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Alex Ashman

Surgical trainee in Bristol. Member of NHA executive committee. In charge of NHA Facebook page and YouTube channel.

NHS England must learn from the Carillion disaster

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The NHA Party has previously warned of the risks that private providers will either fail or will back out of unprofitable contracts, as Circle Health did once the CQC found care was 'inadequate' at Hinchingbrooke Hospital after the firm took over. In particular, the NHAspace blog noted in 2015 that: "...private firms are in many cases owned by hedge funds who make …

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NHA welcomes pause in roll-out of privatised NHS GP app

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The NHA Party welcomes news today that the roll-out of a mobile app offering privatised GP care to NHS patients has been paused, pending proper investigation of the effects on patient safety and quality of care. The NHA Party previously voiced concerns over the actual value of mobile apps from Babylon Healthcare, given their track record of excluding patients with …

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Stand for us in the May 2018 elections

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The National Health Action Party is calling for candidates for the May 2018 local elections. Local Elections are a great starting point for those with little or no previous electoral experience. No deposit is required, wards usually cover a smaller geographical area than General Election constituencies, there are often several seats available, and plurality voting methods mean small parties have …

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Let’s expose the ‘Institute of Economic Affairs’

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In a special edition of the Friday Surgery we take a critical look at a right-wing organisation: the Institute of Economic Affairs. During this winter's NHS crisis the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, tabloids, and broadsheets have all featured comment from the IEA, describing them as an 'independent think tank'. But just how independent are they? Who funds the IEA? The …

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Jeremy Hunt’s apology is meaningless and hollow

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Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has today apologised after tens of thousands of patients in England have had their surgery cancelled due to a shortage of NHS beds. Unfortunately the Health Secretary has not accepted responsibility for the situation, instead claiming that plans to cancel elective care and lower standards of emergency care somehow equate to being prepared for the predictable winter pressures. As the …

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We need common sense on hospital parking

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With the support of Lord Robert Winston, the Daily Mirror are calling for free hospital parking. While this is a laudable campaign, the NHA Party are keen that an evidence-based approach is followed and sweeping changes aren't made for the sake of grabbing headlines. Why not make all hospital parking free? First of all, social inequalities mean that the least …

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Suspending elective care this winter won’t solve the beds problem

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NHS England has taken the unprecedented step of suspending non-urgent inpatient care until mid-January in order to cope with winter bed pressures. This relates to a peak in emergency admissions leading to a lack of available beds for patients staying overnight after planned, non-urgent procedures such as joint replacement surgery. This means around 15,000 operations are now being cancelled and rebooked. …

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