Essential reading

NHS for Sale
Myths, Lies and Deception

by Jacky Davis, John Lister and David Wrigley

In 2010 David Cameron's coalition government discarded pre-election promises about the NHS. Instead they imposed savage spending cuts and pushed through 'reforms' which put at risk the health and lives of all of us. As a result the NHS is now in crisis.

NHS for Sale challenges their myths and lies:

  • The NHS is efficient and affordable and didn't need radical reform.
  • The private sector is not cheaper or more efficient than the public sector.
  • The government is privatising the NHS.
  • The NHS market is wasting billions of pounds while harming the service.
  • The coalition's Health and Social Care Act:

    Has not put GPs in the driving seat
    Has reduced patient choice
    Has reduced community control over healthcare priorities
    Has increased bureacracy and waste
"NHS for Sale: Myths, Lies and Deception is a brilliant account of the shocking story of the Health and Social Care Act: how its true purpose was concealed from the electorate (with the assistance of the media asleep on the job), how it was sold to Parliament, and its appalling consequences ..."   Reviewed in The Lancet

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The People's Inquiry +1

One year later, we’re back to see what has changed

The People's Inquiry into London's NHS, which published a substantial report London's NHS at the Crossroads in March of this year, after gathering written submissions and holding a series of well-attended public sessions, is back again to follow up.

For the first Inquiry seven public hearings and one closed session for staff were held during the autumn and early winter of 2013-14, and heard contributions from 95 people, including NHS commissioners, providers, hospital and primary care doctors and other NHS staff and their representative organisations, local politicians, academics, pensioners groups, campaigners and patients.

All of the details of the first Inquiry are available on this website. This follow-up Inquiry is again made possible by the generous sponsorship of Unite the union, which last time distinguished itself by its unselfish support, allowing the Panel to choose who to speak to, what to ask, and to shape our own recommendations.

An eventful year has now elapsed since that evidence was first gathered, and it is clear that on a number of fronts the situation we were exploring then has moved on.

For example there has been a substantial shift of attitude by all of the major parties to our first major recommendation: "Review the spending constraints that threaten the future of services".

We are inviting NHS and related organisations, trade unions, pensioners' groups, patient groups and campaigners to submit WRITTEN EVIDENCE to our new Inquiry by December 20.
There have also been important developments in government policy on mental health and its profile in the policies of all parties. And the financial and resource problems of delivering and sustaining GP services and primary care have repeatedly been in the headlines.

Our follow-up Inquiry will again be conducted with the same independent Panel, chaired by Roy Lilley (see details). Our researcher once again is Dr John Lister.

However to fit in with time and publication constraints we will streamline the process this time and hold only two evidence-gathering sessions in December, in which those giving evidence appear only before the Panel. Transcripts will be taken and published.

We simply won't have time to fit in everyone who would like to speak to the panel, but we can open a general invitation to NHS and related organisations, trade unions, pensioners' groups, patient groups and campaigners to submit WRITTEN EVIDENCE, which will be made available to the Panel and (at your discretion) published on the website along with the second report. The website offers a facility to upload written submissions, which we would be happy to receive up to December 20. This will allow the panel time to take the information on board in shaping their conclusions.

We hope our report, to be published in early February, will help to put London's NHS, its strengths and weaknesses, firmly on the political agenda in advance of the unfolding pre-election period. We hope that by supplying us with your views and information you will help us to do this effectively.

Landmark report published

A landmark report on London's NHS has been published which highlights a cash strapped and fragmented health service – and proposes an 18-point plan to save the capital's NHS.

The report, London's NHS at the crossroads, outlines an unravelling of services as the NHS becomes more fragmented and financially squeezed. This is coupled with a management vacuum at the strategic level – with the public having no real voice in decisions that affect them.

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