LEARN MORE ABOUT WHAT IS HAPPENING TO THE NHS IN ISLINGTON
Islington Keep Our NHS Public organised a public meeting on 11 March 2019 at the Islington Town hall to help locals to learn more about what is happening to the NHS in Islington. Read more about the meeting from links to local newspaper coverage by the Islington Gazette and the Islington Tribune.
RESTRICTIVE SCOPE OF TREATMENTS AVAILABLE TO NHS PATIENTS
Islington Clinical Commissioning Group and the CCGs in the other four boroughs of North Central London voted on 7 March 2019 to restrict the scope of treatments available to NHS patients. This change is called ‘Procedures of Limited Clinical Effectiveness’ but this is a euphemism as many of the treatments being banned are very effective. In particular, this change will make it more difficult to get hip and knee replacement surgery and also cataract surgery. This is clearly a cost-cutting exercise and it will hit people who cannot afford to go private. Read more about it here.
For more information, here is an external link to further reading.
STOP THE SUSTAINABILITY AND TRANSFORMATION PLANS
The Government tried to turn the NHS into a privatised market, wasting £5bn a year, but has now abandoned that strategy and imposed a centralised plan, the Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) to remove £22bn a year from the budget, about 20% (Please note, it has not repealed the 2012 Health and Social Care Act so may return to privatisation at any time.)
‘FOOTPRINTS’ – SECRET PLANS
Each of 44 areas (‘footprints’) has been required to plan in secret, with no public involvement, to remove this money. We already spend less as a proportion of GDP than comparable countries in Europe – at least 1%, which amounts to £20bn per year.
Only now are these plans surfacing across the country. In our footprint, which includes Camden, Haringey, Enfield and Barnet as well as Islington by the year 2020 we are meant to make cuts of £900m.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Write to Theresa May at 10 Downing St to tell her we need to spend the European average proportion of GDP on the NHS. ee our template letter.
Please adapt the wording and write it out by hand to ensure it gets read.