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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.

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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 quarter of homecare services are not meeting quality and safety standards. This could have a terrible effect on those who rely on these services. The coalition government’s imposition of  £20bn cost savings in healthcare is putting  massive pressure on home care services at a time of rising demand.  This will be directly affecting the quality of care people get at home.”

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“These brutal financial cutbacks will be impacting on areas such as staff training and numbers, and unless we reverse these damaging cuts the quality of care for elderly people living at home will deteriorate even more.” 

The CQC report found evidence of carers turning up late to provide care, staff not understanding whistleblowing procedures about abuse and of  missed calls.

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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 to reverse the current drive for privatisation of NHS services, halt the £20bn cuts and re-focus hospital trusts on patient outcomes rather than financial targets.

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Author Mark Haddon, who shot to fame with his bestselling book “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time”, about a maths genius with Asperger’s Syndrome, has backed the NHA party as:

“the only party genuinely committed to standing up for the NHS”

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On Sunday, a prominent ex-Lib Dem local party chairman and former NHS chief defected to the NHA Party. Dr Graham Winyard, former Chair of Winchester & Chandlers Ford Lib Dems and the ex-Deputy Chief Medical Officer of England & Wales, called on voters in Eastleigh to send a strong message to the other parties by supporting the NHA Party.

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ENDS

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The National Health Action party was launched last November. Further details are available from the website www.nationahealthaction.org.uk

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Notice to editors and picture desks:

The NHAP will be holding a rally in Eastleigh this Sunday, February 17th. Those taking part will arrive at Eastleigh Railway Station at 11am and walk to the pedestrianised area outside the main entrance to the Swan shopping centre. Speeches will begin at 11.15-11.30am. Speakers to be confirmed. Those attending will be dressed in scrubs, white lab coats, stethoscopes, and white painted zombie faces.

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Media Contact: Ann McGauran: 07710 099635

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