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How the press have been reporting news of NHA candidates standing in the general election

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt faces seat challenge from one of country's top doctors - Mirror Online: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/health-secretary-jeremy-hunt-faces-4172993 Louise Irvine on BBC London news: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b04g0sjq/bbc-london-news-07092014 Jeremy Hunt facing election battle with GP Louise Irvine:  http://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/jeremy-hunt-facing-election-battle-7728097 Nurse to stand against IDS: http://www.guardian-series.co.uk/news/chingford/11458748.Nurse_to_stand_against_IDS/ Meet the pain management nurse who is set to unseat Iain Duncan Smith: http://voxpoliticalonline.com/2014/09/10/meet-the-pain-management-nurse-who-is-set-to-unseat-iain-duncan-smith/ Welling GP to stand for parliament in …

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A dozen candidates to use NHS to target Coalition MPs at general election including Cameron, Clegg, Hunt and IDS

The National Health Action Party has announced its first batch of candidates for the 2015 General Election with GPs, a cancer specialist, a nurse, ​ a mental health expert, a disability champion and prominent NHS hospital campaigners challenging a dozen seats including those of David Cameron, Jeremy Hunt, Iain Duncan Smith and Nick Clegg. At the Party's annual conference at Conway Hall on Sunday, NHA co-leader Dr Clive Peedell said they could have …

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Stop the privatisation of NHS policy-making

Dr Clive Peedell reaction to the news (reported in Guardian, Sat 30th August) of NHS bosses having secret meetings with members of the private healthcare industry ( Story here: http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/aug/30/nhs-bosses-summits-contracts-unitedhealth-insurer)   "The report of these clandestine meetings between private health companies, management consultants and NHS bosses come as no surprise. The continued marketisation and privatisation of the NHS has created a revolving …

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Dr Clive Peedell on proton beam therapy and the Ashya King case

NHA party co-leader Dr Clive Peedell is a consultant clinical oncologist at James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough and is familiar with proton beam therapy. Dr Peedell says: "There's only one proton beam therapy facility in this country, in Liverpool, but it is limited to the treatment of rare eye tumours, because it does not have capability to treat deeper …

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Marathon man leader of National Health Action Party to run final 66km stage of NHS march

The National Health Action Party is supporting the People's March for the NHS. NHA co-leader, Dr Clive Peedell, will be joining the marchers  on Saturday September 6th for the last leg of their journey from Jarrow to London and will be running the final 66km to Parliament.   Dr Peedell, a cancer specialist at Middlesbrough's ​James Cook University Hospital​, has already announced he'll be standing …

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It’s time for Ed Miliband to prove his NHS credentials and back Doncaster care workers’ strike

Statement from Dr Louise Irvine of the National Health Action Party, as Doncaster care workers escalate long-running pay dispute with private health care company and prepare to start three week strike on Monday August 25th. [Story details here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-28841590. More background here: http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/aug/09/former-nhs-carers-intensify-strike-over-pay] “Ed Miliband has a chance to prove he’s serious about saving our NHS from privatisation. We call on him …

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Physician associates could put patients at risk if used as doctors on the cheap

There was a warning in today's Independent that "NHS patients to be seen by 'doctors on the cheap' " Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt says a "new class of medic",  called  physician associates,  will carry out certain tasks, to free up doctors. They will be science graduates with two years of intensive training, rather than the seven years of training given to …

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Soaring private patient income at NHS trusts is symptom of privatisation and austerity

Statement from Dr Clive Peedell, co-leader of National Health Action Party, on report (http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/aug/19/private-patient-income-soars-nhs-privatisation?CMP=twt_gu) of soaring income from private patients at NHS hospital trusts:  "The increasing income from treating private patients in NHS hospitals is symptomatic of the continued privatisation of our health service. This process is being driven by NHS austerity, which has put NHS Foundation Trusts under huge financial …

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Rise in prescriptions a symptom of GPs under pressure

Statement from London GP, Dr Louise Irvine of the National Health Action Party, on the rise in unnecessary antibiotics being prescribed by GPs: "There has been a rise in inappropriate prescribing of antibiotics by GPs in recent years, reversing a previous downward trend. This reflects the increasing pressure on GPS- it takes longer to explain to a patient why they …

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Read all about it

Here's a round-up of this week's top comment articles about the NHS: NHS privatisation keeps on failing patients – despite a decade of warnings, writes AllysonPollock: http://t.co/Yrt7U3ST6k Private hospitals should be put under the same scrutiny as NHS services, says Jenny Lewis of Doctor Foster:  http://www.theguardian.com/healthcare-network/2014/aug/22/private-hospitals-nhs-transparency-patient-safety It's time for the voices of the one million NHS staff to be heard. Stop …

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