The NHS In The Real World

The government has become impatient that local Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) haven’t cut the NHS quickly enough. New amalgamations of the leaders of Trusts, the CCGs and local authorities (15 bodies in all) have been told to take over and cut, or, as the government puts it, transform £160m out of the budgets of Norfolk…

No Consultation On Westwood Surgery Closure

The surgery on Westwood Avenue which has served the Whitten Estate and the Broadwaters Road area for twenty years is being closed. East Coast Community Healthcare (ECCH), a public enterprise body funded by the NHS which has been providing GP services there, has sited concerns about the building as the reason. The previous GP, Dr…

NHS: There Are Lots More Outs To Come

Plans for more big cuts to the NHS are being drawn up. In secret meetings NHS England has carved up (yes again) the NHS into 44 new ”footprint” areas. The CCGs, the trusts and local authorities have been told to submit plans for cuts amounting to over £22bn a year. They are called ”sustainability and…

If You Support The NHS Support The Junior Doctors

It has emerged that secret plans for more NHS cuts are being drawn up. NHS England has carved up the NHS into 44 new ”footprint” areas which have been told to submit plans for cuts amounting to over £22bn. Called ”sustainability and transformation plans” all services have been told to come up with cuts. Nothing…

NHS: Chronically under-funded and under-staffed

Junior doctors have rejected the latest deal offered to them because the important issues have not been addressed. A “7-day NHS” cannot be achieved by spreading junior doctors ever more thinly across the service. Imposing unsafe working patterns on already overstretched doctors will only lead to demoralisation. Dedicated doctors will leave the NHS and the…

Lowestoft Does Support The Junior Doctors

On Tuesday 26th April, the first day of an all out strike by junior doctors, Lowestoft Coalition Against The Cuts tested public attitudes in Lowesoft’s shopping precinct. Dr Trevor Killeeen and colleagues Chloe Wade and Ben Kirk from James Paget Hospital answered questions about the new contract, about the stresses that they work under and…

Do You Support The Junior Doctors?

Doctors Arjun Kattakam and Trevor Killeen alongside Mark Robinson of the UNITE union spoke in Lowestoft last week. They spoke of doctor shortages, of holes on the service, of their £60,00 of debt and counting, of having worked 84hrs already that week. They spoke of 40—50% of doctors on duty 24/7 and of what was…