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Jamie Reed: 'Hunt is ignoring A&E crisis'

Jamie Reed: 'Hunt is ignoring A&E crisis'

by Jamie Reed MP / 04 Jun 2013 18:45

That there is now a crisis engulfing England’s A&E services is indisputable. This crisis was made in 10 Downing Street and this crisis was avoidable. Inexplicably, this crisis is being ignored by a Health Secretary who, with each passing catastrophe, demonstrates his inability to run the NHS.

A recent Freedom of Information request submitted to the Department of Health shows that Jeremy Hunt had spent six months as Health Secretary before visiting his first A&E

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Burnham: Social care collapse A&E's biggest difficulty

Burnham: Social care collapse A&E's biggest difficulty

by Heather Spurr / 31 May 2013 16:28

Andy Burnham is a man on a mission. He has already set out a clear goal of fully combining health and social care if elected in 2015, in what will prove a pretty radical overhaul. For this, he is going to need health workers his side. In opposition, he has been busy getting to know staff on the front line.

Yesterday, he gathered doctors, nurses, paramedics and other healthcare staff for a “Health Summit” to

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Putting the ‘National’ back in NHS

Putting the ‘National’ back in NHS

by Henry Smith MP / 06 Mar 2013 11:57

 

Under the previous Labour government, the NHS lost hundreds of millions of pounds through the treatment of foreign patients where the costs were not recovered. As such, last year I was delighted by the broad support I received from my Conservative colleagues following my introduction of the NHS Audit Requirements (Foreign National) Bill to Parliament.

Freedom of Information requests have shown that most NHS trusts at best only cursorily audit the

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This weekend Liberals should trumpet their influence

by Martin Shapland / 09 Mar 2012 15:30

I would usually be penning this article on the train to whichever fabulous city has granted the Liberal Democrats' wish to grace it with a fair conference. Alas, sadly, I’ll be watching from afar this spring but as Liberal Democrats mass in Gateshead I do have a message for you. Use your power wisely.

The Health and Social Care bBll, like so many this Parliament, has been difficult to navigate for

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Nick Clegg's NHS letter is a hit with Lib Dems

Nick Clegg's NHS letter is a hit with Lib Dems

by Ben Duckworth / 27 Feb 2012 16:17

The letter from the leader of the Liberal Democrats and Baroness Williams has made quite an impact this afternoon. The key paragraph to see which “changes” they call for is below.  

‘First, we propose removing the reviews by the Competition Commission from the Bill to make sure that the NHS is never treated like a private industry. Second, we want to keep the independent regulator of Foundation Trusts, Monitor, to make sure

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PMQs victory for Ed Miliband heralds next election battle

PMQs victory for Ed Miliband heralds next election battle

by Ben Duckworth / 08 Feb 2012 12:58

There are times when victories at PMQs don’t really matter in the greater scheme of things. But there are times when it adds considerably to the argument. Today was one of those. It is difficult to imagine Ed Miliband causing bruises but he probably caused his greatest damage yet. There was a lot of control exerted by the Labour leader, he kept calm, spoke slowly and it was only when he started slapping his knee excitedly

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Lessons from the PIP implant scandal

Lessons from the PIP implant scandal

by Gráinne Maguire / 26 Jan 2012 15:08

Women who get boob jobs are a demographic it is hard to sympathise with. They are the vacuous, orange airheads the media encourages us to mock. Why should they deserve our concern? When reports about faulty breast implants rupturing and leaking first made the news there was a feeling that since they’d already put themselves through one unnecessary operation, why should we feel bad they had to go through at least one more? Why

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Andrew Lansley really, really cares

Andrew Lansley really, really cares

by Jon Stone / 23 Nov 2011 11:27

American public buildings proudly display portraits of their president, Che Guevara is daubed on walls all over Cuba, and Kim Jong-Il’s image is considered sacred in North Korea.

Now hospitals across England have Andrew Lansley.

It has emerged that a video of the health secretary’s face is being played on a loop to bed-bound patients in hospitals throughout the NHS.

The video reminds patients that their care “really matters to

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Healey's behind the scenes on the NHS

Healey's behind the scenes on the NHS

by Amber Elliott / 28 Sep 2011 15:51

John Healey has one of the easiest tasks this conference – to reinforce the most overused phrase in Labour politics at the moment…

“You can’t trust the Tories with our NHS.”

And the shadow health secretary certainly stuck to his brief.

In fact, he deviated from it so little that it felt like an elongated version of Ed Miliband’s health statements in his speech yesterday.

Dressed in a red tie

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“It’s guaranteed to be a shambles but it’s not the end of the world”

“It’s guaranteed to be a shambles but it’s not the end of the world”

by Nik Darlington / 28 Jul 2011 11:01

For thousands of young people in Britain, next Wednesday is the biggest day of their life so far.  They have waited at least five, perhaps six, years for this moment. On 3 August a new intake of junior doctors take their first cautious steps on to hospital wards. Should you be concerned?

This annual changeover hit the headlines in September 2009 – the usually muted Guardian described it as the NHS’s “very

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Consequences of the NHS reforms for the coalition

Consequences of the NHS reforms for the coalition

by Ben Duckworth / 14 Jun 2011 12:48

David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Andrew Lansley have announced their response to the Future Forum report on the NHS. Speaking to various MPs in Parliament this morning revealed just how serious the long-term consequences of the NHS reforms could be.  

“You can smell the burning rubber” was one description of this particular U-turn. Other Conservatives I spoke to dismissed the Lib Dem claim of victory as “bad politics which they will regret”.

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Should we start charging for nuisance ambulance call-outs?

Should we start charging for nuisance ambulance call-outs?

by Iain Dale / 13 Apr 2011 11:14

Last night on my LBC radio show we spent an hour discussing the massive cuts in the London Ambulance Service (LAS), which had been announced earlier in the afternoon.

Over the next five years, the LAS will shed 20% of its staff – 890 jobs in all, 560 of them on the front line.

I interviewed the chief executive of the LAS, Peter Bradley, who seemed rather unsure of his figures. He

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