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Nurse “stands for NHS” in elections

Anger at NHS reforms and funding cuts have driven Kathryn Anderson, a nurse for 35 years, to take up politics and stand in next month’s European elections as a National Health Action Party candidate for London. Read more in the Nursing Times article. Nursing Times Article

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Our Euro Campaign Launch

Thanks to all of you who attended our London Euro Campaign Launch. It was a great morning of fabulous, informative, and at times emotional speeches from our eight candidates and both party leaders. We couldn’t have wished for a better Master of Ceremonies than our theatre and TV star candidate, Rufus Hound, who kept everyone entertained amid the serious business …

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Call the Midwife – while we still have one

Our London Euro candidate and maternity rights campaigner, Jessica Ormerod, is warning fewer and fewer women are getting access to good, comprehensive local care under this government. Four out of five hospitals are short of midwives, according to a new investigation, and midwife leaders are saying funding cuts mean the situation is "getting worse, not better". Writing in Open Democracy, …

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NHA Party is the top influencer on the NHS

According to an analysis by social media company Influmetrics, the NHA Party is the most influential tweeter on the NHS, with our co-leader Dr Clive Peedell even more influential than Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt. The study shows we are the top influencer, have the most impact and getting the most mentions when it comes to the NHS. Not bad for …

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Death of pensioner waiting for ambulance further proof that government NHS funding cuts are risking lives

Dr Clive Peedell is calling on the government to urgently increase healthcare funding as a coroner blamed a lack of ambulances for the death of a pensioner. William Gouldburn from Hartlepool died after he lay on his bathroom floor for almost two hours waiting for an ambulance. His family had made seven calls for help.  When an ambulance finally arrived, …

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Pensioner dies after ambulance takes two hours to arrive despite SEVEN 999 calls

A pensioner died after he lay on his bathroom floor for almost two hours waiting for an ambulance. William Gouldburn’s family made seven desperate calls for help after the 73-year-old collapsed. Coroner Malcolm Donnelly said: “Had there been more ambulances available the outcome might have been different.” Dr Clive Peedell, co-leader of the National Health Action party, said: "This is a heartbreaking case. "It …

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It’s not whether we can fund the NHS – but how we can

by NHA member, Margaret Gaskin As an NHA Party supporter, I'm delighted to see in Sunday's Observer that Labour is starting to address the question of proper levels of funding for the NHS – though I hope its focus is on national need, and not just because "Labour desperately needs two or three big ideas to capture the imagination," as …

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Stop making the elderly apologise for breathing

By NHA member Dr Ann Summers Published in Guardian letters http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/apr/09/ageing-and-the-nhs Your analysis (A public admission of what many are saying in private, 5 April) repeats the assertion that "ageing alone [is] estimated to add £1bn a year to the NHS's costs", but then adds that "most of us use the NHS mainly in our last two years of life". …

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Maternity campaigner is our latest euro candidate

Our newest candidate for the London Euro elections is maternity rights campaigner, Jessica Ormerod. Jessica is a full-time mother of three young girls living in South London and writes for the New Internationalist and Open Democracy. She is an ardent campaigner for the NHS with a particular interest in maternity. She is the Lay Chair of Lewisham Hospital’s maternity services …

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New mothers want doctors, not paid reps, to deliver care

Stuffed full of what I assumed was nonsense, I found my child benefit form, some interesting information about local breastfeeding groups and other NHS leaflets about how to keep my baby alive. I could hardly believe that Bounty was entrusted to deliver this vital information to parents and the fact that it came with heavy advertising from Pampers and Sudocrem …

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