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The NHA Friday Surgery

Welcome to our first Friday Surgery - a weekly blog from NHA executive committee member and defender of the NHS, Dr Carl Walker. If medicine were treated like the NHS (number 1) - appendicitis. In recent years we have witnessed a steady and frankly puzzling transition toward solving NHS challenges, not with concrete policy, extra funding or informed debate, but instead by …

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Staff are leaving the NHS in their thousands due to miserable working conditions, a diminishing pay scale and a culture of bullying that comes from the top.

The news that hospitals and services have gaping staff vacancies is not surprising. The National Health Action party has warned about this worsening problem for years. Agency bills cripple NHS budgets and hospitals are constantly criticised for not dealing with these high costs. Safe staffing levels are essential to maintain patient safety. We all know the dire consequences to cutting …

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The rose-tinted privatisation of maternity services is under way

‘The National Maternity Review cannot deliver its rose-tinted view of the future on the NHS’ currently understaffed and fractured services and is selling choice as the panacea for poor care’, says Jessica Ormerod, NHA’s maternity spokesperson. Who could disagree, at face value, with the aspirations of The National Maternity Review published today? Women do need more personal care, they need …

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We need to spend more on the NHS and stop saying that healthcare is a drag on the economy

Today’s report by the King’s Fund confirms the desperate financial state of the NHS. This comes as no surprise as the NHS has seen an average increase in spending of 0.9% per annum since 2010, whilst health inflation runs at 3-4% per annum. The Government’s solution is to continue with their plan for £22bn of “efficiency savings” by 2020. However, in …

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David Cameron’s sympathy is too little, too late for many mental health service users

David Cameron's sympathy is too little, too late for many mental health service users The recent report by NHS England (https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Mental-Health-Taskforce-FYFV-final.pdf) showing that around three quarters of people with mental health problems receive no help at all is a shameful indictment of the current government. David Cameron has called for the nation to focus on mental health after a review …

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Jeremy Hunt’s imposition of the highly controversial and unpopular junior contract is a grave error of judgement.

Jeremy Hunt's imposition of the highly controversial and unpopular junior contract is a grave error of judgement. It is very clear that this is driving forward the '24/7' agenda, not seriously negotiating new terms. The response to the government's consultation on the mandate for the NHS in November 2015 showed 97% of respondents did not support Jeremy Hunt on this …

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‘Slack attitudes’ and ‘bed blocking’? Lord Carter of Coles is avoiding the NHS’ real and very urgent issues.

Nowhere in Lord Carter of Coles’ report ‘Operational productivity and performance in English NHS acute hospitals: unwarranted variations’ does he mention the minimum £4.5bn a year lost on market transactions which add nothing to patient care, according to independent and parliamentary reports into the NHS since 2010 Nor does he refer to the staggering sums spent on management consultants running …

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We oppose the Commission on Health and Social Care

On Wednesday 6th January Norman Lamb MP (ex Coalition Health Minister) put forward a Bill under the 10 minute rule in Parliament for a Commission on the NHS. It was given an early date for a second reading on 11th March - the same day as the NHS (Reinstatement) Bill. It was given a long debate in the Lords on …

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Richard Branson has just been awarded a £126million contract to take over services at hospitals in Kent.

Richard Branson has just been awarded a £126million contract to take over services at hospitals in Kent. Virgin Care, which beat Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust to the lucrative deal, will be able to run health services in the hospitals for the next seven years. At the end of this period, Virgin will have the opportunity to extend the …

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