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A few recent news articles concerning the UK’s Conservative and Liberal-Democrat coalition government – the ConDem’s – brutal attack on the National Health Service.

Doctors Think NHS Reforms Bring More Risks Than Benefits, With High Levels Of Concern About Increased Competition, Shows Ipsos MORI Survey For BMA, UK

The vast majority of doctors are not convinced that potential benefits of the government’s plans for the NHS in England outweigh the risks, an online survey for the BMA suggests today (Thursday 3 March 2011). An Ipsos MORI survey of BMA members, carried out in January this year, reveals a range of views, but widespread concern about plans to increase competition, even among the minority of doctors who are generally supportive of the changes.

The statements garnering the highest levels of agreement among the 1,645 respondents are:

* Increased competition in the NHS will lead to a fragmentation of services (89% agree)
* Increased competition in the NHS will reduce the quality of patient care (65% agree)
* The move for all NHS providers to become, or be part of, foundation trusts will damage NHS values (66% agree)
* The proposed system of clinician-led commissioning will increase health inequalities (66% agree)

Doctors fear private sector will damage NHS | Healthcare Network | Guardian Professional

Research involving 1,645 BMA members polled about the government’s health and social care bill has found that 89% think increased competition will lead to fragmentation of services, while 66% believe that the move for all NHS acute providers to reside within foundation trusts will damage NHS values.

The poll, conducted online in January by Ipsos Mori, also shows that nearly 60% of those surveyed think health secretary Andrew Lansley’s plans will have a negative impact on their personal role within the NHS, with 31% saying it will be a major one and 27% saying it will be minor. A specific concern, feared by a majority of those polled, is that the reforms will mean they spend less time with patients – something opposed by almost all those questioned.

Dr Hamish Meldrum, chairman of council at the BMA, said that the results show that the government “can no longer claim widespread support among doctors”.

Andreas Whittam Smith: Wholesale privatisation is not what people voted for – Andreas Whittam Smith, Commentators – The Independent

A White Paper with a simple title that disguises a development of huge significance is due any day now. It will be called “Open Public Services”. In reality it is a plan to privatise many government functions. And the question that arises is this: were the political parties that comprise the Coalition Government given a mandate to make such dramatic changes at the general election held only 10 months ago?

The key part of the legislation that the White Paper foreshadows would be the establishment of a presumption that public services should be open to a range of providers competing to offer a better service. In other words, any supplier that could show the Government that it could do a better job than the state would get the business. Only national security and the judiciary would be exempt from the possibility of privatisation.

Would it work like this? “Dear Health Minister. We are a group of brain surgeons that have secured funding for constructing a state-of-the art neurological hospital in outer London. We would like to take over all neurological procedures from the NHS in South-east England. Yours etc.”

Doctors blast David Cameron’s ‘flawed’ NHS reforms – mirror.co.uk

GPs have branded the Tory-led Government’s health reforms as “flawed” and damaging to patients.

Almost 90% believe the changes will fragment the NHS and 65% think it will harm service quality.

Almost nine out of 10 told a British Medical Association poll the reforms will lead to greater competition. Just 21% thought this would benefit patients. A further 61% believe they will have less time for the sick because of increased bureaucracy.

One in four NHS trusts slash out-of-hours care budgets | Mail Online

A quarter of health trusts have slashed spending on GP out-of-hours care, raising fears that patient safety is being put at risk.

Doctors said the cuts almost certainly mean managers are reducing the number of GPs employed to work nights or weekends.

Trusts are also likely to be more inclined to use cheaper, foreign locums rather than experienced GPs from the local area who often demand higher pay.

UNISON Press | Press Releases Front Page

Commenting on Monitor’s warning to Tameside NHS Trust over its spending, after the regulator found the Trust to be in “significant breach” of its terms, Paul Foley, regional officer for the North West, said:

“Tameside Trust’s debt proves how hard the NHS is being hit by the Government’s financial squeeze. Bankruptcy is a real risk because of the Government’s savage health reforms.

“Tameside is one of the most deprived areas in the UK and has huge health problems. Monitor is only interested in Trusts making financial savings and fails to recognise the difficulties such communities suffer.

Privateers to get hold of GPs’ budget / Britain / Home – Morning Star

The real danger of NHS privatisation was laid bare today after plans emerged to set up a private company that would take control of GPs’ commissioning budget.

Private health firm IHP has outlined proposals for a consortium’s NHS commissioning budget to be handed over to a private company in which GPs would own a 20 per cent stake – leading to practices being partially floated on the stock market.

Under the Health and Social Care Bill, currently at committee stage in Parliament, GP consortiums will control £80 billion of NHS funds to commission to patients from 2013.

Leaked letter shows how GPs could profit from reform » Hospital Dr

A Channel 4 News investigation reveals that under the reforms of the NHS, GPs could end up making decisions based on profit rather than the clinical needs of the patient.

The NHS reforms plan to put up to 80% of the budget into the hands of family doctors. GP practices will form consortia and they will buy – or commission – the care.

It is widely acknowledged that not all GPs will want to run or manage the consortia. This means there is a business opportunity for private companies and already many are lining up to offer their services.

But a document leaked anonymously to Channel 4 News shows how one such company plans to work with GP consortia. What is startling about it is how it quite clearly sets out the way in which both the company, in this case called Integrated Health Partners, and the GPs, might make a profit.

Regulator warns NHS faces price competition | GP online

Speaking exclusively to GP, Monitor chairman David Bennett agreed that the Health Bill paves the way for providers to compete on price.

In a recent letter to NHS staff, the NHS chief executive said there was ‘no question’ of price competition in the NHS.

Mr Bennett, former head of policy for Tony Blair, became chairman of Monitor this week, having served as interim chief executive since March 2010. ‘I understand why people are nervous about price competition,’ he said. ‘But over time there will be areas where it is useful.’

Doctors reject reform of NHS – UK Politics, UK – The Independent

Ministers are facing a growing rebellion from doctors over their plans to reform the NHS.

A major online survey for the British Medical Association found most doctors were not convinced the potential benefits of the plan outweighed the risks. Of the 1,500 doctors questioned by Ipsos MORI, 65 per cent believed increased competition in the NHS would reduce the quality of patient care.

A similar percentage believed the proposed system of clinician-led commissioning would increase health inequalities.

GPs fear NHS funding policy could trigger MPs’ expenses-style scandals | Society | The Guardian

Britain’s most senior family doctor has warned of a potential scandal similar to the row over MPs’ expenses after an investigation revealed GP practices could boost their income by diverting cash meant for patients to pay instead for their surgeries and equipment.

The finding highlights a key concern about the government’s health bill – which nine out of 10 doctors now openly fear will damage the NHS – because £80bn of NHS spending is to be handed to doctors in general practice to buy treatments for patients.

Health Service Journal has examined trials of GP-led commissioning in the last two years. The magazine used a series of freedom of information requests to discover that, rather than using the funds to set up new services for patients, hundreds of practices used the cash to buy basic equipment for their surgeries, including stethoscopes, thermometers and weighing scales.

GPs say reforms will damage doctor-patient relationship, BMA poll finds | GP online

The wide-ranging poll highlights a number of serious concerns among GPs about the reforms, particularly around the impact of GP commissioning on patient care and the drive to increase competition in the NHS.

The BMA said it shows that the government can no longer claim widespread support among doctors for the reforms. It urged the government to act on the concerns raised by doctors.

The survey, which was carried out by Ipsos MORI, showed 72% think GP commissioning will damage the GP-patient relationship.

Doctors reject reform of NHS – UK Politics, UK – The Independent

Ministers are facing a growing rebellion from doctors over their plans to reform the NHS.

A major online survey for the British Medical Association found most doctors were not convinced the potential benefits of the plan outweighed the risks. Of the 1,500 doctors questioned by Ipsos MORI, 65 per cent believed increased competition in the NHS would reduce the quality of patient care.

A similar percentage believed the proposed system of clinician-led commissioning would increase health inequalities.

 

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