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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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Cameron’s 7day GP contract is full of holes‎

Statement from National Health Action Party co-leader, Dr Clive Peedell: Cameron's 7day GP contract is full of holesCameron's audacious plan for patients to get access to "their" GP 7 days a week with a new GP contract is full of holes.The first issue is a lack of funding and a lack of GPs required to make this happen. The plans involve …

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Transcript of Dr Louise Irvine on Sky News – why paying doctors NOT to refer patients is “abhorrent”

Transcript of Dr Louise Irvine on Sky News - Friday October 2nd, 1.10pm. Giving her reaction to scheme to pay GPs for reducing the number of patients they refer to hospital (http://news.sky.com/story/1562679/gps-given-cash-for-referring-fewer-patients)   ‎"They are abhorrent.  They run the risk of reducing necessary referrals as well as unnecessary ones‎. I think we have to be aware that the driver behind this …

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Do hospital chains announced by Simon Stevens spell end of competition or threat to local hospitals?

Statement from Dr Clive Peedell, co-leader of the National Health Action Party, on Simon Stevens announcement of the creation of chains of hospitals for the first time in  NHS history “On the face of it, Simons Steven's proposals and the positive statements about the need to sustain the viability of local hospitals and share staff, services and resources to improve the …

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