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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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This Friday Surgery has a locum contributor, Julian Patterson, who edits the NHS Network blog. A big thank you to Julian Patterson for allowing us to reproduce Martin Plackard's Rear View here. Health Warning: this is a satirical blog based on the STPs so if you're not keen on satire this blog is not for you. At the end of December Radio …

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Overuse of NHS services by patients is frequently held up as the reason for the inability of GPs and A&Es to cope. It has prompted a new Friday Surgery blog. This Friday Surgery has a locum contributor who is an anaesthetics junior doctor. His name is Tar and he has serious concerns about the dangers of potential misrepresentation of this …

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This week The Friday Surgery has been brought to us by Deborah Harrington, policy advisor to the National Health Action Party. During the last months we have heard a lot in the press and from our politicians about 'entitlement'; who is entitled to enter our country, are the children from The Jungle camp in Calais genuinely children or are they adults posing …

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This week The Friday Surgery has been brought to us by Allison Livingstone, membership secretary for the National Health Action Party. #WeBelieveYou As the Archers storyline with Helen on trial for the attempted murder of her partner Rob, climaxed with a “not guilty” on all counts, many of us let out a collective sigh of relief. The storyline which had gripped like …

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Final Friday Surgery Thoughts Well, it’s the final Friday surgery from me and I’ve decided to leave it with an account of something that happened when I was campaigning in 2014 as an NHA candidate for the general election. It was in the lead up to remembrance day when a friend suggested that it’s good for candidates to go to the Remembrance …

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The death of Jeremy Hunt- an STP story  Years of diligently asset stripping the NHS had taken their toll on Jeremy Hunt and Simon Stevens and so one day they decided that they needed some collective ‘me’ time. So in the spring of 2020 they headed off on a hunting trip together with one of Jeremy’s spads from the Department …

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Introducing the new Easyjet NHS As a rather plump NHS campaigner bedevilled by man boobs, I was given two good reasons to baulk at the recent announcement by The Vale of York CCG that they intended to restrict obese patients’ access to elective surgery until they lose weight. This cost-saving measure was their seemingly pragmatic response to Jeremy Hunt and …

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Our Friday surgery is back after a short summer break, but Dr Walker is not in satirical mood this week. Hitting back at STP: an SOS call to all NHA members around the country Watching the battle lines emerging in the press reporting of the new mass cuts regime currently being implemented across the NHS is pretty instructive. On one …

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Would you let Virgincare look after your children? They don’t do a school for visionary philanthropist entrepreneurs but if they did, I imagine one of the key lessons would be how to gaze profoundly into the middle distance whenever anyone takes a photo of you. As if the camera has just at that moment caught you developing yet another ground …

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