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How independent will NHS ‘whistleblower guardians’ be? We need a new Health Service Ombudsman

Reaction to Francis Review and Jeremy Hunt announcement on NHS 'whistleblower guardians' ​Karen Howell, founder of the Support Stafford  Hospital campaign and the NHA prospective parliamentary candidate for Stafford said: ​"The  Support Stafford Hospital campaign has become the de facto place for staff, patients and relatives to come to with their safety concerns. Patients and relatives come to us because …

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We must listen to NHS staff and patients to improve the NHS

The National Health Action Party  has long been calling for a strengthening of support for whistle-blowers,  but a complete reform of the NHS Complaints process is essential and urgent, says the NHA co-leader,  Dr Richard Taylor who is calling for a People's Champion for Health. The former MP for Wyre Forest and ex-member of the Health Select Committee says the current system is …

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Avoidable NHS hospital deaths – Jeremy Hunt’s airline analogy is ridiculous

Statement from Dr Louise Irvine of the National Health Action Party on Jeremy Hunt and avoidable deaths in NHS hospitals (story here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/nhs/11398206/Hunt-Sweeping-reforms-to-end-NHS-cover-up-culture.html) "This comparison with the airline industry is ridiculous. We don't expect pilots to fly two planes at once, or fly without enough air crew or fuel. Or try to cram more people into fewer seats while those already …

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NHA and NHS events coming up this month

Stafford NHA local group monthly meeting February 6 @ 18:00 - 20:00 |Recurring Event (See all) Baswich Community Hall, Baswich Lane, Stafford, ST17 0BY United Kingdom Regular meeting for the first Friday of each month at Baswich Community Hall We Love the NHS Valentine Pub Quiz at the Morden Brook, SM4 4SS February 10 @ 20:00 - 22:00 Morden Brook, …

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Media coverage of NHA Party over the past week

We rolled over while the NHS was attacked – now we must stand up (Dr Clive Peedell, The Guardian) February 6, 2015 NHA in the News http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/feb/06/rolled-over-nhs-attacked-must-stand-up Read More » Parties split over pledge to protect health service (Dave Ash, Sutton Guardian) February 6, 2015 NHA in the News http://www.suttonguardian.co.uk/news/11777069.Parties_split_over_pledge_to_protect_health_service/  Read More » Rik Evans on Foodbanks (Rik Evans, West …

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NHA Party vindicated over NHS warnings

Statement from NHA Party co-leader Dr Clive Peedell in reaction to King's Fund condemnation of Government's NHS reforms   "The National Health Action Party was launched in 2012 specifically in opposition to the government's intended NHS reforms. The NHA Party repeatedly warned how damaging the reforms would be. Now, nearly 3 years later, we have been vindicated. It gives us …

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Cameron hypocrisy over Stafford at PMQs

David Cameron accused Ed Miliband of 'scaremongering' over Staffordshire NHS at PMQs today. (Story here: http://www.itv.com/news/update/2015-02-04/cameron-slams-scaremongering-miliband-over-staffordshire-nhs-comments/) Karen Howell, PPC for Stafford for the National Health Action Party and founder member of the Support Stafford Hospital Campaign had this reaction: "David Cameron's comments at Prime Minister's Questions only serve to demonstrate his breathtaking hypocrisy. He is the man who has unashamedly used …

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How we must tackle the cancer burden

Statement from NHA co-leader and consultant cancer specialist Dr Clive Peedell: "We know that the risk of cancer increases exponentially with age, so this is a sign that the population is living longer. It is therefore essential that we plan to managing the rising cancer burden. This should start a public health level by recognising that many cancers are preventable …

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Stop blaming locums – it’s up to politicians to put the NHS on a firm financial footing

Statement from NHA co-leader Dr Clive Peedell,  on use of locums and MPs' call for radical change to make NHS sustainable (Story here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-31097983) "It's damaging and grossly unfair to start accusing doctors who work as locums of cashing in on the NHS crisis. This is a crisis created by this government's failure to recruit and retain NHS staff, fuelled …

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New report says TTIP will bring European disintegration, unemployment and instability

An important new report from a respected American University warns that the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)  will bring  European disintegration, unemployment and instability.  It offers a radically different economic assessment from what is currently being suggested by this government and politicians in Europe and the US who back the deal. The report concludes: First, as suggested in recent literature, existing …

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