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Using the current financial crisis as an excuse to call for co-payments and insurance for the NHS will lead to a two tier system, says NHA’s Dr Clive Peedell

“It's very worrying that David Bennett, until just over a week ago head of Monitor, has said that the NHS needs 'other sources' of revenue” says Dr Clive Peedell. “This clearly reveals that he is not a believer in a publicly funded NHS. The National Health Action party has been calling attention to this very predictable financial crisis for the …

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Deteriorating NHS finances are a direct result of this government’s chronic underfunding

Statement from National Health Action Party co-leader Dr Clive Peedell on the NHS funding crisis: "Deteriorating NHS finances are a direct result of this government's chronic underfunding, "efficiency savings" and counter-productive policies. "The National Health Action Party has consistently been warning that the Government's policy to impose further "efficiency savings" of £22bn by 2020 is reckless and will harm patient …

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Research shows that GP Sunday appointments are not in demand

Statement from Louise Irvine, National Health Action Party, in response to research on GP opening hours http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-34732926: "GPs already provide 24/7 care through out of hours services focusing on urgent and emergency cases: there are 6 million urgent and emergency out of hour GP consultations a year. "This important research on routine weekend GP care's a body blow to David Cameron & …

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Chronic underinvestment in the NHS

Statement from Clive Peedell, Leader of the National Health Action Party: "The OECD report (http://www.oecd.org/health/health-at-a-glance-19991312.htm) confirms what the NHA Party consistently states: chronic underinvestment in the NHS has resulted in declining performance with damaging effects on patient care. "The last 5 years has seen a £20bn efficiency savings program that has led to rising waiting lists, a crisis in A&E and general practice, …

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Private sector healthcare requires same level of accountability & scrutiny as NHS care.

Statement from Dr Clive Peedell, Leader of the National Health Action Party: "The BBC investigation http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-34660486 based on the report from the Centre for Health and the Public Interest (CHPI) http://chpi.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/CHPI-PatientSafety-Aug2014.pdf raises important questions about the public accountability of the private sector delivering healthcare in the UK. It is vitally important that this sector is subject to the same scrutiny as NHS providers of …

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Jeremy Hunt is determined to alienate the entire NHS staff by announcing charges to migrants for emergency care

Statement from Dr Clive Peedell, co-leader of NHA Party on charging migrants for emergency care “This policy announcement comes on top of the already heightened tensions between the Department of Health and the medical profession amidst the growing crisis over the Junior Doctor Contract. It seems that Jeremy Hunt is determined to alienate the entire NHS staff by re-introducing this …

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Stopping hospitals sending patients back to GPs for re-referrals will not resolve the GP workload, funding and recruitment crisis

Statement from National Health Action Party's Dr Louise Irvine, a GP in Lewisham, London on - plans to stop GPs having to rearrange missed hospital appointments for patients: "Stopping hospitals sending patients back to GPs for re-referrals is welcome but will make very little impact on the massive workload, funding and recruitment crisis facing GPs – problems that his Government …

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Manchester cuts will cost lives, warns NHA’s Dr Carl Walker

Parity of esteem for mental health looks ever more unlikely under this government in the light of this week's developments in Manchester. Unless the parity is no esteem at all for any NHS services. £7 million cuts to NHS services are falling on Manchester's Health & Social Care Trust, which is responsible for mental health care. The Trust is to …

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Access to good diagnostics should be key to cancer survival, not postcodes and poverty

In response to today’s news (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-34653560)  of the wide regional variation in survival rates from all forms of cancer, Consultant Cancer Specialist and leader of the National Health Action Party, Dr Clive Peedell said: "Delays in cancer diagnosis have plagued the NHS for many years. The reasons are complex, but there is no doubt that the major stumbling blocks are …

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