The equality and human rights watchdog has forced 13 NHS primary care organisations to withdraw unlawful, discriminatory policies that could have seen service-users with complex healthcare needs forced into institutions.The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) had written to the clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) as the first step in a potential judicial review of their policies on NHS continuing healthcare (NHS CHC).But it announced this morning (Thursday) that all 13 CCGs had now agreed to revise their policies following the threat of legal action by the commission.EHRC said the move “resolves nearly eight months of disagreements” over the “unlawful” policies.In March 2018, EHRC threatened to judicially review the 13 CCGs* over concerns about their “blanket” NHS CHC policies which had “placed arbitrary caps on funding and failed to consider the specific needs of individual patients”.The commission warned this was a serious breach of the Human Rights Act, their public sector equality duty and the Department of Health and Social Care’s own NHS CHC framework.Concerns about the NHS CHC policies of more than 40 CCGs were first raised in January 2017 by disabled campaigner Fleur Perry (pictured), herself a recipient of NHS continuing healthcare, which provides long-term NHS funding for care outside hospital.Perry’s research, using freedom of information requests, showed how many CCGs had drawn up policies that suggested they would move disabled people eligible for NHS CHC out of their homes and into institutions against their wishes, even if the cost of a homecare package was only slightly more expensive than residential care.These concerns were subsequently taken on by EHRC, which raised “significant concerns” about the policies last October when it asked 43 CCGs for more information.Now all 13 policies are being revised, and EHRC will examine the new policies “to ensure they are lawful and adequately consider equality and human rights implications for their patients”.Perry said this morning: “This is great news. I’m really glad to see that the importance of people being able to choose where and with who they live is being recognised.”Rebecca Hilsenrath, EHRC’s chief executive, said: “Everyone has the right to live their lives to an adequate standard and to have access to good quality health care.“Those who need help are individual human beings with individual circumstances which need to be taken into account.“We said that it is unacceptable and de-humanising for CCGs to adopt a blanket approach in forcing people into residential care, especially when with the right support they would be able to live at home with the families who love them.“We are really pleased with the result and we know that all those affected will be reassured to see CCGs putting the rights of patients at the heart of their decision-making processes.“We will continue to work with CCGs to ensure that future policies do not make the same mistakes.”Potential legal action still hangs over the head of one CCG.Haringey CCG is the only one of the 43 organisations contacted by EHRC last October that has failed to share its policies with the watchdog.It was not one of the 13 that faced judicial review, but EHRC said its lack of engagement now leaves it open to further action.*EHRC threatened judicial reviews of the NHS CHC policies of the following CCGs: Brent, Coventry and Rugby, Dudley, East and North Hertfordshire, Eastern Cheshire, Harrow, Hillingdon, South Cheshire, Vale Royal, West Cheshire, Warwickshire North, Lincolnshire West, and Redditch and Bromsgrove
SAINTS have announced their 19-man Squad for Friday’s engage Super League clash with Hull KR.Tommy Makinson has been recalled to the team following his debut in the 56-22 at Salford.Andrew Dixon also comes in with Francis Meli, Paul Clough and Jon Wilkin missing through injury.Therefore, Royce Simmons’ 19-man squad is:1. Paul Wellens, 2. Ade Gardner, 3. Michael Shenton, 4. Sia Soliola, 8. Josh Perry, 9. James Roby, 10. James Graham, 11. Tony Puletua, 13. Chris Flannery, 14. Scott Moore, 15. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 17. Gary Wheeler, 18. Matty Ashurst, 19. Andrew Dixon, 20. Jonny Lomax, 21. Shaun Magennis, 22. Jamie Foster, 25. Lee Gaskell, 28. Tommy Makinson.Justin Morgan, Hull KR Head Coach, will choose from:1. Shaun Briscoe, 2. Peter Fox, 3. Kris Welham, 4. Jake Webster, 6. Blake Green, 8. Rhys Lovegrove, 9. Ben Fisher, 10. Joel Clinton, 12. Ben Galea, 13. Scott Murrell, 14. Liam Watts, 15. Scott Wheeldon, 16. Jason Netherton, 18. Josh Hodgson, 19. Craig Hall, 21. Sam Latus, 22. Scott Taylor, 23. Willie Mason, 28. Ben Cockayne.The match kicks off at 8pm and the referee is Ben Thaler.If you can’t make the match, it will be covered extensively in the new look Match Centre as well as on Saints’ Official Twitter and Official Facebook sites.You can also listen by tuning in to Wish FM on 102.4 FM, DAB or by clicking here.Tickets are still on sale from the Saints Ticket Office in St Helens Town Centre, by calling 01744 455 052 or logging on to www.saintssuperstore.comStatistics:Super League Summary:St Helens won 5Hull KR won 4St Helens highest score: 68-12 (H, 2010) (also widest margin)Hull KR highest score: 28-24 (H, 2010) (Widest margin: 26-10, H, 2009)Milestones:PAUL WELLENS’ three tries (two against Bradford and one against Leeds) in the last two Engage Super League rounds have seen the Saints fullback move up the list of all-time St Helens try-scorers.With 178 he now sits 9th of the list and needs and needs 11 tries to overhaul Duggie Greenall and draw level with Alan Hunte.1. Tom van Vollenhoven 3922. Les Jones 2823. Alf Ellaby 2804. Steve Llewellyn 2395. Roy Mathias 2186. Anthony Sullivan 2137. Alan Hunte 1898. Duggie Greenall 1889. Paul Wellens 17810. Frank Wilson 176MICHAEL SHENTON needs one try for a career century of touchdowns. He has 93 tries for Castleford Tigers between 2004 and 2010, two for England in 2010 and currently has four for Saints in 2011.FRANCIS MELI needs two tries for a century for St Helens.JAMES GRAHAM will make his 200th appearance for the club on Friday and a special guard of honour is planned.
SAINTS notched up a comfortable home win as they beat Bradford Bulls 30-18Nathan Brown’s men scored five tries – and could have had a lot more – as they recorded the ‘double’ over their Yorkshire rivals and got into the Play Off places.The home side led 18-6 at half time as four-pointers from Willie Manu, Tommy Makinson and Sia Soliola gave them a good lead.But their blistering handling and speed around the ruck should have yielded more points.Bradford though, to their credit, stuck at their task and kept a rampant home back line at bay.In the second half, Josh Jones increased the advantage with a 60 yard dart before Matty Blythe pulled one back.Elliot Kear gave the Bulls a real chance with 10 to go but less than a minute later Jon Wilkin notched his second of the season – and made the win safe.Saints looked more balanced from the off with Jonny Lomax in for his first game since mid-March.And his introduction, alongside the likes of James Roby, Paul Wellens, Gareth O’Brien and Jon Wilkin, made all the difference.Saints almost unlocked the Bulls on their first set when Roby made a break and fed Wilkin. But Wilko’s pass to the supporting Paul Wellens went to ground.Jonny Lomax was then twice involved in a move that almost put Saints ahead.Michael Platt pulled off a wonder tackle on Tommy Makinson on seven minutes that denied a certain score – but moments later Willie Manu burrowed over from close range.And it was nothing less than Saints deserved after a sprightly opening 10 minutes – Gareth O’Brien making it 6-0 with the conversion.Saints were looking to offload on almost every play and it was paying off – Bradford forced on to the back foot.On 20 minutes Saints were further ahead. Lomax combined with Jordan Turner to send Tommy Makinson crashing over in the corner.O’Brien off the touchline for 12-0.Saints were attacking from all areas of the pitch; showing the fans they were more than capable of scintillating passing at speed.But the scoreline wasn’t increased and a fantastic offload from Adam Sidlow after the Bulls had three sets on Saints line saw Brett Kearney cut the lead to six.Josh Jones was unlucky not to cross three minutes later after Saints kept the ball alive on the last.Saints weren’t left to rue the chance though as hot handling found the space for Sia Soliola to show all his strength – O’Brien adding his third goal of the afternoon.Saints went in 18-6 to the good at half time, but began the second a little scratchy.Bradford had a nice couple of sets on the home line, but a loose pass saw Josh Jones race 60 metres for his third of the season.O’Brien perfect with the boot once more.Willie Manu and Jordan Turner almost fashioned a chance for James Roby on 55 minutes and seconds later Lomax was inches short.Bradford piled on the pressure once more though and Matty Blythe crossed.And with less than ten to go Elliot Kear leapt like a salmon to get the Bulls right in it. It was a controversial one though – with a hint of a knock on.But it made no difference as Jon Wilkin powered over a minute later.Bradford rallied at the end as Saints didn’t respect the ball enough – yet anything less than a home win in great conditions would have been a travesty.Match Summary:Saints: Tries: Manu, Makinson, Soliola, Jones, WilkinGoals: O’Brien (5 from 5)Bulls: Tries: Kearney, Blythe, KearGoals: Gale (3 from 3)Penalties: Saints: 6Bulls: 5HT: 18-6FT: 30-18REF: Thierry AlibertATT: 11,385Teams:Saints:1. Paul Wellens; 21. Tommy Makinson, 3. Jordan Turner, 19. Josh Jones, 5. Francis Meli; 7. Jonny Lomax, 37. Gareth O’Brien; 11. Tony Puletua, 9. James Roby, 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 4. Sia Soliola, 13. Willie Manu, 12. Jon Wilkin.Subs: 16. Paul Clough, 25. Alex Walmsley, 28. Jordan Hand, 36. Stuart Howarth.Bulls:1. Brett Kearney; 5. Elliot Kear, 4. Matty Blythe, 3. Keith Lulia, 18. Michael Platt; 19. Danny Addy, 7. Luke Gale; 8. Nick Scruton, 9. Heath L’Estrange, 13. Jamie Langley, 11. John Bateman, 16. Tom Olbison, 21. James Donaldson.Subs: 14. Matt Diskin, 23. Ben Evans, 24. Oliver Roberts, 27. Adam Sidlow.
Three wins from four sees Saints looking up rather than down – and this Friday’s ‘game in hand’ at the John Smith’s Stadium is crucial.“I’m really happy with how we have gone since I arrived,” he said. “We need to keep playing well and try to get that consistency. That is what the good sides are doing and we have to match that.“It will be a tough game on Friday – they are coming off the back of two really strong wins and have hit form.“We put ourselves under pressure in the first 20 minutes against Widnes and it was a positive sign that we kept turning them away. They have been dangerous in attack with having Rangi (Chase) in there.“It was tough to see us come up with so many unforced errors, especially with our ball security, and that is part of the game we have to eliminate to give ourselves a chance.“It was good that we kept turning them away but we cannot afford to continue to do that and put ourselves under pressure.”He continued: “We know the importance of the game and I’m sure Huddersfield are thinking the same too. The fact we can get a bit closer to the leading group is an important one for us.“We’ll also be a full strength too. The performance staff are going a great job at keeping us healthy.”Jonny Lomax showed no ill effects of his first game back last Friday and Holbrook also expects the fullback’s future to be decided shortly.“There’s no rush; he is comfortable here, is loyal to the club and the club has been loyal to him through some tough times,” he added. “That will all get sorted out in the next few days to next week. But from both parties we are more than happy for him to stay and he is more than happy to stay.“Unfortunately, he has had some long term injuries but the club looked after him and he wants to look after the club. There is no reason to think any different.“He is a committed trainer and a committed guy. I’m glad he showed some of his class against Widnes.“We love Tommy Makinson and what he does. He charges the ball back and is a great runner. But Jonny has the skills of a half and that is what you want to come out of the back.”Tickets for Friday’s game remain on sale from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.
It’s the first time the two sides have met in East Hull for more than two years, with Saints edging the last contest 31-22.Jon Wilkin grabbed a try against his former club in that win – and this time he and his teammates will be facing some familiar foes.Adam Quinlan, Mose Masoe and Tommy Lee are all now part of the Robins’ team.Saints have travelled in great numbers this season – and a bumper crowd is expected once more.Tickets are on sale priced at £22 adults, £16 concessions (seniors over 65, full time students and young adults aged 19 to 21) and£12 Juniors (5-18 years old).Juniors need to swap their vouchers before they travel.You can get them from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.
Fresh from having seven players in the 2018 Dream Team – six of which came through the Club’s system alongside ex-Saint Matty Ashurst – a further four have been selected for their country.Jonny Lomax, Tommy Makinson and Mark Percival are recalled to the side whilst Luke Thompson is again in line for his first cap.Other Saints Academy graduates include James Graham and Joe Greenwood.England play France at the Leigh Sports Village on Wednesday October 17, then a three-Test series against New Zealand – at the KCOM Stadium in Hull on Saturday October 27; at Anfield in Liverpool on Sunday November 4; and at Elland Road in Leeds on Sunday November 11.Six members of the World Cup final team are ruled out by injury – Gareth Widdop, Kallum Watkins, Ryan Hall, Ben Currie, Alex Walmsley and James Roby, who will have surgery at the end of the season.England Squad: John Bateman (Wigan Warriors, Bradford Dudley Hill) – Caps: 13 (5 tries) George Burgess (South Sydney, Dewsbury Moor) – Caps: 12 (2 tries) Sam Burgess (South Sydney, Dewsbury Moor) – Caps: 23 (8 tries) Tom Burgess (South Sydney, Dewsbury Moor) – Caps: 21 (2 tries) Daryl Clark (Warrington Wolves, Fryston Warriors) – Caps: 6 (1 try) Jake Connor (Hull FC, Siddal) – Caps: 1 (1 try) Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers, Middleton Marauders) – Caps: 10 (1 try, 10 goals) James Graham (St George Illawarra Dragons, Blackbrook) – Caps: 40 (3 tries) Joe Greenwood (Wigan Warriors, Saddleworth Rangers) – Caps: 0 Chris Hill (Warrington Wolves, New Springs Lions) – Caps: 26 Josh Hodgson (Canberra Raiders, East Hull) – Caps: 15 (3 tries) Tom Johnstone (Wakefield Trinity, Stanningley) – Caps: 0 Jonny Lomax (St Helens, Orrell St James) – Caps: 7 Reece Lyne (Wakefield Trinity, Ideal Isberg) – Caps: 0 Tommy Makinson (St Helens, Wigan St Judes) – Caps: 1 (1 try) Jermaine McGillvary (Huddersfield Giants, Deighton Juniors) – Caps: 13 (12 tries) Adam Milner (Castleford Tigers, Stanley Rangers) – Caps: 0 Sean O’Loughlin (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Patricks) – Caps: 24 (5 tries) Mark Percival (St Helens, Halton Farnworth Hornets) – Caps: 5 (2 tries) Stefan Ratchford (Warrington Wolves, Wigan St Patricks) – Caps: 5 (2 tries) Luke Thompson (St Helens, Bold Miners) – Caps: 0 Sam Tomkins (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Patricks) – Caps: 23 (17 tries) Elliott Whitehead (Canberra Raiders, West Bowling) – Caps: 16 (6 tries) George Williams (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Patricks) – Caps: 7 (1 try)Tickets for the game against France are on sale now at rugby-league.com and are priced at £20 for Adults and £5 for Juniors. ‘Our League’ members can purchase tickets and save 50% on both Adult and Junior prices. Visit rugby-league.com/tickets for more details and to book.Tickets for this Autumn’s International Series against New Zealand are also on sale at rugby-league.com/tickets and are priced from £25 for adults and £12.50 for concessions. ‘Our League’ members will get £5 off all ticket categories when purchased through the Our League App or website.Our League members can also take advantage of an exclusive offer which gives them three games for the price of two, visit rugby-league.com/tickets for more information.