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Hypocrite Clegg – coalition austerity policies ripping apart mental health

Dr Carl Walker, the chair of the European Community Psychology Association Task Force on Austerity and Mental health, and the National Health Action Party candidate for East Worthing and Shoreham, has hit out against Nick Clegg's announcement on new waiting time targets for mental illnesses and plans to put treatment for mental health conditions on a level with physical health from …

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Politicians are burying their heads in the sand and with it, the NHS

Reaction from NHA co-leader Dr Clive Peedell to suggestion of a £75 a night charge for hospital beds (as reported in the Independent: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/nhs-funding-crisis-hospitals-may-have-to-charge-patients-for-stays-9778502.html​)​ ​ We've had endless suggestions for charging for GP visits, charging for hospital bed and board, charging drunks for A&E,  or charging an annual NHS fee. What 's next? How soon before someone suggests charging £1​500 for …

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Media update

A busy week in the media for NHA. Here's how we made the news. Newspapers and journals Dr Clive Peedell wins the debate as Medical Journalists' Association rejects NHS privatisation: http://www.mjauk.org/2014/10/04/7022/ Is the private sector a good thing for the NHS? Article in the BMJ by Dr Clive Peedell Cancer patients’ lives at risk as Tory-led NHS cuts force them …

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​David Cameron, you’re no champion of the NHS

NHA co-leader Dr Clive Peedell's response to David Cameron's conference speech: "David Cameron, you're no champion of the NHS.   Just saying you will  "protect the NHS budget and continue to invest more" is meaningless. Even a real-terms increase in funding isn't enough to keep up with 'health inflation' currently around 3-4% due to the costs of an ageing population, news drugs …

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NHA leaders making the news over burglars and celebrity parking tickets

Both NHA leaders have been making the news this week for rather unexpected reasons. Dr Richard Taylor, recovering from a recent hip operation, scared off a would-be burglar who tried to smash his way into his home using a pair of garden secateurs: http://www.expressandstar.com/news/crime/2014/09/25/former-mp-richard-taylor-scares-off-burglar-using-secateurs/ While Dr Clive Peedell had to apologise to comedian Roy 'Chubby' Brown  when he got a hospital …

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Support for NHS strike

Health workers in England are to stage a four-hour strike on 13 October, the Unison union has announced.Up to half a million NHS staff could take part in the strike action over pay, after being denied a 1% salary rise by the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, despite a recommendation by the independent Pay Review Body. It will be the first NHS …

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Ed Miliband is listening but needs to go further on the NHS

Statement from co-leader of the National Health Action Party, Dr Clive Peedell, on Ed Milband's conference speech on the NHS:   "It's heartening that Ed Miliband is hearing our message about stepping up to the plate on the NHS.    His announcements on increasing tax and cracking down on tax dodging to plug the NHS funding gap are two of the measures we …

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Our NHS checklist for Labour

1. Introduce a temporary tax increase specifically to tackle the immediate NHS funding crisis. 2. Halt NHS privatisation and scrap the internal market, thereby saving over £5 billion currently wasted on these policies and enabling the UK to increase NHS spending to the level of other G7 countries.  3. Crack down on tax dodging to recoup as much as possible of the …

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Don’t be the Labour PM who lets the NHS descend into total crisis, Miliband is warned by NHA leaders

As reported in today’s Independent on Sunday, NHA co-leaders Dr Clive Peedell and Dr Richard Taylor have written to Labour leader Ed Miliband urging him to take urgent action to deal with the NHS funding crisis.  On the eve of the Labour Party Conference, they warn him that he could be the Labour Prime Minister who lets the NHS descend into …

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Don’t ignore us and stop messing with our NHS

The people of Scotland have issued a clear warning to politicians at Westminster with two main messages: Don't ignore us. Stop messing with our NHS. In polls, the second most common reason given for voting Yes (after “disaffection with Westminster politics”) was the National Health Service. Even among No voters, the NHS was among the top three concerns affecting how …

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