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Protest camp at Stafford Hospital gathers support

NHS campaigners are heading to Stafford this weekend to lend their support to the Support Stafford Hospital Group who have set up a protest camp outside Stafford Hospital to demonstrate against plans to downgrade services. Following the Francis Report, it was announced that Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust is to be scrapped in November with services including paediatrics and critical care ... Read More »

A 7 day a week NHS – is it workable or effective?

NHS medical director Sir Bruce Keogh pledged this week that patients will receive the same level of treatment seven-days-a-week by March 2017.  In an interview with the Sunday Times, he said: “The NHS is owned by the people of this country. It needs to respond to society’s demands and it is quite clear that the people of this country want us ... Read More »

It’s time for politicians to stop ignoring the policies that can fix the NHS

NHA policy adviser John Lister has written an excellent article about how politicians consistently ignore the popular and evidence-based policies that can fix our NHS. Instead they prefer to “think the unthinkable” and pursue policies that abandon basic values and principles about the NHS. You can read the full version of his article on the Open Democracy website: https://www.opendemocracy.net/ournhs/john-lister/should-politicians-summer-reading-lists-include-unthinkable-ideas-for-nhs. But ... Read More »

Lib Dem credibility at rock bottom after bedroom tax U-turn

NHA co-leader Dr Clive Peedell has said the credibility of the Lib Dems is at rock bottom following their U-turn over the Bedroom Tax.  Despite the Lib Dems voting with the Tories in favour of the tax and enabling it to become law, Nick Clegg has now announced his party is against it. Dr Peedell said: “Nick Clegg recklessly ignored ... Read More »

We all already own the NHS – the latest ‘mutual’ spin is about taking it out of our hands

On Monday the following headline appeared in the Independent New Government policy for the NHS could allow doctors and nurses to ‘own’ hospitals”. The article describes how new mutual companies based on the John Lewis model could take over the running of hospitals and other NHS services. This meets with approval across the political spectrum. The Independent article says: “Both ... Read More »

NHS is not safe from TTIP despite headlines to the contrary

On the 8th July Ignacio Garcia Bercero, Chief EU negotiator on the TTIP wrote a letter to John Healey MP, Chair of the UK’s All Party Parliamentary Group on TTIP. The purpose of this letter was to respond to John Healey’s enquiry in March about how the TTIP could affect the NHS. This generated an extraordinary piece in the FT ... Read More »