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National Health Action party to contest Eastleigh by-election

NHA Press release Feb 7th The National Health Action party will field a candidate in the Eastleigh by-election following the disgrace and resignation of leading Liberal Democrat Chris Huhne. Given the short notice of the election date, the NHA, which has been formed in response to the coalition government’s controversial reforms and drastic cutbacks to the NHS, will select its …

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Francis Report fails to address root problems: impossible targets, inadequate cash limits, fragmenting reforms

PRESS STATEMENT Francis Report fails to address root problems: impossible targets, inadequate cash limits, fragmenting reforms Filling three massive volumes and offering 290 recommendations the Francis Report on the scandalous failures of care at Mid Staffordshire Hospitals Foundation Trust appears to be a heavyweight offering. . Some of its recommendations are of course welcome, not least recommendation 18 (requiring all NHS …

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The First Francis report – Comments from Dr Richard Taylor, in advance of publication of final report

The First Francis report - Comments from Dr Richard Taylor, co-leader of the NHA party, in advance of the publication of final report As expected this report castigated the care provided by the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust and in the words of the Inquiry Chairman “concluded that patients were routinely neglected by a Trust that was preoccupied with cost …

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National Health Action party responds to Jeremy Hunt’s decision on Lewisham Hospital

Jeremy Hunt’s long-awaited statement on the Trust Special Administrator (TSA) plans for South East London offered only the most minimal concessions to the tens of thousands of angry Lewisham protestors who have been resisting plans to savage their hospital services. It pulls back from the threatened full closure of Lewisham Hospital’s busy A&E unit, creating a downgraded hybrid A&E that …

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The National Health Action party supports Lord Owen’s NHS “re-instatement” bill

The National Health Action party welcomes and supports Lord Owen’s NHS re-instatement Bill and have decided to campaign for it to be enacted. It will form part of our election manifesto. At the heart of Lord Owen's Bill is the proposal to restore the legal basis for a universal, free at point-of-use and comprehensive NHS, for which the Secretary of State …

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Press Release: National Health Action party supports the Save Lewisham Hospital campaign

Jan 21st: For immediate release National Health Action Party supports the Save Lewisham Hospital campaign After considering the published evidence and witnessing the professional and public outcry over the Trust Special Administrator’s decision to close Lewisham Hospital’s A+E department and maternity unit, the National Health Action party has decided to support the Save Lewisham Hopsital campaign Co-leaders Dr Richard Taylor …

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New Year Message from the National Health Action party

April 2013 will mark the end of the English NHS as we know it, as the Health and Social Care Act legislation comes into force. Expert legal analysis, published in the BMJ and the Lancet has demonstrated how the new legislation enshrined in the Health and Social Care Act fundamentally undermines the founding principles of the NHS, by providing the …

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National Health Action party’s response to Mike Farrar’s (NHS Confederation) view on NHS reforms

Writing in the Guardian, Mike Farrar, the chief executive of the NHS Confederation (which receives significant funding from the Department of Health), claims hospitals will have to provide fewer services and beds if the NHS is to cope with growing demand caused by the ageing population. But Farrar’s well-worn argument is flawed in many ways: 1. The evidence that increased …

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NHA Statement on health service reconfigurations

Why is the NHA party calling for a moratorium on all health service reconfigurations? Health service reconfiguration is complicated. There may be good clinical and public health grounds for some reconfigurations and appropriate modernisation should be embraced. However, national health provision is currently being aggressively dismantled and commercialised. Worse still, proposed closures and budget cuts disproportionately affect the poorest and most in need. We need to rigourously assess the …

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