NHS ranked among world’s best at protecting poor despite having far fewer beds and staff than other countries, report finds (The Independent: 26 June 2018)

The UK is among the best health systems in the world at protecting those who cannot afford to get ill – despite having fewer staff, beds or equipment than virtually all other developed countries health systems.

How Good is the NHS?, a report comparing the UK and health systems of 18 other countries in the G7, western Europe and English speaking world found it performs better than many of its detractors would claim.


It has some of the lowest rates of “catastrophic costs”, where patients are required to pay more than 10 per cent of their income to cover an unexpected health problem, is relatively efficient and even appears to be keeping up with waiting times....read more


Mental health services for the young is NHS's 'silent catastrophe' (The Guardian:26 June 2018)

Failings in treatment of children and young people with mental health problems is a “silent catastrophe” within the NHS and is due to chronic underfunding and serious structural issues, a report by the Association of Child Psychotherapists (ACP) claims.

The report, which exposes a “serious and worsening crisis” for the health service through a survey of those working in child and adolescent mental health services (Camhs), says trusts are being hollowed out and specialist services are disappearing owing to underfunding and the transformation and redesign of services in recent years.

The results are rising levels of suicide, self-referral to A&E departments and pressure on in-patient units, it says....read more


NHS trusts win legal fight over Virgin Care child health contract (Guardian: 22 June 2018)

A decision by Lancashire county council to award a £104m contract for children’s healthcare services to Virgin Care has been thrown out after a legal challenge by NHS trusts.

A high court judge found the local authority’s process was flawed and the contract for services for children aged 0-19 should not have been awarded to the private provider late last year.

The case hinged on the scoring system used by the council when it reviewed rival bids for the deal, which the trusts claimed had been applied incorrectly...read more


100 senior NHS doctors and nurses write open letter to Theresa May: 'Your funding boost is simply not enough' (The Mirror: 17 June 2018)

Doctors and nurses have insisted Theresa May’s much anticipated healthcare funding boost will NOT rebuild the struggling NHS.

After the longest financial squeeze in history NHS England will be given a 3.4% increase with the service on its knees with record debts and waiting times.

Experts say the five-year cash settlement is in reality a 3% rise in overall health spending and will barely keep the NHS standing still.

Now more than 100 senior NHS consultants, professors, GPs and junior doctors and nurses have written an open letter to the Prime Minister.

They write in the Daily Mirror that the £20 billion annual rise by 2023/24 will in no way repair the damage inflicted over the last decade....read more


Theresa May's NHS pledge decried as sticking plaster (The Guardian: 17 June 2018)

Theresa May’s plans to increase NHS funding by 3.4% is a “sticking plaster” that is insufficient to drive real improvement in the health service, one of the UK’s most influential thinktanks said on Sunday.

Reacting to the news of May’s proposed £20bn rise in funding over a decade, several organisations suggested it was less than needed to drive improvements, and would rather only stem the NHS’s decline.

The Health Foundation said the increase fell short of the 4% minimum required to roll back years of damage inflicted by eight years of austerity. “A giant sticking plaster is still just a sticking plaster,” it said....read more


Why Theresa May's £20bn isn't really a 70th birthday present for the NHS (The Independent: 18 June 2018)

Is it rude to tell lies to someone on their birthday?

It seems that the National Health Service’s 70th anniversary present from government ministers is to be a big box full of dissimulation and crass propaganda.

Theresa May’s claim today that the agreed increase in funds for the NHS over the next five years represents some sort of “Brexit dividend” is an insult to the intelligence of patients, health workers and the wider electorate.

The government’s own official forecasts, produced by the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR), show that leaving the European Union will be a drag on the growth of the UK economy, and therefore the resources available for public services, by around £15bn a year.

And, crucially, this hit to the public finances will be larger than the size of the net annual contribution from the UK taxpayer into the European Union budget....read more

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