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Cameron’s 7day GP contract is full of holes‎

Statement from National Health Action Party co-leader, Dr Clive Peedell: Cameron's 7day GP contract is full of holesCameron's audacious plan for patients to get access to "their" GP 7 days a week with a new GP contract is full of holes.The first issue is a lack of funding and a lack of GPs required to make this happen. The plans involve …

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Transcript of Dr Louise Irvine on Sky News – why paying doctors NOT to refer patients is “abhorrent”

Transcript of Dr Louise Irvine on Sky News - Friday October 2nd, 1.10pm. Giving her reaction to scheme to pay GPs for reducing the number of patients they refer to hospital (http://news.sky.com/story/1562679/gps-given-cash-for-referring-fewer-patients)   ‎"They are abhorrent.  They run the risk of reducing necessary referrals as well as unnecessary ones‎. I think we have to be aware that the driver behind this …

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Do hospital chains announced by Simon Stevens spell end of competition or threat to local hospitals?

Statement from Dr Clive Peedell, co-leader of the National Health Action Party, on Simon Stevens announcement of the creation of chains of hospitals for the first time in  NHS history “On the face of it, Simons Steven's proposals and the positive statements about the need to sustain the viability of local hospitals and share staff, services and resources to improve the …

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Addenbrooke’s patient says the Tories are ‘strangling the life out of the NHS’

Statement from Paul Saunders, one of the founder members of the National Health Action Party's Cambridge branch and himself an Addenbrooke's patient "I virtually live at Addenbrooke's receiving treatment for cancer, heart and kidney problems and owe my life to the hospital. "As‎ a kidney patient I underwent a transplant in 1988. I was told it would last about 15 …

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Sudden and dramatic demise of Addenbrooke’s Hospital is tragic and couldn’t be a starker warning of impact of this government’s reckless policies on the NHS

Statement from National Health Action Party co-leader, Dr Clive Peedell on Addenbrookes's Hospital being placed in special measures: "The sudden and dramatic demise of Addenbrooke's Hospital  is tragic and couldn't be a starker warning of the impact of this government's reckless policies on the NHS.  The Tories are a danger to the security of our NHS and the public's health. The …

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Imposition of new contract on junior doctors is reckless and typical of government’s belligerent approach to NHS staff

Statement from NHA co-leader Dr Clive Peedell on  the new working hours being imposed on junior doctors: "The imposition of a new contract on junior doctors is both reckless and typical of this government's belligerent approach to the NHS and its hard working staff. The contract will result in junior doctors being forced to work more hours putting patient care …

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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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