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Brexit will lead to chronic nursing shortages says new report

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Today the National Institute of Economic and Social Research has released a report, commissioned by the Cavendish Coalition, which is made up of 36 organisations in the health and social care sector, claiming Brexit could see the UK short of 51,000 nurses by 2021. The report states that EEA nationals account for over 5% of regulated nursing staff, 9% of …

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Our response to NHS England’s consultation on ICPs


1. Should local commissioners and providers have the option of a contract that promotes the integration of the full range of health, and where appropriate, care services? Should local commissioners and providers have the option of a contract that promotes the integration of the full range of health, and where appropriate, care services?: No Please explain your response. : Health …

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


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


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


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


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


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


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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