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Soaring private patient income at NHS trusts is symptom of privatisation and austerity

Statement from Dr Clive Peedell, co-leader of National Health Action Party, on report (http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/aug/19/private-patient-income-soars-nhs-privatisation?CMP=twt_gu) of soaring income from private patients at NHS hospital trusts:  "The increasing income from treating private patients in NHS hospitals is symptomatic of the continued privatisation of our health service. This process is being driven by NHS austerity, which has put NHS Foundation Trusts under huge financial …

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Rise in prescriptions a symptom of GPs under pressure

Statement from London GP, Dr Louise Irvine of the National Health Action Party, on the rise in unnecessary antibiotics being prescribed by GPs: "There has been a rise in inappropriate prescribing of antibiotics by GPs in recent years, reversing a previous downward trend. This reflects the increasing pressure on GPS- it takes longer to explain to a patient why they …

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Read all about it

Here's a round-up of this week's top comment articles about the NHS: NHS privatisation keeps on failing patients – despite a decade of warnings, writes AllysonPollock: http://t.co/Yrt7U3ST6k Private hospitals should be put under the same scrutiny as NHS services, says Jenny Lewis of Doctor Foster:  http://www.theguardian.com/healthcare-network/2014/aug/22/private-hospitals-nhs-transparency-patient-safety It's time for the voices of the one million NHS staff to be heard. Stop …

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GPs hit back against colleagues to denounce NHS privatisation

NHA's Dr Louise Irvine has led over a hundred GPs in hitting back against a  GP-backed letter in the Daily Mail which opposed a moratorium on privatisation in the NHS, as proposed by Labour. As reported in Pulse magazine, the counter letter states that those GPs are not representatives of the profession, and that many GPs don’t believe competition and privatisation are …

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Proof of how privatisation hits patient care and costs the NHS

Dozens of cataract patients have suffered complications after receiving treatment in an NHS hospital carried out by a private provider, with the NHS left now facing a compensation bill. Story details can be found here: http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/aug/14/nhs-eye-operations-private-provider-musgrove NHA's Dr Louise Irvine says unless privatisation is halted,  such incidents could become more commonplace: It's very distressing for all the patients involved but sadly …

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NHS nurse launches blistering attack on Chief Treasury Secretary Danny Alexander over pay

NHS nurse and NHA executive member Kathryn Anderson has launched a blistering attack on Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander following his comments on public sector pay. Kathryn Anderson, who stood as a London euro-candidate for the NHA Party, says nurses and other NHS workers are at the end of their tether with this government and she accuses Mr …

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Charging drunks for A+E is unworkable and deflects attention from real solutions

London GP Dr Louise Irvine of the National Health Action Party says the suggestion that drunks should be charged for using A+E is ill-conceived and unworkable - and deflects attention from real solutions to deal with alcohol-related problems: (following today's news that the Northern Ireland health minister is the latest to advocate charging A&E fees for drunk patients: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-28716403; and the suggestion that alcoholic …

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NHA on TV and radio

Catch up on some recent appearances on TV and radio by NHA spokespeople. Dr Louise Irvine was on Channel 4 news reacting to Jeremy Hunt's announcement of  a 'managed breach' of the 18 week waiting time limit. And she was interviewed by Eddie Nestor on BBC London discussing GP phone consultations and why GPs are under such pressure Louise was …

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Striking health workers hit by privatisation to visit Stafford Hospital protest camp

Richard Duffy of NHA's Stafford group has just sent  us this update on the protest camp in Stafford.  Campaigners are demonstrating against plans to downgrade services. Following the Francis Report, it was announced that Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust is to be scrapped in November with services including paediatrics and critical care being moved to other hospitals. Richard writes: "The protest …

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Debate over phone consultations deflecting attention from GP underfunding crisis

Statement from London GP Dr Louise Irvine on study showing phone consultations actually add to GPs' workloads: (story here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-28602156) "I’m not at all surprised by the results of this study. Phone and skype consultations may be useful in certain circumstances but most of the time you can’t beat human contact for making a  diagnosis. It’s also a crucial part of …

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