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Department of Health deny ‘formal involvement’ with Kaiser Permanente despite inconvenient proof

Department of Health have denied ‘formal involvement’  with US Healthcare firm Kaiser Permanente.  This is a little inconvenient because we know he’s visited them at least TWICE and we have the photos to prove it.

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Here’s the first cosy photo with health secretary Jeremy Hunt pictured with Kaiser Permanente Executive Vice President Philip Fasano.

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He enjoyed the visit so much he returned on June 2nd 2014.


Here he is again apparently listening to a lecture.  Pictured with Philip Fasano, executive vice president and CIO of Kaiser Permanente.


Kaiser Permanente proudly show a list of United Kingdom ‘participants’.  Do you recognise any of these?

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Perhaps someone doesn’t like being listed because when we checked Kaiser’s website today they had removed Jeremy Hunt’s photo and the entire list of participants.

What exactly does the UK Government want to hide?

Since the publication of this article we received a statement from NHS North Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group (listed as a Kaiser participant under ‘NHS Cumbria’).

[A spokesman for NHS North Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: ” Neither NHS North Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) nor its predecessor NHS Cumbria CCG have worked with Kaiser Permanente.
We have contacted the organisation and requested they take our name off the list of participants on their website.”]

We have asked Kaiser Permanente for comment on this and to explain the subsequent disappearance of their participants (shown above) from their website. 

We make no suggestion of wrongdoing by Kaiser Permanente.


Hunt in row with Professor over NHS insurance

Jeremy Hunt is having a row with Professor Stephen Hawking over NHS insurance. He claims one of the most intelligent people on the planet is wrong that the Tories seemed to be steering the UK towards a US-style health insurance system.

This is the same Jeremy Hunt who co-authored a book (read here) calling for the NHS to be replaced with private insurance!

This is the same Jeremy Hunt who accepted a payment of £32,920 from hedge fund baron Andrew Law, a major investor in private healthcare firms.  Law has also donated £2,034,785.34 to the Tories going under various names. Backup to article here which exposes Hunt and other MPs.

This is the same Jeremy Hunt with links to US healthcare system Kaiser Permanente pictured below with them.


Here are other things Jeremy Hunt has done to aid a private NHS.

Click to find out if your MP has links to private healthcare

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As a Doctor, I’ve experienced the mayhem Theresa May has caused in our NHS

A year ago, Theresa May’s government took control of our NHS. Figures released by NHS England today show the literal mayhem that has engulfed our health service under May’s premiership, and the harm this is causing patients. As a junior doctor, I experience it every day.

In the first hospital I worked in, I thought the lack of resources, understaffing, and inability to meet patient demand was particular to that hospital trust. But as I moved from one hospital to another, I realised it has become endemic. Overflowing A&E departments, routine cancellation of operations, ambulance delays, and permanent bed shortages are the new norm in Tory Britain.

Today’s figures evidence how much the situation has deteriorated in the last year. Over four million people are currently waiting for surgery, the highest number in a decade and, in the last year, 2.5 million people waited more than four hours for emergency and urgent treatment.

The Conservatives’ lethal cuts to funding, combined with the selling off services for private profit and a social care crisis caused in Downing Street, has pushed our NHS to breaking point. This has drastically reduced the quality of patient care, and shut many out from treatment altogether, often with fatal consequences. It’s clear that cutting services to the bone has become more than just a metaphor.

Patients have also been impacted by the government’s mistreatment of NHS staff. This was the year I and other junior doctors were forced to take the unprecedented step of striking in opposition to an unsafe contract. Jeremy Hunt imposed the contracts anyway, ignoring our warnings about threats to patient care.

And despite widespread pressure to end the public sector pay cap, our wages continue to fall in real-terms. This has hit the lowest paid staff the hardest, with some of my colleagues forced to rely on foodbanks as a result. Low pay, combined with the removal of the nurses’ bursary and rising fees for medical students, has caused a recruitment crisis and severe staffing shortages.

An overstretched and underpaid workforce, without access to sufficient resources and facilities, cannot provide patients with the care they need. Our inability to provide this care causes us severe stress, strain and sleep deprivation, which has driven many of my colleagues from the profession.

Today’s figures should be a wake-up call for us to fight for universal healthcare, properly funded and publicly-owned, with safe staffing levels and fair pay. Not only are NHS services and staff being pushed to breaking point – now patients are too. If we don’t act now, the consequences will be fatal.

Source   Backup

Why people vote Tory

Is this what Tory voters want?


Doctors are preparing to move abroad


Number of patients waiting to start treatment is increasing


GP vacancy rate is increasing as existing doctors leave the NHS


The chances of getting a hospital bed are decreasing


Nurses are leaving the NHS


Have a look for yourself



Tories plan to cut a further £22 BILLION from our NHS

Since our NHS went into a state of Humanitarian Crisis it was forced to call in charity Red Cross.  The Tories deny there is a crisis and they won’t tell you their plan to cut a further £22 BILLION from the NHS.

We have a so-called health secretary who gladly offers his thanks to NHS staff but offers no real solution to the NHS Humanitarian Crisis as people die on hospital trolleys waiting to be seen by staff.

If you need more convincing that the Tories are the wrong people to govern our NHS have a look at how bad the situation is in your area with the NHS tracker.

For the first time you can find out just how bad the NHS humanitarian crisis is in your area simply by providing your postcode.  You’ll be provided with waiting list numbers and financial data for your area.   Find out the truth here with the NHS crisis tracker.


Tory MPs admit PM telling lies over NHS funding

Theresa May is telling lies over NHS funding admit Tory MPs

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Theresa May’s secret plans to replace NHS England with private US healthcare system Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente is a private healthcare organisation based in California.

But unlike many other private healthcare companies in the US, Kaiser provides a complete model of integrated pre-paid insurance along with healthcare which is supposedly provided free at the point of need.

This is a system much like our own NHS but with three major differences – Kaiser’s healthcare provision is much more expensive than the NHS, the healthcare provision side is run for profit and unlike the NHS its cover isn’t comprehensive – it only covers those people who are in work.

Despite that, Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt seems to love Kaiser. He and other ministers have personally visited the company at its California headquarters – several times in fact:


And Kaiser’s own website lists other recent visitors from the UK, including many NHS hospitals and NHS trusts as well as HM Treasury and the Ministry of Health itself:

UK Participants – Kaiser Permanente International

In text format those UK participants are:
Advancing Quality Alliance
Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Arcadia Consulting
Ashton, Leigh & Wigan Community Healthcare
AXA-PPP Healthcare
Benenden Healthcare Society
Black Country Family Practice
Blackburn Borough Council
Blackheath Medical Centre
Blackpool Clinical Commissioning Group
Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Birmingham and Solihull NHS Cluster
Birmingham Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Birmingham Heartlands Hospital
Bramhall Park Medical Centre
Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Trust
Bupa Health and Wellbeing UK
Calibre Clinical Commissioning Group
CareMax International
Central Manchester GP Commissioning Consortium
Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Cheshire and Wirral Partnership
Circle Health
Cornwall Care Ltd.
Countess of Chester Hospital
Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group
Cumbria Partnership Foundation Trust
Department of Health
East Cheshire Commissioning Consortium
East Cheshire NHS Trust
East Lancashire Hospitals Trust
East Midlands Leadership Academy
Eastern Birmingham Primary Care Trust
Gloucestershire Primary Care Trust
Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
H3Plus Commissioning Group
Health and Social Care Board
Health for London CSL
HealthEast CIC
HealthWorks Commissioning Consortium
Heart of Birmingham Teaching Primary Care Trust
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HM Treasury
Holly Bank Surgery
Hospital Directions
InHealth Endoscopy
James Paget University Hospitals
Jarvis Medical Practice
John Radcliffe Hospital
Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust
Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
Leodis Pathfinder Consortia
Liverpool Community Health
Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust
Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust
Mersey Care NHS Trust
Mid Hampshire Primary Care Trust
Ministry of Health
NHS Blackburn with Darwen
NHS Blackpool
NHS Bolton
NHS Cumbria
NHS East Lancashire
NHS Foundation Trust
NHS Lancashire Care
NHS Leeds
NHS Mid-Essex
NHS North Somerset
NHS North West
NHS North West Leadership Academy
NHS Oldham
NHS Redbridge
NHS Trafford Primary Care Trust
North Lancashire PCT
North of England NHS Commissioning Board
Nottingham Healthcare NHS Trust
Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre
Nuffield Trust
Pathfinder Healthcare Development
Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
Phoenix Partnership
Portsmouth City Primary Care Trust
Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust
Quayside Medical Practice
Queen Square Medical Practice
Robin Lane Medical Centre
Royal Bolton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Royal College of Physicians of England
Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust
Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust
South Central Strategic Health Authority
South Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group
South Devon Healthcare Foundation Trust
South Manchester Clinical Commissioning Group
South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group
Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
St Helens & Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Stanford School of Medicine
StHealth Clinical Commissioning Consortium
Stockport Managed Care
Stockport NHS Foundation Trust
Stonepoint & Partners
Sussex Cancer Network
The King’s Fund
Torbay and Southern Devon Health and Care Trust
Trafford Healthcare NHS Trust
Trafford Provider Services
UKPrime Ltd
University of Birmingham
University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust
Vale Royal Clinical Commissioning Group
Weston Area Health Trust
Welsh Assembly
Whiston Hospital
Whittington Health
Wirral GP Commissioning Consortium
Wirral NHS Alliance
Wirral Primary Care Trust
Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust

We have already seen that US firms are looking to capitalise as the NHS becomes increasingly privatised, including Kaiser Permanente Foundation‘s senior vice president Hal Wolf who has openly called for the NHS to become “more like Kaiser Permanente“.

Alarmingly, Theresa May has specifically refused to guarantee she will not open up the NHS to US firms in a post-Brexit trade deal across the Atlantic.

Understanding the plans to replace the NHS with the Kaiser Permanente system explains why there has been a recent speeding up of the ongoing marketisation and privatisation of the NHS.

It also explains why the Tories were so desperate to push through their disastrous NHS reforms in the first place. A central plank of the NHS reforms was the formation of Clinical Commissioning Groups – which were openly based on Kaiser’s Permanente Medical Groups and which also happen to be a central plank of Kaiser’s healthcare system.

And understanding the plans to replace the NHS across England with the Kaiser Permanente system goes a long way to explaining why Theresa May has done nothing to resolve the worsening NHS crisis, which she is gambling will only make the public more keen to see changes to a system that is being deliberately broken.

So if the Tories win in June – say goodbye to the NHS in England and hello to Kaiser Permanente …

Published with thanks to Pride’s Purge


Since the publication of this article we received a statement from NHS North Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group (listed as a Kaiser participant under ‘NHS Cumbria’).

[A spokesman for NHS North Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: ” Neither NHS North Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) nor its predecessor NHS Cumbria CCG have worked with Kaiser Permanente.
We have contacted the organisation and requested they take our name off the list of participants on their website.”]

We have asked Kaiser Permanente for comment on this and to explain the subsequent disappearance of their participants (shown above) from their website. 

No wrongdoing by Kaiser Permanente is suggested.  Our interest is the lack of transparency from the UK Government.