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A Guided Tour of the New NHS

This week saw the launch of the All Party Parliamentary Health Group’s latest publication: A Guided Tour of the New NHS. From the preface: The Health and Social Care Act introduced a localised clinician-led commissioning structure, a greater role for local authorities in public health and Health and Wellbeing Boards, and the creation of various new national bodies. Yet there remain serious challenges which the system and its new leaders must grapple with: a tight financial environment; pressure from growing demand; a […]

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A Call to Action by the NHS: 21 Nov at 6.30pm at Hamilton School

Chiltern Clinical Commissioning Group public meeting Thursday, 21st November at 6.30pm at Hamilton School, Hampden Road, High Wycombe, HP13 6SX The NHS is built on the concept of quality care for patients, free at the point of use, paid for through taxation. Medical advances and increased patient numbers now mean these principles are under increasing pressure. Although the Government has increased NHS funding by 1% a year patients, quite rightly, also have rising expectations. This is why NHS England is […]

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Hospital update from Health Secretary

I recently received a letter from the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, which set out what he and his Department plan do to in order to drive up standards and patient care after the Keogh Review. Mr Hunt said that: Today I am reaffirming our commitment to total transparency, accountability and transformation in these hospitals. We will leave no stone unturned in our mission to turn them around. He set out new measures that underline this radical change from how failing […]

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Sir Bruce Keogh wants your views on NHS urgent care

The NHS England Medical Director, Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, has announced a review into the way the NHS responds to and receives emergency patients, called the Urgent and Emergency Care Review. As reported on the BBC this morning the new report shows that: The fragmentation…of urgent care services across England causes confusion amongst patients and healthcare professionals in terms of services offered. This can lead to patients presenting at services that may not best suit their needs. This will sound painfully familiar […]

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NHS staff pay – updated

A further Parliamentary question on pay in the NHS locally. Compared to my previous question, 28 people earning over £50k are missing – I should have included “other” in the question. I’ll return to this subject later: Steve Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) clinical, (b) managerial and (c) clerical NHS staff in Buckinghamshire were paid more than (i) £50,000, (ii) £65,738 and (iii) £100,000 in the last year for which figures are available. […]

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Acute & Emergency Services debate in the Commons

Last Friday afternoon, I was able to listen to my colleague’s debate on Acute and Emergency Services. Dr Philip Lee MP explained to the House his ideas for a consolidated super hospital on the M4 at junction 8/9. During the debate I made this point: He has set a number of hares running in my constituency. Will he concede that a number of NHS professionals, managerial and clinical, differ with him and think that a network of hospitals is an […]

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A vision for more accountable public services

The Government have released their Open Public Services 2012 document which focuses on decentralising power to ensure that public services are accountable to the people that use them rather than to centralised bureaucracies. Despite global economic woes, public demand for high-quality services has remained intense. This does not mean that more money should be spent in a hapless attempt to improve services; rather, the only feasible way of making gains in the quality of services is to introduce competition, choice […]

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Wycombe Hospital consultation meetings

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A crucial public consultation on the future of Wycombe Hospital began on 16 January. It is being run by Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, which runs Wycombe Hospital. This is our chance to have our say on proposals to change how NHS services are provided in High Wycombe. The exercise runs until 16 April and there are consultation meetings scheduled throughout the area every week in February. I urge everyone who cares about the future of our hospital to take part. Click here for an explanation of the […]

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