Home > Press Releases (page 2)

Press Releases

Discriminatory voter ID checks should be scrapped

35134404966_6f9a52ebf5_b

Figures from the voter ID check trials in Bromley, Woking, Gosport, Watford and Swindon on Thursday show around 4,000 voters were turned away. That means 1 in 60 voters were denied the right to vote. Compared with the 1 in 1.6 million rate of voter impersonation reported at the 2017 General Election, this would mean having to block around 25,000 people …

Read More »

It is high time the government shut down the UK’s tax havens

How much tax is paid by major US companies in the UK?

By Dr Louise Irvine, NHA Party Secretary This week, the Conservative-led government finally backed down on its sordid attempts to prevent the UK’s tax havens from having to publish the names of tax dodgers. And that’s big news. The UK’s Overseas Territories, such as the British Virgin and Cayman Islands, sit at the heart of a global ring of shadowy tax jurisdictions …

Read More »

Britain doesn’t need another establishment party

westminster

By Alex Ashman, NHA Party co-leader This week, millionaire Simon Franks has claimed that the current polarisation of UK politics indicates the need for a new centrist party to occupy the middle ground between left and right. He has raised £50m to create one and, despite some claims to the contrary, is surely busy trying to recruit support from disgruntled …

Read More »

NHS staff pay rise isn’t a good deal

afcpay

The new Agenda for Change (AfC) pay deal, agreed earlier this week, will affect pay for over a million NHS staff (but excludes doctors and dentists, who have separate contracts). The deal was accepted by all unions except for the GMB, who said the deal promised 'jam tomorrow'. But what was so wrong with a deal that apparently gives a …

Read More »

Paying GPs to not refer patients is deeply unethical

nhs3

An investigation by Pulse magazine has shown that some Clinical Commisioning Groups are offering GP practices up to 50% of the savings made if they send fewer patients to hospital for elective care. From the patient's point of view, it would seem that the CCG finds it cheaper to send the GP a cash bung than to pay for the patient's care. Alarmingly, …

Read More »

NHS England must stop letting standards slip

6918623814_6863780652_b

Having suspended elective care during January and abandoned A&E waiting time targets this month, NHS England are already allowing basic NHS standards to be eroded, citing lack of funding and growing demand. At a more local level, CCGs have tried to pull tricks like denying care to smokers and obese patients. As the government has failed to invest sufficient funding to support …

Read More »

Government are misusing statistics to play down the winter crisis

chart (1)

Following a series of misleading statements in public fora, it appears that Theresa May's government are misusing official statistics in order to play down the NHS winter crisis. This includes: Theresa May comparing the NHS in England and in Wales by using incompatible statistics which favoured England, when in fact Wales had the more favourable results. Health Minister Philip Dunne …

Read More »