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The government's increasingly desperate attempts to defend their record on the NHS have become less and less credible over the last year. This is partly due to in
creasingly effective local and national campaigns and partly to the crisis in hospitals, primary care and social care has forced more and more of those involved to speak out against the damage being caused by austerity. But many of those who are being damaged have no voice. Poor people, disabled people and the chronically ill have fewer opportunities to make their case as their benefit and treatment rights become eroded. NHS staff are generally gagged in one way or another. Exit can be the only escape leaving the NHS still weaker and now less and less able to recruit staff from overseas.

Large national demonstrations and industrial action by junior doctors, nurses and others have made the strength of feeling around the country quite clear, to the extent that even the Conservatives have got worried enough to promise the outlines of a new financial deal this summer. But will it be too late? Certainly it will be insufficient to undo the damage inflicted since 2010. Meanwhile the stress on services which affect the need for healthcare becomes more and more acute. The unspupported costs of Social Care (which is subject to means tested charges) is driving local authorities to bankruptcy.

Another threat is the developing reorganisation into Integrated Care Systems (previously known as Accountable Care Systems) which threaten to become Accountable Care Organisations. In our local area the Integrated Care System covers Barnsley, Rotherham, Doncaster and Bassetlaw as well as Sheffield. (See posts below.) Increasing pressure from campaig
ners and within the Labour Party is deterring local councils to sign up to these in case they become vehicles for further cuts and privatisation.

Across South Yorkshire resistance is building to the threatened implications of the ICS for local services and South Yorkshire Save Our NHS have formed a political party to stand in the Sheffield City Region Mayoral election on May 3rd 2018. See also Barnsley Save Our NHS.

NHS21END_(Small)NOT KILLED OFF YET. Campaigning does work whether on the streets, in the press or, increasingly in the lawcourts. The government's high-handed tactics are being subjected to an increasing number of judicial reviews. At national level these have forced a public consultation on Accountable Care Organisations starting in May 2018.

Cartoons by Samantha Galbraith @sgalbraith47

For more national information see Health Campaigns Together and Keep Our NHS Public


April 14th 2018 11.45 Regional Demonstration to Save the NHS Leeds

April 25th
Soviet Healthcare via Targets: Are Governments Bringing it into the NHS? Roco 2pm or 7pm

April 28th Sheffield Demonstration against proposed closure of the Minor Injuries and Walk-in Centres (see main website for details)

June 27th The NHS is 70 - but what is its life expectancy? Festival of Debate / SSONHS panel discussion and social. Roco 7pm - 11 pm.

June 30th Health Campaigns Together march for the NHS in London See main wesbite for details.

SSONHS planning and information meetings are generally on the first Monday of the month, except for bank holidays. They are usually at 6pm at the United Reform Church. Chapel Walk/Norfolk St S1

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In 2016 abnd 2017 we worked with Sheffield Festival of Debate and other colleagues to promote realistic discussion of the issues facing the NHS. On 4th May 2017 we had a lively meeting debating the future of hospitals and in 2016 we mounted an exhibition on NHS privatisation to coincide with a play, A DUTY OF CARE about Labour and the healthcare market. On 22nd November 2016 we held a panel-led debate on the future of the NHS with local NHS leaders, academics and campaigners. We also held a public meeting on 4th July 2016 to celebrate the NHS anniversary, discuss the STPs, the implications for privatisation in South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire and the consequences of the EU referendum result.

In March 2016 we held a successful workshop Taking Back Our NHS

We supported the Junior Doctors throughout their action because we felt they were being unfairly treated and were being treated as the advance guard for Hunt's uncosted, unfunded and misconceived ambition for a 7 day NHS. (For one of our supporter's views at the beginning of the dispute see this column in the Sheffield Star

For our questions to 2017 General Election candidates and canvassers about the NHS see our
website campaign page

2016 8th-22nd November Exhibition on NHS privatisation How come we didn't know by London photographer Marion Macalpine
Theatre Delicatessen, The Moor

22nd November SSONHS Festival of Debate event
Why is the NHS Under so much pressure? How can we save it for future generations?
Speakers included Dr Tim Moorhead, Chair, Sheffield CCG, Kevan Taylor (Sheffield Health and Social Care Trust) and Professor Sarah Salway (University of Sheffield, Public Health) + local campaigners

Taking Back Our NHS SSONHS workshop

Saturday 12th March 2016, 10am - 2pm


Tuesday 22nd September, 7pm screening of Sell Off, attended by well over 100 people.

Campaigning for GP practices at risk of closure

2nd July Successful SSONHS public meeting addressed by Ray Tallis and speakers from Devonshire Green and Unison.

2nd May SSONHS stall in city centre from 11.30 Come and see us.

The 38 degrees ambulance will also be in Surrey Street at 12pm and conveying the 38 degrees petitions to local Hallam candidates at Wesley Hall in Crookes for 3pm.

25th April - March through Sheffield Hallam, with the People's NHS and 38 degrees

28th February 38 degrees petitioning around Sheffield

22nd November Leafleting in Sheffield City Centre from 12.00 pm in support of the NHS strikers. For A5 and A4 copies of the leaflet which has more information on it see the Campaigns Page at our website

24th November NHS picket lines from 7am to 11am. Rallies at the Hallamshire and Northern General (Herries Road) at 10 am.

We were proud to support the Jarrow to London march for the NHS, organised by Darlington Mums passing through Sheffield on August Bank Holiday Monday. Thanks to everyone for helping and joining in.

24th JULY 2014 Public Meeting jointly with Sheffield Medsin

Is our NHS really in crisis? Behind the headlines and soundbites
Panel discussion led by GPs and health experts from the NHS and universities.

For past activities see our website

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Minimum financial allocations to CCGs match official inflation forecasts but will still be a cut

NHS England has published the new CCG financial allocations. As expected, the threat of actual cash cuts contained in the consultation paper which most people in the North objected to, was lifted. Sheffield and the majority of CCGs will receive an inflation equivalent increase of 2.14%. This represents a recognition from NHS England that a complete change to age-related population funding would be both destabilising and unacceptable in many areas. Although NHS and Council officials in Sheffield will breathe a mighty sigh of relief this is not quite the victory which a press release from Sheffield City Council appears to suggest. The inflation increase is based on the 4 year low of 2.1% recorded in November. The total budget uplift for the NHS next year is 3.1% but there are several reasons for expecting inflation to rise again, and NHS inflation when there are normal wage rises tends to be around 1% higher than the general rate. So it's unlikely that CCGs receiving 2.14% will have the same purchasing power as this year. However Cambridgeshire (Lansley's constituency) gets 2.9% and Oxfordshire (including Cameron's constituency) gets 3.32%. London averages a 3.07% increase and the Thames Valley 3.48%. Both the inflation forecast and the minimum allocation increases for CCGs for 2015-5 are 1.7% (2.3% for the NHS as a whole). NHS England bases the reallocations on a new formula which includes factors for age, population, and deprivation, as well as differing regional costs (the Market Forces Factor). Applying the formula produces target allocations for each CCG which may differ significantly from their current allocations (partly because of the way in which populations are estimated). The actual allocations are intended to move slightly towards the targets partly in order to deal with CCG deficits. 16 of the 37 CCGs forecasting a deficit this year are on average 5% below the proposed formula target and 31 of the 37 are under target. However despite an adjustment for inequality, some of the most disadvantaged areas are probably not getting what they need (e.g.for liver disease) Note also that the Better Care Fund (BCF) (promoting integrated services for older and vulnerable people) will become operational in 2015-6 with expected funding of £3.8bn pooled from existing core committed funding within the Department of Health, the Department for Communities, Local Government, and CCGs. Over time this fund, to be overseen by local Health and Wellbeing Boards is intended to shift the balance of resources from the acute sector into primary, community and social care. However according to Sir David Nicholson "the fund does not in itself address the financial pressures faced by local authorities and CCGs in 2015/16, which remain very challenging" and "the requirements of the fund are likely to significantly exceed existing pooled budget arrangements. Councils and CCGs will, therefore, have to redirect funds from these activities to shared programmes that deliver better outcomes for individuals." Plans are supposed to be in place from February.