Is It Time For A Labour Reshuffle?


Liam-Byrne-007Well folks there comes a time when fellow comrades from all walks of life receives some positive news from Liam Byrne Shadow Department Works and Pension  Minister then only for him to withdraw the statement to undo the positive message on behalf Labour for a far worse news release from Labour HQ.

It may sound strange to some people but its true Liam Byrne Member of Hodge Hill is very popular in his own CLP as I understand it  to sum this up in a nutshell Liam is highly regarded as a people’s person in his CLP he gets his work done with the Local Councillors  and their activists. I have been on the campaign trail with Liam Bryan 3 times in his constituency and he had the opportunity to come over to campaign in my CLP.

I kid you not when Liam Byrne puts his shadow minister cap on he becomes very unpopular with the public. I find myself on a cross-road at this moment and time I don’t say this lightly when I say it’s about time that Labour gets its act together. I’m sure many will recall a moment when there was a vote on the Jobseeker’s (Work Programme) Bill a few months ago on the advice of Liam Byrne most Labour MPs abstained which caused a public outcry from both Labour members and supporters.

On saying this he has worked with other MPs in Birmingham to hold a job summit recently which is the first of its kind which brought all the major companies together to recruit young people into employment which has not happened under the coalition.

My only hope is for Labour to consider some thoughts about a reshuffle of Shadow Cabinet very soon.

Now we have learned from the New Statement that Liam Byrne has changed his tune again moving to the right see link below:

http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2013/07/labours-disastrous-new-line-attack-benefit-cap-its-too-soft

Then there seems to be a competition between Liam Byrne Vs George Osborne to see who can faring well with the welfare Cap see below:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-23325667

NHS is dying and on life support because  of the Tories, and despite what our unelected PM is saying here about things being covered up by the last government, let us not forget that the Conservatives have made covering up the figures a veritable fine art of late!

Indeed, if the Tories are now placing hospitals into ‘special measures’ then I can assure you that it is for one reason and one reason only, and that is to make them fitter to deliver the private care that the Conservatives have in mind for them to deliver once the NHS has been fully privatised.

After all, if they can’t do that then they can’t earn their wealthy new owners the projected profits that they are expecting of them, can they.

huntNotice how the coalition is quick to knock the NHS the government want you all to think it is failing so we will see privatisation as a benefit. ‘Is there no limit to what this Government will privatise?’: UK’s blood supply sold to US private equity firm Bain Capital

The Government was tonight accused of gambling with the UK’s blood supply by selling the state-owned NHS plasma supplier to an US private equity firm.

The Department of Health overlooked several healthcare or pharmaceutical firms and at least one blood plasma specialist before choosing to sell an 80 per cent stake in Plasma Resources UK to Bain Capital, the company co-founded by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, in a £230m deal. The Government will retain a 20 per stake and a share of potential future profits.

PRUK has annual sales of around £110m and consists of two companies: it employs 200 people at Bio Products Laboratory (BPL) in Elstree, Hertfordshire, and more than 1,000 at DCI Biologicals Inc in the US. DCI collects plasma from American donors and sends it to BPL where it is separated into blood proteins, clotting factors and albumin for supply to NHS hospitals in the treatment of immune deficiencies, neurological diseases, and haemophilia.

British jobs are being safeguarded in the deal and Bain, which has invested in dozens of private and state-owned health companies worldwide, is prepared to spend £50m in capital investment on the Elstree laboratories.

However, critics of the deal warned the Government that Bain Capital was the wrong company to own the NHS plasma supply line.

Lord Owen, the former Health Minister, wrote to David Cameron earlier this year asking the Prime Minister to intervene and halt the sale. “In 1975, against some resistance from those guarding the finances of the DHSS budget, I decided as Minister of Health to invest in self-sufficiency in the UK for blood and blood products,” he wrote. “I now believe this country is on the point of making exactly the same mistake again. The world plasma supply line has been in the past contaminated and I fear it will almost certainly continue to be contaminated.”

After hearing of the sale Lord Owen told The Independent: “It’s hard to conceive of a worse outcome for a sale of this particularly sensitive national health asset than a private equity company with none of the safeguards in terms of governance of a publicly quoted company and being answerable to shareholders.

Private equity has a useful function, as I saw in years past on the advisory board of Terra Firma, but Bain Capital should not have been chosen for this sale. Is there no limit to what and how this coalition government will privatise?”

Blood from UK donors, typically collected in vans and centres by NHS Blood and Transplant, is not supplied to PRUK, a separate organisation. Plasma donors at DCI centres in the US receive cash for each donation, typically around $25 for the first visit and $20 for any subsequent visit. People can donate up to twice a week.

Due to safety concerns following the emergence of ‘mad cow disease’, or vCJD, NHS hospitals only use plasma from around 20 per cent of blood collected from donors in the UK with the remainder used for diagnostic and research purposes. As the UK was unable to secure a long-term ‘safe’ blood supply for the NHS following the vCJD outbreak, the Government spent £50m in 2002 on the US firm that provided all of BPL’s plasma.

The majority of NHS hospital plasma supplies come from PRUK, which sources all its plasma from low contamination risk groups in the United States across DCI’s network of 32 donor centres.

Lucy Reynolds from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine wrote an academic paper earlier this year strongly arguing against the sale of PRUK.

She said the coalition deal undervalued the company adding: “Plasma supplies have a long record of being operated on a not for profit basis, using voluntary donors where all the necessary checks take place. The difference with a commercial firm is that they will want to have as many donors as possible and be looking to secure large profits first and foremost.

“This amounts to the government abandoning UK blood products users to the tender mercies of the cheapest supplier.”

The PRUK deal is the latest move from Bain Capital into the expanding privatised UK health market. The Independent reported last month that the Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), co-owned by the assets management firm, already caters for around half of all private patients in London and runs three joint NHS ventures, renting building space from public hospitals for exclusively private treatment. HCA is also a large buyer of plasma-derived products.

Devin O’Reilly, managing director of Bain Capital in London, said: “We have completed over 50 healthcare investments in companies such as HCA and we will ensure that all of this experience and expertise is applied to building PRUK into a true global leader.”

Health Minister Dan Poulter said: “This deal will ensure that patients will have access to high quality plasma products for years to come and it is good news that Bain are investing in medicine and the life science industry in the UK.”

See link below:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-23334981

nhs-2-stgeorges-2-unisonjan2011-cohseNotice how the coalition is quick to knock the NHS the government want you all to think it is failing so we will see privatisation as a benefit. ‘Is there no limit to what this Government will privatise?’: UK’s blood supply sold to US private equity firm Bain Capital

The Government was tonight accused of gambling with the UK’s blood supply by selling the state-owned NHS plasma supplier to an US private equity firm.

The Department of Health overlooked several healthcare or pharmaceutical firms and at least one blood plasma specialist before choosing to sell an 80 per cent stake in Plasma Resources UK to Bain Capital, the company co-founded by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, in a £230m deal. The Government will retain a 20 per stake and a share of potential future profits.

PRUK has annual sales of around £110m and consists of two companies: it employs 200 people at Bio Products Laboratory (BPL) in Elstree, Hertfordshire, and more than 1,000 at DCI Biologicals Inc in the US. DCI collects plasma from American donors and sends it to BPL where it is separated into blood proteins, clotting factors and albumin for supply to NHS hospitals in the treatment of immune deficiencies, neurological diseases, and haemophilia.

British jobs are being safeguarded in the deal and Bain, which has invested in dozens of private and state-owned health companies worldwide, is prepared to spend £50m in capital investment on the Elstree laboratories.

However, critics of the deal warned the Government that Bain Capital was the wrong company to own the NHS plasma supply line.

Lord Owen, the former Health Minister, wrote to David Cameron earlier this year asking the Prime Minister to intervene and halt the sale. “In 1975, against some resistance from those guarding the finances of the DHSS budget, I decided as Minister of Health to invest in self-sufficiency in the UK for blood and blood products,” he wrote. “I now believe this country is on the point of making exactly the same mistake again. The world plasma supply line has been in the past contaminated and I fear it will almost certainly continue to be contaminated.”

After hearing of the sale Lord Owen told The Independent: “It’s hard to conceive of a worse outcome for a sale of this particularly sensitive national health asset than a private equity company with none of the safeguards in terms of governance of a publicly quoted company and being answerable to shareholders.

“Private equity has a useful function, as I saw in years past on the advisory board of Terra Firma, but Bain Capital should not have been chosen for this sale. Is there no limit to what and how this coalition government will privatise?”

Blood from UK donors, typically collected in vans and centres by NHS Blood and Transplant, is not supplied to PRUK, a separate organisation. Plasma donors at DCI centres in the US receive cash for each donation, typically around $25 for the first visit and $20 for any subsequent visit. People can donate up to twice a week.

Due to safety concerns following the emergence of ‘mad cow disease’, or vCJD, NHS hospitals only use plasma from around 20 per cent of blood collected from donors in the UK with the remainder used for diagnostic and research purposes. As the UK was unable to secure a long-term ‘safe’ blood supply for the NHS following the vCJD outbreak, the Government spent £50m in 2002 on the US firm that provided all of BPL’s plasma.

The majority of NHS hospital plasma supplies come from PRUK, which sources all its plasma from low contamination risk groups in the United States across DCI’s network of 32 donor centres.

Lucy Reynolds from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine wrote an academic paper earlier this year strongly arguing against the sale of PRUK.

She said the Coailtion deal undervalued the company adding: “Plasma supplies have a long record of being operated on a not for profit basis, using voluntary donors where all the necessary checks take place. The difference with a commercial firm is that they will want to have as many donors as possible and be looking to secure large profits first and foremost.

“This amounts to the government abandoning UK blood products users to the tender mercies of the cheapest supplier.”

The PRUK deal is the latest move from Bain Capital into the expanding privatised UK health market. The Independent reported last month that the Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), co-owned by the assets management firm, already caters for around half of all private patients in London and runs three joint NHS ventures, renting building space from public hospitals for exclusively private treatment. HCA is also a large buyer of plasma-derived products.

Devin O’Reilly, managing director of Bain Capital in London, said: “We have completed over 50 healthcare investments in companies such as HCA and we will ensure that all of this experience and expertise is applied to building PRUK into a true global leader.”

Health Minister Dan Poulter said: “This deal will ensure that patients will have access to high quality plasma products for years to come and it is good news that Bain are investing in medicine and the life science industry in the UK.”

116883093__432080cJust wondering how many of you had the opportunity to watch the last of the Prime Minister Questions time before it went to recess how interesting that a question was asked Re: Lynton Crosby. David Cameron’s face went from red to lobster red when he tried to duck and dive the questions when Critics have questioned Mr Crosby’s role in the decision to put plain packaging for cigarettes on hold and at Prime Minister’s Questions Mr Cameron was accused by Labour leader Ed Miliband of having “caved in to big tobacco” in a “disgraceful episode”.

See link below:

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/07/18/mehdis-morning-memo_51_n_3620368.html?ir=UK%20Politics&utm_campaign=071913&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Alert-uk-politics&utm_content=FullStory

 

 

 

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