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An NHS tax isn’t the answer to funding gap

The National Health Action Party rejects the proposed ideas from the Liberal Democrats and the Labour Party to address the £30 billion hole in NHS finances using a hypothecated NHS tax through National Insurance Contributions. Dr Clive Peedell, NHA co-leader, said: "This is a socially regressive idea, because National Insurance is levied entirely on earned income, so it hits workers …

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Dr Clive Peedell calls for investigation over private patient queue jumping – and hits out at Hunt’s attack on cancer diagnosis GPs

NHA co-leader is calling for a proper investigation into claims that private patients are being given priority in NHS hospitals over the elderly and emergency cases. A whistleblower at UCH hospital is claiming that  "those who can't pay get shoved to back of queue".Speaking in the Daily Mirror, Dr Peedell warns of a 2-tier health service:"These allegations of private patients both queue-jumping …

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Unless we improve the NHS complaints procedure, we could face another Jimmy Savile scandal

Statement from NHA Party co-leader, Dr Richard Taylor: “It’s sickening to read what Jimmy Savile did and how he was allowed to get away with it. It’s hard to legislate against depraved behaviour but it’s clear that had better procedures been in place, his disgusting activities would have been stopped at a much earlier date once people within the NHS …

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Hunt calls for more openness and honesty yet his own Government has lied and broken promises

Reaction of NHA co-leader Dr Clive Peedell to Jeremy Hunt's announcement of a new patient safety website to 'encourage an open and honest culture in the NHS'.(story here: http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/jun/24/jeremy-hunt-disclosure-drive-medical-errors) "Jeremy Hunt's hypocrisy in calling for more openness and honesty in the NHS beggars belief. His own Government has lied, obfuscated and repeatedly broken public promises with it's NHS reforms. It even refused …

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NHA Party policy in tune with public opinion – stop using NHS as a political football

A poll by Ipsos Mori shows that the majority of British people believe the NHS has become a political football and should be trusted to professionals to run it in the best interests of patients. Story details here: http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/jun/23/nhs-health-decisions-doctors-politics-opinion-poll NHA co-leader Dr Clive Peedell says:"The National Health Action Party agrees with public opinion that the NHS should be entrusted with …

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Dr Richard Taylor is delighted but amazed at his MBE

NHA co-leader Dr Richard Taylor was awarded an MBE  in the Queen's Birthday Honours. Here's his reaction: My first reaction was one of surprise and amazement as I did not think I would ever get any sort of tangible reward for rebelling against the established political system in the country. My amazement continued as the letter from the Cabinet Office informing me …

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Proposals for private sector to run the NHS will make it into a lottery system

The right-wing think tank Reform is predicting that the private and third sectors could be running three quarters of NHS services in a decade’s time as a way of averting the NHS funding crisis. And it’s calling for the NHS to be run more like Tescos:  http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/nhs-should-be-run-like-tesco-claims-reform-think-tank-9544028.html?origin=internalSearch Here’s what Clive Peedell and John Lister make of the report: “These proposals are …

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The NHS is the world’s best healthcare system

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The NHS is the world's best healthcare system According to an international panel of experts, the NHS is the best health care system in the world. The UK is rated as superior to countries which spend far more on health. We rank first overall, scoring highest on quality, access and efficiency and yet we spend the second-lowest amount on healthcare– just £2,008 …

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