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Urgent appeal for donations for NHS judicial review

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Roy Trevelion
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Urgent appeal for donations for NHS judicial review
Posted on: February 4 2018, 04:29 PM

Dear All,

As many of you may know, NHS England’s latest project is to establish Accountable Care Organisations (ACOs) throughout the NHS. ACOs consist of huge consortiums of NHS trusts, CCGs, local authorities, GP federations and so on. But contracts to run them can be held by private companies, effectively privatising the NHS.

Jeremy Hunt is currently trying to enshrine the ACOs in law by slipping the programme through Parliament by means of secondary legislation. This is without submitting it to normal democratic parliamentary scrutiny. It's the greatest threat the NHS has ever faced.

The campaign against this profoundly undemocratic plan has already scored a big victory – it's obtained permission for Judicial Review. But the judge has refused to cap costs should the case fail. Therefore, Crowd Justice need to collect more funds to cover this possibility.

Please donate to this appeal if you can. Please forward it to your contacts, so that Crowd Justice – and Professor Stephen Hawking, Dr Colin Hutchinson, Professor Allyson Pollock, Professor Sue Richards and Dr Graham Winyard – can proceed to the judicial review.

You can read more about it here:
https://www.sochealth.co.uk/2018/02/04/urgent-appeal-donations-nhs-judicial-review/

Al the best,
Roy
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Roy Trevelion
BHIVA Reps
Posts: 306
Re: Urgent appeal for donations for NHS judicial review
Reply #1 on: February 9 2018, 04:38 PM

Hi All,

It's frustrating - and outrageous - that it seems NHS England (NHSE) have decided to re-brand their ACOs (Accountable Care Organisations) as Integrated Care Systems (ICS). Just when we thought we knew about CCGs, STPs, ACOs and all the other acronyms that NHSE use to promote their so-called integrated care, we are now expected to believe that this re-brand will bring about real integrated care across GPs, hospitals, public health, and social care just by including the term. As discussed on these message boards the Government have not consulted on this, they mean to bring ACOs/ICSs in by the back door. This will open up the NHS in England to take-over by the US-style - and owned - healthcare systems that they are based on.

We must campaign for real debate and legislation about this if we want to keep our NHS publicly owned by us. But we have hardly any time. As soon as an ACO/ICS contract is signed that contract will last for 10 years.

The post below explains how urgent and important it is that Crowd Justice reaches its goal of £100,000 by 8 pm on 1 March.  Here's the link to round 3 of the appeal with just 20 days to go: https://www.crowdjustice.com/case/jr4nhs-round3/

Here's what Public Matters says:
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'Now they are going to have to add a new acronym and re-do all their documents. According to the HSJ (Health Service Journal) on 2 February, “NHS England has rebranded accountable care systems as integrated care systems, and said they will replace sustainability and transformation partnerships. Planning guidance for 2018-19 from NHS England and NHS Improvement today said ICS will now be the “collective term” for the devolved health and care systems in Greater Manchester and Surrey Heartlands, as well as the eight shadow accountable care systems. It follows controversy about the term “accountable care”.'

You can read the full article here: http://publicmatters.org.uk/health/rebranded-integrated-care-organisations-and-systems/

Please connect with Health Campaigns Together https://www.healthcampaignstogether.com and please circulate this post far and wide.

All the best,
Roy
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