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Trust and Truth Telling

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By Dr Helen Salisbury, NHAP Spokesperson, When my patients tell me their symptoms they put their trust in me: they trust me to listen attentively, to examine carefully, and to investigate as thoroughly as necessary. They trust me to keep their confidences and to follow up as promised. Above all, when they ask me a question they trust me to …

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A Hostile Environment in the NHS

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By Dr Helen Salisbury, NHA Spokesperson A temporary resident recently attended our practice after coughing up blood. The likely cause was pneumonia, but tuberculosis and malignancy were on the list of differential diagnoses. My colleague duly sent the patient for chest radiography, but the request was refused as the patient—a visitor to this country—did not have an NHS number. We …

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Paying for BBC – TV

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By Alastair Fischer and Harry Hayfield In 2015, the government cut the BBC's budget by 20% in stages over 5 years, saying that the BBC could recoup its losses by charging pensioners the full TV licence fee. The BBC refused to do this until now and has undergone some severe cuts in its revenue as a result. However, it is …

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Happy Values Week!

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By Dr Veronika Wagner This week the NHS is celebrating what it calls Values Week. Now, this may sound like the brainchild of a HR department who were on a staff awayday, but I believe it could be useful to see if the values that Values Week champions are really put into practice in reality. According to the NHS Values …

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Enough is Enough: it is time to put an end to Brexit

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By Dr Louise Irvine, Secretary to the National Health Action Party The last 48 hours have been a national humiliation. Yet – and this is the truly perverse part of it all – none of this has been a surprise. We all knew that the Prime Minister’s deal wasn’t going to get through parliament on a second attempt and we …

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Help us scrap ICPs

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Integrated Care Providers (ICPs) pose a serious risk to the future of the NHS as a tax funded, publicly accountable, universal system of healthcare. We must act now to draw attention to what is happening and to support 999 Call for the NHS in their forthcoming appeal. For those of you who don’t know, ICPs are a new contract and …

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The Friday Surgery

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Welcome to the latest Friday Surgery Don’t believe the hype - you won’t be paying £5 for a GP appointment Out of the many exciting stories we’ve seen doing the rounds in light of the BMA’s annual conference there’s been one which is causing serious worry. Many local and regional media outlets appear to be reporting that GPs would like …

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The Friday Surgery

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The latest revelations to come out of the Gosport scandal are truly shocking. There should be a public inquiry into the events, not just so there is justice for the families affected  but so that the NHS can learn from what happened as it is still relevant today. It is unfortunately the case that the NHS had, and still does …

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Welcome to the latest “Friday Surgery”

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Welcome to our latest edition of the Friday Surgery. For those of you who don’t know, the Friday Surgery is where you can find the most update summary of the NHA’s recent activities. As well as analysis, commentary and much more. Without further ado, let us begin! Congratulations to Naveen and the South Yorkshire Save our NHS Party The National …

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The Friday Surgery

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This Friday Surgery has a locum contributor, Julian Patterson, who edits the NHS Network blog. A big thank you to Julian Patterson for allowing us to reproduce Martin Plackard's Rear View here. Health Warning: this is a satirical blog based on the STPs so if you're not keen on satire this blog is not for you. At the end of December Radio …

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