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It’s not whether we can fund the NHS – but how we can

by NHA member, Margaret Gaskin As an NHA Party supporter, I'm delighted to see in Sunday's Observer that Labour is starting to address the question of proper levels of funding for the NHS – though I hope its focus is on national need, and not just because "Labour desperately needs two or three big ideas to capture the imagination," as …

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Stop making the elderly apologise for breathing

By NHA member Dr Ann Summers Published in Guardian letters http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/apr/09/ageing-and-the-nhs Your analysis (A public admission of what many are saying in private, 5 April) repeats the assertion that "ageing alone [is] estimated to add £1bn a year to the NHS's costs", but then adds that "most of us use the NHS mainly in our last two years of life". …

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Maternity campaigner is our latest euro candidate

Our newest candidate for the London Euro elections is maternity rights campaigner, Jessica Ormerod. Jessica is a full-time mother of three young girls living in South London and writes for the New Internationalist and Open Democracy. She is an ardent campaigner for the NHS with a particular interest in maternity. She is the Lay Chair of Lewisham Hospital’s maternity services …

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New mothers want doctors, not paid reps, to deliver care

Stuffed full of what I assumed was nonsense, I found my child benefit form, some interesting information about local breastfeeding groups and other NHS leaflets about how to keep my baby alive. I could hardly believe that Bounty was entrusted to deliver this vital information to parents and the fact that it came with heavy advertising from Pampers and Sudocrem …

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NHS watchdog chief goes private for hip operation… avoiding the three-month wait patients face in hospitals he’s meant to be improving

The head of the NHS watchdog chose to have a private hip operation rather than face the three-month wait endured by health service patients. David Prior, chairman of the Care Quality Commission, had the surgery paid for by his health insurance policy earlier this month. Dr Richard Taylor, co-leader of the National Health Action Party, said: ‘It’s remarkable that the …

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Our two latest candidates for the London Euro elections

A nurse and a junior doctor have joined our team of candidates for the European Elections. Kathryn Anderson, who is the lead nurse at a large NHS trust in North London, and Alex Ashman, who trained at UCL, will be fighting the London region of the Euro elections next month. They’ll join our other candidates Dr Louise Irvine, Rufus Hound, …

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Stop blaming doctors and nurses for hospital infections. Blame the government.

Doctors and nurses are being told to wash their hands thoroughly and take greater care not to spread infections. A report out today from NICE says doctors and nurses must  ‘redouble hygiene efforts’ in order to reduce risks to patients. (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/10770299/Dont-forget-to-wash-your-hands-nurses-told.html )   But Dr Richard Taylor asks why are NHS staff being blamed when it is the government’s savage …

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Next winter could be the tipping point for the NHS

Next winter could be the tipping point for the NHS and for the electoral prospects of the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats, warns Dr Clive Peedell in today’s Independent. Dr Peedell was reacting to a report from the King’s Fund predicting that the NHS faces financial disaster in 2015 as a budget freeze imposed by the Coalition risks pushing most hospital …

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As budget freezes and reforms set in, what next for the NHS?

Since coming to power, the Coalition has ring-fenced the health budget. However, the rate at which the budget has increased has slowed down to almost zero. With ever-increasing demand for care and rising health-care costs, this means the NHS has – effectively – been cut.http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/as-budget-freezes-and-reforms-set-in-what-next-for-the-nhs-9259918.html

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Plan to shut hospital wards threatens new wave of A&E closures which could ‘break the system’ says Chidi Ejimofo

Controversial plans to shut NHS hospital wards across the country are being drawn up by health bosses, according to The Mail on Sunday. Billions of pounds will be diverted from hospital budgets to help pay for better care homes and home help under the proposals, due to be signed off by Ministers within weeks.But according to official plans seen by the paper, …

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