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NHS England must learn from the Carillion disaster

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The NHA Party has previously warned of the risks that private providers will either fail or will back out of unprofitable contracts, as Circle Health did once the CQC found care was 'inadequate' at Hinchingbrooke Hospital after the firm took over. In particular, the NHAspace blog noted in 2015 that: "...private firms are in many cases owned by hedge funds who make …

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NHA welcomes pause in roll-out of privatised NHS GP app

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The NHA Party welcomes news today that the roll-out of a mobile app offering privatised GP care to NHS patients has been paused, pending proper investigation of the effects on patient safety and quality of care. The NHA Party previously voiced concerns over the actual value of mobile apps from Babylon Healthcare, given their track record of excluding patients with …

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Jeremy Hunt’s apology is meaningless and hollow

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Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has today apologised after tens of thousands of patients in England have had their surgery cancelled due to a shortage of NHS beds. Unfortunately the Health Secretary has not accepted responsibility for the situation, instead claiming that plans to cancel elective care and lower standards of emergency care somehow equate to being prepared for the predictable winter pressures. As the …

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We need common sense on hospital parking

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With the support of Lord Robert Winston, the Daily Mirror are calling for free hospital parking. While this is a laudable campaign, the NHA Party are keen that an evidence-based approach is followed and sweeping changes aren't made for the sake of grabbing headlines. Why not make all hospital parking free? First of all, social inequalities mean that the least …

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Suspending elective care this winter won’t solve the beds problem

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NHS England has taken the unprecedented step of suspending non-urgent inpatient care until mid-January in order to cope with winter bed pressures. This relates to a peak in emergency admissions leading to a lack of available beds for patients staying overnight after planned, non-urgent procedures such as joint replacement surgery. This means around 15,000 operations are now being cancelled and rebooked. …

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NHA supports JR4NHS

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Stephen Hawking, Allyson Pollock and colleagues have launched a legal challenge to stop Jeremy Hunt and NHS England from proceeding with plans to turn local NHS bodies into Accountable Care Organisations (ACOs). Here are some facts about ACOs: ACOs will be given the money for your care as an insurance premium, and will pay out only for certain treatments - like …

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The NHS: Something Has Got To Give

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This week we have seen an NHS trust chair resign in protest at the unrealistic demands placed on the NHS by the government. This follows news last month that Theresa May has told NHS England CEO Simon Stevens that he will be accountable for NHS England's winter performance, shortly after Stevens himself spoke out over NHS funding. The NHS is struggling as …

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The Naylor Report – the NHS sell-off is accelerating

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National Health Action Party press release 30 May 2017 Theresa May has given her full backing to the Naylor Report in BBC's The Andrew Neil Interviews. We want to make it crystal clear to the voters of this country before they go to the polls on June 8 that if they vote for this they are voting away their children's …

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