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The Friday Surgery

Introducing the new Easyjet NHS As a rather plump NHS campaigner bedevilled by man boobs, I was given two good reasons to baulk at the recent announcement by The Vale of York CCG that they intended to restrict obese patients’ access to elective surgery until they lose weight. This cost-saving measure was their seemingly pragmatic response to Jeremy Hunt and …

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The Friday Surgery

Our Friday surgery is back after a short summer break, but Dr Walker is not in satirical mood this week. Hitting back at STP: an SOS call to all NHA members around the country Watching the battle lines emerging in the press reporting of the new mass cuts regime currently being implemented across the NHS is pretty instructive. On one …

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No to an increase in NI contributions to fund the NHS

National Health Action Party Press Release 30 August 2016 Dr Paul Hobday, leader of the National Health Action Party, has made the following statement in response to ex-health minister Dan Poulter’s suggestion of an increase in NI contributions to fund the NHS. “This idea turns up like a bad penny with monotonous regularity. When the government proposes an expensive project …

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The announcement of planned cuts ‘is not a sudden crisis today’, says NHA Party

A National Health Action party spokesman told The Independent: The announcement of planned cuts 'is not a sudden crisis today. This has been written and talked about in government and NHS England planning since before 2012. Patients will suffer. The NHS will no longer offer its key elements, comprehensive, universal and accessible care. Private health care will reap the rewards. …

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Dr Louise Irvine, the National Health Action (NHA) Party executive, says patients should be aware of some of Doctaly’s small print.

"Dr Louise Irvine, the National Health Action (NHA) Party executive, says patients should be aware of some of Doctaly’s small print. First, patients can choose whether the notes from the Doctaly consultation should be shared with their regular NHS GP. But Dr Irvine says: “Any private GP should share the results of the consultation with your regular GP. If you are …

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Doctor warns that the NHS funding gap could create a two-tier delivery system

Doctor warns that the NHS funding gap could create a two-tier delivery system 24th August 2016 A retired GP and British Medical Association representative has issued a stark warning that patients could face further cuts to NHS treatment amid proposals for major changes to the delivery of services. Paul Hobday claims the national ‘Sustainability and Transformation plans’ (STPs) announced by the …

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NHA Party: we need action now to save the NHS. What will be left to renationalise in a couple of years’ time won’t be ‘our NHS’.

The National Health Action Party broadly welcomes the announcement from Jeremy Corbyn that he is committed to renationalising the NHS. However, we are not confident that he understands that what is currently happening to the NHS will leave little left to be renationalised. An NHA party spokesman said, “It is right to talk of adopting policies to address the increasing …

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The Friday Surgery

Would you let Virgincare look after your children? They don’t do a school for visionary philanthropist entrepreneurs but if they did, I imagine one of the key lessons would be how to gaze profoundly into the middle distance whenever anyone takes a photo of you. As if the camera has just at that moment caught you developing yet another ground …

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The Friday Surgery

Welcome to Theresa May's new politics of austerity- all 5 minutes of it So it is the annual Intergalactic Forces of Pure Evil dinner/dance. The secretary booked an Earthling called Theresa May and promised that her speech would be good value. Things had been tough for the various Forces of Evil in the galaxy in recent years and they really …

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The Friday Surgery

We’re quite lucky this week because the Friday Surgery has managed to get an advance of copy of the Foreword of one of the new 5 Year Forward View's local Sustainability and Transformation Plan document being developed around the UK. Transforming services together - building a healthy footprint for the future The NHS is the greatest achievement in our history …

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