News and Comment

Are you coming to the NHA Party conference on Sunday September 7th?

There’s still time to register for the NHA Party Conference and AGM on Sunday September 7th, 2-6pm. The conference and AGM are taking place at Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL All NHA members and subscribers are welcome. At the AGM there’ll be reports on the past year and full members will be able to vote on any changes ... Read More »

Marathon man leader of National Health Action Party to run final 66km stage of NHS march

The National Health Action Party is supporting the People’s March for the NHS. NHA co-leader, Dr Clive Peedell, will be joining the marchers  on Saturday September 6th for the last leg of their journey from Jarrow to London and will be running the final 66km to Parliament.   Dr Peedell, a cancer specialist at Middlesbrough’s ​James Cook University Hospital​, has already announced he’ll be standing ... Read More »

It’s time for Ed Miliband to prove his NHS credentials and back Doncaster care workers’ strike

Statement from Dr Louise Irvine of the National Health Action Party, as Doncaster care workers escalate long-running pay dispute with private health care company and prepare to start three week strike on Monday August 25th. [Story details here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-28841590. More background here: http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/aug/09/former-nhs-carers-intensify-strike-over-pay] “Ed Miliband has a chance to prove he’s serious about saving our NHS from privatisation. We call on him ... Read More »

Physician associates could put patients at risk if used as doctors on the cheap

There was a warning in today’s Independent that “NHS patients to be seen by ‘doctors on the cheap’ “ Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt says a “new class of medic”,  called  physician associates,  will carry out certain tasks, to free up doctors. They will be science graduates with two years of intensive training, rather than the seven years of training given to ... Read More »

Soaring private patient income at NHS trusts is symptom of privatisation and austerity

Statement from Dr Clive Peedell, co-leader of National Health Action Party, on report (http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/aug/19/private-patient-income-soars-nhs-privatisation?CMP=twt_gu) of soaring income from private patients at NHS hospital trusts:  “The increasing income from treating private patients in NHS hospitals is symptomatic of the continued privatisation of our health service. This process is being driven by NHS austerity, which has put NHS Foundation Trusts under huge financial ... Read More »