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Stop blaming locums – it’s up to politicians to put the NHS on a firm financial footing

Statement from NHA co-leader Dr Clive Peedell,  on use of locums and MPs' call for radical change to make NHS sustainable (Story here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-31097983) "It's damaging and grossly unfair to start accusing doctors who work as locums of cashing in on the NHS crisis. This is a crisis created by this government's failure to recruit and retain NHS staff, fuelled …

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New report says TTIP will bring European disintegration, unemployment and instability

An important new report from a respected American University warns that the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)  will bring  European disintegration, unemployment and instability.  It offers a radically different economic assessment from what is currently being suggested by this government and politicians in Europe and the US who back the deal. The report concludes: First, as suggested in recent literature, existing …

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How the NHA Party has made the news over the past week

Does it matter if private contractors provide your NHS care? (Dr Clive Peedell on LBC)   Are competition and choice good for the NHS? (Dr Louise Irvine, BBC Radio Wales) Jeremy Hunt responds directly to Dr Louise Irvine (Haslemere Herald) Oxford lecturer Dr Salisbury to stand for parliament (Dr Helen Salisbury, The Oxford Student) Dr Carl Walker interviewed on BBC …

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NHA events coming up in February

Rebecca Fox Campaign meeting February 1 @ 10:00 Stafford NHA local group monthly meeting February 6 @ 18:00 - 20:00 999 Call for the NHS National Day of Action – Don’t be a secret admirer! February 14 999 Call for the NHS – National Convention to Save the NHS February 28

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Where’s the beef, Ed?

Statement from NHA co-leader Dr Clive Peedell on Labour's NHS plans:   "Where's the beef, Ed? The Labour Party's 10 year plan for the NHS fails to address the most important issue facing the NHS - the massive funding crisis - and totally ignores two other key issues -  scrapping the market and renegotiating PFI contracts, both of which are draining …

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Syriza’s victory a warning that voters looking for alternative to failed austerity policies

Statement from NHA co-leader Dr Clive Peedell on Syriza victory in Greek elections "Syriza's victory is a clear signal that the people of Greece have rejected the austerity policies that have destroyed their health care system and public services, created mass unemployment, and driven many into poverty and destitution. "Syriza's victory is a warning to politicians across Europe that citizens …

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Welcome news as BUPA withdraws from MSK contract in Sussex

Private healthcare provider Bupa CSH has withdrawn from the procurement process of a multi-million pound contract to provide musculoskeletal (MSK) services in Coastal West Sussex.  This comes after an independent impact assessment, looking at the effect the procurement would have on wider services at Worthing Hospital and St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester, found that  if Bupa provided the service the quality of …

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Government must address issues deterring GPs not just bribe medical students

Statement from GP, Dr Louise Irvine of the National Health Action Party (Reaction to news of £10m government initiative to encourage newly qualified medics to boost numbers and stave off existing GPs from early retirement http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/jan/26/new-doctors-offered-golden-hello-become-gps-nhs-fund) "We're pleased our demand to recruit more GPs is in the spotlight. But this initiative is yet another cynical pre-election ploy from a government …

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NHA receiving lots of news coverage again this week

Jeremy Hunt out of step with voters (Dr Louise Irvine, Farnham Herald) Dr Louise Irvine on BBC Radio 5live on impending strike action by NHS staff Carnival of incompetence – or, how nobody knows how to privatise a health service well (Dr Carl Walker, Open Democracy) Comedians becoming politicians (Rufus Hound, the Spectator) Alternative parties pledge to defend NHS across …

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With A&E waiting times still being missed, can we afford not to pay staff what has been recommended?

A&E waiting time figures still being breached Overall figures mask worse performance of major A&E units Hunt being irresponsible over NHS pay Statement from Dr Louise Irvine of the National Health Action Party on NHS strikes and A&E figures   “Today’s A&E figures showing continued breaches in waiting times should come as a warning shot to the government as talks …

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