This week has been fraught with health headlines, significant in that – not since July when the White Paper was published, has the spotlight been put on proposals. Although steady in terms of specialist news coverage – mainstream media have been arguably slow in entering the fray.
- Prime Minister’s speech that public reform cannot be delayed.
- Privatisation arguments arise.
- Major Backlash, the Health Select Committee issues a report criticising the “significant policy shift” toward GP fund holding.
- MPs describes abolition of PCTs as a “smash and grab” situation, further liken to a “tossed grenade”
- Uncertainty around new public health service reported
- NHS short of 4500 Midwives
- David Kerr vouches support – knowledge sharing will drive quality
- The Health Bill will be read in parliament.
- NHS Chief Executive announces that reforms will mean fewer hospital beds
- Nuffield warns against a patient uprising as reforms could mean that GPs are set to receive “unpalatable bonuses”
- Number 10’s doubts and questions raised about top-down reorganisations
- Unions voice concerns about competition
Yet in other health news we should be eating 8 portions of fruit, WHO guidelines suggest.
It’s only Wednesday and I’m already exhausted.