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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


DWPExamination.

The brutal cuts which make so many lives a misery save just £132m a year while it costs £285m a year to run.

The Tories’ benefits sanctions regime costs £153million more a year to run than it saves.

A shocking official report has revealed that administering the discredited system costs taxpayers up to £285million a year.

And the brutal cuts that make life hell for struggling families
 only save around £132million.

Staggeringly, the Department for Work and Pensions do not track the cost of sanctions or use their own data to evaluate their impact.

In their scathing
report, the National Audit Office said they “cannot conclude that the
department is achieving value for money”.

Last night, opposition MPs demanded that Ministers get a grip of the sanctions system.

Labour’s Meg Hillier said: “Benefit sanctions punish some of the poorest people in the country but despite the anxiety and misery they cause, it…

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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


“Bad behavior is rarely a sign of mental illness, and the mentally ill behave badly only rarely.”

Source: A mental health professional makes a strong argument against diagnosing Trump.


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


On the face of it this seems a reasonable course of action, but in practice is it. For what will be its parameters, who will be involved, how long will it take, will it be binding, how long to implement and lastly will there be sufficient resources incorporating finance, staffing, buildings, equipment and Government resolve.

DWPExamination.

Tory peer says inquiry could ‘detoxify reforms that otherwise may be too politically dangerous to pursue’

a hospital ward
Lord Saatchi said a royal commission into the NHS could secure bipartisan support. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA

A royal commission should be set up to examine the long-term future of the National Health Service, a senior Tory peer has said.

Former Conservative chairman Lord Saatchi said a commission could take the issue out of politics and “detoxify” any changes that needed to be made.

His recommendation comes before the publication of a report that is expected to show the parlous state of English NHS finances.

In a paper for the Centre for Policy Studies thinktank, Lord Saatchi said: “There is a wide range of perspectives on the current performance of the NHS, and varied confidence in its long-term future, from the pessimistic view that the system is in crisis, to the optimistic position that its…

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