Defend Our NHS York public campaign Tuesday 30th May St Helens Square, York from 1pm to 4pm

Defend Our National Health Service York are holding a public campaign on Tuesday 30th May in St Helens Square, York from 1pm to 4pm to promote their election manifesto

Speakers will include Labour Parliamentary Candidate and former NHS clinician Rachael Maskell, along with John Puntis a paediatrician from Leeds and member of Keep Our NHS Public

The restoration of the National Health Service as the jewel in the crown of British public service should be a key promise, and a promise that must be kept, by whoever wins this election. Over the last seven years it has been radically underfunded and the Health & Social Care Act 2012, brought in by the Coalition government, has wasted billions of pounds and made it incredibly unstable.

Politicians tell us the NHS is safe: that it will remain ‘free at the point of delivery’. But the ‘point of delivery’ has been shrinking for some years shrinking.

The NHS is a central element of a compassionate welfare and public service system caring for all. We could afford it in 1948, when the country was blitzed and bankrupt so we should be able to afford it now!

We are therefore asking that before people vote they listen to the arguments that should encourage them to vote for a ‘strong and stable’ NHS.

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Vote to Save Our NHS

Health Campaigns Together Election Special

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Yorkshire March for the NHS Leeds 1st April 2017

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‘Selling off NHS for profit’: Full list of MPs with links to private healthcare firms

  1. David Cameron – Former Prime Minister

Handed a peerage to nursing and care home tycoon Dolar Popat, who has given the Tories more than £200,000 in donations.

  1. Andrew Lansley – Former Health Secretary & architect of privatisation

Received a £21,000 donation in Nov 2009 from John Nash, the former chairman of Care UK.

  1. Harriet Baldwin – Tory whip

Former executive at JP Morgan, a major player in private healthcare.

  1. Greg Barker – former Energy Minister

Held shares in Quester VCT 5 plc ,a venture capital firm with multiple investments in healthcare companies.

  1. Henry Bellingham

Former director of Lansdowne Advisory Ltd, which has shares in private healthcare company Circle.

  1. Jake Berry

Has registered interests in legal firm Squire Patton Boggs, which workd with multiple NHS trusts on PFI and PPP programs.

  1. Graham Brady

Former advisor to PA Consulting, a management consultancy company which has worked with the NHS’s new Clinical Commissioning Groups.

  1. Simon Burns – former Health Minister

Attended an oncology conference paid for by Aventis Pharma – a five-day trip to the US funded by a leading drug firm.

  1. Nick de Bois

Was the majority shareholder in Rapier Design Group, an events management company heavily involved with the private medical and pharmaceutical industries.

  1. Steve Brine

Received almost £15,000 in donations from James Lupton, the chairman of investment bankers, Greenhill Europe which has a global network of corporate relationships in the healthcare sector.

  1. Aidan Burley

Received six bottles of wine from Hitachi consultants for a speech in 2011. Hitachi Consulting UK built an online ‘portal’ for NHS commissioners to help them monitor performance.

  1. Damian Collins

Spent almost a decade working for marketing agency M&C Saatchi, whose clients include PPP healthcare, AXA insurance, Astrazeneca, Pfizer and Merck

  1. David Davis – former shadow home secretary

Received a payment of £4,250 for a six-hour speaking engagement for private health insurance company Aviva.

  1. Jonathan Djanogly

Received £1,900 from Huntleigh Healthcare Ltd, which manufactures medical and orthopaedic equipment and instruments.

  1. Richard Drax

Received £14,000 in a series of donations from Derek Luckhurst, chief executive and owner of care home group Agincare.

  1. Iain Duncan-Smith – Work and Pensions Secretary

Has shares in hygiene technology company Byotrol plc, which sells products to the NHS.

  1. Philip Dunne

Was a non-executive director for investment firm Baronsmead VCT 4 plc, which had multiple investments in private healthcare companies.

  1. Michael Fallon – Defence Secretary

Former director of Attendo AB, – a Swedish private health company.

  1. Mark Field

Was a board advisor to Ellwood and Atfield; a recruitment firm which recruit for NHS positions and private healthcare.

  1. Liam Fox – former Defence Secretary

Received £5,000 from investment company IPGL Ltd, who purchased healthcare pharma company Cyprotex.

  1. George Freeman

Has shares in Hill House Assets Ltd, formally private health firm 4D Biomedical Ltd.

  1. Mike Freer

Provided marketing advice to Care Matters, a financial planning company for care homes.

  1. Richard Fuller

Worked for L.E.K consulting, which has six ‘partners’ in European healthcare.

  1. Richard Graham

Received £3,000 from asset manager Crispin Odey, a major investor in Circle.

  1. William Hague – Former Leader of the Commons

Received a £20,000 donation from MMC Ventures, which parts owns The Practice plc which runs 60 GP surgeries.

  1. Philip Hammond – Foreign Secretary

Beneficiary of a trust which owns a controlling interest in healthcare and nursing home developer Castlemead Ltd.

  1. Mark Harper

Received £5,000 from asset manager Crispin Odey, a major investor in Circle.

  1. Nick Herbert

Received £15,000 in donations from Caroline Nash, wife of former Care UK chairman John Nash.

  1. Jeremy Hunt – Health Secretary

Received £32,920 from hedge fund baron Andrew Law, a major investor in healthcare firms.

  1. Margot James

Had a key role at marketing giant WPP Group, which had a long list of healthcare clients.

  1. Sajid Javid – Culture Secretary

Received £11,000 from Moundsley Healthcare Ltd last year.

  1. Jo Johnson – Downing Street policy adviser

Received £6,000 from asset manager Crispin Odey, a major investor in Circle.

  1. Kwarsi Kwateng

Worked as an analyst for for Crispin Odey’s hedge fund Odey Asset Management.

  1. Mark Lancaster

Former adviser to property venture capital firm Company Palmer Capital Partners Ltd, a funder of Danescroft Commercial Developments, which has worked in the healthcare sector.

  1. Dr Phillip Lee

Has worked as a freelance or Medical Solutions Ltd, which provided medical cover for events.

  1. Oliver Letwin – former shadow chancellor

Was a non-executive director of N.M. Rothschild Corporate Finance Ltd, which invests heavily in healthcare.

  1. Peter Lilley

Non-Executive director of management software firm Idox plc, which provides services to the NHS Health Libraries Group and NHS Education for Scotland.

  1. Tim Loughton

Received £350 for training sessions with Cumberlege Connections, a political networking firm that works “extensively” with the pharmaceutical industry.

  1. Mary Macleod

Was a senior executive at Andersen Consulting/Accenture, which has profited from big PFI deals.

  1. Francis Maude – Cabinet Office Secretary

Was a director of PR firm Huntsworth plc, which was part of lobbying group Healthcare Communications Association.

  1. Maria Miller – former Culture Secretary

Former director of Grey’s Advertising Ltd, an advertising and brand company which worked extensively with clients in the healthcare sector.

  1. Andrew Mitchell – former International Development Secretary

Was a strategy adviser to global management firm Accenture, which has worked extensively with private healthcare companies and the NHS.

  1. Penny Mordaunt – Communities Minister

Worked for lobbying firm Hanover, where she had a range of healthcare clients.

  1. Brooks Newmark – former Charities Minister

Partner in the Allele Fund, which invests in healthcare startups.

  1. Jesse Norman

Received £5,000 from asset manager Crispin Odey, a major investor in Circle.

  1. Stephen O’Brien

Received payments totalling £40,000 from Julian Schild, whose family made £184million in 2006 by selling hospital bed-makers Huntleigh Technology.

  1. George Osborne – Chancellor

Received donation through Conservative Campaign Headquarters from Julian Schild – see above.

  1. Priti Patel – Treasury Minister

Worked for lobbying firm Weber Shandwick, which does PR for big healthcare and pharmaceutical firms.

  1. John Redwood – former Cabinet Minister

Advised the private equity company which runs Pharmacy2u, the UK’s largest dedicated internet and mail order pharmacy.

  1. Jacob Rees-Mogg

Partner of Somerset Capital Management LLP, which has healthcare investor Redwood Emerging Markets Dividend Income Fund as a client.


  1. Sir Malcolm Rifkind – former Foreign Secretary

Chairman of advisory board at L.E.K. Consulting LLP, which helps private healthcare firms identify “new business development” and “opportunities with the Government”.

  1. Amber Rudd – Energy Minister

Received £3,000 from hedge fund baron Andrew Law, a major investor in healthcare firms.

  1. David Ruffley

Received £10,000 in donations from Caroline Nash, wife of former Care UK chairman John Nash.

  1. Mark Simmonds – former Foreign Minister

Was paid £50,000 a year as a “strategic adviser” to Circle Health.

  1. Chris Skidmore

Received £3,500 for speeches to STAC Consultancy, which specialises in the launch of pharmaceutical products.

  1. Julian Smith

Received a £2,500 donation from Principle Healthcare Ltd in September 2014.

  1. Nicholas Soames

Received £2,000 from asset manager Crispin Odey, a major investor in Circle.

  1. John Stanley

Consultant on financial services to FIL Investment Management Ltd, which invests in healthcare.

  1. Andrew Tyrie – select committee chairman

Attended the Ryder Cup as Secretary of the Parliamentary Golf Society, with travel and accommodation paid for by U.S. healthcare services company Humana Europe.

  1. Robin Walker:

His office received a £2,000 donation from Redwood Care Homes, which owns multiple care homes.

  1. David Willetts – former Universities Minister

Has shares in Sensortec, a company that owns Vantix which was working on a contract for a new product to detect MRSI.

  1. Rob Wilson

Had registered shares in Vital Imaging, a private screening company.

  1. Tim Yeo

Also attended the 2008 Ryder Cup, courtesy of Humana Europe.

  1. Nadhim Zahawi

Non-executive director of recruitment company SThree, which specialises in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sector.

From the Mirror website via positive money

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National Demonstration for Our NHS 4th March 2017 in London

Tickets from York – nhs-demo-4-march-2017

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Why We Must Defend Our NHS

Attached is the PDF of a presentation of some basic facts and figures around the NHS with a particular reference to the York area.

Feel free to use.



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What’s Happening to the National Health Service in the York Area in 2017

Below is a selection of the available dates for NHS related meetings in the York area. These are quite useful if you wish to hear what’s going on or have a point to make (book in advance to speak). HEALTH WARNING – Some of the meetings can drag on interminably and may induce narcolepsy, if not irritation…

Vale of York CCG meetings –

5 January 2017 10am Derwent and Wharfe Room, Selby District Association of Voluntary Services (AVS), Community House, Portholme Road, Selby
2 February 2017 10am West Offices, York, YO1 6GA
2 March 2017 10am West Offices, York, YO1 6GA

City of York Council Health and Adult Social Care Policy and Scrutiny Committee

City of York Council Health and Wellbeing Board



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Same old same old in health by John Seddon

John Seddon of Vanguard Consulting wrote in his latest newsletter –

“I regularly shout at the radio when I listen to commentators talk about health and care systems. They trot out the Whitehall narrative: People are getting older, demand for services is growing, the status quo is not sustainable; we have to decide what to stop doing and who will pay.

The NHS Sustainability Transformation Plans (should be called doing-the-wrong-thing-righter plans) being cooked up around the country – which ministers want kept secret – are based on the notion that efficiency is as tight as a drum. It is not. The NHS is grossly ineffective and, consequently, grossly inefficient. Demand isn’t rising, it is stable. Unlike Whitehall, we’ve studied it.

What is rising, inexorably, is failure demand; caused, as ever, by industrialisation: standardisation (‘protocols’), specialisation, activity management, targets and an absence of continuity in the relationship between patients and the service.

This way of managing amounts to tampering with the system, making performance worse, and the worse it becomes, the more the leaders bully their staff. Forget protection of whistle-blowers; anyone who raises concerns about the system will be vilified.


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Labour Party National Campaign Day to save the NHS Saturday November 26

National Campaign Day to save the NHS

Saturday November 26

St Helen’s Square, York 10.30am-12noon

Bishopthorpe Road, York 10:30am-12:30pm

Front Street, Acomb 10:30am-12:30pm

Patients are facing longer waits, with hospitals overcrowded, understaffed and facing financial crisis. Join Rachael Maskell MP on the November 26 for our National Campaign Day to Save the NHS.

If you’ve never volunteered before, we’re a friendly team and we’ll explain exactly what to do and pair you up with someone experienced.

For details see

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The Humber Coast and Vale Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP)

Available  here –

May wish to read with this by your side –


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