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Real Dangers For The NHS In The Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)

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The TTIP agreement will be signed off this year. It will be an all encompassing agreement without exemptions except where opt-outs are in place at the time of signing. Mr Cameron and the Westminster government will represent the UK (including Scotland) and as such any commitment by Westminster will be binding upon Scotland, including areas presently devolved to Scotland. The NHS in Scotland will be up for grabs by private healthcare except that it is made clear the TTIP does not apply to areas proscribed by the Scottish parliament and this is not clear at the time of writing. Time is not on Scotlands side.

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September 25 2006; Stolen Bones from dead US bodies parts used in NHS operations

Health watchdogs have named 25 UK hospitals which have bought potentially contaminated body parts allegedly stolen in the US. In one case a bone from New York was used in a hip replacement operation at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, in Stanmore, Middlesex. It has also emerged that some patients have not been told about concerns surrounding implanted bones. In total 82 bone parts were used in so called allograft operations involving potentially dozens of UK patients. The source of these bones are dead bodies in the US. There are concerns that some of them may have been stolen.

Police in New York are investigating claims that the managers of a company called Biomedical Tissue Services took body parts without the consent of next of kin. They have also been accused of falsifying safety records which might otherwise have shown if the tissue or bone was infected with diseases such as HIV or hepatitis. The bones were eventually bought by a Swindon-based company which sold them on to hospitals in the UK. Following the US investigation the company recalled all the unused bones in October 2005.

In the US the regulatory authority the FDA has advised doctors to offer patients testing to check if they have contracted any diseases from possibly infected bones and tissue. In the UK the Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Authority has concluded that the possibility of infection is low and has left it up to individual hospitals to decide whether to tell patients what has happened.

The BBC has learnt that patients treated at the Royal London Hospital, Guys Hospital, and the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital have not been told about the recall of bones or offered follow up tests. Other hospitals such as Mayday University Hospital in South London and Airedale General Hospital in Keighley have been told about concerns surrounding the source of their bone implants.

Other hospitals returned bones they had bought before they were implanted. The Northern General Hospital in Sheffield says it returned a whole arm bone costing over £700. The MHRA has sent out a letter to the NHS Trusts affected by the recall advising that follow up tests are unnecessary. A spokesman said it was up to doctors to decide whether to tell their patients about the bone recall. The full list of hospitals, uncovered by the BBC, is:

Airedale General Hospital, KeighleyBUPA Hartswood Hospital, BrentwoodBUPA Hospital, CardiffDerriford Hospital, PlymouthDoncaster Royal Infirmary, DoncasterGuy’s Hospital, LondonLlandough Hospital, LlandoughMayday University Hospital, CroydonNorth London Nuffield Hospital, EnfieldNorth Staffordshire Royal Infirmary, Stoke-on-TrentNorthern General Hospital, SheffieldNorthwick Park and St Marks Hospital, HarrowParkside Hospital, WimbledonRoyal London HospitalRoyal National Orthopaedic Hospital, StanmoreScunthorpe General HospitalSomerset Nuffield Hospital, TauntonSouthend HospitalSt George’s Hospital, LondonTaunton & Somerset Hospital, TauntonTorbay HospitalUniversity Hospital of Wales, CardiffWarrington Hospital Wellington Hospital, LondonWessex Nuffield Hospital, Eastleigh http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/5364242.stm

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NHS privatisation/TTIP covered in 4 minutes

this is one area of competition we can do without. Health care is too important to give it away to the private money making sector. Regulations like this are allowing corporations to sue governments for not allowing them to exploit their resources! This is shockingly evil! this must be stopped immediately! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2AMNmigWzQ&feature=youtu.be

War on Want comments

War on Want Executive Director, John Hilary, said: “The European Commission can no longer be in any doubt as to the strength of public feeling against this transfer of power to big business. Record numbers have said no to the prospect of corporate courts in Europe, yet the EU is still pressing ahead regardless. The TTIP negotiations should be abandoned rather than risk an end to our national democracy.”

Hilary continued: “The UK government has a particular case to answer, in that it has led the group of 14 EU governments demanding to keep these new anti-democratic powers in TTIP. David Cameron and Vince Cable are selling us down the river, and they should be held to account.”http://www.waronwant.org/news/press-releases/18263-eu-condemned-for-supporting-corporate-courts-

More Consultation

The vast majority of these agreements do not include the kind of guarantees that the EU would like to see. This will also have to be an important element of our reflection when considering how to best deal with the question of investment protection in EU agreements, as failure to replace them by more advanced provisions will mean they remain in force – with all the legitimate concerns they have been raising over the last months”, the Commissioner highlighted.
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Europe Releases its TTIP Proposals on Intellectual Property

Secrecy is trade negotiators’ stock-in-trade, and it has allowed them to sneak through rules on topics such as copyright and patents that would never pass muster under public scrutiny. EFF has not hesitated to call them out over this, whether the trade agreement in question is the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between Europe and the United States, or the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA).

But we also gave credit last year to Europe for committing to make some incremental changes to improve the transparency of the TTIP neogtiations, by releasing its negotiating texts and giving access to all TTIP texts to members of the European Parliament. We weren’t alone, being joined by 47 other civil society groups and experts from around the world in calling on the TPP negotiators to follow Europe’s lead on transparency. https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2015/01/europe-releases-its-ttip-proposals-intellectual-property

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Circle Holdings PLC Abandon Hinchingbrooke Health Care NHS Trust Contract – Taxpayer To Take Back All Responsibilities

Faced with the usual winter headache of much increased use of A & E bringing with it pressure on bed use and staff the usual suspects, (politicians) are abusing the Service in Scotland, kicking it around the media and in parliament like a football. It would be to the credit of the aforementioned if they would keep mum for a time. providing support where required, allowing the Service to get through what is always a difficult few weeks.

Contrast the Health Service in Scotland with it’s much troubled and abused sister organization in England. Emergency measures are in place all over the country due to privatization measures introduced piecemeal over the past 4 years.

Today a Private healthcare Provider has defaulted on it’s contract and handed an entire Trust back to the government. Now that is what I would classify as a disastrous situation.

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January 9 2015 NHS privatization in sick bay as Circle pulls out of Cambridgeshire hospital

The experiment to privatize parts of the NHS has been dealt a blow as the company running Britain’s only privatised general hospital said it was handing it back to the taxpayer due to government spending cuts and the unprecedented increase of A&E patients. Circle shares plunged 16.5% to 50.25p on the news, which comes as a savage blow to the reputation of the company led by Steve Melton.

Stock market-quoted Circle Holdings took over the running of the troubled Hinchingbrooke Health Care NHS Trust in early 2012 after a tender process started by the previous Labour government. But it has since been harshly criticized by the health regulator for serious failings including condemnations of cases where “staff treat patients in an undignified and emotionally abusive manner”, failure to follow hand washing guidance and failing to lock away medicines from the reach of patients.

Circle today blamed its decision to hand back the keys on the “significant changes in the operational landscape for NHS hospitals” since the tender process began in 2009. It said this included “unprecedented increases in accident and emergency attendances, insufficient care places for patients awaiting discharge, and funding levels that have not kept pace with demand”.

It added that conditions have “significantly worsened in recent weeks”, meaning it faced making increased investment beyond the £4.8 million it had already put in “aggregate support payments”. Under the drafting of the Circle contract, it is allowed to terminate the franchise if these payments go beyond £5 million. Amid state funding cuts of more than 10%, Circle faced making “substantial” extra investment for the foreseeable future, it said.

Chairman Michael Kirkwood said: “It is with regret and after considerable thought we make this announcement. The board has unanimously concluded that current conditions in the healthcare economy and regulatory environment are unsustainable for a franchise operator.”

http://www.standard.co.uk/business/business-news/nhs-privatisation-in-sick-bay-as-circle-pulls-out-of-cambridgeshire-hospital-9966939.html

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Care and support services are means-tested and services are not free to everyone – The Care Cap Calculator Will Identify Your Payments from 2016

Care Cap Calculator

How Will Changes to Legislation Affect State Support in England For Care Funding From April 2016?

Care and support services are means-tested and services are not free to everyone. The Government has announced plans for 2016 to put a limit on how much people might pay.

This calculator has been designed to help people’s understanding of how the £72,000 care cap will affect them financially from April 2016. The ‘Dilnot’ care cap model is still in development and the Department of Health will be making further announcements between now and its implementation, clarifying how the cap will work. This calculator should be used for illustrative purposes only, for residential and nursing care.

http://www.payingforcare.org/care-cap-calculator