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What are the opportunities and challenges in implementing sustainability and transformation plans?

Source: Seven big questions facing STPs | The King’s Fund


This is a good idea providing the panels with have some form of authority in that their findings will be recognised and acted upon. Or will it be just another paper exercise, tick box that will be conveniently ignored.

For the Service Users are the experts and not the Ministers and their Civil Servants who are just working to a political purpose.

Same Difference

  • I receive regular representations from disability organisations and hon. Members regarding personal independence payments. As I have previously stated, we want to do more to create real-time feedback across the whole country. We will shortly be introducing service user panels to feed directly back from claimants on PIP and employment and support allowance.

 

  • Unfortunately, I have to tell my hon. Friend that I am still receiving complaints from constituents about the procedures regarding personal independence payments, so what is she doing to improve the process, reduce delays and support people through what is often a traumatic assessment process?

     
     
  • The goal is clearly swift, accurate and admin-lite assessments. Good progress has already been made in many areas—for example, reducing the average…

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Plans have been put forward to cut hospital services in two-thirds of England, a BBC analysis shows. The proposals have been made by local NHS bosses as part of a national programme to transform the health service and save money. They include everything from full closures of hospitals to cutting some specialist services such as accident and emergency and stroke care. Ministers argue patients will receive better care in the community. Alongside cuts to hospital care, the proposals also set out visions for better care outside of hospitals, including: Bringing community services such as GP, council-run care and district nursing together into “super” hubs Getting GPs working together in federations to improve access in evenings and weekends Asking hospital specialists to work in community clinics to bring expert care closer to people’s homes But a review of the plans by the King’s Fund think tank warned they were not always credible because there were not enough services outside of

Source: Hospital cuts planned in most of England | DisabledGo News and Blog


Nobody should believe for a single moment that a Conservative Government will pay any attention to the advice of the experts – especially when the Work Capability Assessment (WCA) is doing precisely what it was meant to do – clearing sick and disabled people off the benefit books with no regard for their future health.

That being said, the analysis of the WCA provided by the British Psychological Society, the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, the British Psychoanalytic Council, the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies and the UK Council for Psychotherapy in a joint response to the Government’s consultation, ‘Improving Lives’, is very useful information.

So here it is:

We urge the Government to reform its approach and the assessment process. We also strongly recommend that this be

Source: Psychologists demand reform of ‘fundamentally flawed’ sickness benefit assessment system | Vox Political


NHS finances are almost at breaking point. Since 2010, the unprecedented slowdown in funding growth and rising demand have made it increasingly difficult for the health service to live within its means. In the past, some hospitals have received extra financial support from the Department of Health when they have overspent, but the latest NHS planning guidance signals a shift from this approach by asking providers to balance their budgets by the end of 2016/17.

But what does this mean for people who access health services, and how can they examine the effect of financial pressures on their local health system?

Health care systems around the world have to take decisions about which services and treatments to provide and for whom. These decisions – sometimes referred to as ‘rationing’ – are taken at many levels: by national bodies; by local commissioners and providers; and by clinicians. While some decisions are explicit (agreed in law or policy) others are less easily identified as they are based on individual judgements.

Commissioners, providers and clinicians base their decisions on a range of factors

Source: Six ways in which NHS financial pressures can affect patient care | The King’s Fund


Council tax rises in 2017/18 will not bring in enough money to prevent the need for further deep cuts to local services next year, the Local Government

Source: Rise in council tax will be swallowed up by National Living Wage instead of footing social care bill | Care Industry News


What kind of a place has the UK become, where people think it is acceptable to beat a disabled man to death? And how much of the blame should be attached to our Conservative Government and its cons…

Source: Is the Tory media campaign against the disabled the root cause of Brendan Mason’s murder? | Vox Political


This all down to finance and not for the benefit of the patients, have impact assessments been done, for will the impact mean the risk is increased that people will not survive, meaning that eventually there will be less people to look after.

So a cost saving at the expense of the quality of life, exactly the opposite of what the NHS should stand for.

We should all be against STP.

DWPExamination.

Eight specialist stroke units across the country are facing closure or being downgraded as part of a major overhaul of how the condition is treated.
Campaigners say that while these changes could drastically improve immediate patient care they are concerned that not enough attention is being given to long term after care.
An investigaton by i into the government’s proposals to overhaul the NHS in order to save £22bn over the next five years has revealed that specialist stroke units in Yorkshire and the south coast could be closed or downgraded.
The Sustainability and Transformation plans, or blue prints for the future, of 44 NHS areas, show that the health chiefs want to overhaul what are known as Hyper Acute Stroke Units, or HASU.
A stroke is caused when blood clots on the brain, killng off tissue. This can affect a person’s ability to speak, walk or move, as well…

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Social care allows me to overcome barriers to assist me to achieve independence without parents having to look after me as they did when I was a child.

The emergency care provided by the local council has been cut due to funding cuts. I can’t access care when I need it the most.

Once, I was left for two weeks without sufficient care, and my health suffered as a result.

Until these cuts occurred, I was happy with the care I was getting, which was helping me to remain independent.

With good quality emergency care, I could live the life I’d like, without having to worry about being stuck without help.

Source: Julie’s story — the state of social care in Great Britain in 2016 | Leonard Cheshire Disability


Another case of historical sexual abuse that when originally reported never got past first base. This rejection coupled with the original abuses will have created untold major problems for the abused and for then to deliberate on the Statue of Limitations beggars belief, just what is our justice systems wishing to achieve. For it should be that those who commit criminal acts should be brought to book and not orchestrate means to minimise this. There may be good cause for Statute of Limitations on some aspects, but others should be exempt especially those of a sexual nature.

The victim needs to be a major consideration as they had little or no choice in the actions committed, unlike their abusers.

cathy fox blog on child abuse

Kevin Young suffered horrendous sexual abuse as a child must have suffered again having to go through these court ordeals.

Kevin, went to Consett Police Station, when he came out of Medomsley, told them of his sexual abuse, and even showed them the ligature marks on his neck. He was told that to make allegations against a Prison Officer was a criminal offence when on licence.

Who was that callous police officer?

Kevin got on with life as best as he could and became a succesful businessman owning 22 cafes, and a large security business. But after literally bumping into his abuser in York who had become a Reverend in the United Reform Church, he went to pieces. He went from having a £2m business to a recluse, such is the effect of PTSD and mental illness following abuse.

Husband was tried in 2003 for a small fraction of his…

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