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The government needs to get its priorities in order: the NHS is facing bigger problems than fraud

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Today the Health Secretary announced the NHS will be piloting a new initiative to tackle fraud within the health service. The government and the NHS Counter Fraud Authority (NHSCFA) claim the health service lost an estimated £1.25bn to fraud in 2016/17. As part of the measures the government has pledged to halve prescription fraud, which is estimated to cost the …

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The NHS should not perpetuate a post-code lottery – PrEP needs to be made available for all who need it

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Today marks the one-year anniversary of NHS England’s three-year PrEP Impact Trial. Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis – also known as PrEP – is an effective treatment for reducing the transmission of HIV. As part of the impact trial NHS England originally opened up 10,000 places to gay or bisexual men to access the drug. However, the first 10 months of the trial …

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If we want a publicly-owned NHS, we have to ditch Brexit

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The case for a People’s Vote and the reversal of Brexit couldn’t be clearer writes Dr Alex Ashman, Leader of the National Health Action Party, and Dr Louise Irvine, Secretary to the National Health Action Party The recently published, ‘The Ideal U.S.-U.K. Free Trade Agreement’, written in partnership by the Cato Institute - an American neoliberal think-tank - and arch …

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The ‘Winter Crisis’ narrative is flawed; the NHS is in crisis all year around under this Conservative government

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Recently published statistics by the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) has revealed that the number of NHS Consultant led operations in England has fallen by 84,000 in 2018 between the months of January and July. The statistics also reveal that the decrease has been accompanied by a sharp increase in those waiting for planned surgery, and that the number of …

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NHS problems won’t be solved by spending splurge on unproven apps

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As published in Public Sector Focus, by Dr Alex Ashman, NHA party co-leader The new Health Secretary Matt Hancock has gone on record stating that he wants to see a ‘tech transformation’ within the NHS. Most health professionals are familiar with the benefits of modern technology, which is gradually forcing out the ageing fax machines, pagers, and paper case notes …

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Matt Hancock’s IT revolution falls flat

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Today the Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, announced of intention to bring the NHS’ IT system "into the 21st Century". Writing in the Telegraph (paywall), and speaking on BBC Radio 4, the Minister claimed the government would be aiming for the NHS’ IT system to become capable of total interoperability in the future. According to the Minister, a total system of interoperability …

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