Government minister praises "commitment" of Musgrove staff during visit to Taunton

HEALTH Minister Dr Dan Poulter talking to emergency medicine consultant Alistair Billington.

HEALTH Minister Dr Dan Poulter talking to emergency medicine consultant Alistair Billington.

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A GOVERNMENT health minister praised the “commitment” of staff at Taunton’s Musgrove Park Hospital during a visit this month.

Dr Dan Poulter, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department of Health, visited Musgrove as part of his tour of NHS facilities across the region.

He was shown the hospital’s extended and refurbished emergency department and newly opened Jubilee building, which houses 112 en-suite bedrooms for surgical patients.

He was also told how the emergency department has been upgraded to cope with increasing numbers of critically ill or injured patients, and heard about the hospital’s wider plans to replace outdated accommodation to improve care for patients.

Dr Poulter said: “I was delighted to get the chance to visit Musgrove Park Hospital and meet the committed staff who work there.”

Musgrove chairman Rosalinde Wyke said: “We were delighted that Dr Poulter chose to come and see some of our new facilities here at Musgrove, as we have been working hard to sustain the quality of care we provide to our patients in what is a very challenging time for the NHS.

“The visit gave us a real opportunity to show Dr Poulter some of the fantastic work going on at Musgrove, and also to talk to him about some of the issues we are facing as a medium sized acute hospital; such as moving to more flexible seven-day working, concerns about our ability to finance improvements to our estate – such as our theatres and ITU – as well as managing the demands of our increasingly aged population.

“Acute hospitals are facing some real challenges in the coming years and so this was a good opportunity to talk through those issues with Dr Poulter so he can take them back to the Department of Health and Government.”

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12:12pm Sun 27 Apr 14

SocialistParty.SomersetBranch says...

The great PFI swindle..

Through the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) scheme private companies have built NHS hospitals and leased them back to the NHS. They also run support services as part of these contracts. This has been highly profitable for the companies involved, but years down the line earlier concerns that PFI offers very poor value are being borne out.

A number of NHS hospitals are struggling to cope with cost of meeting their PFI debts. South London Healthcare Trust was the put into adminstration after being put on a list of 22 trusts burdened with PFI debt.

"In 1990, hospitals paid no charge on their land, buildings and assets; today many PFI hospitals are paying more than 15%. The figure is rising fast"

Professor Allyson Pollock

The three main establishment parties (four, if you include UKIP) all share the common and overlapping agenda of privatising the NHS...

Don't just get angry...get organised..

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The great PFI swindle.. Through the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) scheme private companies have built NHS hospitals and leased them back to the NHS. They also run support services as part of these contracts. This has been highly profitable for the companies involved, but years down the line earlier concerns that PFI offers very poor value are being borne out. A number of NHS hospitals are struggling to cope with cost of meeting their PFI debts. South London Healthcare Trust was the put into adminstration after being put on a list of 22 trusts burdened with PFI debt. "In 1990, hospitals paid no charge on their land, buildings and assets; today many PFI hospitals are paying more than 15%. The figure is rising fast" Professor Allyson Pollock The three main establishment parties (four, if you include UKIP) all share the common and overlapping agenda of privatising the NHS... Don't just get angry...get organised.. Join the Socialist Party at: www.socialistparty.o rg.uk SocialistParty.SomersetBranch
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1:48pm Sun 27 Apr 14

SocialistParty.SomersetBranch says...

In the fight to defend our NHS, know your enemy...

In their attempts to destroy the NHS the government has established local organisations under the guise of local accountability.

In reality these bodies are part and parcel of the privatisation and fragmentation agenda.

The most important are the Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs). They exist in every locality, are responsible for spending about 80% of the national NHS budget, comprise of local GPs and commission most NHS services.

It is they that are responsible for outsourcing medical services to private providers.

For example in Bracknell, when the NHS Minor Injuries Unit closed at Heatherwood Hospital, it was the CCG that commissioned a private provider to replace it.

Sometimes there could be a clear conflict of interest with GPs both commissioning services and being themselves providers of private services.

Another body is the Healthwatch (HW), which is meant to be the local independent, health watchdog on behalf of patients.

It is neither independent nor democratic. It is funded by the government via the local authority, although the money is not ring-fenced.

HW is commissioned by the local authority although the latter is responsible for public health, a clear conflict of interest.

In Bracknell our HW is supportive of all the government's reforms, including privatisation of dementia services.

In fact they castigated campaigners for demonstrating against the privatisation. So we launched Bracknell Forest People's Healthwatch, which is democratic, accountable and fights against NHS privatisation and calls for openness and transparency in the NHS.

We recently organised a survey asking people what they know about these bodies. Early indications are that most people have never heard about them, yet they are the organisations running the NHS at a local level.

Mobilising the trade unions nationally to fight the government privatisation of the NHS is vital, but it is also important to build local struggles.

Here in Bracknell we have built a united front against the government policies, involving trade unionists, pensioners, anti-cuts campaigners, political activists and patients.

We think that to defeat the government we must first understand their strategy. While the local NHS bosses do not like us they have learned to respect us, after all we obtained 25,000 names opposing closure of our local hospital and they were forced to back off.

www.socialistparty.o
rg.uk
In the fight to defend our NHS, know your enemy... In their attempts to destroy the NHS the government has established local organisations under the guise of local accountability. In reality these bodies are part and parcel of the privatisation and fragmentation agenda. The most important are the Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs). They exist in every locality, are responsible for spending about 80% of the national NHS budget, comprise of local GPs and commission most NHS services. It is they that are responsible for outsourcing medical services to private providers. For example in Bracknell, when the NHS Minor Injuries Unit closed at Heatherwood Hospital, it was the CCG that commissioned a private provider to replace it. Sometimes there could be a clear conflict of interest with GPs both commissioning services and being themselves providers of private services. Another body is the Healthwatch (HW), which is meant to be the local independent, health watchdog on behalf of patients. It is neither independent nor democratic. It is funded by the government via the local authority, although the money is not ring-fenced. HW is commissioned by the local authority although the latter is responsible for public health, a clear conflict of interest. In Bracknell our HW is supportive of all the government's reforms, including privatisation of dementia services. In fact they castigated campaigners for demonstrating against the privatisation. So we launched Bracknell Forest People's Healthwatch, which is democratic, accountable and fights against NHS privatisation and calls for openness and transparency in the NHS. We recently organised a survey asking people what they know about these bodies. Early indications are that most people have never heard about them, yet they are the organisations running the NHS at a local level. Mobilising the trade unions nationally to fight the government privatisation of the NHS is vital, but it is also important to build local struggles. Here in Bracknell we have built a united front against the government policies, involving trade unionists, pensioners, anti-cuts campaigners, political activists and patients. We think that to defeat the government we must first understand their strategy. While the local NHS bosses do not like us they have learned to respect us, after all we obtained 25,000 names opposing closure of our local hospital and they were forced to back off. www.socialistparty.o rg.uk SocialistParty.SomersetBranch
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