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Lincolnshire NHS whistle-blower’s revelations show the lessons of Mid Staffs are not being learned, says leader of NHA party

The leader of the National Health Action party, which is fielding its first ever candidate in the Eastleigh by-election, has spoken out today (THUR) about the experience of  NHS whistle-blower Gary Walker.  . Mr Walker was dismissed as chief executive of United Lincolnshire Hospitals trust after expressing concerns about the balance between meeting targets and delivering patient care effectively. NHA …

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The quality of elderly homecare services to get worse under coalition cuts, says NHA party’s Eastleigh candidate

The quality of homecare services for the elderly will get worse due to the coalition government’s damaging cutbacks, says the NHA party’s candidate in Eastleigh. . Dr Iain Maclennan is a retired GP, ex-Navy medical officer and public health consultant. Responding to the Care Quality Commission’s report into 250 services published today, he said: “This report found evidence that a …

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Bestselling author Mark Haddon accuses government of dismantling NHS and backs National Health Action Party

Bestselling author Mark Haddon is accusing the government of dismantling the NHS and is backing the newly formed National Health Action Party.  . Founded by doctors and other health care professionals, the NHA Party is fielding its first ever candidate, at the Eastleigh by election. The party, which is also planning to field 50 candidates at the General Election, wants …

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National Health Action Eastleigh candidate comments on NHS investigation into 14 hospitals

The National Health Action Party candidate for Eastleigh Dr Iain Maclennan  says the NHS investigation into high death rates at 14 hospitals must examine all the factors which impact on quality of patient care. . Dr Maclennan, a public health expert and former navy medical officer, said: "It's crucial that the high death rates at these hospitals are looked at …

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Response by NHA party Eastleigh candidate to government introduction of £75,000 cap on cost of social care

Local doctor and National Health Action party candidate for the Eastleigh by-election Dr Iain Maclennan has accused the government of setting the cap on the cost of social care too high to help people on low incomes. . Speaking  today, he said: "To have a positive impact, the cap needs to be set much lower. This really doesn’t help low …

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Former Local Lib Dem activist and ex-NHS chief defects to National Health Action Party

Former Local Lib Dem activist and ex-NHS chief defects to National Health Action Party A former Lib Dem activist and local party chairman has defected to the newly formed National Health Action Party. Dr Graham Winyard, who was also the Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England & Wales, accused politicians of all parties of betraying the NHS and said the …

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Eastleigh doctor challenges governing parties

The National Health Action Party endorses local doctor as their candidate for Eastleigh by election The National Health Action Party has endorsed a local doctor, public health expert and former navy medical officer Dr Iain Maclennan as their candidate to contest the Eastleigh by-election. .  Dr Maclennan, aged 54, lives in Bursledon, in the borough of Eastleigh. He has just …

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National Health Action party to contest Eastleigh by-election

NHA Press release Feb 7th The National Health Action party will field a candidate in the Eastleigh by-election following the disgrace and resignation of leading Liberal Democrat Chris Huhne. Given the short notice of the election date, the NHA, which has been formed in response to the coalition government’s controversial reforms and drastic cutbacks to the NHS, will select its …

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Francis Report fails to address root problems: impossible targets, inadequate cash limits, fragmenting reforms

PRESS STATEMENT Francis Report fails to address root problems: impossible targets, inadequate cash limits, fragmenting reforms Filling three massive volumes and offering 290 recommendations the Francis Report on the scandalous failures of care at Mid Staffordshire Hospitals Foundation Trust appears to be a heavyweight offering. . Some of its recommendations are of course welcome, not least recommendation 18 (requiring all NHS …

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The First Francis report – Comments from Dr Richard Taylor, in advance of publication of final report

The First Francis report - Comments from Dr Richard Taylor, co-leader of the NHA party, in advance of the publication of final report As expected this report castigated the care provided by the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust and in the words of the Inquiry Chairman “concluded that patients were routinely neglected by a Trust that was preoccupied with cost …

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