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Matt Hancock’s IT revolution falls flat

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Today the Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, announced of intention to bring the NHS’ IT system "into the 21st Century". Writing in the Telegraph (paywall), and speaking on BBC Radio 4, the Minister claimed the government would be aiming for the NHS’ IT system to become capable of total interoperability in the future. According to the Minister, a total system of interoperability …

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Room for improvement: more can be done to ensure parity of esteem between physical and mental health


Today the National Health Action (NHA) Party called on NHS England to adopt a waiting time target for secondary and follow up appointments for talking therapies, as part of its programme for Improved Access to Psychological Therapy (IAPT). The announcement came after it was revealed that St Helens CCG had a 100% success rate of ensuring that no patients referred …

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The PM is sacrificing NHS well-being so she can placate hard-line Tory Brexiters

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Today government tensions have come to the fore after Theresa May rebuked Philip Hammond for claiming that a no-deal Brexit would result in an £80bn blackhole in the public finances. The rebuke is another exercise by the Prime Minister in placating the 60 hardline Conservative Brexiteers gathered around the European Research Group (ERG). And yet again it demonstrates that Theresa …

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A second referendum on Brexit is looking more sensible by the minute

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By Kane Shaw, Press Officer to the National Health Action Party Today the Daily Mirror has reported that Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust – located in the newly appointed Brexit Secretary’s constituency – has released an internal document  claiming Brexit has the capacity to negatively affect the entirety of the Trust’s services. The document contests Theresa May’s claim that the …

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NHA expresses grave concerns over safety of Babylon health app


The NHA Party has today expressed grave concerns over the safety of a mobile healthcare app produced by Babylon Healthcare. This follows news that doctors testing the Babylon app found it was unable to correctly diagnose common and serious conditions such as a heart attack, ectopic pregnancy, meningitis, and acute limb ischaemia. The NHA Party previously welcomed news that  a …

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The media shouldn’t take the rationale for cutting 17 procedures from the NHS at face-value


Despite the government’s recent announcement that the NHS can expect a year-on-year funding increase of 3.3% - supposedly being paid for in part by a Brexit windfall - NHS England have announced plans to cut, or severely restrict, 17 supposedly ineffective treatments. The NHA have previously pointed out, both here and here, that the government’s claims are not to be …

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