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Wide Variation In Implementation of Self-Directed Support

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Community Care magazine has reported that the latest government figures show a huge national variation in the implementation of personal budgets. Originally the plan had been for all adults entitled to publicly funded adult care to have personal budgets by 2011, but the date was put back to 2013 when the deadline began to appear unrealistic. In the end the national figure for 2010-11 was 29.2% , compared to 13% in 2009-10. The biggest surprise, though, has been the variation in the scores for different local authority areas. Click here for full story.

Standards vs Access

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For the first time, GP practices are being required to register with the Care Quality Commission. The CQC will require GP practices to register with them by April 2013. On the face of it, this is a good thing, as it offers an assurance that certain minimum standards are being met by services. However, the new requirements present some potential issues in terms of access for people living in rural areas.

NHS Privatisation Films Now Available Online

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Last night local activists met in East Oxford to view 3 short films by local artist Ann-Marie Sweeney. The films, which attempt to unpick the consequences of the Health and Social Care Bill, can now be watched free online.

Oxfordshire Still Optimistic About Self-Directed Support

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Community Glue turned out at the launch event for the Oxfordshire Wheel, an organisation we've been involved with since we started down our own path to personalisation in 2010. Keith dutifully staffed the stall . Jon facilitated two consecutive workshops around brokerage.(Click here to read more about the event)

Will Royal Colleges Sell Out The NHS?

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The Health and Social Care Bill has split many of the professions involved with the Bill, none more so than the medical profession itself. Today the BBC has reported that in an attempt to demonstrate solidarity, three trade papers (the Health Service Journal, the Nursing Times and the British Medical Journal) will run a joint Editorial criticising the Bill - but crucially not calling for it to be withdrawn. This echoes events last week when several of the Royal Colleges backed away from open confrontation with the government by 'pressing for substantive changes' rather than calling for the proposals to be scrapped. More and more this is looking like a battle between different factions of the NHS workforce, with patients' views dropping off the front pages. So how much can the professions be trusted? Click here to read more.

UK Has Lowest Costs For Healthcare

UK Has Lowest Costs For Healthcare

Recent data from the OECD has shown that the United Kingdom's NHS is one of the best in the world across a range of indicators. This chart compares the typical out-of-pocket expenses faced by people who become ill in a range of OECD countries. People in the Uk do better than people almost anywhere else, and yet we are about to change that for a US-style insurance-based service. As you can see, people in the USA face the highest out-of-pocket expenses. They also have a worse coverage rate than almost any other country, with only around 80% of the population having health cover provided through insurance or the state. Click graph (left) to enlarge.

Welfare Bill Defeated In Lords

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Proposals to remove entitlement to Employment Support Allowance from 15,000 young 'disabled' people were defeated in the House of Lords last night. However, the government says it will press ahead with the Bill regardless. ESA has already proved hugely controversial, with large numbers of people being 'set up to fail'. If they are reintroduced in the Commons, the changes will mean that people who become sick or disabled before they are old enough to pay into the scheme through National Insurance will no longer be entitled to the benefit. This means they could face a lifetime on means-tested benefits. 

We Campaign Against NHS Privatisation

We Campaign Against NHS Privatisation

We turned out on a beatiful Saturday morning to distribute leaflets supporting Dr Clive Peedell's run from Wales to London in protest against creeping privatisation of the NHS. Ten volunteers from local campaign group Keep Our NHS Public distributed over 1000 leaflets in just over an hour. Clive will be aiming to stop off in Witney on the 4th of his 6 consecutive marathons, and will address public meetings in Witney and Oxford. Details here.

'Bevan's Run' Stopping in Oxford

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An NHS doctor is running Wales to London over 6 days this week in protest against the privatisation of the NHS. The 160 mile slog has been dubbed 'Bevan's Run' after NHS pioneer Anuerin Bevan. Clive Peedell is a Consultant Clinical Oncologist working for the NHS in the North East of England, and is also co-chair of the NHS Consultants' Association.The aim of the run is to raise public awareness about the serious threats that the coalition Government's Health and Social Care Bill poses to the English NHS. You can follow Clives' progres via his blog or Twitter #bevansrun. Click here for full details.


Cuts Hit Sick, Disabled & Poor

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Back in October, the Hardest Hit campaign held rallies throughout the UK to highlight the impact that cuts were having on sick and disabled people. We have already written about the end of Incapacity Benefit, the way Local Authorities have illegally tried to 'cap' the money they spent on social care, and the other cuts which specifically affect sick and disabled people. But what many people fail to realise is that people in these groups are already amongst the poorest in society. This means they will also be hit harder by general cuts and price rises than most other people. [Click here to read more]

Help Over Midwinter

Help Over Midwinter

We'd like to take the opportunity to thank everyone who'se supported us over the first full year of operation (hooray!). But while many of us will be taking a hard-earned break and celebrating religious festivals, for others the mid-winter period can be bleak and lonely. Fortunately there are a range of local support services that can help people get through. (Click here for more details)

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