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Privatisation #1 How private patient income is expanding in NHS Trusts The NHS as a public service was once the envy of the world and recognised as one of the greatest humanitarian achievement of the 20th century. The NHS, as we knew it, is in crisis with many hospitals on black alert (hospitals at full capacity, closed to further admissions), …

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Tell the Lords the NHS must be returned to public service

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Make your voice heard before the Lords Committee publishes its conclusions. This is urgent and important. There is now serious discussion, yet again, of creating a Royal (or other) commission with cross-party support. You can read why we are opposed to any such move here. The last 30 years of incremental changes to the NHS shows that there already is a …

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NHA welcomes a new leader and a new year fighting for the NHS

My name is Alex Ashman. This new year message is to introduce myself and to look to the fight for our NHS. That may not be a message full of seasonal cheer, but with the Clinical Commissioning Groups signing 2 year service contracts on 23 December, which will hasten along the Sustainability and Transformation Plans, neither the government nor NHS England are …

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The Lords’ committee into the long-term sustainability of the NHS – NHA’s evidence is published

The National Health Action Party has submitted evidence to the Lords' Committee into the long-term sustainability of the NHS. The Lords' committee which is reviewing the long-term financial sustainability of the NHS has been hearing oral evidence since June first in private sessions and since 12 July they have held four public sessions. The committee requested that written evidence be submitted by 20 …

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Support Dr Helen Salisbury in the Witney by-election

OK I've done it again! I've agreed to stand in the Witney by-election for the National Health Action Party. Things are getting desperate in the NHS - the system is creaking because of underfunding and the pointless bureaucracy of the market. Don't let them kid you that the problems are all due to an ageing and growing population - it …

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The Sustainability and Transformation Plans

Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) - the biggest threat to the NHS since the Coalition's Health & Social Care Act (2012) The STP programme was launched in December 2015. It splits England into 44 areas called 'Footprints' which will be the basis for how the NHS will be run in future. They are taking the 'N' out of the NHS. This …

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Only legislation can bring back the NHS

The National Health Action party was formed because we understood that the NHS legislation of the last 25 years has seriously damaged the NHS, and the Coalition’s Health and Social Care Act would finally dismantle it. People may not feel all the effects of that throughout the country yet, but they will in the next few years. We cannot see the necessary …

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We oppose the Commission on Health and Social Care

On Wednesday 6th January Norman Lamb MP (ex Coalition Health Minister) put forward a Bill under the 10 minute rule in Parliament for a Commission on the NHS. It was given an early date for a second reading on 11th March - the same day as the NHS (Reinstatement) Bill. It was given a long debate in the Lords on …

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#BursaryOrBust

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Not content with ripping apart the junior doctors, Jeremy Hunt and George Osborne have now set their sights on the student nurses by announcing that the nurse bursary will be replaced with loans in the November spending review. In response over 155,000 people have signed a petition and over 5,000 people marched through London on 9th January against this decision by …

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