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Osborne’s emergency budget is creating an NHS emergency

Statement on the Budget from National Health Action Party co-leader Dr Clive Peedell:   George Osborne has delivered a budget that's effectively a slap in the face for NHS staff, freezing public sector pay at 1%.  His so-called emergency budget is creating an NHS emergency, fuelling the NHS recruitment crisis and demoralising staff, while at the same time demanding £22bn …

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New cancer diagnosis guidelines can’t be implemented without significant funding increase

Reacting to new NICE guidelines on cancer diagnosis (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-33227661), the co-leader of the National Health Action Party, Dr Clive Peedell, who is a consultant clinical oncologist, said: "The National Health Action Party welcomes the aims of these updated guidelines from NICE to ensure earlier cancer diagnosis and treatment. However, this will require significant investment in general practice and diagnostics. GPs …

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Outsourcing giant Capita to cash in on NHS privatisation of administrative service cultivated by this government

National Health Action Party co-leader Dr Clive Peedell reacting to outsourcing giant Capita being named preferred bidder for £400m contract to provide NHS administrative support services  (story details here: http://uk.mobile.reuters.com/article/idUKKBN0P20QA20150622?irpc=932 and here: http://www.ft.com/fastft/348301) "This is exactly what we predicted would happen. The ludicrous NHS structure created by this government has meant a whole new layer of administration is needed to support it, increasing costs …

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Jeremy Hunt’s tweet that the NHS is killing babies is disgraceful, says NHA Maternity Spokesperson

Jessica Ormerod, NHA spokesperson for maternity says, “Jeremy Hunt’s tweet that the NHS is killing babies is disgraceful. Both the comment and the means of communicating it show a lack of respect for the vulnerability of the families concerned in his haste to attack the health service. His refusal to retract the words and his failure to understand that this …

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We need to make better use of the NHS’s internal staff agency, says NHA Party co-leader

Statement from National Health Action Party co-leader Dr Clive Peedell on Jeremy Hunt's clamp down on rip-off staffing agencies: Jeremy Hunt is right to highlight this outrageous waste of money which the National Health Action Party has consistently been flagging up. But the very existence of these private agencies and the high rates they can command is the market speaking. In blaming agencies …

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Cameron’s plans for 24/7 NHS will stretch the NHS so far it will snap

Reaction to David Cameron's 24/7 NHS - Statement from London GP, Dr Louise Irvine of the National Health Action Party, who stood against Helath Secretary Jeremy Hunt in the general election:   "It's meaningless and misleading for David Cameron to talk about a 24/7 NHS without pledging more money and more staff. He talks about more flexible shift patterns to ensure …

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Labour’s last minute bribe on Stafford A&E is a sham announcement – shows just how desperate they are

Reaction of Karen Howell, National Health Action Party candidate for Stafford to Labour saying it will match a Conservative pledge to bring back 24-hour A&E to County Hospital in Stafford   "Just hours before the polls open, this sham announcement shows just how desperate Labour are. It should be seen for what it is - a last minute dirty bribe.   …

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Major boost for Louise Irvine’s campaign to unseat Jeremy Hunt in South West Surrey as local Lib Dem official tells his own party to vote for her

A Liberal Democrat official in South West Surrey is telling Lib Dems to vote for the National Health Action Party after their own candidate was suspended. Earlier this week the Lib Dems suspended Patrick Haveron, pending police investigations over his nomination papers. But due to electoral rules, his name will still appear on the ballot paper, so people who turn …

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