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Don’t be the Labour PM who lets the NHS descend into total crisis, Miliband is warned by NHA leaders

As reported in today’s Independent on Sunday, NHA co-leaders Dr Clive Peedell and Dr Richard Taylor have written to Labour leader Ed Miliband urging him to take urgent action to deal with the NHS funding crisis.  On the eve of the Labour Party Conference, they warn him that he could be the Labour Prime Minister who lets the NHS descend into …

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Don’t ignore us and stop messing with our NHS

The people of Scotland have issued a clear warning to politicians at Westminster with two main messages: Don't ignore us. Stop messing with our NHS. In polls, the second most common reason given for voting Yes (after “disaffection with Westminster politics”) was the National Health Service. Even among No voters, the NHS was among the top three concerns affecting how …

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The Scottish referendum campaign showed how much voters value the NHS

NHA staunch supporter and Euro election candidate, Rufus Hound, has written a cracking article in the New Statesman. Rufus writes: "Whatever else it has done, Scotland's referendum debate has finally woken many south of the border to the once-creeping, now-galloping privatisation of their own NHS. Hell, even Andrew Marr talked last weekend, on prime time Sunday morning TV no less, about the dangers …

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Read all about it – YES or NO, an NHS tax, TTIP and GP burnout

3 must read articles from this week: How Scotland’s NHS would be affected by a yes vote: http://www.theguardian.com/healthcare-network/2014/sep/16/nhs-scotland-independence-yes-vote-policy An 'NHS Tax' is not the answer: https://www.opendemocracy.net/ournhs/richard-murphy/'nhs-tax'-is-not-answer I faced burnout working as a GP in the NHS – I had to stop: http://www.theguardian.com/healthcare-network/views-from-the-nhs-frontline/2014/sep/15/burnout-gp-nhs 3 must read articles about the TTIP: On TTIP and the NHS, they are trying to bamboozle us: https://www.opendemocracy.net/ournhs/john-hilary/on-ttip-and-nhs-they-are-trying-to-bamboozle-us Bring on …

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Cameron’s embarrassment over failure of scheme for 7 day a week GP opening

The Prime Minister should be highly embarrassed that a flagship scheme he announced at last year's Tory Party Conference has yet to get properly off the ground, says NHA's Dr Louise Irvine. Pulse Magazine reports that the Prime Minister's seven-day GP access schemes are yet to start. In an article today, it says: "The Government’s £50m flagship scheme to open surgeries …

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How the press have been reporting news of NHA candidates standing in the general election

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt faces seat challenge from one of country's top doctors - Mirror Online: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/health-secretary-jeremy-hunt-faces-4172993 Louise Irvine on BBC London news: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b04g0sjq/bbc-london-news-07092014 Jeremy Hunt facing election battle with GP Louise Irvine:  http://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/jeremy-hunt-facing-election-battle-7728097 Nurse to stand against IDS: http://www.guardian-series.co.uk/news/chingford/11458748.Nurse_to_stand_against_IDS/ Meet the pain management nurse who is set to unseat Iain Duncan Smith: http://voxpoliticalonline.com/2014/09/10/meet-the-pain-management-nurse-who-is-set-to-unseat-iain-duncan-smith/ Welling GP to stand for parliament in …

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A dozen candidates to use NHS to target Coalition MPs at general election including Cameron, Clegg, Hunt and IDS

The National Health Action Party has announced its first batch of candidates for the 2015 General Election with GPs, a cancer specialist, a nurse, ​ a mental health expert, a disability champion and prominent NHS hospital campaigners challenging a dozen seats including those of David Cameron, Jeremy Hunt, Iain Duncan Smith and Nick Clegg. At the Party's annual conference at Conway Hall on Sunday, NHA co-leader Dr Clive Peedell said they could have …

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Stop the privatisation of NHS policy-making

Dr Clive Peedell reaction to the news (reported in Guardian, Sat 30th August) of NHS bosses having secret meetings with members of the private healthcare industry ( Story here: http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/aug/30/nhs-bosses-summits-contracts-unitedhealth-insurer)   "The report of these clandestine meetings between private health companies, management consultants and NHS bosses come as no surprise. The continued marketisation and privatisation of the NHS has created a revolving …

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Dr Clive Peedell on proton beam therapy and the Ashya King case

NHA party co-leader Dr Clive Peedell is a consultant clinical oncologist at James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough and is familiar with proton beam therapy. Dr Peedell says: "There's only one proton beam therapy facility in this country, in Liverpool, but it is limited to the treatment of rare eye tumours, because it does not have capability to treat deeper …

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