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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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Embarrassing, embarrassing, embarrassing – Tory U-turn on immigration rules for overseas nurses

​Statement from NHA co-leader Dr Clive Peedell: "The government's climbdown​ today over immigration rules for overseas nurses is  highly embarrassing but can be welcomed as a victory for commonsense, something which seems in short supply with the Conservatives' health policies. The U-turn highlights the ​foolishness of the original plan which would have led to an exodus of experienced nurses but also the realisation of …

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‘Substandard’ hospitals and care services are inevitable result of government’s NHS underfunding and understaffing

Statement from NHA co-leader Dr Clive Peedell on CQC report on 'substandard' hospitals: "The CQC report on 'substandard' hospitals and care services is the inevitable result of this government's chronic underfunding and understaffing of our NHS at the same time as severe cuts to social care from axeing of local councils' budgets. Today's report coming on top of the worst …

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Hypocritical and inappropriate for NHS managers to be getting bonuses and pay rises during worst financial crisis and amid falling productivity

Statement from National Health Action Party co-leader Dr Clive Peedell reacting to news that more than 400 NHS bureaucrats are sharing a £1m bonus pot for 'performing above expectations' despite the worst financial crisis in a generation (story details here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3270101/Outcry-400-NHS-fat-cats-share-1m-bonus-pot-performing-expectations-despite-worst-financial-crisis-generation.html#ixzz3oRPxwhPZ ) "‎It is totally hypocritical for managers to be getting bonuses and pay rises of over 20% while overstretched …

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An army of volunteers can’t save the NHS; only a Government policy shift can, says NHA co-leader

Statement from NHA co-leader Dr Clive Peedell, on suggestion by Sir Thomas Hughes-Hallett of a “Healthforce” – an army of volunteers to “stop the NHS sinking”: "An army of volunteers can't save the NHS; only ​a government ​policy ​​shift ​can. Volunteers, as well as charities, already play a vital and much appreciated role in supporting our NHS. According to Carers UK, …

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Government must front load the promised £8bn or NHS in danger of meltdown

Statement from National Health Action Party co-leader Dr Clive Peedell on NHS trusts in England racking up a £930m deficit in the first three months of the financial year -  more than the entire overspend last year: These catastrophic figures, whose release was delayed until after the Tory Party Conference, are a direct result of this government's chronic underfunding and counterproductive …

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The NHS has a funding problem, not an efficiency problem. NHS deficit is down to this government’s measly funding and counterproductive policies

Statement from National Health Action Party co-leader Dr Clive Peedell on NHS deficit Deteriorating NHS finances are a direct result of this government's chronic underfunding and counterproductive policies and efficiency savings. NHS has funding problem, not an efficiency problem. At  a time of increasing demand on the NHS, brought on by a population increase of 2million since 2010, an ageing population …

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