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Clive Efford’s Bill to halt rush to privatisation is very important – give the campaign all the support you can

Leeds North West Constituency

In November, Labour MP Clive Efford is putting forward a Private Members Bill to stop David Cameron’s sell off of the NHS.
Clive’s Bill will reverse Cameron’s devastating privatisation of our NHS by:
▪ Restoring the central duty on the Secretary of State to provide National Health Services
▪ Removing Cameron’s dangerous competition requirements
▪ Curbing the ability of NHS hospitals to provide private services
▪ Removing the additional duties awarded to Monitor so there is no longer any conflict of interest
▪ Repealing the S.75 competition regulations

The Bill would hold the fort – pending the May 2015 election.
The Labour Party has backed Clive’s bill – and Andy Burnham has called on Tories and LibDems to do the same

“we know that the threat to the NHS is real – and that it can’t wait for an election.
That is why Labour is supporting a Private Member’s Bill…

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A & E is not a place where anyone should have to hang around

We agree with Andy Burnham, Shadow Health Secretary, that the Accident & Emergency ward is not a place anyone should have to hang around. Yet last week, 22,937 people waited more than four hours in A&E before seeing a doctor. The facts show that we can't trust the Tory/LibDem coalition with the NHS. It's up … Continue reading A & E is not a place where anyone should have to hang around

Lynton Crosby, Lobbying and NHS privatisation

Leeds North West Constituency

The questions surrounding Lynton Crosby, lobbying and the Coalition’s policies continue to grow – though they are questions David Cameron does not want you to ask.

In an exclusive report based on leaked [ note ‘leaked’] documents the Guardian revealed that

‘The lobbying firm founded by the Tories’ chief election strategist, Lynton Crosby, advised private healthcare providers on how to exploit perceived “failings” in the NHS.’944481_10151493954607411_537161168_n

Linger a moment over that ‘perceived failings’. That doesn’t mean real failings – it means trying to exploit what people have been led to believe are failings. Led to believe by a media whose record on NHS  reporting is abysmal. A media whose recent reporting has involved downright distortion of statistics and reports, like that of Keogh; a media whose reportting emphasizes all the problems, without making clear the impact of Coalition cuts and re-organisation.

The Guardian goes on

“A Crosby Textor source said…

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The Tories, Lynton Crosby and the Tobacco Companies – demand Cameron clean up politics

Leeds North West Constituency

See if this story alarms you as much it does us:

– Last year the Government announced plans to make it illegal for cigarettes to be sold in branded packaging, after substantial evidence shows it will prevent cancer deaths;

– Months later the Prime Minister hires Lynton Crosby as his chief strategist, a man paid handsomely to lobby for firms including a major international tobacco company;

– Last week: The Government suddenly drops its standardised packaging plans – a move that Cancer charities say will cost lives.

The public has a right to know: why is David Cameron refusing to say whether Lynton Crosby was involved in discussions about cigarette packaging policy?1044884_10151488632817411_1088910777_n

Labour is tabling amendments to the Lobbying Bill after the Government published proposals that will only apply to a tiny proportion of the lobbying industry.

Earlier this afternoon, Ed Miliband wrote to the Cabinet Secretary over Lynton Crosby.

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National media: Keogh says 13k NHS deaths! Keogh: er, no I don’t

Read this – it, and the previous post referred to here, are very important rebuttals of the anti-NHS media campaign breaking this week.


Please share widely, as this is huge and needs to become well-known before the report is published tomorrow.

As I wrote yesterday, the national media is running massive headlines claiming that a report by Sir Bruce Keogh, Medical Director of the NHS, will state that 13,000 people died ‘needlessly’ in the 14 NHS hospitals currently under special investigation for supposed high mortality rates.


As I pointed out, the death claims are completely unfounded and based on the misuse and misrepresentation of a deeply-flawed statistical system, and would still be completely unfounded even if the system were not deeply flawed. For more details of why, read here.

Well, it turns out that the report’s author, Sir Bruce Edward KeoghKBEFRCSFRCP himself, also disagrees with the headlines about his own report. A SKWAWKBOX reader wrote this email to him to challenge his supposed assertions after reading…

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The Tories, Private Health Companies and the NHS

Leeds North West Constituency

Last September the Daily Mirror revealed some interesting facts about Tory party funding – specifically linked to Circle, ‘Europe’s largest [private] healthcare partnership’, which has taken over Hinchingbrooke hospital.images

As so often in these cases, the links were far from transparent.
According to the Mirror
‘Circle’s leading shareholders are Lansdowne Partners, Invesco Perpetual, BlueCrest and Odey Asset Management.
Lansdowne Partners holds a 29% stake, Invesco Perpetual 21.9%, Odey Asset Management 21.1% and BlueCrest Capital 7.1%.
The boss of Lansdowne Partners, Sir Paul Ruddock, donated £630,000 to the Tory party.
The Chief Executive Officer of Odey Asset Management Crispin Odey has given £242,000, Sir Martyn Arbib of Invesco Perpetual £413,000 and BlueCrest founder Michael Platt £125,000.
The companies said there was no link between the donations to the Tories – made privately by individuals and not by the firms – and each company’s business investments.’

Andy Burnham commented at the time…

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NHS 65th birthday – here’s a flavour of the great day.

On Saturday Labour supporters were out on street stalls around the country campaigning to protect one of our greatest institutions: the National Health Service. It was a fantastic weekend and here are a few numbers to show you what we achieved: Over the weekend Labour's online NHS campaign reached over 2.8 million people around the … Continue reading NHS 65th birthday – here’s a flavour of the great day.

#NHS65 – Dr Julian Tudor Hart receives Bevan Health Prize

Did you wince under the blood pressure cuff’s squeeze when you last visited your GP? For that you really must thank Dr Julian Tudor Hart! Whilst working as a GP in the Welsh valleys during the 1960s Dr. Tudor Hart carried out world-leading research by routinely monitoring his patients’ blood pressure and working to control … Continue reading #NHS65 – Dr Julian Tudor Hart receives Bevan Health Prize

Happy Birthday NHS – 65 today. Let’s work to preserve it.

Leeds North West Constituency

Happy Birthday, NHS. The much-loved creation of the post-war Labour government is 65 today.

We all need to work hard to ensure it survives another 65 years.
Over the last couple of weeks we’ve published a series of posts on the NHS as part of our efforts to do just this.
If you didn’t catch them – read them now.

They included

The NHS – the most cost-efficient health system in the world – or, at least, it was, before the Coalition got its hands on it.

Five reasons why I love the NHS in Leeds – a patient’s perspective

How to privatise the #NHS without causing a revolution – Gerry’s view from the bedside.

Remember Cameron’s 5 pledges on NHS? Are any of them unbroken?

NHS cuts and inefficient privatisation. Where do we go to hear the truth?

Efficiency in the NHS? or more opportunities for fraud?

G8, EU-US…

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Jarman: Leeds worst CHU in England! (Except for some others)

Read this – it shows just how determined some people are to close Leeds Children’s Heart Unit


I don’t think there could be a much clearer example of the concerted, deliberate and wantonly inaccurate media campaign to undermine the NHS and achieve ulterior motives than today’s BBC News headline about the Leeds Children’s Heart Unit (CHU). It’s also perfectly in line with the track record of media and certain health interests in sullying the reputation of Leeds’ crucial and much-loved unit – a continued demonstration of the determination in certain quarters to see Leeds close even if there is no justification for it. There are too many articles on various facets of that story to link them all here, but if you want to see more a search of the blog for ‘Leeds’ will yield plenty of reading material.

The BBC long ago abandoned any pretence of impartiality on the NHS, instead contributing with gusto to the disinformation on issues like the A&E crisis, or even…

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