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“Local NHS campaign groups fight magnificent battles, but this is a war that can only be ended by legislation” says NHA’s party leader Dr Clive Peedell

National Health Action Party press release 10th March 2016 Tomorrow, Friday 11th March, Caroline Lucas, Green MP for Brighton Pavilion will be in the Commons for the second reading of her NHS Bill, a Bill written by Prof Allyson Pollock of QMUL and lawyer Peter Roderick. As a private member’s bill, tabled by a lone representative of a small party, …

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Staff are leaving the NHS in their thousands due to miserable working conditions, a diminishing pay scale and a culture of bullying that comes from the top.

The news that hospitals and services have gaping staff vacancies is not surprising. The National Health Action party has warned about this worsening problem for years. Agency bills cripple NHS budgets and hospitals are constantly criticised for not dealing with these high costs. Safe staffing levels are essential to maintain patient safety. We all know the dire consequences to cutting …

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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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Dr Clive Peedell quoted in the Northern Echo on Junior Doctors’ strike

http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/14259794.Picket_lines_to_return_to_region_s_hospitals_as_BMA_accuses_Jeremy_Hunt_of__quot_shambolic_mishandling_quot__of_junior_doctors_dispute/ WITH picket lines expected outside the region's major hospitals this week, a leading North-east consultant has called on the Health Secretary to rethink his approach to the junior doctors dispute. Middlesbrough consultant and National Health Action Party member Dr Clive Peedell said he fears NHS staff shortages if the Government presses ahead with the controversial new contract. Dr Peedell …

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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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