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Farage fabricating problem over doctors not speaking ‘proper’ English

‎Statement from Dr Louise Irvine of the National Health Action Party reacting to Nigel Farage's comments on banning doctors who don't speak 'proper English': ‎ "Nigel Farage is fabricating a problem over doctors not speaking 'proper' English. This is a non-issue. He provides no evidence that doctors' inability to speak English is a problem in the NHS. "Furthermore, in calling …

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Cameron has torpedoed his own mantra linking strong economy and strong NHS

Statement from Dr Louise Irvine of the National Health Action Party, prospective parliamentary candidate for South West Surrey, constituency of Jeremy Hunt "It's becoming a joke how every time Cameron, Osborne, Hunt or any cabinet minister is interviewed, you'll hear them repeat their mantra like robots - "You need a strong economy for a strong NHS." Clearly they're going for …

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Why physician associates could mean doctors on the cheap

(http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/news/uk_news/Health/article1500821.ece) London GP Dr Louise Irvine of the National Health Action Party says NHS plans to use more physician associates to plug staffing shortages could be helpful if the associates are used correctly, but their introduction also raises serious concerns: "I think like many ideas that could be good, when seen in the context of cost-cutting, it is a worrying development. …

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​The National Health Action Party’s Xmas message

From co-leaders Dr Richard Taylor and Dr Clive Peedell As we all look forward to the festive season and the new year, things are not looking so good for the NHS or the country as a whole. The Coalition has ruthlessly and foolishly stuck to its austerity agenda, which has only served to increase our debt burden, decimate public services, …

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Dont’ blame patients for A&E crisis – waiting figures worst ever yet attendances up less than 5.5%

Statement from Dr Louise Irvine of the National Health Action Party on A&E's 'worst week' in England, with the lowest percentage of patients seen within four hours since monitoring began in 2010. (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-30541135) "The reason A&E  is in crisis is not because too many people are attending A&E as there has only been a small rise in ​the number of ​people …

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Calls for a halt to downgrading of Stafford Hospital as ambulance crisis putting lives at risk

The following statement has been initiated and prepared by Karen Howell, Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for the National Health Action Party in Stafford. ​She has also sought and received the support of: Jeremy Lefroy: Member of Parliament for Stafford and Kate Godfrey, prospective Parliamentary Candidate for the Labour Party in Stafford.   It has been reported in the Staffordshire Newsletter: http://www.staffordshirenewsletter.co.uk/Stafford-hospital-politicians-say-Stoke-transfer/story-25738467-detail/story.html   Press Statement …

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Damaging impact of privatisation as consultants quit & service axed

Statement from Dr Clive Peedell, co-leader of the National Health Action Party and consultant clinical oncologist, on news that one of the biggest teaching trusts in England has been forced to axe its renowned acute dermatology service following an “exodus” of medical consultants after the transfer of their contract to private provider Circle (story here: http://www.hsj.co.uk/news/exclusive-service-hit-by-staff-exodus-after-ccg-transfers-contract-to-circle/5077702.article?blocktitle=More-headlines&contentID=7838#.VJFlfYusU00) "This is a prime example of …

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Is it acceptable that more and more people in Britain are going hungry?

This week saw the launch of the Evidence Review for the All-Party parliamentary Inquiry into Hunger in Britain.    Dr Carl Walker, our candidate for East Worthing and Shoreham was one of a range of experts, national anti-poverty organisations and campaigners who submitted written evidence as part of the review.  Dr Walker is also principal lecturer in psychology at the University of Brighton …

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A+E attendances aren’t the problem – it’s ‘exit block’ and lack of A+E doctors and hospital beds

A&E units across the UK are struggling to hit their waiting time targets according to latest figures. (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-30433575) But London GP Dr Louise Irvine of the National Health Action Party has been studying the A&E figures and says the breach in waiting times is NOT because more people are visiting A&E units:   “It’s incorrect to say that A&E waiting time targets …

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