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The winter crisis has begun

Winter Crisis

Recently released figures from NHS England reveal November 2018 as being the worst November on record for missed A&E targets. NHS Trusts across the UK are required to treat all A&E admissions within four hours of a patient being presented to a hospital. The statistics reveal that last November the number of patients treated within four hours stood at 87.6%. …

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European Court of Justice ruling: our view

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Today the European Court of Justice has ruled that the UK has the power to unilaterally revoke the Article 50 withdrawal process. The ruling also stated the UK would retain all of its currently existing opt-out privileges in the event of deciding to revoke the withdrawal process. This would include retaining its current opt-out of the social chapter, the Schengen …

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The Health Secretary needs to stop coming up with ‘stupid sound bites’ and focus on the crisis in the NHS

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The Health Secretary, Matt Hancock MP, recently caused controversy by suggesting that NHS managers should emulate McDonalds' staff training programmes in order to improve the health service. Dr Lousie Irvine, Secretary to the National Health Action Party, reacted to the suggestion the NHS needed to take inspiration from the fast food chain's staff training programmes as "ridiculous". Speaking to talkRADIO's …

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Firm linked to Grenfell Tower disaster is suing an NHS Trust

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Whittington NHS Trust is having to defend its decision to scrap a tendering process which would have awarded an estates management contract to a construction firm linked to the Grenfell Tower disaster in the High Court. Ryhurst – the company bringing the legal action against the Trust – claims that being a subsidiary of construction firm Rydon Group – the …

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Brexit: our position

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The National Health Action Party is committed to campaigning for a second referendum on the UKs membership of the European Union. The National Health Action Party is also convinced that it is in the best interests of the UK to remain inside the European Union. We recognise that the European Union is not a perfect institution, nor is it a …

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Brexit will lead to chronic nursing shortages says new report

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Today the National Institute of Economic and Social Research has released a report, commissioned by the Cavendish Coalition, which is made up of 36 organisations in the health and social care sector, claiming Brexit could see the UK short of 51,000 nurses by 2021. The report states that EEA nationals account for over 5% of regulated nursing staff, 9% of …

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The budget offers the NHS scraps – and fails to see off the privatisers

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By Kane Shaw, Press Officer, NHA. This article was originally featured on (https://www.opendemocracy.net/ournhs/kane-shaw/budget-offers-nhs-scraps-and-fails-to-see-off-privatisers) Yesterday’s budget was a government playing to the gallery, desperately hoping to distract from its role in creating what promises to be the worse winter crisis since records began. The Chancellor announced that mental health services would be getting £2bn a year by 2023-24. It’s not ‘extra’, though …

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The Chancellor said this was a budget for carers, he lied.

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By Harry Hayfield, a registered carer  As someone who has regularly been stung by the broken promises made at the dispatch box of a Budget, I’ve developed the habit of cutting through the rhetoric by looking at the written record of what a Chancellor has really said. This week, Philip Hammond claimed this was a ‘Budget…for the strivers, the grafters …

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This a smoke and mirrors budget

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By Kane Shaw, Spokesperson for the National Health Action Party Today the Chancellor announced mental health services will be receiving an “extra” £2bn a year in funding by 2023/24. However, this announcement is not all it seems. Firstly, because the extra funds are not new. The £2bn will be coming from the £20.5bn NHS funding increase announced by the government …

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