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NHS reforms will return health service to 1930s

NHS reforms will return health service to 1930s

The government’s NHS reforms will return medical care to the standards of the 1930s and 40s, a leading doctor has warned.

By Laura Roberts 8:00AM GMT 07 Mar 2011
Dr Mark Porter, chairman of the BMA’s hospital consultant committee, said proposed changes would create an “increasingly tattered safety net” for people suffering from complex illnesses such as heart failure, diabetes or obesity.

He claimed that for patients in some parts of the country, care would return to “what we thought we had left behind when we founded the NHS in 1948”.

Private healthcare firms could “cherry pick” patients with the simplest conditions to treat while local hospitals could face closure if they are forced to compete with independent, profit-driven healthcare providers, he said.

This would leave the NHS as a “provider of last resort” for patients denied treatment by private practises because their conditions are too expensive to deal with.

No cookers or beds from April 1st

How is this protecting the vulnerable?

Changes to Crisis Loans – protecting the vulnerable

Urgent restrictions on Crisis Loans have been announced today in order to protect the discretionary Social Fund budget, which could run out before Christmas if current spending levels continue.

Flipping heck! The pancake race is on

Flipping heck! The pancake race is on

Published on Mon Feb 28 07:00:00 GMT 2011

A NORTHUMBERLAND peer will be flipping pancakes for charity next month.

Lord Redesdale will compete in this year’s Rehab Parliamentary Pancake Race, which will take place outside the Houses of Parliament on Shrove Tuesday, March 8.

Rehab works with thousands of people with disabilities, older people and others with brain injuries, spinal injuries and mental health difficulties, to enable them to achieve independence and remain active citizens in their communities, and to undertake training and education.