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Support for NHS strike

Health workers in England are to stage a four-hour strike on 13 October, the Unison union has announced.Up to half a million NHS staff could take part in the strike action over pay, after being denied a 1% salary rise by the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, despite a recommendation by the independent Pay Review Body. It will be the first NHS …

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Ed Miliband is listening but needs to go further on the NHS

Statement from co-leader of the National Health Action Party, Dr Clive Peedell, on Ed Milband's conference speech on the NHS:   "It's heartening that Ed Miliband is hearing our message about stepping up to the plate on the NHS.    His announcements on increasing tax and cracking down on tax dodging to plug the NHS funding gap are two of the measures we …

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Our NHS checklist for Labour

1. Introduce a temporary tax increase specifically to tackle the immediate NHS funding crisis. 2. Halt NHS privatisation and scrap the internal market, thereby saving over £5 billion currently wasted on these policies and enabling the UK to increase NHS spending to the level of other G7 countries.  3. Crack down on tax dodging to recoup as much as possible of the …

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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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