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Breaking – Community Health Services in Cornwall contract update

Firstly, Deborah Hopkins the UNITE speaker on the day has just brought us some glad tidings for Christmas: last night Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group announced that they had awarded the contract to a local NHS consortium made up of Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust and Kernow Health Community Interest Company – you can read all about it here

Now the fight is joined to guarantee Fair Funding for Cornwall’s Healthcare.
currently receiving some of the lowest funding in the country, Cornwall is facing a Tory created, secret DevoHealth deal.
In the context of 40% Local Government cuts and ongoing 6% Health funding cuts, DevoHealth must be Fully Funded and fit for purpose.
The Devolution of Failure cannot happen
Watch this space.

Reflections on the day

Geoff Barr, KONP Devon has shared some brief observations on the day – all of them positive  – and you can read them here

Workshop  feedback

We now have our first record of one of the workshops – the health and social care workshop – which you can read here>>>

One simple action you can take now

At the beginning of the day, Rik Evans spoke with urgency and passion about the need to exercise our ‘patient choice’ and write to our GP saying you want any future treatment to be with the NHS not a private provider. Geoff Barr has since followed this up with a letter template that you can download and use for this purpose. Join me today in taking this action click here>>>

Our thanks to Alive Music for their PA system

A conference this size could not have been managed without an effective PA system and we want to thank Dan, the owner of Alive Music Studios for providing us an excellent kit and for being in contact through the day offering support should we have needed it.  

Key reading

Last but not least: Jan urges us to read 2 excellent papers, produced by the Centre for Health and the Public Interest (CHPI), Democratic Engagement in The Local NHS by Sally Ruane and At What Cost? Paying the Price for The Market In The NHS by Calum Paton. The latter is especially likely to be useful in marshalling arguments we all need to use against  privatisation of the NHS

Gavin Barker


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