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Saving Lewisham hospital – saving the NHS

Last week I visited my GP surgery. After a much more protracted wait than any prior visit, I was given a homily about the state of the NHS, advised that it might be easier to seek a scan (already advised by another practitioner) through a private route.

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Jeremy Hunt’s Catherine Wheel of spin

“That is the most extraordinary speech I have heard from a secretary of state for Health in all my years in this House – this is the first speech in which a secretary of state has claimed he is not responsible for anything.”

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A&E waiting times at 9-year high

The number of patients having to wait more than four hours in A&E has reached its highest level in nine years.

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An open letter to the next chief executive of NHS England

To Whom it May Concern,

Congratulations on your appointment as the next chief executive of NHS England. You take over an organisation in a volatile state, facing funding cuts, despite the government’s rhetoric.

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The ultimate betrayal – Shirley Williams and the Lib Dems hit the NHS where it hurts

April 24 brought Lord Philip Hunt’s motion against the Health and Social Care Act Secondary Legislation Section 75 – a rarely achieved format in the Lords, only allowed in exceptional circumstances.

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Last chance to stop NHS privatisation

Despite constant assurances from ministers as it passed through parliament that NHS reforms would not pose a serious risk to the future of our healthcare system by ushering in full scale privatisation, it has become clear that this is exactly what the government intends to do. However if enough Members take a stand against the government’s reckless corporate agenda, we still have a chance of sustaining a genuinely public National Health Service.

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Increase in A&E waiting times in Scotland

New figures reveal that almost 10% of Scottish patients have been made to wait longer than the four hour target to be seen in Accident and Emergency Departments.

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Report into scandal hit Mid-Staffs NHS Trust could have ‘radical implications’

TweetRobert Francis QC will publish his report tomorrow on the public inquiry into the commissioning, supervisory and regulatory bodies responsible for the failed Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust. This will be the fifth review of the systemic failures in the trust between 2005 and 2008. Commencing with the Healthcare Commission’s report and ending with the upcoming […]

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Information Tribunal orders Lansley: Publish NHS Risk Register “immediately”

The government today lost its appeal against keeping the NHS Risk Register secret, reports Shamik Das.

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“Shoulder to shoulder in support of the NHS”, thousands rally to Save Our NHS

Last night, 500 health professionals marched through London to join more than 2,000 colleagues and campaigners for a rally to Save Our NHS; Jos Bell was there.

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