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NHS staff pay rise isn’t a good deal

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The new Agenda for Change (AfC) pay deal, agreed earlier this week, will affect pay for over a million NHS staff (but excludes doctors and dentists, who have separate contracts). The deal was accepted by all unions except for the GMB, who said the deal promised 'jam tomorrow'. But what was so wrong with a deal that apparently gives a …

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Paying GPs to not refer patients is deeply unethical

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An investigation by Pulse magazine has shown that some Clinical Commisioning Groups are offering GP practices up to 50% of the savings made if they send fewer patients to hospital for elective care. From the patient's point of view, it would seem that the CCG finds it cheaper to send the GP a cash bung than to pay for the patient's care. Alarmingly, …

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NHS England must stop letting standards slip

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Having suspended elective care during January and abandoned A&E waiting time targets this month, NHS England are already allowing basic NHS standards to be eroded, citing lack of funding and growing demand. At a more local level, CCGs have tried to pull tricks like denying care to smokers and obese patients. As the government has failed to invest sufficient funding to support …

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Government are misusing statistics to play down the winter crisis

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Following a series of misleading statements in public fora, it appears that Theresa May's government are misusing official statistics in order to play down the NHS winter crisis. This includes: Theresa May comparing the NHS in England and in Wales by using incompatible statistics which favoured England, when in fact Wales had the more favourable results. Health Minister Philip Dunne …

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Increase in mental health detentions shows grim reality of funding cuts

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The National Health Action Party notes with dismay the CQC report on mental health care, which shows a 40% increase in detentions under the Mental Health Act in the decade up to 2015/16. The reasons given in the CQC report are deemed “complex” and essentially show that NHS mental health services are suffering from the same crisis as other parts of the health service. …

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NHS England must learn from the Carillion disaster

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The NHA Party has previously warned of the risks that private providers will either fail or will back out of unprofitable contracts, as Circle Health did once the CQC found care was 'inadequate' at Hinchingbrooke Hospital after the firm took over. In particular, the NHAspace blog noted in 2015 that: "...private firms are in many cases owned by hedge funds who make …

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NHA welcomes pause in roll-out of privatised NHS GP app

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The NHA Party welcomes news today that the roll-out of a mobile app offering privatised GP care to NHS patients has been paused, pending proper investigation of the effects on patient safety and quality of care. The NHA Party previously voiced concerns over the actual value of mobile apps from Babylon Healthcare, given their track record of excluding patients with …

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