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Letter 2 Mp Re Nhs

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This is a letter/email that I am thinking of sending to my MP (Chris Huhne).

There are other problems that I would like to bring up, but the NHS reorganisation is the biggest in my view .

so the letter is below , if you have additional ideas to add then

I would be pleased to hear. It is about the nhs reorganisation ,

but you may be especially interested in the link I came across to

the "The Plot Against the NHS" by Colin Leys . This explains some of the

strange things NewLabour did to the nhs.

I know there are people on here that think all public services should be

privatised , but I dont ... the nhs probably needs some changes,

but not this wrecking exercise .Fwiw , I also think that the energy companies

should be back under government control , it would be the best way to

manage the problem of peak oil.

Dear Mr Huhne ,

This letter is about the nhs reorganisation . It contains a set of points

and web links about them. Why is it happening ? the only feasible reason

is for the govt to funnel taxpayer money to its friends , probably with the

later opportunity of directorships yielding much money for little work.

Why is the NHS massive reorganisation happening ?

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- David Cameron tells the Royal College of Nursing conference in 2009

"There will be no more of those pointless reorganisations that aim for change but instead bring chaos"

so why is he now doing it ?

http://www.newstatesman.com/blogs/the-staggers/2011/04/royal-college-opposition

- Ben Goldacre in the Guardian in his series "bad science" has

"NHS leaflet mixes past and present"

"The government is using old statistics to make misleading claims about the need for change"

he destroys the given reasons for doing the changes.

at the end : "As the government defies all reason by claiming that NHS

staff support their reforms, I can only fear the results of their

listening exercise"

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/apr/16/bad-science-goldacre-nhs-statistics

- there is a page by a tory mp and GP :

"Tory MP and practising GP Sarah Wollaston has set out why she wants her own party to drop plans for a radical reorganisation of the National Health Service."

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/8392564/Why-David-Camerons-plans-for-the-NHS-are-dangerous.html

Chaos now !

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http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2011/apr/18/nhs-cost-cutting-surgeon-warning?INTCMP=SRCH

- Guardian article

"Patients denied key treatments due to NHS cost-cutting, surgeons warn" .

FSSA writes open letter ... chaos already .

PFI

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PFI ... apparently the coalitions is going ahead with even more projects

then GBrown did , despite the well known problems of 5x the cost , the

utter inflexibility of these and the long term drain on the public purse,

altho GB did use them to hide his borrowing .

There is also no real transfer of risk from public to private ,

so we (the taxpayer) pay far more than we should for PFI.

- Guardian article : "NHS continues to pay for PFI"

"There is evidence that PFI is adversely affecting the health service. Jonathan Fielden, chair of the British Medical Association's consultants' committee, has said that PFI debts are "distorting clinical priorities" and impacting the treatment given to patients."

http://www.guardian.co.uk/healthcare-network/2011/mar/02/pfi-nhs-private-finance-initiative-liverpool

- 2006 article in new statesman about problems of PFI hospitals, says

"My experience as a doctor is that, under PFI, profit not care comes first"

http://www.newstatesman.com/200602060005

Private vs public

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- private companies have profit as their main concern and are a poor match

for social concerns . the PT thread on the guardian

"This benefits bonanza is more big Serco than big society"

features extracts from a select comittee grilling the A4E and serco

bosses about their back to work schemes , and how they come nowhere

near their targets .

The civil servant said how good a job JobCentrePlus does, and how difficult it

was for private companies to compete . PT also commented how it was

price that mattered and how previous performance didnt come into it .

The charity Wise Group did not win a contract , altho much better performance

than the winner .

The comments section has stories of people who were with some of the

private companies and these companies had no intention to do anything

apart from tick boxes .

God help us if the NHS is privatised.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/apr/04/benefits-bonanza-big-serco-welfare

- why are the big IT contracts perpetually given to the same bunch of

proven incompetents ?

- PT in the guardian : "NHS turmoil is just the start of Tory ideology run wild"

"Every single public service will be put out to tender. Everything. Well, not MI5 or the judiciary - but everything else, including schools and the NHS. Forget the camouflage of localism and choice: however much local people like local services that work well, they will have no choice in the matter. A private company - or in theory a very large charity - can challenge any service they would like to run and bid to take it over. If Serco or Capita think they can turn a reasonable profit from cherry-picking anything the council or the government runs, they will have the right to demand it is put out to tender. If they bid below the current cost and claim that quality will not fall, it's theirs for the asking. Not the people, not their elected representatives, nor the users of those services will be able to refuse. It will be taken out of their hands because competition law will decide. If local people want their council to hold on to a much-loved service, a company can take the council to court - at huge and wasteful expense - and almost certainly win the right to tender and win the contract.

The NHS bill now marching through parliament is the model. Behind the eyecatching GP commissioning, the real radicalism is in making any part of the NHS open to contract by "any willing provider". Any company can claim the right to provide any part of the NHS - even if the local GP consortium is very happy with the NHS surgeons providing operations. Neither patients nor GPs will choose once competition law enforces tendering out. Cameron reveals his white paper on public services will lever open everything in the same way. EU competition law doesn't currently apply to public services or the NHS, unless commissioners choose to put a service out to contract, in which case it must be opened up fairly across the EU. Now everything is open for business."

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/feb/21/nhs-turmoil-tory-ideology-run-wild

The Privatisation Plan for the NHS

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- a website has a page :"The Plot Against the NHS" which describes

the plot which has been going on for many years with significant steps

taken by Millburn and NewLabour from around 2000 .

It describes the start , the next steps and the end game.

and it is not the sort of NHS that I want .

http://www.opendemocracy.net/ourkingdom/colin-leys/plot-against-nhs

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I think that the destruction of the nhs as we know it is unacceptable ,

and if this goes thru then the blame will be laid firmly on the Tories , but

there your party will be equally blamed .... maybe more so as we expect the tories

to be 'evil' , but your party will have enabled it .

Yours sincerely

Rock Hopper

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In a parallel universe upon receiving your letter the multi home owning millonaire Chris Huhne will set aside his tangled love life and spring into action and will put right the ills of the NHS.

Back in reality the right honourable member will do naff all.

Bergkamp

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In a parallel universe upon receiving your letter the multi home owning millonaire Chris Huhne will set aside his tangled love life and spring into action and will put right the ills of the NHS.

Back in reality the right honourable member will do naff all.

Bergkamp

I expect you're right , but sadly I feel I need to try :(

cheers,

rockhopper

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I expect you're right , but sadly I feel I need to try :(

cheers,

rockhopper

Fair play, and good on you. But the frank truth is that your opinion, effort and vote counts for virtually nothing. What will be, will be.

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I think you make your feelings clear that the way the government plan to cut the NHS is wrong.

You don't make it clear how you think they can make cuts which won't effect service.

Given that he no doubt has a mandate to effect cuts with as little damage as possible.. I would imagine he might actually take very seriously any good ideas you may have (albeit he would probably pass them all off as his own ;) ).

For example.. suggestions on how different tiers of clinical management staff could be removed without effecting front line services might be one possible route. If you have first hand experience of the NHS you might be able to offer far better suggestions?

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Thanks for the encouragement - I dont expect my one letter to make any impact,

but if enough other people write to their MP , particularly if LibDem, then

that *might* sway them to stop this reorganisation (yes I know - snowball and

hell etc).

@libspero

You don't make it clear how you think they can make cuts which won't effect service.

well, they did say they are ring fencing the nhs - so they dont need to make cuts

(yes I dont believe them)

Given that he no doubt has a mandate to effect cuts with as little damage as possible.. I would imagine he might actually take very seriously any good ideas you may have (albeit he would probably pass them all off as his own ;) ).

For example.. suggestions on how different tiers of clinical management staff could be removed without effecting front line services might be one possible route. If you have first hand experience of the NHS you might be able to offer far better suggestions?

My only experience of the NHS is as a patient (at various points in maybe the

last 6 years?) and the experience has been pretty good.

So I have no idea of the structures they have eg PCTs etc . The whole idea

of having a market is to allow it to be more easily privatised , not because

it makes a better service.

My working life : lab assistant (temporary and unestablished - yes the civil

service), trainee shop manager , apprentice technician with day release for onc,

university , job at large company until I took the package ~12 years ago.

The one aspect that jars with me in the NHS as done by NewLabour are the

targets and the tickbox culture . In my working life , I never came across

the work of Edwards Deming , but quality and reliability were expected .

The articles I have found on Deming including the wiki entry :

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W._Edwards_Deming

and also

http://www.skymark.com/resources/leaders/deming.asp

discuss his 14 Points , and other aspects of his work.

(He seems to be the guy who took the 'crap' out of 'japcrap' in the rebuilding

of the post war japanese industries and helped to make them top quality.)

I am sure that the NHS targets and the tickbox culture would be alien

to his stuff . I think that application of his approach , could massively

improve the quality , performance and cost of NHS (,and also maybe other govt

initiatives) .

If anyone has experience of using his work then I would appreciate a view

on it and especially if it could be applied to the (existing) NHS .

If no one can help on that point then I will suggest it anyway, but it would

have more weight with more detail on how it would be applied .

Failing that , I think there is a general agreement with Sarah's suggestion :)

Anyway, thanks for the encouragements and suggestions . In doing this reply , it

has made me think afresh about other aspects , which I will incorporate my

already remangled letter ... I am still sitting on it to see if other things

occur to me.

thanks,

rockhopper

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