Theresa May

Halifax Road main entrance as it used to look. It has been changed in the initiative to erect motivational adverts in all Mid Yorks Hospitals.

Yesterday, 28 June 2017, MP Paula Sherriff asked a question about Dewsbury Hospital and Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, at Prime Ministers Question Time.

Ms Sherriff asked: “She stated, and I quote, ‘people were scaremongering’.

“Can she use this opportunity today to reassure my constituents that all services will be retained at both hospitals, including a full A&E provision?”


The Prime Minister responded: “Yes I was asked about Dewsbury A&E and I can confirm that Dewsbury A&E is not closing. The service will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and patients will see no change to their services.”

In fact the A&E in Dewsbury is already downgraded, so there will be no change to provision and it will remain so. It is NOT  FULL A&E provision although, yes it is open 24 hours a day and you can go there seven days a week.

Full A&E provision in the traditionally accepted form,  involves the availability of a High Dependency Unit, Intensive Care, a complete set of consultants from all specialities and general surgeons ready to deal with emergency injuries. These facilities are no longer available at Dewsbury District Hospital.  The new name for a ‘proper’ A&E is Emergency Centre.  Dewsbury is not an Emergency Centre.

Young children who are taken to Dewsbury between 8pm at night and 10am the following morning are sent to Pinderfields, even for minor cuts to the face and even if no x-rays or scans are deemed necessary. Children needing overnight stays for monitoring or further tests need to be taken to Pinderfields.

People suffering from a stroke should go to Pinderfields.

Emergency childbirth cases go to Pinderfields. Dewsbury’s Birth Centre can not administer epidural pain relief, nor are there special cots for babies who are poorly when they are born, available.

Mrs May is risking people’s lives if she is willing to mislead them in the way she has and they turn up at Dewsbury, when they should be at Pinderfields. Dewsbury has 4 resuscitation beds for adults and one for a child. It has 4 ‘enhanced care’ beds, for elective surgery patients only. It is not closed, but it is not a full A&E in the traditional sense.  “The rooms behind the A&E have changed” said a MYHT Board member recently.  There are 2 wards over and above those specified in the Full Business Case at the Meeting the Challenge reorganisation and a number of elective colo-rectal surgery operations, due to lack of capacity ie not enough room, at Pinderfields.

Who knows what cuts are down the pipeline in the West Yorkshire Sustainability and Transformation Plan arrangements? We will be asking all our MPs to keep their eye on the ball with that one.

Today (29th June 2017) Tracey Brabin MP spoke in the House about the fact that her some of her constituents were being made to wait for operations for 6 months and up to a year, if they smoked or if they were classed as obese. This move has been brought in by the North Kirklees Cinical Commissioning Group, to ‘manage’ demand and is not clinician led as Andrea Leadsome said it was, rather it is ‘manager led.’ While it is hoped that clinicians are able to over rule the managers if a cancer needs to be removed, for example, it is the beginning of ‘managed care,’ a regime used in the US by insurance companies, to restrict treatment and therefore maximise profit. While the NHS as yet is not looking for a profit as a whole, individual bits of it, those with for-profit providers, are.  Paula Sherriff MP also reiterated her question about Dewsbury A&E. Andrea Leadsome said she did not understand the question and invited Paula Sherriff MP to write to her about it.

As for the denying operations to some classes of patients, it is a very slippery road to be going down. Why should someone who has been sexually abused as a child, be punished again in adulthood and have treatment denied?  Who exactly knows why some people present as they do?


Sicko; a documentary about how health care insurance works for profits, but not for health..

On Friday 26 May 2017 the combined NHS campaign groups in the area, North Kirklees NHS Support Group, Dewsbury KONP and Save Our Accident and Emergency fb, following a successful fund-raiser on St Patrick’s Day, showed the documentary Sicko, about the US insurance industry…prompted by comments from the public in the town, that maybe an insurance system would be a good idea for health services in England. The New Picture House in Church Street Dewsbury, was the perfect venue. The organisers express their thanks to all involved at the New Picture House.

Following the film, audience member Patricia Foley said “The shocking thing about ‘Sicko’, is that it’s about people in the US WITH health insurance. People who, if they became ill with ‘expensive’ conditions such as cancer or heart problems, found their insurance companies would refuse to help, simply on cost grounds. More shocking still though, is the fact that these same US companies are being given the green light by this government to do the same thing here, in the name of the NHS.”

Audience member Adrian Cruden said “We all too often take our NHS for granted, assuming it will always be there. The film showed just how awful the alternatives would be. Millions of Americans even now, have no insurance but even those with it face appalling limitations on what is paid for. 

Patient after patient WITH insurance was denied vital care on spurious grounds they hadn’t pre-arranged the emergency ambulance taking them to hospital in a coma; or they took their fitting 7 year old child to the wrong company’s provider’s hospital (she was untreated and died). In one town, private hospitals were dumping elderly confused patients with insufficient insurance cover, in bare feet and hospital gown in the street near a charity shelter at a rate of one a week.

A society is defined by how it treats its sick and vulnerable and elderly. By the evidence of the film, it is difficult to describe the USA as a society at all; its surrender to the profiteering elite and its wicked willingness to countenance infants dying for the sake of shareholder dividends put it beyond the pale. God help us that this is the future Theresa May, Jeremy Hunt and Philip Hammond hope to lead us towards.”


Audience member David Smith said “The film was a reminder how disastrous a private free market insurance health system is! Upsetting and funny in parts. The film illustrated how health care was (in 2007) better in the UK, Canada, France and even Cuba than in the US!
Brief speeches before and during the intervals explained changes since 2006. The 2012 Health and Social Act effectively abolished the legal framework of the NHS.

I wish I had seen this film earlier.
Audience member Jenifer Devlin said “It is now very clear that the Government wishes to abolish the NHS and drive us down the road of private healthcare insurance. The consequence will be that we will lose universal access to healthcare for all: private insurance companies will pick and choose who they insure, they will quibble over claims and they will do all they can to avoid paying out. More and more money that should be spent on healthcare will go into the whole bureaucracy of claims, administration and private profit. We know this from the American healthcare model, where profits come before people, families are plunged into debt and destitution through illness and many people have no insurance at all. I’m 68 and apparently in good health, but I need another replacement hip and knee and like everyone else of my age I have a history of other ailments, any one of which would be enough to deny me private healthcare. And who knows what other conditions might be lurking, yet to be diagnosed? So who, when the Government abolishes the NHS and brings in private healthcare insurance, will be willing to insure me? Kaiser Permanente, United Health or any of the other US healthcare giants are going to reject me out of hand, as they will the majority of other people of my age. A National Insurance and tax funded system was designed to spread the risk over the whole population; private healthcare insurance is  designed to exclude people who might dent the profits of the insurance companies.”

Audience member John Francis said, “ The introduction was interesting. It seems health was on the agenda at the World Economic Forum in 2012. Simon Stevens was working for United Health then and his West Yorkshire STP looks set to put in place steps from a report for the World Economic Forum following the banking crash. The World Economic Forum is made up of transnational business, governments, and media. So it looks like transnational business and the Government which replaced the National Health Service with the Social Care Act 2012, are shaping the English health service to their own ends, with media support and with the doctors, nurses and health of the ordinary person as a side issue. So who’s taken control there? Not you or me that’s for sure.”

The film was organised before the announcement of the election.

West Yorkshire Sustainability and Transformation Plan

Rob Webster, West Yorkshire & Harrogate STP leader, is a World Economic Forum global corporate stooge

West Yorkshire and Harrogate Sustainability and Transformation


Plan leader Rob Webster was among the World Economic Forum workshop participants who supported the 2012 World Economic Forum project to produce reports, co-scripted with privateering global management consultancy company McKinsey & Co, on “sustainable health systems”.  Remember, “sustainable” is code for “cuts”.

2012 was the year when the World Economic Forum opened the throttle on the Shock Doctrine – when global corporations made the most of the global economic shock that resulted from the banksters’ crash to impose their own profiteering practices on governments and public services as well as on faltering and failing businesses that they gobbled up and asset strip. The World Economic Forum 2012 called this “The Great Transformation: Shaping New Models”

The Sustainability and Transformation Plans are basically the World Economic Forum/McKinsey reports on “sustainable health systems”, applied to the NHS in England.

Along with Rob Webster, Amanda Doyle the Sustainability and Transformation Plan leader for Cumbria was another participant in the World Economic Forum workshop on the first of the “financially sustainable health system” reports.

Simon Stevens acted as Project Steward of the Steering Board for the first World Economic Forum sustainable health system report. On the Steering Board, he worked with chief executives of leading healthcare companies such as Apax Partners, Novartis, Merck, Medtronic and Kaiser Permanente, as well as the Directors of Health at the World Bank, the WHO, and the European Commission. At the time Stevens was head of United Health’s Global Division, rather than chief executive of the NHS, though some might argue the roles are interchangeable.

The Working Group of experts who “supported the projects approach and methodology” included Michael MacDonnell, then Senior Fellow from Imperial College’s Centre for Global Health Innovation, now acting as head of policy for the STP framework as a whole.

What does this matter? Well the World Economic Forum, which meets at Davos, is where the transnational capitalist class does its work of extending the influence of global corporations as a whole. This can clearly be seen in the policy framework of STPs. Rob Webster, Amanda Doyle, Simon Stevens, Michael MacDonnell and the rest of them are stooges for global corporations and we should kick them out of the NHS now.

Thanks to the Devil’s Dictionary of Healthcare for this information.

Simon Stevens is now a member of the WEF Value in Healthcare project Executive Board which this year has produced a report called Value in Healthcare Laying the Foundation for Health System Transformation. It sounds like what is going on in the STPs with the Right Care/ ACOs fixed population budgets stuff that is at the root of increasing restrictions and denials of care,  in order to limit treatment to patients who offer the best return on investment.