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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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Concern over cuts to doctors training harming patients and questions over interference with review

Reaction to warning from doctors that training cuts could harm patients (Full story here: http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/jan/30/doctors-caution-proposals-shorten-training-time) ‎​Statement fr​om ​Oxford GP and NHA Party candidate for Oxford West + Abingdon,​ Dr Helen Salisbury, who teaches medical students at Oxford University:  "As someone who teaches medical students and junior doctors, I am concerned about the proposed reduction in the length of training required to reach …

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Tariff veto an unprecedented move, highlighting critical position of NHS

Statement from NHA co-leader Dr Clive Peedell  (Story details here: http://m.hsj.co.uk/5081634.article)   "The decision by NHS provider organisations to veto NHS England's 2015/16 hospital tariffs proposal is an unprecedented move that highlights the critical financial position in which the NHS finds itself. It is clear that leaders of NHS provider organisations have said "enough is enough" because they understand that it …

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Are the goal posts for hospitals to call a ‘major incident’ being altered to improve patient safety or performance data?

STATEMENT FROM KAREN HOWELL, NHA CANDIDATE FOR STAFFORD Are the Goal Posts for hospitals to call a ‘major incident’ being altered to improve patient safety or performance data? The fact that hospitals in the West Midlands have been issued with additional guidance over when to call ‘major incidents’ illustrates the current crisis being faced by emergency service provision within this …

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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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More money for medics to become GPs won’t solve recruitment problem says tutor of Oxford medics

Reaction to news of 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)   Statement from Oxford GP, Dr Helen Salisbury, National Health Action Party candidate for Oxford West & Abingdon who is also a tutor of medical students at Oxford University:     "My students find the work I …

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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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