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NHA leader calls on Corbyn to make up for Labour’s past NHS failures and unite against the Tories to defend the NHS

National Health Action Party co-leader Dr Clive Peedell is calling on Jeremy Corbyn to toughen up Labour's opposition to the Tories over the NHS and start by ensuring Labour MPs turn up in force at Westminster on Monday to show their lack of confidence in Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt. Mr Corbyn used his victory speech on Saturday to highlight the …

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Personal health budgets are yet another example of damaging effects of market-driven medicine on NHS

Statement from Dr Clive Peedell, co-leader of the National Health Action Party, on the use of personal health budgets in the NHS [story details here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-34110964] "Personal Health Budgets are yet another example of the damaging effects that market driven medicine are having on our NHS. Encouraging patients to behave as "consumers" to shop around for care packages is fraught with …

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No wonder Tories not bothered by spiralling A&E waiting times when they get VIP service

Statement from Dr Clive Peedell, co-leader of the National Health Action Party, on MPs being given preferential treatment at A&E: "With the exception of the PM and possibly high profile cabinet ministers where security is clearly an issue, this policy smacks of preferential treatment for politicians over ordinary members of the public. Considering the current Government is responsible for the …

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Diabetes – the government is taking us in the wrong direction

Reaction to soaring number of people at risk of diabetes (http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/aug/26/obesity-and-sedentary-lives-put-5m-britons-at-risk-of-type-2-diabetes?CMP=twt_gu) and  living with diabetes (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-33932930)   ​Statement from diabetes expert and National Health Action Party spokesman Professor John Yudkin of UCL:   ​"Diabetes is the most pressing yet most preventable disease we are facing. ‎ The government should be taking immediate tough action but is taking us in totally …

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Farcical to ask paramedics to take on GP role when can barely do their own jobs such is shortage of staff

Statement from NHA co-leader Dr Clive Peedell The idea that paramedics will be asked to act as GPs after 4 months of training [http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3198761/Paramedics-16-weeks-training-stand-GPs.html] is deeply disturbing and shows how desperate the Department of Health and NHS England have become in tackling the growing NHS crisis. It shows a total lack of planning which is inexcusable considering the fact that a …

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The Tory pledge that the NHS is safe in its hands is now seen for the lie that it is

Statement from NHA co-leader Dr Clive Peedell reacting to news that hospitals have been told to only fill vacancies “where essential” in order to save money because of the NHS financial crisis: "It's very serious but hardly surprising that NHS trusts have been told to fill only essential vacancies due to 'almost unprecedented' finances and 'unaffordable' plans [http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/aug/04/nhs-told-to-fill-vacancies-only-where-essential-due-to-looming-funding-crisis; http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/nhs-hospitals-told-not-to-fill-vacancies-as-cash-crisis-bites-10436265.html]. The National …

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Shocking costs of overseas nurse recruitment underline short-sightedness and economic incompetence of this government

Statement from NHA leader Dr Clive Peedell following the head of a leading NHS hospital saying it  is "distracting, frustrating and expensive" to have to recruit large numbers of nurses from overseas. (story details here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-33678773) "These comments from the head of a leading NHS hospital highlighting the shocking costs of increasing overseas recruitment of nursing staff for the NHS underline the short-sightedness and …

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This government’s underfunding of mental health is incomprehensible to those of us who work with mental health patients

New research from the children’s mental health charity Young Minds, show that mental health services for children and young people in England were cut by £35 million last year, despite a government commitment to transform mental health care. The report shows that since George Osborne became chancellor five years ago a total of £85m has been lost from the budgets of …

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Capita plan to axe 1000 jobs in NHS deal shows outsourcing to private companies makes no economic sense

Dr Clive Peedell,  co-leader of the National Health Action Party, reaction  to news that private company Capita is planning to cut nearly 1000 jobs when it takes on a £1bn contract to supply administrative support to the NHS: "This is yet more proof that handing NHS contracts to private companies makes no economic sense. The pursuit of private profit inevitably …

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