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Dr Louise Irvine at Farnham 'Meet the Doctors'. She will be at the second Farnham 'Meet the Doctors' on 16th April. http://www.farnhamherald.com/article.cfm?id=109901&headline=Doctors%20claim%20massive%20support&sectionIs=news&searchyear=2016 Campaign team's Deborah Harrington on NHS privatisation http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/opinion/yp-letters-threat-to-nhs-isn-t-eu-but-creeping-privatisation-at-home-1-7853849</> Nick Dowson, NHA's Northern Co-ordinator was one of the organisers of the 'March to Save the NHS' in Newcastle Saturday 9th http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/health/14411207.Junior_doctors_to_march_in_Newcastle_in_bid_to__Save_the_NHS_/ and http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/north-east-junior-doctors-lead-11151666 NHA Executive Committee Member Dr Paul …

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Dr Clive Peedell in Open Democracy: why MPs are wrong about the NHS Bill

https://www.opendemocracy.net/clive-peedell/three-things-mps-say-about-nhs-bill-and-why-they-are-wrong What you can say to your MP if they're not sure about supporting the NHS Bill (which fell at its second reading this month, but will be back in future). It's a couple of weeks since the no-show of most MPs for the second reading of the NHS Bill – despite most NHS campaign groups rallying behind it as …

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Only legislation can bring back the NHS

The National Health Action party was formed because we understood that the NHS legislation of the last 25 years has seriously damaged the NHS, and the Coalition’s Health and Social Care Act would finally dismantle it. People may not feel all the effects of that throughout the country yet, but they will in the next few years. We cannot see the necessary …

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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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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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For everyone’s sake, for the health and wellbeing of the country, this is a fight we can’t afford to lose, warns Dr Clive Peedell

National Health Action Party press release 7th February 2016 This Wednesday, 10th February, the junior doctors will once again take industrial action to show the government that they are not prepared for a return to the dark days of unsafe working hours. They know that they are protecting patients, their colleagues and current and future healthcare students. A report out …

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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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