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The budget offers the NHS scraps – and fails to see off the privatisers

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By Kane Shaw, Press Officer, NHA. This article was originally featured on (https://www.opendemocracy.net/ournhs/kane-shaw/budget-offers-nhs-scraps-and-fails-to-see-off-privatisers) Yesterday’s budget was a government playing to the gallery, desperately hoping to distract from its role in creating what promises to be the worse winter crisis since records began. The Chancellor announced that mental health services would be getting £2bn a year by 2023-24. It’s not ‘extra’, though …

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The Chancellor said this was a budget for carers, he lied.

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By Harry Hayfield, a registered carer  As someone who has regularly been stung by the broken promises made at the dispatch box of a Budget, I’ve developed the habit of cutting through the rhetoric by looking at the written record of what a Chancellor has really said. This week, Philip Hammond claimed this was a ‘Budget…for the strivers, the grafters …

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This a smoke and mirrors budget

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By Kane Shaw, Spokesperson for the National Health Action Party Today the Chancellor announced mental health services will be receiving an “extra” £2bn a year in funding by 2023/24. However, this announcement is not all it seems. Firstly, because the extra funds are not new. The £2bn will be coming from the £20.5bn NHS funding increase announced by the government …

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The government needs to get its priorities in order: the NHS is facing bigger problems than fraud

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Today the Health Secretary announced the NHS will be piloting a new initiative to tackle fraud within the health service. The government and the NHS Counter Fraud Authority (NHSCFA) claim the health service lost an estimated £1.25bn to fraud in 2016/17. As part of the measures the government has pledged to halve prescription fraud, which is estimated to cost the …

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Here’s how you can help scrap ICPs

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NHS England is currently holding a consultation on the rollout of a new system of health and social care provision known as Integrated Care Provider (ICP) contracts. Originally named Accountable Care Organisations (ACO), the government was forced into a rebranding exercise after the late Professor Stephen Hawking, and a team of academics, took them – and NHS England - to …

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Help us scrap ICPs

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Integrated Care Providers (ICPs) pose a serious risk to the future of the NHS as a tax funded, publicly accountable, universal system of healthcare. We must act now to draw attention to what is happening and to support 999 Call for the NHS in their forthcoming appeal. For those of you who don’t know, ICPs are a new contract and …

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The NHS should not perpetuate a post-code lottery – PrEP needs to be made available for all who need it

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Today marks the one-year anniversary of NHS England’s three-year PrEP Impact Trial. Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis – also known as PrEP – is an effective treatment for reducing the transmission of HIV. As part of the impact trial NHS England originally opened up 10,000 places to gay or bisexual men to access the drug. However, the first 10 months of the trial …

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