Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Union pass Motion to ask Chief Executives to leave ACEVO in protest at Head's behaviour During Health bill 'pause'

This text below is from an Emergency motion passed by Unite on the behaviour of Sir Stephen Bubb, the Head of Choice and Competition in the NHS Future Forum, which was set up during the Health bill's so-called 'listening exercise'.

Stephen Bubb, the Director of the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations, has played a major role in imposing the doctrine of “Any qualified provider” on the NHS.

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Revealed: Head of Monitor Has Ties with Private Healthcare Lobby Group Who See Tax, Pensions and NHS Brand as Barrier in 'Fair Playing Field' Review.

The latest unholy mess taking place due to the undemocratic, unnecessary and complicated Health and Social Care Act, is the ‘Fair Playing Field’, review being undertaken by the new NHS regulator, Monitor.

A nine-month process has now seen all the submissions handed in and each organisation is wondering what is going to be the result of the review, come the end of March, this year.

April the 1st is the time when the Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are due to takeover, from the Primary Care Trusts, abolished thanks to the new legislation. The ‘Fair Playing Field’ findings, which will conclude in time for this date, will mark the end of the NHS as we know it and increase the fragmentation of services across the country.

Social Investigations can now reveal a private healthcare group’s submission, which brings to the attention of Monitor the barriers the private sector perceive to achieve a Fair Playing Field, which include corporation tax, VAT, pensions and the NHS brand. The only problem is, this same lobby group were heavily influential in maintaining competition in the Health bill during the sham of a 'so-called 'listening exercise'. Furthermore, this same lobby group had previously met with the head of Monitor in a 'like-minded' meeting, bringing the impartiality of the review into question.

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

NHS Partners Network Response Regarding Fair Playing Field

Social Investigations - contacted the NHS Partners Network over their submission to Monitor, regarding the 'Fair Playing Field' review currently taking place.

In order to maintain openess - I have listed the entire response without editing here so readers can make their own mind up.

View the NHS Partners Network submission here.


Let me make it absolutely clear that contrary to some reports at no point have we asked for relief from corporation tax. We have simply pointed out that in undertaking an analysis of the different economic factors that affect public and private sector providers of care, corporation tax is one of those factors that impacts on the private sector, but not on the public sector. We have also made clear that we recognise there are factors that work the other way and we now wait to see how Monitor's wholly independent and impartial analysis concludes the various factors "net out" and whether anything can or should be done about that overall, in the interests of patients not of providers", that being Monitor's remit.

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Lord Blackwell - How His Vote Opened New Opportunities for Interserve

Lord Blackwell
A company led by a Conservative Lord has just expanded into a new lucrative area of healthcare, made possible by the Health & Social Care Act.  The noble Chairman spoke and voted in favour of the bill, opening new avenues for the company he serves.

On June 14th, 2011, The House of Lords met for a statement made by the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Health, Earl Howe, to mark the end of the now discredited ‘listening exercise’, set up by the government as a response to the near total discontent to their Health bill.

Following the opening statement, Conservative Peer, Lord Blackwell spoke of his concern at the direction the Health and Social Care bill was taking, and sought reassurances that the Health bill was heading in the direction that would open up large parts of the NHS for sale:

‘Can he (Earl Howe) elaborate a little more on the development of competition and choice to which he referred? Can I take it from what my noble friend has said that the Government continue to believe that competition and choice are key drivers of improving the interests of patients and quality in the health service?...how will the phasing of the introduction or further expansion of alternative providers evolve in a way that will give those alternative providers the confidence to make the investments necessary so that they can play their full part in providing quality services under the NHS?’