Call for the Health and Social Care Bill to be abandoned
UNISON North West Head of Health said:- "Our members, who work
on the front line of NHS services, have long campaigned against the
Bill, they see the Bill as fundamentally flawed and destructive to
NHS provision, and it should be abandoned.
The Bill is still flawed as it will still require all health
services to be subject to competition and privatisation. This will
lead to cherry picking of profitable health services leading to
destabilisation and possible closure of remaining NHS services. The
policy is also hugely bureaucratic and expensive.
UNISON also believe that the Bill is fundamentally flawed in seeking
to place most commissioning of NHS services into the hands of GP
consortia. GPs don’t want to be commissioners, they want to be GPs.
They do want better design of services with other health staff so
care is closer to home (see examples). The Bill would damage the
major moves to this already underway, the NHS and patients doesn't
need nor want another upheaval."
UNISON lists the following as examples:-
"1. A scheme to prevent sufferers of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary
Disorder (asthma and emphysema) having to repeatedly enter hospital
and be treated closer to home has been a huge success with a 80%
drop in the emergency access to acute hospital by those patients.
The scheme designed by the Local PCT is now being rolled out across
the area, but the move to GP commissioning will remove this impetus
2. Similar schemes for sufferers of Type 2 Diabetes (the next
largest group to be emergency accessed to acute hospitals) are
similarly at risk.
3. A scheme to prevent Childhood Preventable Disease by placing
stair gates in homes and explaining healthy nurture options (e.g.
don’t cuddle babies whilst drinking hot drinks) has produced a 50%
drop in A&E referrals for the babies in the trial. The scheme is to
be rolled out by the local PCT but again this will now be at risk."
They also state that:- "The Health Bill is also fundamentally flawed as it does not involve
patients, all health professionals, and local authority community
representative in designing improved services nor in those parties
being directly involved in holding the NHS to account.
The NHS needs such real co-operation and involvement and
accountability not the Health Bills (yet another) top down
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Liverpool museums shortlisted for prestigious awards for excellence
TWO Liverpool museums are in the
running to receive prestigious industry awards at the national
Museums and Heritage Awards for Excellence ceremony in May 2011.
Projects by The Merseyside Maritime Museum and World Museum
Liverpool have been selected from more than 300 entries across 10
hard fought categories.
The museums, both of which are run by the National Museums
Liverpool, have been shortlisted in the Classic and
Temporary/Touring categories (respectively) and are facing tough
competition from museums across the UK.
National treasure, comedienne and broadcaster Sue Perkins will
announce the 11 lucky winners at the Awards ceremony on Wednesday, 11
May 2011, at Church House, Westminster.
The Awards applaud projects ranging from groundbreaking achievements
of national institutions to those crafted with limited resources and
budget. The winners are selected by a panel of sector judges
including: Diane Lees, Director General, Imperial War Museums; Sam
Mullins, Director, London Transport Museum and other leading sector
Diane Lees, Director General of Imperial War Museums, said:-
“The Museums & Heritage Awards is the only scheme which recognises
the breadth of scope and scale of operation in museums across the
globe. In times of budget cuts they inspire museums and their
partner providers to continue to achieve great things and recognise
the success of their efforts. They also raise the profile of the
participants with their stakeholders which is also critical during
times of difficulty.”THE deadline for applications to hold street
parties in Liverpool, on 29 April 2011, to celebrate the Royal
Wedding has been extended by a week.
Street party deadline extended
PARTY organisers now have until
15 April 2011 to submit their applications to the city council.
A council spokesman said:- “We want to make it as easy as possible
for people to hold a party so we are giving residents some extra
time to get their applications in. We don’t want to be
party-poopers and we would not want to put red tape in the way of
any celebration. However we do need to have proper applications – if
roads are being closed we have to be aware of that so we can
redirect traffic and liaise with the emergency services.”
The council is covering the costs associated with the legal closure
of roads where parties are being held. However, party
organisers are being advised that they will require public liability
insurance for their events. They will also need to arrange
with Enterprise-Liverpool for “road closed” signs. To date 10
applications for street parties in the city have been received:-
Application forms are available via
email and on the council’s