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Home birth report welcomed but maternity closures and midwife shortage pose risks to mums

Jessica Ormerod, maternity spokesperson for the National Health Action Party, welcomes the findings from NICE that 45% of women would be safer giving birth at home or in a midwifery-led unit but is concerned at maternity closures and midwife shortages: “This research proves what women have long been calling for: a less medicalised birth environment. However, the statement from NICE …

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Reaction to Mark Garnier and ‘dog-end voters’ comment

S​t​atement from Dr Richard Taylor, co-leader of the National Health Action Party​, and​ former and prospective MP for Wyre Forest: "Sometimes the press take politicians’ comments out of context to make them appear more inappropriate and unfortunate. In this instance of Mark Garnier’s and “dog-end voters in outlying regions”, this does not seem to be the case.  Mr Garnier's use …

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George Osborne’s NHS election bribe is too little, too late

Statement from National Health Action Party co-leader, Dr Clive Peedell on George Osborne's £2 billion for the NHS: ‎ “The NHS is not unaffordable. It’s under-funded. After making £20 billion of NHS cuts and wasting £3 billion on a damaging reorganisation, it couldn't be more obvious that this is a purely political move from George Osborne. But £2bn is too little …

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How the Tories are wasting billions of NHS money

When George Osborne announces a £2 billion NHS election bribe, it's worth remembering how many billions his government's NHS policies are wasting, never mind the crisis they've created. Here’s an eye-watering list of how the Tories are wasting NHS money that should be going on caring for patients:   At least £5 billion per year to run the unnecessary NHS …

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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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