Camden Keep Our NHS Public

Candy Udwin

KONP chair Candy Udwin gave evidence to the July 2013 council inquiry into the death of
a baby in Camden resulting from failures by Harmoni, the private company running the local
doctors out of hours service. Harmoni, which
in 2014 had the out of hours contract extended by a year, has since been taken over and is now part of Britain's biggest private healthcare provider, Care UK

Demoralised junior doctors walk out of Whittington and Royal Free, Ham & High, 9 March 2016

Camden nurses march against bursary cuts, Ham & High, 11 January 2016

Student nurses and midwives protest over NHS bursary plans, Guardian, 9 January 2016

Legal challenge over 50 million out-of-hours health contract, Camden New Journal, 30 March 2015

Mother of baby who died in care of private company backs calls to award NHS contracts 'on quality not price', Ham&High, 9 February 2015

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt abandons visit to Whittington hospital amid protest plans,Camden New Journal, 13 January 2015

Row over NHS 'crisis' as Royal Free and Whittington A&Es miss targets, Ham&High, 8 January 2015

NHS campaigners pressure Camden councillors to properly scrutinise new GP contract, Ham & High, 22 December 2014

A third of NHS contracts awarded to private firms, BBC news, 10 December 2014

Hospital strike continues in pay battle, Islington Tribune, 24 November 2014

NHS 'opening to privateers' - local GPs 'priced out' by new changes, Ham & High, 17 November 2014

Criticism from NHS campaigners as health firms fight for 50m out-of-hours GP deal, Islington Tribune, 14 November 2014

Radiographers at Royal Free and Whittington hospitals strike for first time since 1980s, Ham & High, 20 October 2014

Whittington hospital abandons its bid to become a foundation trust, Islington Tribune, 17 October 2014

NHS strike: midwives take to picket lines with ‘very heavy hearts’, Guardian 13 October 2014

Nurses and midwives at the Royal Free and Whittington strike over pay, Ham & High, 13 October 2014

Whittington hospital boss on payroll of MEP wife denies ‘cover up’ over undisclosed workHam & High,14 May 2014

Privatisation of NHS a key battleground in European electionsHam & High,1 May 2014

Camden medics stand for election on anti-privatisation ticket
, Camden New Journal, 29 April 2014

London NHS services 'unravelling', new report says, BBC News, 21 March 2014

Camden out-of-hours GP provider accused of being 'secretive' after death of second baby, Ham & High, 21 November 2013 

Investigation into death of baby who died nine hours after being seen by doctor from private out-of-hours GP company, Camden New Journal, 18 November 2013 

Borough's NHS funding slashed by 75 million, Camden New Journal, 31 October 2013  

Camden GPs criticise Harmoni's 'unprofitable' out-of-hours service, Ham & High, 17 October  2013 

GP surgery set to move to Maiden Lane estate, Camden New Journal, 3 October 2013 

Camden councillors warned 'more lives could be at risk' from Harmoni out of hours GP service, Ham & High, 10 October  2013 

Out-of-hours GP firm to face double probe, as mother of baby who died joins calls for investigation, Camden New Journal, 7 July 2013

Camden Council launches probe into out-of-hours GP provider Harmoni after death of baby Axel Peanberg KingHam & High, 4 July  2013

Calls for inquiry into NHS appoinment of Camden's private out of hours GP provider Harmoni, Ham & High, 31 May 2013. 

Inquiry into Camden Road surgery closure raises concerns about remaining privately run practices, Camden New Journal, 28 June 2012

Inquiry told how NHS chiefs were powerless to prevent GP surgery being sold on by American health giant before closure, Camden New Journal, 7 June 2012 

Why did number of patients with serious illnesses fall after Camden Road surgery was taken over by a private company? Camden New Journal, 17 May 2012 

Cross-party panel to probe closure of Camden Road surgery, Camden New Journal, 19 April 2012 

NHS cuts: No plan to open new GP surgery in Camden Road, Camden New Journal, 16 February 2012 

For the latest reports from journals, see 

Hinchingbrooke hospital taken over by private company Circle, Channel 4 News, 25 November 2010:

Supersize surgeries: BBC Radio 4, 11am, 17 March 2009. Penny Marshall obtained views on polyclinics, family GPs and the problems of privatisation.  

Health Service Journal, March 2009 (http:/ / news/ 2009/ 03/ scottish_ bill_ to_ ban_ private_ gp_ provision.html). Scottish bill to ban private GP provision: Health policy in Scotland has moved further from English policy with a bill that will prevent private companies from running GP services. The Scottish government says it aims to safeguard NHS general practice by outlawing attempts by any private company or consortium to take over provision of NHS GP services. The GP move was welcomed by the British Medical Association. Scottish GPs committee chair Dean Marshall said: "The measures proposed in this bill seek to protect NHS general practice [which will] ensure patient care comes before profit and patients can be assured of continuity of care."

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