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NHA Party calls for halt to hospital closures in NW London after worst waiting time figures in the country

​The goverment's hospital closure programme in North West London has resulted in local patients having the longest wait for A&E treatment in the country.  Figures from NHS England reveal the trust that runs Northwick Park and Ealing hospitals was the worst in the country for A&E performance in the final two weeks of October. (Story here: http://www.standard.co.uk/news/health/waiting-times-at-ae-at-west-london-hospitals-hit-a-record-after-closures-9850531.html London GP and prospective parliamentary …

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An eye-watering list of how Cameron’s NHS is wasting billions

A report today  from the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges says doctors have an ethical duty to prevent waste in the NHS and points to nearly £2 billion of potential savings through better use of medication, tests, hospital beds and operating theatres. (Report here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-29920025) While many suggestions on saving NHS money are welcome, how about we look at how …

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Government is failing in its ethical duty to prevent NHS waste

Statement from NHA co-leader Dr Clive Peedell responding to report on how to prevent waste in the NHS Story here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-29920025 "If the Association of Medical Royal Colleges is looking to make substantial savings, it should shine a light on the waste created by and presided over by this government. The report says doctors have an ethical duty to prevent waste. …

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Compensation for British service veterans who watched nuclear tests

Statement from NHA's David Lawrence:"This is a complex issue and the scientific evidence is not straight-forward, but the National Health Action Party believes that the MOD should not quibble in giving compensation to British service veterans who were forced to watch nuclear tests in the 1950s. We back calls for an ex gratia multi-million benevolent fund to be available to …

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Crime and Drug misuse

A government report has found there is "no obvious" link between tough laws and levels of illegal drug use. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-29824764 The findings of this report accord with the NHA Party's stance on crime and drug misuse, which focuses on the need to break the cycle of drug abuse and to treat it as a health rather than a criminal issue. The …

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Military veterans with mental health difficulties will continue to suffer without government action

Reaction to report on flawed care for military veterans, from Dr Carl Walker of the National Health Action Party, psychology expert at the University of Brighton and chair of the European Community Psychology Association task force on austerity and mental health. "Today’s story that leading medical experts have said that care for military veterans is flawed comes as little surprise (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-29807947). …

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Rationing of routine operations for smokers and the overweight highlights NHS financial squeeze

Obese people and smokers will be stopped from having operations unless they lose weight or quit smoking under restrictions being planned by the largest CCG in the country. Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group says it needs to bring in these restrictions or it will miss a target to keep its deficit under £14.5million for 2014/15. (full story …

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Reaction to Simon Stevens’ NHS report – unrealistic and will fall on deaf ears

Statement from National Health Action Party co-leader, Dr Clive Peedell: "Simons Stevens' projected £22bn savings are unrealistic and his call on political parties to fill an £8bn funding gap will fall on deaf ears. Despite the swift declarations of political support for the principles of his plan for the next five years of the NHS, NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens is …

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Unethical to offer cash for dementia diagnosis

Statement from London GP Dr Louise Irvine, of the National Health Action Party on news story that GPs are to be paid £55 for each dementia diagnosis: (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-29718618)   "It's offensive to offer money to GPs to make medical diagnoses. This is 'cash for diagnosis' and is unethical. GPs don't need to be bribed to do a job they're already doing, of diagnosing and treating or …

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