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This government’s underfunding of mental health is incomprehensible to those of us who work with mental health patients

New research from the children’s mental health charity Young Minds, show that mental health services for children and young people in England were cut by £35 million last year, despite a government commitment to transform mental health care. The report shows that since George Osborne became chancellor five years ago a total of £85m has been lost from the budgets of …

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Capita plan to axe 1000 jobs in NHS deal shows outsourcing to private companies makes no economic sense

Dr Clive Peedell,  co-leader of the National Health Action Party, reaction  to news that private company Capita is planning to cut nearly 1000 jobs when it takes on a £1bn contract to supply administrative support to the NHS: "This is yet more proof that handing NHS contracts to private companies makes no economic sense. The pursuit of private profit inevitably …

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Dr Clive Peedell, ‘We are doctors, not immigration officers or the police’

Statement from Dr Clive Peedell News just released (HSJ ‘Immigration officers at London trust for patient charging pilot’ 15.07.2015) that the Home Office has sent immigration officers into St George’s NHS Trust in London to ‘help administrative staff identify foreign patients who could be charged for treatment’ is both a false economy and a dangerous attack on the safety of …

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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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