Alongside many NHS campaigners, we are calling for the complete halt of ICS's. The new NHS Bill is due to be law later this year (the White Paper was in Feb). At the time we talked about how this would increase privatisation, put profits before patients and generally undermine the principles of the NHS. We are not ones to say 'we told you so', but these things are happening now before the necessary changes have even become law. GP practices have been taken over by US insurance giant Centene, a massive grab & sale of our health data ** is planned and we may see Dido Harding as the head of NHSE/I.
Keep our NHS Public has produced some great information about the implications of ICS, and they also have a petition. We will be distributing their leaflets - get in touch on our email if you'd like to be involved in this. And lobby your MP. The delay of both the data grab and the Police bill show that public protest and outcry, as well as targeted legal action, are working.
**The time you have to opt-out of this sale of your data has been extended to 30.09.21. Find the forms here.
Following discussions with Brighton & Hove City Council, rising Covid rates in the City, and postponement of other outdoor events, we have taken the difficult decision to postpone our event planned for Saturday 3rd July. (Safety of performers, of NHS staff and of the public at such an open, static event is paramount). We are looking at dates in late Summer or early Autumn.
We will, however, still be taking part in the National Day of Action on Saturday 3rd July - For Patient Safety, Pay Justice and end to Privatisation. Please check our calendar page and social media to find out what is happening in the city.
We will also be organising 'NHS hands' workshops/stalls - please check calendar page and social media for details.
The Greensill collapse - Lobbying – David Cameron – The NHS What has this scandal got to do with us?
When Greensill Finance was wound up it was quietly lobbying the government for funding which was intended to protect the economy from the stresses of lockdown.
At the same time, the company was promoting its services to individual NHS Trusts and seeking privileged cooperation from NHSX in order to access the ESR (Electronic Staff Record)
In May, 2021, Greensill Finance went into liquidation. The future of the Earnd app and its users is still not clear.
Some key numbers
450 The number of NHS staff already using Earnd
3 The number of NHS Trusts already involved with Greensill Finance
£150,000 The salary of a British Prime Minister. (Cameron says his Greensill salary is/was much more than this)
£200m The amount that Cameron might have gained if Greensill had been successful
30,000 The number of younger NHS workers using 5 or more loan providers
100+ The number of different loan providers being used by NHS staff
4% The proportion of NHS staff who have a regular saving arrangement
£18,005 - £19,337 Band 2 (e.g. housekeeping assistant) pay rates
£19,084 - £104,927 Band 9 (e.g.chief finance manager) pay rates
-3,700 Number of nurses registered with the Royal College of Nursing this year
The big messages:
1. NHS staff are clearly struggling on current pay provision
2. Financial institutions are hovering like vultures around the NHS workforce
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