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Witney by election

Candidate listings http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/0/witney-by-election-when-is-it-and-who-will-replace-david-cameron/ Hustings - Helen is on the right in the photo http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/14800807.Second_Witney_by_election_hustings_is_taking_place_tonight/  

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NHA member calls for resignation of Trust CEO and says CEOs should ‘stand up to government’

http://www.gravesendreporter.co.uk/news/manager_of_nhs_trust_should_resign_over_comments_1_4546336   A GP and prominent political campaigner has called for the chief executive of Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust to resign after she suggested the NHS may have to start charging patients for its services. Speaking on Radio Four last week, the trust’s CEO Susan Acott questioned the core NHS principle of universal healthcare free at the point of …

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Dr Clive Peedell in local press re consultant cover for strike

"Cancer consultant Dr Clive Peedell, who stood for the National Health Action Party for Chipping Norton at the general election, said: “Urgent and emergency provision (including maternity, oncology, renal dialysis, trauma and other urgent services) will continue. Non-urgent elective operations and outpatient appointments are being rescheduled and all patients affected will have been contacted and offered an alternative appointment. “We …

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Dr Clive Peedell in the Guardian in support of junior doctors

"Peedell said: “We fully support the junior doctors strike because the imposed new contract will have catastrophic long-term consequences for patient care. “There is already a shortage of junior doctors and serious rota gaps in key emergency services. The new contract will actually discourage young doctors from choosing the highly pressured emergency specialties, worsening the current situation.” In the event …

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Round up of NHA in the local news

Dr Louise Irvine at Farnham 'Meet the Doctors'. She will be at the second Farnham 'Meet the Doctors' on 16th April. http://www.farnhamherald.com/article.cfm?id=109901&headline=Doctors%20claim%20massive%20support&sectionIs=news&searchyear=2016 Campaign team's Deborah Harrington on NHS privatisation http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/opinion/yp-letters-threat-to-nhs-isn-t-eu-but-creeping-privatisation-at-home-1-7853849</> Nick Dowson, NHA's Northern Co-ordinator was one of the organisers of the 'March to Save the NHS' in Newcastle Saturday 9th http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/health/14411207.Junior_doctors_to_march_in_Newcastle_in_bid_to__Save_the_NHS_/ and http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/north-east-junior-doctors-lead-11151666 NHA Executive Committee Member Dr Paul …

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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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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 rounds on head of NHS Providers – reported in Guardian

http://www.theguardian.com/society/live/2016/feb/10/junior-doctors-strike-second-24-hour-walkout-over-new-contracts-live-updates?page=with:block-56bb0928e4b0410f76d1b54b Clive Peedell, leader of the National Health Action Party, has rounded on the head of NHS Providers for calling on Hunt to intervene by imposing contracts. Earlier Chris Hopson, chief executive of NHS Providers, said: “If the BMA won’t accept a fair and reasonable offer, then, yes, it is legitimate and sensible for the secretary of state to consider …

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