Chatham House Rules will never apply again
I’ve been at events under the ‘Chatham House’ rules but as the political parties in Westminster decided to rush through something they refer to as legislation about who sees what, then there is no longer any definition of Chatham House Rules that legally applies to any events. There is no such thing as an individual not being identified.

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A lone, silent Israeli man walking down a street in Jerusalem holding a sign saying ‘stop killing civilians’ just escorted away by security

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Mutuals aren’t back door privatisation of the NHS, they are right through the front door

Here we go again. Not saying there shouldn’t be any mutuals, but mutualisation of the NHS is a neoliberal con.

One year before a general election and healthcare professionals are being told again by politicians that they will be able to run things their own way. Just like GPs were told before the most expensive and inefficient re-organisation in history, now hospital doctors and nurses are being told they can run their own hospitals as mutuals. The New Economics Foundation think tank has been pushing this for years. This means that you can do anything you like, except , actually do anything that costs money because the control of that will be passed in total to the private sector. It is another way of giving more money to MPs and their friends in Westminster, of all parties. Mutuals and non-profits are not magic entities that solve problems faced by people, mutuals do not fundamentally address income inequality, they just open the doors of the market wider, more temporary tax ‘initiatives’ that some people can take advantage of when investing/laundering (philanthropists just love investing in non-profits) their unequal wealth compared to the rest of the world, more assets to ‘play’ with. Just googling healthcare mutuals shows the importance of performance of ‘assets’ compared to importance of care and health.

And funnily enough, there is going to be consolidation with more mergers and acquisitions, and funnily enough it almost looks like the private sector is operating like a public stated owned service which apparently they now own but funnily enough, only a handful of investors will profit from it.

“It is important to remind ourselves why the NHS is a public service and was set up as such 65 years ago. As has been pointed out, ‘treating public services as though they are simply transactions misses many asp ects of what makes them public’ . Among the reasons for having services located in the public realm are the following: having services available to all and paid for by all is good for social justice and instils greater equality; services that are best provided publicly are those which are complex, consume scarce or finite resources, and which involve setting priorities and negotiating trade offs that must be handled through the political process rather than through markets concerned primarily with profit and increasing shareholder value. Nothing has changed over the years to alter these inescapable factors. Apart from the familiar problem of high transaction costs arising from billing and marketing budgets, which add little of value and deny frontline services much needed resources, market incentives in health care produce adverse effects. For example, Smith shows that market disciplines seriously undermine the professional ethic in health, resulting in poorer quality care and health outcomes for patients.”1

1. Hunter D (2013) To Market To Market, Centre for Health and the Public Interest,, available at

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How to help declining hedgehogs

Hedgehogs are declining in the UK, this video shows things we can do to help them :)

Leeds Hedgehog Sanctuary

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March for the NHS 16 August – 6th September

Why am I walking around 300 miles and NHS campaigning in general?

According to a friendly Scottish person I know, it’s downhill all the way from Scotland ;-)

But that’s not the reason.

I am not a mum but I do have a niece and nephew and family who aren’t getting any younger either. What kind of a future is in store for them ? I can’t wait and see. Campaigning has been a strange journey this time round, gain / lose friendships along the way, I only ever used to shout with ‘kihaps’ in training, now I have more stuff to shout about. I am angry. I don’t like being lied to repeatedly. We deserve better than this.

I have spent time in conferences, meetings over the last fifteen or so years amongst people in the private sector who didn’t show how they delivered a different quality against the costs of their services when compared to public sector and repeat urban myths about what a private organisation delivers (neglecting to mention about the need to keep investors happy). I have worked in all kinds of roles in private, public and voluntary too so feel comfortable expressing this opinion as it’s not without some substance. It’s not a case of who can win the highest moral ground either, something that doesn’t belong to any human.

This was before I knew what was happening with the NHS (found out somewhere in 2012, the price of ignorance…) The reaction that I’ve frequently experienced during campaigning is – we should take to the streets – well yes ! Why not join in the march ?  It’s recreating the Jarrow route – 21 days, 23 locations across the UK, ending in London, loads of options for taking part.

I do not believe local is a magic word and neither is national. I do not want to sit through another year of politicians making promises they can’t keep in the run up to the general election, nor do I want to see politicians use media to cover things up and oppress others. I do not want to hear shortly after the next election that they and their supporters are getting contracts – private / voluntary, are owning more land, owning more property, owning more anything  that doesn’t belong to them which rather conveniently their policies are being designed for, in preparation. Or that they are moving more money out of the economy and away from people who could contribute if they had a chance.

It’s heartbreaking when people come to our stall and say they or their relatives are leaving nursing sometimes a year after qualifying. Their dream jobs. Leaving because of the cuts, the attack from politicians and the media, they find it hard to cope.

Thousands of staff are delivering fantastic NHS care, treatment and research. In Leeds they are performing a double hand transplant for the first time in the UK.

People tell us all the time, they don’t want cuts, they want the NHS funded properly so their friends, families and neighbours can have great healthcare. Affording the costs (who decides what health is worth from the outside!) is a terrifying nightmare for everyone, with many horror stories being shared from visits to the US. They don’t want to rely on private providers who can’t deliver the quality based on over 60 years of great clinical care and research which is improving all the time.

It’s not just the majority of us in the UK, the trend is towards universal healthcare provision freely available.

The Commonwealth report is another study which shows the NHS at No 1.

Let’s keep it that way.


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We want our NHS back!

Originally posted on Social Action:




A letter a day to number 10. No 790.

Sunday 06 July 2014. We want our NHS back!

Shares are encouraged and welcomed. If this letter speaks for you and you wish to send your own copy please feel free to copy and paste, and alter for your own needs, the text for your own letter.

Website updated, letters and replies plus bonus material featuring Mr Suggs, Eeyore and Ribbit.

Also on the website, download the support compilation three album set from Atona. Not to be missed.

Dear Mr Cameron,

The NHS is 66 today, as I type this, but it is no longer the NHS created in 1948 by Aneurin Bevan and the then Labour party. The NHS logo is becoming more and more an umbrella logo for private health care companies which are steadily taking over our NHS.

Of course this is privatisation by…

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29 Brilliantly Yorkshire Ways To Welcome The Tour De France

Thank you so much to whoever helped choose Yorkshire for Le Tour, it’s lovely to have you here xxxxxx

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