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Listening to patients and staff to improve the NHS

Patients and public must have a real say in how local services are developed and delivered by strengthening the powers of patient representative organisations at local and regional level.A complete reform of the NHS Complaints process is essential and urgent. The current system is toothless and not helpful for patients or their relatives.The government has failed to come up with …

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Avoidable NHS hospital deaths – Jeremy Hunt’s airline analogy is ridiculous

Statement from Dr Louise Irvine of the National Health Action Party on Jeremy Hunt and avoidable deaths in NHS hospitals (story here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/nhs/11398206/Hunt-Sweeping-reforms-to-end-NHS-cover-up-culture.html) "This comparison with the airline industry is ridiculous. We don't expect pilots to fly two planes at once, or fly without enough air crew or fuel. Or try to cram more people into fewer seats while those already …

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NHA Party vindicated over NHS warnings

Statement from NHA Party co-leader Dr Clive Peedell in reaction to King's Fund condemnation of Government's NHS reforms   "The National Health Action Party was launched in 2012 specifically in opposition to the government's intended NHS reforms. The NHA Party repeatedly warned how damaging the reforms would be. Now, nearly 3 years later, we have been vindicated. It gives us …

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Cameron hypocrisy over Stafford at PMQs

David Cameron accused Ed Miliband of 'scaremongering' over Staffordshire NHS at PMQs today. (Story here: http://www.itv.com/news/update/2015-02-04/cameron-slams-scaremongering-miliband-over-staffordshire-nhs-comments/) Karen Howell, PPC for Stafford for the National Health Action Party and founder member of the Support Stafford Hospital Campaign had this reaction: "David Cameron's comments at Prime Minister's Questions only serve to demonstrate his breathtaking hypocrisy. He is the man who has unashamedly used …

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How we must tackle the cancer burden

Statement from NHA co-leader and consultant cancer specialist Dr Clive Peedell: "We know that the risk of cancer increases exponentially with age, so this is a sign that the population is living longer. It is therefore essential that we plan to managing the rising cancer burden. This should start a public health level by recognising that many cancers are preventable …

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Stop blaming locums – it’s up to politicians to put the NHS on a firm financial footing

Statement from NHA co-leader Dr Clive Peedell,  on use of locums and MPs' call for radical change to make NHS sustainable (Story here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-31097983) "It's damaging and grossly unfair to start accusing doctors who work as locums of cashing in on the NHS crisis. This is a crisis created by this government's failure to recruit and retain NHS staff, fuelled …

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New report says TTIP will bring European disintegration, unemployment and instability

An important new report from a respected American University warns that the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)  will bring  European disintegration, unemployment and instability.  It offers a radically different economic assessment from what is currently being suggested by this government and politicians in Europe and the US who back the deal. The report concludes: First, as suggested in recent literature, existing …

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Concern over cuts to doctors training harming patients and questions over interference with review

Reaction to warning from doctors that training cuts could harm patients (Full story here: http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/jan/30/doctors-caution-proposals-shorten-training-time) ‎​Statement fr​om ​Oxford GP and NHA Party candidate for Oxford West + Abingdon,​ Dr Helen Salisbury, who teaches medical students at Oxford University:  "As someone who teaches medical students and junior doctors, I am concerned about the proposed reduction in the length of training required to reach …

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Tariff veto an unprecedented move, highlighting critical position of NHS

Statement from NHA co-leader Dr Clive Peedell  (Story details here: http://m.hsj.co.uk/5081634.article)   "The decision by NHS provider organisations to veto NHS England's 2015/16 hospital tariffs proposal is an unprecedented move that highlights the critical financial position in which the NHS finds itself. It is clear that leaders of NHS provider organisations have said "enough is enough" because they understand that it …

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Are the goal posts for hospitals to call a ‘major incident’ being altered to improve patient safety or performance data?

STATEMENT FROM KAREN HOWELL, NHA CANDIDATE FOR STAFFORD Are the Goal Posts for hospitals to call a ‘major incident’ being altered to improve patient safety or performance data? The fact that hospitals in the West Midlands have been issued with additional guidance over when to call ‘major incidents’ illustrates the current crisis being faced by emergency service provision within this …

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