Jeremy Hunt's imposition of the highly controversial and unpopular junior contract is a grave error of judgement. It is very clear that this is driving forward the '24/7' agenda, not seriously negotiating new terms. The response to the government's consultation on the mandate for the NHS in November 2015 showed 97% of respondents did not support Jeremy Hunt on this …Read More »
http://www.theguardian.com/society/live/2016/feb/10/junior-doctors-strike-second-24-hour-walkout-over-new-contracts-live-updates?page=with:block-56bb0928e4b0410f76d1b54b Clive Peedell, leader of the National Health Action Party, has rounded on the head of NHS Providers for calling on Hunt to intervene by imposing contracts. Earlier Chris Hopson, chief executive of NHS Providers, said: “If the BMA won’t accept a fair and reasonable offer, then, yes, it is legitimate and sensible for the secretary of state to consider …Read More »
http://www.westerngazette.co.uk/Operations-cancelled-Yeovil-District-Hospital/story-28701421-detail/story.htm By Western Gazette - Yeovil | Posted: February 09, 2016 On Wednesday, 10 February at 8am junior doctors are due to strike over contract disputes concerning Jeremy Hunt's desire for a 24/7 NHS. The strike by members of the British Medical Association (BMA) is due to last exactly 24 hours up until Thursday, 11 February at 8am. As things …Read More »
http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/14259794.Picket_lines_to_return_to_region_s_hospitals_as_BMA_accuses_Jeremy_Hunt_of__quot_shambolic_mishandling_quot__of_junior_doctors_dispute/ WITH picket lines expected outside the region's major hospitals this week, a leading North-east consultant has called on the Health Secretary to rethink his approach to the junior doctors dispute. Middlesbrough consultant and National Health Action Party member Dr Clive Peedell said he fears NHS staff shortages if the Government presses ahead with the controversial new contract. Dr Peedell …Read More »
‘Slack attitudes’ and ‘bed blocking’? Lord Carter of Coles is avoiding the NHS’ real and very urgent issues.
Nowhere in Lord Carter of Coles’ report ‘Operational productivity and performance in English NHS acute hospitals: unwarranted variations’ does he mention the minimum £4.5bn a year lost on market transactions which add nothing to patient care, according to independent and parliamentary reports into the NHS since 2010 Nor does he refer to the staggering sums spent on management consultants running …Read More »
http://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/feb/01/this-is-the-nhs-inspiration-heartbreak-and-cold-hard-cash The government know that the key to their devious and subversive plot to privatise the NHS has to be to soften up the public to the idea. This started years ago, even before Andrew Lansley blocked the release of a report praising the service, and continues with the almost daily denigration of the quality of care. Much of the …Read More »
Richard Branson has just been awarded a £126million contract to take over services at hospitals in Kent.
Richard Branson has just been awarded a £126million contract to take over services at hospitals in Kent. Virgin Care, which beat Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust to the lucrative deal, will be able to run health services in the hospitals for the next seven years. At the end of this period, Virgin will have the opportunity to extend the …Read More »
‘Seven things private healthcare insurance adverts won’t tell you’ writes Dr Paul Hobday in openDemocracy
https://opendemocracy.net/ournhs/paul-hobday/seven-things-private-healthcare-insurance-adverts-wont-tell-youRead More »
“There’s a growing gap between the Government’s NHS pronouncements and statistics and the reality.” says Dr Clive Peedell (Daily Mirror)
NHS has lost 1200 senior nurses since Tories came to power - and it could have serious impact on patient safety (Daily Mirror, 31st December 2015) http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/nhs-lost-1200-senior-nurses-7099967Read More »
Dr Clive Peedell, leader of the National Health Action Party said, "The news that 9/10 NHS Trusts are struggling to recruit nurses comes as no surprise. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-35150014 Chronic underfunding of the NHS with £20bn of "efficiency savings" over the last five years has created major staffing problems. Lack of staffing puts patients at risk as clearly demonstrated by the Francis …Read More »