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Oxford GP aiming for NHA Party election upset

A ​ well-known​ Oxford GP‎ ​is hoping to cause an upset in a Tory-Lib Dem election battle in Oxfordshire and emerge as the surprise winner in next year's general election. Dr Helen Salisbury​, the latest​​ ​election candidate being fielded by the National Health Action Party, will be challenging Tory Nicola Blackwood who has a wafer-thin majority ​ in Oxford West ​& Abingdon‎. Blackwood won the seat from …

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Kent doctor warns Medway Hospital in danger of being set up to “fail” as excuse for downgrading

Statement from retired GP, Dr Paul Hobday, prospective parliamentary candidate for Maidstone & the Weald for the National Health Action Party concerning probelms at Medway NHS Foundation Trust. "A decade ago, senior NHS managers in Kent made it clear they were under orders to reduce the number of hospitals in the county. Now we have four hospitals in Kent in “special …

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Jeremy Hunt must give full statement on kidney dialysis – and stop this vital service being devolved to local commissioning groups

Statement from Dr Louise Irvine of the National Health Action Party on plans by ‎NHS England to devolve kidney dialysis services to Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs). (story here: https://uk.news.yahoo.com/mps-warn-kidney-dialysis-plan-122504080.html "NHS England is embarking on a brief consultation over the Christmas period about plans to divest itself of responsibility for commissioning kidney dialysis services and hand this to local CCGs. Currently …

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Bournemouth Hospital in desperate situation but stop accusing patients of being bed blockers

Reaction statement to threatened eviction of elderly patients from Bournemouth Hospital (story here: ‎http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/royal-bournemouth-hospital-threatens-to-evict-elderly-patients-9874045.html) London GP, Dr Louise Irvine of the National Health Action Party, who's standing against Jeremy Hunt in South West Surrey in the General Election, said: "Hospitals and patients are caught up in a ‎desperate situation created by cuts. "I don't know and can't comment on the …

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Shocking that arms manufacturers ​may end up running​ NHS services

A multinational arms firm is among those interested in ​a ​£1bn contract to run NHS services​.​ Story details below via ​the ​Health Service Journal. Comment from Dr Louise ‎ Irvine​ of the National Health Action Party​​‎​  ​"​It is shocking that ​an ​arms manufacturer ​may end up running​ NHS services. And just as shocking that no NHS organ​i​sation​ is being allowed to bid to …

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Complete reform of the NHS Complaints process is essential – we need a People’s Champion for Health – says NHA Party co-leader

A complete reform of the NHS Complaints process is essential and urgent says the co-leader of the National Health Action Party, Dr Richard Taylor who is calling for a People's Champion for Health. The former MP for Wyre Forest and ex-member of the Health Select Committee says the current system is toothless and not helpful for patients or their relatives …

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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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