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Dr Chris Day’s victory over Health Education England is a vindication of the rights of Junior Doctors across England, but his battle is far from over

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By Kane Shaw, NHA Press and Media Officer The NHA Party congratulates Dr Chris Day on his victory over Health Education England (HEE), who have been confirmed as the de facto employer of junior doctors in training and are therefore subject to whistleblowing law. Dr Day's tribunal against HEE can now proceed later this year. HEE's admission that it is …

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Health policy doesn’t operate in a vacuum – it is time Labour and the Conservatives realised that

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By Dr Louise Irvine, Secretary to the National Health Action Party Last week we saw the omnishambles that is Theresa May’s Government refuse entry to 100 Indian doctors planning to work in our National Health Service.  They had been offered posts that would fill much needed staffing gaps in the NHS. Labour responded by calling for healthcare professionals to be …

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Discriminatory voter ID checks should be scrapped

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Figures from the voter ID check trials in Bromley, Woking, Gosport, Watford and Swindon on Thursday show around 4,000 voters were turned away. That means 1 in 60 voters were denied the right to vote. Compared with the 1 in 1.6 million rate of voter impersonation reported at the 2017 General Election, this would mean having to block around 25,000 people …

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It is high time the government shut down the UK’s tax havens

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By Dr Louise Irvine, NHA Party Secretary This week, the Conservative-led government finally backed down on its sordid attempts to prevent the UK’s tax havens from having to publish the names of tax dodgers. And that’s big news. The UK’s Overseas Territories, such as the British Virgin and Cayman Islands, sit at the heart of a global ring of shadowy tax jurisdictions …

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Britain doesn’t need another establishment party

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By Alex Ashman, NHA Party co-leader This week, millionaire Simon Franks has claimed that the current polarisation of UK politics indicates the need for a new centrist party to occupy the middle ground between left and right. He has raised £50m to create one and, despite some claims to the contrary, is surely busy trying to recruit support from disgruntled …

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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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