( page under reconstruction )

This is an archive of display material that I have made for the action to Save our NHS. I will gradually add to it and add links to my information.
I also intend to add a page of links to other relevant articles.

This is the 2nd page of a leaflet produced for the
38 degrees 
Save our NHS Day of Action

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Links from above – don’t know why they don’t all link automatically but at least cut and paste will get you there 🙂

Here are some more useful sites




Dr David Wrigley is co – author of ‘NHS for Sale’ about the deception and lies written about the NHS, which Judith is currently reading and finding very illuminating.


I am currently editing these pages and putting every article on a new page – now that I have learnt how to do it and how to present it by saving it as a PDF

The cost of Privatisation – Agency nurses

In August 2013 Maidstone Hospital hit the headlines when they paid

£1,800  to work for 11 hours – just over £163 an hour

for an agency nurse  to cover a bank holiday shift at its A&E unit.

Comment by a staff nurse who wished to remain anonymous…

‘Most of the nurses here struggle by on £25,000 a year or so,

That works out at about £90-£100 a day,

When you see someone coming in and doing the same job as you and getting paid

what you take home in a month, in just one day it makes you sick to the stomach.’



The cost of Privatisation – Agency nurses

The gap between rates for NHS staffers and agency locums at every level has been widening in recent years.

Agencies advertise to pay at least twice as much as full-timers

for nurses doing shifts at short notice, and specialist skills attract higher rates.

Maidstone Hospital may have paid £1,800 to get the bank holiday shift covered,

it does not mean that 80 per cent of the money automatically went to the nurse.


The Royal College of Nursing said …

‘It is up to an agency to decide how much it agrees to pay an individual for working a shift and this may vary according to demand from its customers.’

More than 60 private firms provide nursing and medical staff to the NHS.

Spending on agency doctors has risen from £2.1bn to £2.6bn in one year

some trusts routinely pay more than £1,000 per shift and even up to £3,700

The number of NHS trusts which can’t balance books has doubled

Four in five acute foundation trusts have recently reported a deficit 07 Nov 2014

It costs the taxpayer £400,000 to train an emergency consultant,

some consultants are choosing to leave the NHS to work on an agency basis with typical charges of £1,760 per day.

The health service should …“cap the fees being paid to locum medics”


Telegraph investigation

Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals trust

paid at least £1,000 a shift on 217 occasions in one year.

Matthew Hopkins, the trust’s chief executive, told MPs that “standard rates”

to fill positions in departments such as Accident & Emergency were about

£110 an hour amounting to £1,760 for a 16-hour shift.

Wye Valley NHS trust paid

£3,717 for a doctor to work a 30 hour shift in September 2013,

while Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals paid

£3,027 for 24 hours’ cover.

“cap the fees being paid to locum medics”


The MPs report said the Department of Health

as  the dominant employer of medics  was failing to take advantage of its position (to control prices)

should control costs by making all trusts follow a standard national contract.

without “radical changes” in the way the NHS is run, health services will become unsustainable.

there has been a 48 per cent rise in emergency admissions in the last 15 years, heaping pressures on hospitals.

In recent years, hospitals have been reimbursed less for the extra cases they treat, in a bid to encourage more treatment in the community.

But senior managers say the continued squeeze is…

jeopardising hospital’s finances, and could threaten patient safety.


Margaret Hodge, chairman of the Committee of Public Accounts said…

“the fragility of the NHS finances”

has now become her “greatest concern” in all government departments.”

The MPs report said

the Department of Health as  the dominant employer of medics 

was failing to take advantage of its position (to control prices)

How long will it be, before the Department of Health is no longer

the dominant employer of medics or services ?

How will we control prices then?

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