Weekly political news round up – 27th October 2017

Overview

This week, the Labour MP Mark Hendrick has received an answer to a written question on faecal incontinence. The Royal College of Nursing has called for an above inflation pay rise for nurses based on minimum income measures; and a campaign group has launched a legal case against a contract for Accountable Care Organisations published by NHS England in the summer.

Response to written question on faecal incontinence

Public Health and Primary Care Minister, Steve Brine, has responded to a question from Labour MP for Preston, Mark Hendrick, on what steps have been taken by CCGs in Greater Preston, Blackburn with Darwin and West Lancashire to monitor the number of people who are referred for appropriate specialised management after receiving initial management for faecal incontinence.

Hendrick also asked how many people were offered referral for appropriate treatment after receiving initial management for faecal incontinence by each CCG in each quarter between 1 March 2014 and 30 September 2017. Steve Brine responded saying that this information is not collected centrally.

RCN calls for above inflation pay rise for nurses

A report from NatCen has led the RCN to call for an above inflation pay rise for nurses, after it found that 41% of nurses do not meet the minimum income measure used by the Joseph Roundtree Foundation, a 50% rise over seven years, and a greater proportion of the workforce than police officers or teachers.

The minimum income standard is based on research into what members of the public think households need in order to meet a minimum socially acceptable standard of living, and varies according to the type of household.

RCN Chief Executive Janet Davies commented that “This is a timely pre-Budget reminder that the Government has driven down living standards with year after year of real-terms pay cuts, leaving more nursing staff falling behind the acceptable income standard than other public-sector workers”.

Legal case launched against accountable care contract

The campaign group ‘999 Call for the NHS’ has launched a legal challenge against a national contract published by NHS England in the summer, which will allow for the creation of Accountable Care Organisations (ACOs). The contract would allow the awarding of contracts which pay a fixed price for one provider to deliver NHS services to a whole population, but the group claims this will contradict the requirement in the Health and Social Care Act for payment to be linked to the patients treated and/or the complexity of their treatments.

Commenting on the legal challenge, the group said, “A fixed capitated budget would fail to ensure that there would be enough money to meet the cost of delivering NHS services to the required quality standard.”

NHS England criticised the challenge and said it would “resist this mistaken campaign to frustrate the move to more integrated care between hospitals, mental health and community services.”