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Rochester candidates fail to answer NHS questions

The NHS questions the Tories and UKIP have failed to answer ahead of Rochester and Strood By-Election  - and nothing from their "partners-in-crime, The LibDems either​​​ The Conservative and UKIP candidates in the Rochester and. Strood by-election have failed to answer questions about the NHS from a GP candidate in the neighbouring constituency of Maidstone and the Weald. Last week, Dr Paul …

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NHS chief should focus on private sector loophole rather than naming and shaming competent NHS surgeons

Surgeons are being told by the medical director of NHS England to publish the death rates for their patients or face penalties. Performance data for about 5,000 surgeons is expected to be released online on Wednesday, so patients can compare the death rates of hospital doctors. (full story here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-30072899) ​ Mr Alex Ashman, a ​trainee surgeon ​in Bristol  and an executive …

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Reaction to Cancer Drugs Fund, Saatchi Bill and Jeremy Hunt

There are 3 major health stories around today. Here are comments from NHA co-leader and consultant clinical oncologist at James Cook University Hopsital, Dr Clive Peedell on them all: 1. Cancer Drugs Fund to be restricted - says NHS​:​​ ​http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-30022025 "The Cancer Drugs Fund is a result of a political fudge to address the highly emotive issue of funding expensive new …

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Dr Clive Peedell behind Times letter from over 100 cancer specialists opposing Saatchi Bill

NHA co-leader Dr Clive Peedell is behind a letter to the Times signed by over one hundred of the UK’s leading cancer doctors and researchers  opposing the Medical Innovation Bill, the so-called Saatchi Bill, currently going through the House of Lords. In the letter published today, the oncologists speak of their ‘dismay’ that the bill, proposed as a private member’s …

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Putting candidates on the spot over health in Rochester & Strood by-election

The following letter has been sent to all the main candidates in the Rochester & Strood by-election, from the National Health Action Party's PPC for neighbouring Maidstone & the Weald, Dr Paul Hobday:   Dear Candidate The questions below have been sent to all the main candidates in the Rochester and Strood by-election. They concern the NHS and have been compiled …

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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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