NHS land and hospitals which, unless we fight them tooth and nail, will happen regardless of the EU result. Part of that plan is to reduce the number of A&E departments from 144 A&E departments in England (2013 figure) to only 40-70. This is social vandalism by stealth on a grand scale for which you have absolutely no political mandate.

I can do no better than repeat the words of Aneurin Bevan in 1956 for today, you Tories have “besmirched the name of Britain. You have made us ashamed of the things of which formerly we were proud. You have offended against every principle of decency and there is only one way in which you can even begin to restore your tarnished reputation and that is to get out! Get out! Get out!”

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/nearly-half-of-britons-believe-vote-leaves-false-350-million-a-week-to-the-eu-claim-a7085016.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/04/14/eu-referendum-spend-brussels-billions-on-nhs-instead-boris-johns/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-eu-referendum-36523764

The NHS is being deliberately starved of funds, and this proves it

https://www.opendemocracy.net/ournhs/deborah-harrington-madeleine-dickens-and-caroline-molloy/hunt-and-stevens-leaving-their-dirty

http://nhap.org/are-we-really-going-to-lose-more-than-half-our-aes-in-england/

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2015/03/02/michael-sheen-nhs-cuts-speech_n_6783056.html

http://www.newstatesman.com/uk-politics/2010/02/aneurin-bevan-1956-speech

26_may_2016

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,445

Thursday 26 May 2016.

Dear Mr Cameron,

I’ve just had a silly thought, have you ever noticed how much Jeremy Hunt resembles Dick Dastardly? Far be it for me to bring a much loved cartoon character into disrepute, but they are almost perfect likenesses, not just in looks (allowing for the cartoonists creative flair), but in character. All that low cunning and determination to win, no matter what carnage is created in the meantime.

Consultants, London Economics, are predicting a 6% drop in demand for healthcare courses, a loss of 2,100 places and a £57 million hit to universities next year due to Jeremy Hunt scrapping student bursaries.

An inevitable consequence of this vandalism by Hunt is that NHS Trusts will be faced with increased spending on agency staff and overseas recruitment to deliver any kind of health service to the nation.

Student loans amount to little more than a work tax on future earnings, reducing life chances and the opportunity for people to better themselves and, of course, the country, in the process.

Hunt and his Muttley, Simon Stevens, are demanding that health bosses balance their books within the year whilst doing everything in their power to prevent them from doing any such thing. Gosh, one can almost detect a fiendish plot emerging to bring our NHS to its knees for an undeclared nefarious purpose. Whatever could it be?

If bosses don’t manage the impossible task confronting them they face the sack to be replaced by ‘other – unspecified – organisations’. Given that there are no organisations within the NHS who could step in, who or what could they be? Hmmm. I am getting a glimmer here, a little guessy percolating in my noddle. PRIVATE ORGANISATIONS! Wooo. Vultures on a feeding frenzy.

It is to be hoped  that, like his cartoon counterpart, Hunt is pipped at the post in spectacular style by the triumph of protesters left with nothing to lose and everything to go for to bring the villain, his dog and their dirty little ruses down. Our NHS is far too precious to be dished out to predators who are after a fast buck from the public purse and gambling our lives on the market is a complete and utter obscenity. Unlike his cartoon counterpart, it is to be hoped that Hunt can be consigned to the dustbin of history as soon as is humanly possible.

http://www.nursingtimes.net/news/education/bursary-scrapping-will-spark-6-drop-in-student-numbers/7005071.article?blocktitle=Today

https://www.unison.org.uk/news/press-release/2016/05/plans-to-scrap-student-bursaries-may-cost-the-nhs-more-not-less-says-new-report/

https://www.opendemocracy.net/ournhs/deborah-harrington-madeleine-dickens-and-caroline-molloy/hunt-and-stevens-leaving-their-dirty

25_may_2016

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,444

Wednesday 25 May 2016.

Dear Mr Cameron,

Our NHS is a not for profit organisation, although it does increasingly generate income from private health care, however, any funding crisis in our NHS is not because of failure in its diligence (ask any of the private patients who gladly use it), it is due to being starved of funds.

Corporate welfare is somewhere around £90 billion a year to private companies whose central purpose is to make a profit for shareholders. In 2012 Amazon received more in government grants that it paid in taxes, thanks to its creative use of tax avoidance. We can also cheerfully throw in the bankers bailout to really get a grasp on the generosity of your government, robbing the public to support private enterprise.

Corporate welfare is about political choices made by George Osborne, as such it is his choice to support private enterprise over public services, like our NHS, fire, police and ambulances, teachers, flood defences and so on.

Jeremy Hunt and his NHS boss Simon Stevens are threatening dire consequences if local NHS bosses do not clear their massive shortfalls within a year, shortfalls it must be noted imposed by… oh hell, I’m not going to do all the bloody work for you, just have a damned guess.

So just to lay out government funding choices in incredibly simple terms: private enterprise – shed loads of cash, public services – being starving to death.

Small wonder you had no hope to offer 11-year-old Ben Baddeley when he wrote to you after his treatment was cancelled due to Tory cuts. You couldn’t even meet him for a few moments when he came to Downing street to deliver a further letter asking for your help. Hardly surprising really, when the honest answer to his plea is that the wilful underfunding of our NHS is all part of your governments plans to privatise our NHS and Ben is just a statistical casualty along the way.

There is no shortage of money, it’s all about the transfer of public wealth into private pockets. I can put it no better than how writer and activist Marcus Chown expressed it in a Tweet, “Cameron’s transfer of wealth from poor to rich not only immoral, makes no economic sense. Poor spend in economy. Rich put money tax havens.” Are you man enough to tell young Ben the truth? Not hardly…

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/aug/19/private-patient-income-soars-nhs-privatisation

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/oct/06/benefits-corporate-welfare-research-public-money-businesses

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/jul/07/corporate-welfare-a-93bn-handshake

https://www.opendemocracy.net/ournhs/deborah-harrington-madeleine-dickens-and-caroline-molloy/hunt-and-stevens-leaving-their-dirty

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/cerebral-palsy-sufferer-ben-baddeley-7537632

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/david-cameron-offers-no-hope-7638792

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/ben-baddeley-david-cameron-cerebral-palsy-treatment-nhs-funding_uk_572c928de4b0e6da49a623c0

22_may_2016

A letter a day to number 10. No 1,441

Sunday 22 May 2016.

Dear Mr Cameron,

The latest NHS scam dreamt up by Jeremy Hunt and NHS boss, Simon Stevens, ex 10 year employee of global health firm UnitedHealth, is called ‘footprints’. This scam has all the hallmarks of out and out piracy rather than looking after the health of the nation.

Apparently Stevens has ‘told local health bosses that they must come up with a plan by 30th June to completely clear their massive shortfalls – within a year’. If they fail to do this, he has threatened that no further financial help (sic) will be available and that they risk losing their jobs, to be replaced  by ‘other’ organisations. Presumably more pirates.

Just to clear this up for the terminally stupid, our publicly owned and funded NHS is not a business and has no profit margins. The only way that a state funded organisation, which is being financially strangled to death by your government, can clear the funding shortfall imposed upon it by Hunt, is to cut, close and flog off anything that doesn’t move. Even as I write the pirates and vultures will be circling ready to pick over the remains of our once world class NHS (no reflection on those who work so hard to maintain it).

The so called ‘financial help’ that Stevens refers to is NHS core funding, it is its life blood. The shortfalls Stevens is so concerned about are the ones imposed by Hunt, it’s like blaming a child who is dying of starvation for not eating food after it has been stolen from her by unscrupulous thugs.

A publicly owned and funded organisation will die if its funds are cut. Who knew? That is exactly what you are doing to our NHS, wilfully, deliberately and with malicious intent to pave the way for pirates to take over our NHS and trouser our taxes as profit. It’s a double whammy, we lose the NHS we built and paid for and our taxes are further plundered to pay for a reduced private service, and/or an unaffordable health insurance rip off for a reduced private service (triple whammy), to increase the wealth of fat cats who doubtless stash their ill gotten gains in tax havens.

It’s daylight robbery, stealing our money and health from right under our noses. As angry as that makes me, that isn’t the worst of it, the worst of it is the lies, the arrogance, the smarmy voiced, smiling, deceit that drips out of every word from a bunch of rich over privileged thugs for whom health care is a done deal. Those who will never know want inflict want and suffering on those who can least bear it. That is yours and Hunt’s and Stevens dirty little game and it is rotten to the core. ‘Footprints’ is a curious choice of word unless Hunt is seeking to mock us as he puts the boot in, auctioning our lives for profit and stealing our health services.

https://www.opendemocracy.net/ournhs/deborah-harrington-madeleine-dickens-and-caroline-molloy/hunt-and-stevens-leaving-their-dirty

This disturbing video shows exactly what Jeremy Hunt has in store for our NHS (VIDEO)

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/stop-the-plans-to-dismantle-our-nhs