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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 »

Rise in prescriptions a symptom of GPs under pressure

Statement from London GP, Dr Louise Irvine of the National Health Action Party, on the rise in unnecessary antibiotics being prescribed by GPs: “There has been a rise in inappropriate prescribing of antibiotics by GPs in recent years, reversing a previous downward trend. This reflects the increasing pressure on GPS- it takes longer to explain to a patient why they ... Read More »

Read all about it

Here’s a round-up of this week’s top comment articles about the NHS: NHS privatisation keeps on failing patients – despite a decade of warnings, writes AllysonPollock: http://t.co/Yrt7U3ST6k Private hospitals should be put under the same scrutiny as NHS services, says Jenny Lewis of Doctor Foster:  http://www.theguardian.com/healthcare-network/2014/aug/22/private-hospitals-nhs-transparency-patient-safety It’s time for the voices of the one million NHS staff to be heard. Stop ... Read More »

GPs hit back against colleagues to denounce NHS privatisation

NHA’s Dr Louise Irvine has led over a hundred GPs in hitting back against a  GP-backed letter in the Daily Mail which opposed a moratorium on privatisation in the NHS, as proposed by Labour. As reported in Pulse magazine, the counter letter states that those GPs are not representatives of the profession, and that many GPs don’t believe competition and privatisation are ... Read More »