The National Health Service is is turning 70 on 5 July 2018. It's the perfect opportunity to celebrate the achievements of one of the nation's most loved institutions ... so says the NHS.
Yet whilst many people would agree with this statement, many others are warning that the NHS, still sold to us as a national treasure, has changed beyond recognition. Out has gone dispersed community hospitals staffed and managed by dedicated doctors and nurses, and in has come super hospitals, big budgets, profits and losses, ballooning management, commissioning groups, change agents and transformational leadership. Of great concern to many people - those working in the NHS and those members of the public that pay for and use the NHS - is the ever growing evidence that the NHS is being privatised a step at a time. Welcome to Public Private Partnerships.
And all of this very muddy NHS pond is stirred by ever more intricate and invasive political policy from the mainstream parties.
Over the last few years the UK Column has been contacted by many people with huge concerns about the NHS. They report pressurised and increasingly chaotic working conditions, fraud, medical neglect, the minefield of the Health Service Ombudsman and NHS compensation, and as in the case with Mid Staffordshire, significant preventable deaths.
At the same time we also hear reports of the excellent care and medical treatment received in NHS hospitals. We have experienced this for ourselves, and are very grateful for that professionalism and the kindness shown by NHS staff.
So what is really happening in the NHS? If you are a medical professional or a member of the general public and have interest or concerns please come and join us at the NHS Dying for Good Health conference as we explore what's really happening to the NHS. Isn't it time for the truth?
Where and When
Saturday, 12th May 2018 - Doors open: 10am
N Circus St,
Please note: we will not be sending out physical tickets. Please print the order confirmation email that we will send you and bring it to the venue.
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Dr Bob Gill
Dr Bob Gill is a family doctor and NHS campaigner based in South East London.
Dr Youssef El-Gingihy
Dr Youssef El-Gingihy is a general practioner at Bromley by Bow Health Centre, east London. He is author of How to Dismantle the NHS in 10 Easy Steps, published by Zero books. @ElGingihy
Dr Graham Downing
Dr. Graham S. Downing is a consultant in Neuro-musculoskeletal & Functional Medicine. He graduated from King’s College London University where he trained in the clinical sciences and molecular biology and attended the Randall Institute as a research student whilst still under the Directorship of Dr Wilkins, Nobel prize winner for his co-discovery of DNA; and European Institute of Health and Medical Sciences, Surrey University where he received an MSc with a specialist area of research in psychoneuroimmunology in the clinical practice.
Dr Patrick Quanten
Dr Patrick Quanten MD ran a single-handed GP practice on Alderney, Channel Islands, for 18 years.
Dr Mark Jones
Doctor Mark Jones MBA PhD Ma PgDip PhD obtained his PhD at Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital and was later a highly respected researcher
who won the NESTA fellowship award.
His time as a research fellow at a major NHS hospital was sadly cut short by his own mother suffering a stroke. In dedicating his time to helping her ongoing care, Mark was to discover much that did not make sense in the wider care and residential system for the elderly.
Dedicating his time and capacity to conducting a detailed and widespread investigation, Mark came to realise that many people were increasingly concerned at the type of care received by their elderly relatives, and the events experienced when those elderly people died.
He now works with a wide base of individuals, including members of the public, NHS staff and carers themselves, all of whom are keen to alert others to serious failings within the NHS and wider care system, and actions which many would consider criminal.