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Cancer waiting time figures reveal first breach of target

The target time period for patients to begin treatment after an urgent referral for suspected cancer has been breached for the first time since it was introduced. Mike Hobday, director of policy and research at Macmillan Cancer Support, said the figures were worrying. "This is the first breach of any cancer waiting time in England since 2009 and is a clear warning sign …

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Senior doctors condemn proposal to charge patients to see GP

Doctors are to debate the introduction of charging patients up to £25 to see GPs as senior medics say they are opposed to the idea. However senior doctors wrote to the Telegraph opposing the proposals saying it would harm the nation's health. Clare Gerada, immediate past chairman of the Royal College of General Practitioners is the lead signatory on the letter along …

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People not overusing A&E

One in seven people who attend A&E could be dealt with by a GP but the rest are justified in going to an NHS emergency department, new research suggests. The fact that only 15% of attendees at emergency departments could be safely redirected to a primary care clinician without the need for emergency department assessment is a statistic that must be heeded …

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European elections: Do they really matter? Yes, says Rufus Hound

This Thursday, citizens from across the EU will turn out to elect hundreds of representatives to the European Parliament. Well, some of us will. At the last elections, in 2009, only 43 per cent of eligible voters cast their ballots. In Britain, it was just 34.5 per cent.Rufus Hound is standing as a candidate for the National Health Action Party, which …

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Child mental health services ‘failing three-quarters of kids’

Only a quarter of children with mental health conditions are receiving the treatment they need, according to a study produced by the body charged with improving the health service in England. An internal presentation, produced by NHSEngland and shared with the Observer, paints a picture of a service in crisis, according to one charity, because of budget cuts and increasing demand. It …

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NHS campaigners condemn Whittington boss for ‘cover up’ over payroll link to MEP wife

NHS campaigners are “incredibly concerned” after it emerged that the chairman of the Whittington Hospital had not declared being on the payroll of his MEP wife. Dr Louise Irvine, London MEP candidate for the National Health Action Party, who campaigned outside the hospital on Tuesday, said: “Our party is incredibly concerned that the chairman of the Whittington didn’t declare receiving a …

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Woolwich A&E report ‘backs Save Lewisham Hospital concerns’

Save Lewisham Hospital campaigners say a report showing Woolwich’sQueen Elizabeth Hospital is “not fit for purpose” backs their concerns. England’s Chief Inspector of Hospitals found capacity at the Woolwich hospital’s A&E was limited and rated it inadequate, while its newly-merged trust with Lewisham “requires improvement”. SLH chairwoman Dr Louise Irvine said: “The pressure is year-round, so for the government to continue to say that it …

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Health campaigner sets out vision for NHS during Chase Farm visit

A PROLIFIC health campaigner who is standing to become an MEP visited Chase Farm on Tuesday as part of a tour of London hospitals. Dr Louise Irvine, who is standing as a London candidate in the European elections for the National Health Action Party, took the party's campaign message around nine of the capital's hospitals, including the one in The …

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Number of foreign nurses up 50pc in a year

The number of foreign nurses coming to work in the UK from elsewhere in Europe has risen by 50 per cent in one year, following cuts in the numbers of nurses trained here, new figures show. Nurse leaders and patients groups said “short-sighted” attempts to cut NHS spending had left desperate shortages on wards, leaving increasing numbers of hospitals to spend …

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