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 …Read More »
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 …Read More »
‘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 …Read More »
Press release: National Health Action Party warns: Beware of former health secretaries 'defending' the NHS "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 …Read More »
GP practices closing their lists to new patients is a result of the government’s austerity in health and social care
The news that hundreds of GP practices are closing their lists to new patients comes as no surprise. According to the Royal College of GPs the NHS needs another 8,000 to 10,000 GPs to cope with rising demand, which has seen the number of GP consultations rise from 340 million a year to over 400 million over the last couple …Read More »
Dr Clive Peedell warns there will be catastrophic long term risks to patients if the junior doctors’ contract is imposed. It’s time to fight for the NHS.
"Junior doctors have been left with no choice but to take industrial action. The Government has not compromised on its crystal clear agenda to force junior doctors into working more hours for less pay, so that it can drive through its nonsensical "enhanced seven-day services" manifesto pledge in the face of a £22bn NHS efficiency savings program. Despite the rhetoric from the …Read More »
Dr Clive Peedell’s New Year message: thank you all for your continued support of the National Health Action Party and I wish you the very best for 2016
2015 has been a difficult year. The re-election of a Conservative majority government in May was a hammer blow to all of us who support the idea of a fairer, more equitable and healthier society. We are already seeing the tragic consequences of the Tories’ ideological obsession to dismantle the welfare state through prolonged austerity, under the false pretence that …Read More »
At the end of 2015 a report from the Independent Healthcare Commission chaired by Michael Mansfield, QC, was published. Its recommendations are to reverse the closures and downgradings of the North West London hospitals and goes further to say the program of changes is eroding the very values of a universal healthcare system. Although the report is specific to one area …Read More »
THE PEOPLE'S MANDATE FOR THE NHS A Public NHS which is publicly owned, publicly provided, publicly accountable and publicly funded to a level which sustains comprehensive and universal provision. Sack Jeremy Hunt Drop the Junior Doctors' Contract #peoplesmandate The imposition of the junior doctor's contract, the consultation on the NHS mandate being kept quiet, cuts to nurse training budgets and …Read More »
Over 28000 junior doctors cast their vote in the BMA's ballot about whether proposed industrial action over the proposed new proposed contract. The result was unprecedented and could not be clearer: 98% backed strike action, 99% backed some kind of industrial action in opposition to this contract. Junior doctors have been left with no choice but to take industrial action. …Read More »