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No to an increase in NI contributions to fund the NHS

National Health Action Party Press Release 30 August 2016 Dr Paul Hobday, leader of the National Health Action Party, has made the following statement in response to ex-health minister Dan Poulter’s suggestion of an increase in NI contributions to fund the NHS. “This idea turns up like a bad penny with monotonous regularity. When the government proposes an expensive project …

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The announcement of planned cuts ‘is not a sudden crisis today’, says NHA Party

A National Health Action party spokesman told The Independent: The announcement of planned cuts 'is not a sudden crisis today. This has been written and talked about in government and NHS England planning since before 2012. Patients will suffer. The NHS will no longer offer its key elements, comprehensive, universal and accessible care. Private health care will reap the rewards. …

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Dr Louise Irvine, the National Health Action (NHA) Party executive, says patients should be aware of some of Doctaly’s small print.

"Dr Louise Irvine, the National Health Action (NHA) Party executive, says patients should be aware of some of Doctaly’s small print. First, patients can choose whether the notes from the Doctaly consultation should be shared with their regular NHS GP. But Dr Irvine says: “Any private GP should share the results of the consultation with your regular GP. If you are …

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Doctor warns that the NHS funding gap could create a two-tier delivery system

Doctor warns that the NHS funding gap could create a two-tier delivery system 24th August 2016 A retired GP and British Medical Association representative has issued a stark warning that patients could face further cuts to NHS treatment amid proposals for major changes to the delivery of services. Paul Hobday claims the national ‘Sustainability and Transformation plans’ (STPs) announced by the …

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NHA Party: we need action now to save the NHS. What will be left to renationalise in a couple of years’ time won’t be ‘our NHS’.

The National Health Action Party broadly welcomes the announcement from Jeremy Corbyn that he is committed to renationalising the NHS. However, we are not confident that he understands that what is currently happening to the NHS will leave little left to be renationalised. An NHA party spokesman said, “It is right to talk of adopting policies to address the increasing …

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Court ruling on drug to prevent HIV highlights lack of responsibility and accountability of the NHS in England since the Health and Social Care Act (2012)

The debacle over who is responsible for providing a new 'pre-exposure prophylaxis' (PrEP) drug, intended to be taken regularly as a preventative by those at most risk of HIV, has highlighted the effect of the fragmentation of the NHS on its decision making. The drug, Truvada, is taken daily, and has been found to reduce the risk of infection in …

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Owen Smith’s clarification of his position on the NHS makes us wonder what the differences are between the major parties

Press release 20th July 2016   Owen Smith’s clarification of his position on the NHS leaves us wondering where the differences are between the major parties, says Dr Paul Hobday, leader of the National Health Action Party. Dr Paul Hobday, leader of the National Health Action Party has responded to Owen Smith’s statement on the NHS,  "Conservative, Coalition and New …

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NHA Party responds to Jeremy Hunt remaining in post as Health Secretary in Theresa May’s new cabinet

Press release 15th July 2016 An NHA party spokesman said, “Theresa May's decision to keep Jeremy Hunt in his role as Health Secretary has dashed any faint hope there may have been that the new Prime Minister intended a change of direction in health policy. I would like to remind her of her own stated position against closures of essential services …

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Guidelines on A&E admissions are there to save lives. The tragedies in the East of England will be followed by more once the Sustainability and Transformation Plans are in place

Press release National Health Action Party 15th July 2016 Changes are currently being forced through at speed throughout the NHS in England which emphasise care closer to home, people being healthy and staying out of A&E. The only safe way to implement such changes is to have proper consultation, strict guidelines and the right level of staff available to make …

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“‘Sustainability’ actually means removing services from the NHS and charging for them, says the Lords’ Committee on Long Term Sustainability of the NHS”

National Health Action Party Press Release 13th July 2016 The King's Fund report, Deficits in the NHS 2016, published on the 11th July 2016 argues that due to increased level in demand of services the NHS is fast becoming ‘unsustainable’. The report urges the government to be honest with the public about ‘realistic capacity’, the need for a reduced workforce …

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