Letter for Parliamentary candidates – please use and share

Dear General Election Candidate,

HEALTH CARE: WHAT A BREXIT DEAL MUST INCLUDE

The British Medical Association has published a Briefing on what a Brexit deal must include to safeguard health care for people in the UK.

The Briefing calls for the following safeguards for patients and the NHS in any Brexit deal. Please let me know how once you are elected you will ensure that the government will implement each of these safeguards:

A Brexit deal must include:

Free movement for healthcare and medical research staff

Permanent residence for EU doctors and medical researchers currently in the UK

Continued rights for EEA medical students in the UK to live, train and work in UK health services

Continuation of the existing open border arrangements between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland

Ongoing cross-border co-operation in the delivery of healthcare to patients on both sides of the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland

Freedom of movement for healthcare workers to live and work on both sides of the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland

Ongoing MRPQ (Mutual Recognition of Professional Qualifications) to provide doctors the means to move and work between both Irish jurisdictions

Ongoing participation by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency in the regulatory framework for pan-European clinical trials

A formal agreement between the UK and European Medicines Agency to continue to support and participate in their assessments for medicine approvals

Mutual recognition of, and ongoing participation in, the CE scheme for medical devices

The retention, or comparable replacement, of reciprocal health care arrangements and access to healthcare for both UK and EU citizens

The maintenance of reciprocal arrangements, such as the MRPQ (Mutual Recognition of Professional Qualifications), to facilitate the ongoing exchange of medical expertise across Europe and ensure quick access to the UK healthcare system be appropriately trained EU doctors

Ongoing access to the IMI (Internal Market Information) alert system, which enables regulators across Europe to send and receive alerts about doctors’ fitness to practise across the EU

The retention of measures to protect public health standards, including those affecting food, alcohol, air quality, and tobacco regulations

An agreement between the UK and the EU to continue to share data and emergency preparedness planning in relation to cross-border threats

Ongoing access to EU research programmes and research funding

Immediate certainty for UK researchers who currently access Horizon 2020 funding about funding and collaboration on existing and future research projects

Continued access to the European Investment Bank to fund research programmes

Ongoing access to and participation in the European Reference Networks, enabling healthcare providers across Europe to tackle complex or rare medical conditions requiring highly specialised treatment

Abolition of the charge to migrants from outside the EEA to use the NHS.

I look forward to your reply.

Kind regards,

Yours sincerely,

Public Meeting: “What will Happen to the Supply of Medicines after 31st Oct”

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Leeds Hospital Alert have organised a public meeting on 17th October, 7.30pm at St. Margaret’s Parish Church ,Church Lane, Horsforth LS18 5LA

Everyone is concerned about the supply of medicines now and after 31st October. Please share the meeting details with everyone you know.

NHS Funding response from Keep Our NHS Public

40 little white lies – hospitals are neither 40 nor new

KONP’s reply to the Boris Johnson election propaganda misinformation bandwagon

34 out of the ‘40 new hospitals’ announced by BorisJohnson in time for the Tory Party conference today, are in fact EXISTING hospitals which are being given only £100 million BETWEEN THEM for repairs. So Johnson and Health Minister Hancock are caught lying again. In fact there is a £6 billion deficit in new building, repairs and equipment. The NHS has only a SEVENTH of the funds necessary to bring the provision of scanners up to the EU average level!

The misleading promise of a ‘capital injection’ has to be set against the current £6bn deficit. Even then, the money is over 5-10 YEARS. Coming in two waves (ripples compared to what is needed), £2.7bn is said to rebuild six hospitals by 2025 NOT NEW hospitals; and £100m in ‘seed funding’ (you can say that again) over TEN YEARS to repair and refurbish the other 34 hospitals by 2030

Boris Johnson’s party has stripped the NHS of funding for nearly 10 years – by over 25% – there is now over £30 billion shortfall in annual funding.
That is why we are short of: 100k nurses, 10k hospital doctors, over 5k GP doctors and why 15k beds cut have waiting lists at 4.4 million. It is why mental health services are in crisis and broken equipment lies idle.

Forgive the total scepticism. This government has denuded the NHS of funding for nearly 10 years – by over 25% – over £30 billion shortfall in annual funding.

With no new revenue funding, hospitals will not have the funds to provide services. In addition, all capital funds to the NHS, incur 3.5% interest charges under the ‘public funding payback’ scheme, annually in perpetuity for capital builds. Trusts are already in debt to the Treasury to the tune of £14bn to stave off bankruptcy and have to pay interest charges on this too!

Compare these promises that may not materialise with the suggested £50bn needed for the NHS, according to NHS England chairman David Prior.

To add insult to injury, government and NHS England policy includes deals with private business to build properties the NHS will have to rent at ‘market prices’ when it already in debt. And we need to ask who will benefit, when so many Conservative MPs and peers have extensive personal interest in private health business.

We can’t trust this party of govt. We need a well-funded and public NHS

Dr Tony O’Sullivan co-chair Keep Our NHS Public

Additional information:

See critical response from NHS Providers Chris Hopson raising serious doubts while seeking to welcome any actual cash https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1178192919062351872.html
Daily Mirror https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/boris-johnsons-40-new-hospitals-20327320
BBC https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-49867376
Other source: Health Service Journal

Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group Annual General Meeting (AGM) Wednesday 24th July, 4.30pm

Albert Room, Town Hall, Leeds, LS1 3AD 4.30pm – 5.30pm

At the AGM we will present the NHS Leeds CCG annual report as well as the annual review. The annual review is a shorter document, which will give you the chance to find out what the CCG has achieved and the challenges we’ve faced over the past year. You will also have the opportunity to put your questions to our Governing Body members. If you would like to submit a question in advance, please let us know when you register to attend.

Minutes

Social Care Conference Saturday June 29th at St Georges. All help will be appreciated. Full details via e-mail.

Kirkstall Festival Saturday July 13. KONP will have a stall there and will welcome any help members can give them. . I will let you know the location of the stall when Gilda has the details.

The main item on the agenda was where next for LHA. There are so few active members now that we need a radical re- think about how to make best use of our knowledge and expertise.

It was agreed that we should be able to remain active but maybe meet in a different way.

3 places have been suggested…….. all of them in the afternoon rather than evening and none of them perfect for everyone:
John LEWIS Community Room
HEART in Headingley
At 16 Ring Road West Park.

It was agreed there is still much to do including

  • Social Care——– back in house; charges
  • CAHMS and the lack of care for young people in need
  • Charging migrants for essential healthcare and then reporting them to the Home Office for failure to pay the bill leading to deportation.
  • What next after October 31

It was then agreed that we will next meet at the beginning of September (place and time to be decided)

We will make a donation to KONP to help cover the costs of the Conference and Festival.

Please do go to the Many Happy Returns NHS 70 in Room 700 at the Central Library. Until 5th July. Full double page coverage in the YEP Wednesday June 19 and on Facebook.

Thank you to everyone for your support over the years. Hope to see you in September.

Minutes

Tuesday 21 May 2019

Updates:- We received a thank you e-mail from Phil Corrigan.  She had enjoyed being with us, thanked us for the flowers, wished us well and said carry on fighting.

We are invited to a preview of the Exhibition Many Happy Returns, 70 years of memories of the NHS. Thursday 13th June @Room 700 Leeds Central Library 4 – 6 pm.  The Exhibition runs until July 5th

KONP have booked a stall at the Kirkstall Festival Saturday July 13. Any help we can give will be most welcome. LHA will NOT be having a stall.

Conference, Social Care, Saturday June 29 at St Georges. We did say we would like to help.  I will forward details when I have them from Gilda. Gilda forwarded an invitation to join discussion groups in Leeds June 1st. Bronwen & Beatrice agreed, if there are places still available, to attend the group in Pudsey concentrating on the attacks on our public services.  I did e-mail the invitation to all members.

Shop Mobility:  progress is so slow you can’t help wondering if it will ever be restored BUT there are people trying very hard to move the issue on—–The Disability Hub, The Older Peoples Forum.  Lucy Graham at Forum Central plus Cllr Kevin Ritchie and representing the Council Sinead Cregan Commissioning Programme Leader for the Council and  Bairbra McKendrick  Unison Access Officer After significant delay talks are ongoing with the William Merritt Centre and the Merrion Centre. Leeds is not the best city for the disabled. We can only hope that this time something good will happen.

Home Care Networks.  The document was e-mailed to all members and copies sent to all 8 Leeds MPs.  As yet no response.

Unison retired members group has been alerted to debt collectors being used to collect arears of social care charges.  Asked that a letter be sent to Judith Blake.

Jeremy sent a message to say that at last he has received a letter from Judith Blake highlighting the costs of bringing services back in house.  Having taken

Expert advice he will reply.  Also, he is meeting with UNISON officers to discuss the failure of Leeds City Council to implement The Ethical Care Charter

STOP PRESS Friday May 24

Meanwhile, the Financial Time reports on an existing digital healthcare scheme. The app, GP at Hand, has proved so popular that it is straining the finances of the NHS body which runs it.

Since 2017 it has operated through the Hammersmith and Fulham clinical commissioning group – but is available to people even if they do not live in the area. That has created a £22m funding gap.

Next meeting Tuesday June 18

To be discussed:

Is there a future for Leeds Hospital Alert; if yes how do we progress with so few members and increasing age?