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The rose-tinted privatisation of maternity services is under way

‘The National Maternity Review cannot deliver its rose-tinted view of the future on the NHS’ currently understaffed and fractured services and is selling choice as the panacea for poor care’, says Jessica Ormerod, NHA’s maternity spokesperson. Who could disagree, at face value, with the aspirations of The National Maternity Review published today? Women do need more personal care, they need …

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We need to spend more on the NHS and stop saying that healthcare is a drag on the economy

Today’s report by the King’s Fund confirms the desperate financial state of the NHS. This comes as no surprise as the NHS has seen an average increase in spending of 0.9% per annum since 2010, whilst health inflation runs at 3-4% per annum. The Government’s solution is to continue with their plan for £22bn of “efficiency savings” by 2020. However, in …

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David Cameron’s sympathy is too little, too late for many mental health service users

David Cameron's sympathy is too little, too late for many mental health service users The recent report by NHS England (https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Mental-Health-Taskforce-FYFV-final.pdf) showing that around three quarters of people with mental health problems receive no help at all is a shameful indictment of the current government. David Cameron has called for the nation to focus on mental health after a review …

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Jeremy Hunt’s imposition of the highly controversial and unpopular junior contract is a grave error of judgement.

Jeremy Hunt's imposition of the highly controversial and unpopular junior contract is a grave error of judgement. It is very clear that this is driving forward the '24/7' agenda, not seriously negotiating new terms. The response to the government's consultation on the mandate for the NHS in November 2015 showed 97% of respondents did not support Jeremy Hunt on this …

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For everyone’s sake, for the health and wellbeing of the country, this is a fight we can’t afford to lose, warns Dr Clive Peedell

National Health Action Party press release 7th February 2016 This Wednesday, 10th February, the junior doctors will once again take industrial action to show the government that they are not prepared for a return to the dark days of unsafe working hours. They know that they are protecting patients, their colleagues and current and future healthcare students. A report out …

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‘Slack attitudes’ and ‘bed blocking’? Lord Carter of Coles is avoiding the NHS’ real and very urgent issues.

Nowhere in Lord Carter of Coles’ report ‘Operational productivity and performance in English NHS acute hospitals: unwarranted variations’ does he mention the minimum £4.5bn a year lost on market transactions which add nothing to patient care, according to independent and parliamentary reports into the NHS since 2010 Nor does he refer to the staggering sums spent on management consultants running …

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GP practices closing their lists to new patients is a result of the government’s austerity in health and social care

The news that hundreds of GP practices are closing their lists to new patients comes as no surprise. According to the Royal College of GPs the NHS needs another 8,000 to 10,000 GPs to cope with rising demand, which has seen the number of GP consultations rise from 340 million a year to over 400 million over the last couple …

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Dr Clive Peedell warns there will be catastrophic long term risks to patients if the junior doctors’ contract is imposed. It’s time to fight for the NHS.

  "Junior doctors have been left with no choice but to take industrial action. The Government has not compromised on its crystal clear agenda to force junior doctors into working more hours for less pay, so that it can drive through its nonsensical "enhanced seven-day services" manifesto pledge in the face of a £22bn NHS efficiency savings program. Despite the rhetoric from the …

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Dr Clive Peedell’s New Year message: thank you all for your continued support of the National Health Action Party and I wish you the very best for 2016

2015 has been a difficult year. The re-election of a Conservative majority government in May was a hammer blow to all of us who support the idea of a fairer, more equitable and healthier society. We are already seeing the tragic consequences of the Tories’ ideological obsession to dismantle the welfare state through prolonged austerity, under the false pretence that …

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