After cancer

NHS – Please can you leave us alone

GP records to be shared (without patients’ permission). If you are reading this it’s 99% likely that means YOU !

Latest from Dept. Shoot in Foot (SIF)

Pulse reports “Identifiable information from GP records will be shared without patient permission under a new local care.data-style scheme to intervene in the care of ‘high cost individuals’.

i.e. That means most post-cancer survivors.

Pulse has learnt that NHS Southend CCG hopes to start extracting identifiable data from GP records next month, with the aim of identifying ‘high cost’ patients and reviewing their care.

The NHS will b able to sell this data to eager car, life an other insurance companies ; You could end up like Sheila Hancock – with a massive increase in Annual insurance premiums.

So stand by for more cuts – more GPs delaying referrals to Consultants – more cuts to Services such as Lymphoedia Clinics – no more Fracture Nurses to help with Osteoporosis, etc. etc.
Between the age of 20 to 65, it’s unlikely you cost the NHS much. And many people belonged to work schemes covering them for private treatment, so if they had to go to hospitall, tae NHS made money from their insurance company.
So the NHS ended up being quids in. That’s when the bean counters should have planned for the future, and saved funds.

Now the NHS is coming up with a new idea ! WHOLE SYSTEMS

Whole Syatems seems designed to push cancer survivors and other elderly patients to one side, as I am finding out when co-opted onto the local committees as a Patient Rep.

Committees are led by Management Consultants – earning their vast fees by repeating everything we say – then presented to NHS as their ideas. Yet Dept. SIF (a.k.a. Dept. Health) can find money for these “Consultants” ! But cuts down on essensital treatment.

OUtcome is consruction of two ‘Hubs’ just for assesing over-65s. What a waste of resources and buldings.

‘Assessment’ seems to be usual tests (blood pressure, height, weight, etc) currently carried out in GP surgeries.

Floor plans for first Hub show Admin offices take up more space than that allocated to Patients.

And expensive staff are going to be imported from US to work in these Hubs. Some unidentified people from a NHS quango were flown to States to see them in operation so that’s all right.

Confused Patient

Americans are acknowledged to speak a different language – e.g. Americans ask to “wash up ” which translates as “do you want the loo ?” So to overcome differences in terminology, language, drug names, etc. the Americans are going to be given a One-week indusction course into transport complexities of reaching NHS centres, differences in terminology and what drugs are called in UK against names used in USA – good luck when dealaing with old Mrs. Smith who can’t understand why she can’t see her usual “nice doctor”.

Now NHS looks for ways of making up their profligacy

The Dept. of SIF is obviously looking at ways to pay for these new Hubs – and Pulse has reported that “Identifiable information from GP records will be shared without patient permission under a new local care.data-style scheme to intervene in the care of ‘high cost individuals’. Apparently if you live in Southend, this will be first area, so Watch Out !

Pulse has learnt that NHS Southend CCG hopes to start extracting identifiable data from GP records next month, with the aim of identifying ‘high cost’ patients and reviewing their care.

But GP leaders have questioned the focus on cost, rather than the quality, of patient care. And Pulse says patients will also not be informed about the data extraction in advance and will have to ask their GP to opt out if they are not comfortable with identifiable information from their medical record being shared.

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