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Grab the Latest Edition of The Lowdown: New Issue Out Now

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For activists and concerned citizens who want to see the best for our NHS it can often feel daunting when one first attempts to come to grips with how the privatisation of the health service really takes place on the ground. The NHS is hardly a small institution, and it always seems like there is a new NHS related story …

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£7,060 for Hip Replacement Surgery, Hernia Removal £2,541: An NHS Trust Has Fully Embraced Privatisation

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Today it has been revealed by the Mirror that Warrington and Halton Hospitals Trust is now charging patients for NHS treatments which were previously free. The National Health Action Party reported last year that NHS England was reclassifying a swathe of procedures as being Procedures of Low Clinical Priority. In reality, the move - which at the time was condemned by …

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Cancer Treatment Continues to Decline

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The latest figures released by NHS England continue to show a marked decline in the health service’s capacity to meet key cancer treatment targets. Under current rules and targets NHS hospitals are expected to provide 93% of patients suspected of having cancer with their first outpatient appointment with an oncologist within 14 days of referral. The target has been in …

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The Government Has Been Caught Raiding Capital Budgets Again

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In the run-up to the NHS' 70th birthday, Theresa May announced that the health service would be receiving a real term funding increase. Beginning in 2019/20 and ending in 2023/24, the NHS was to receive an extra £20.5bn per year. As welcome as the news was, especially in light of the fact that the Conservatives, first in partnership with the …

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Babylon Health Looks Set to Tighten its Grip on the NHS

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The Health Service Journal is reporting today that University Hospitals Birmingham Foundation Trust has entered into talks with Babylon Health to explore the potential of a partnership in which Babylon Health's controversial app GP at Hand would be used to reduce footfall within hospitals, with a particular focus on A&E Departments. The talks are said to be exploring the possibility of using the …

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NHS Staff Hold Strike Ballot in Response to Privatisation

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NHS staff working at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have opted to hold a strike ballot in response to the Trust's attempt to create a wholly owned subsidiary company. The Trust is seeking to transfer staff from its estates, facilities and engineering departments to the company. Since 2010 the NHS has seen a proliferation of NHS Trusts creating wholly owned …

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The Number of GPs Working in the NHS Continues to Decline

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Research commissioned by the BBC and undertaken by health think tank Nuffield Trust has today revealed that the National Health Service is experiencing a sustained drop in GP numbers for the first time in 50 years. The report comes on the same day that GP magazine Pulse reveals the results of its most recent survey of 1700 GPs in which …

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