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NHS trusts focusing on business plans rather than care plans

"NHS trusts are stuffed full of financiers and business people, focusing on business plans rather than care plans", says Dr Clive Peedell in today's Independent. Half of NHS hospitals do not have a single doctor or nurse on their non-executive board, a new study has revealed. Overall only eight per cent of non-executive directors at more than 160 NHS trusts …

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Camden hustings: Privatisation of NHS a key battleground in European elections

The fight to secure the future of the NHS and stop privatisation is being seen as a key battleground for MEP candidates as voters get ready to head to the polls. Louise Irvine, standing for the NHA, said: “If TTIP does go through then the NHS would be locked into privatisation." http://www.hamhigh.co.uk/news/camden_hustings_privatisation_of_nhs_a_key_battleground_in_european_elections_1_3580591 Sent from my BlackBerry 10 smartphone.

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Why GPs are in meltdown

GP surgeries are facing a "catastrophic meltdown" because of changes to the way NHS money is allocated by the government. The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) told The Times it has been inundated with calls from surgeries struggling to pay their bills since changes to funding were introduced in April. It claims 98 GP practices across the UK are at risk …

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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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