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Jeremy Hunt has considerably heightened expectations for the so called birthday present for the NHS later this month telling us to expect ‘significant’ investment. We know the NHS is experiencing the biggest financial squeeze in its history and on current projections the Conservatives are breaking their manifesto promise for real terms head for head rises every year of the Parliament. Public health and training budgets have been cut, and the capital budgets raided with the consequence we have a £5billion backlog for repairs. NHS Trusts ended 2017/18 with a deficit of £960million; £464million above the plan set for the year […]
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The disgraceful failure by the private sector to provide vulnerable addicts with the safest and best quality treatment available was exposed at the end of last month in a damning report issued by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). 72% of private providers of residential-based detoxification were found to have been failing in at least one of the fundamental standards of care that everyone has a right to receive. Shamefully, providing ‘safe care and treatment’ was where the CQC found the most breaches: 63% of providers failed to meet this standard at the time of their first inspection. Detoxification under clinical supervision […]
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While the snow delights children and Instagram users, it is confirmation for our NHS staff that winter is most definitely here. Already hospitals have had to divert patients away because of over-capacity and 20,000 patients were stuck in the back of an ambulance for over 30 minutes in a period of just two weeks. The state of the NHS under the Tories gets worse each day with ever-lengthening queues of the sick as waiting lists climb beyond four million. Last year 2.5 million people waited more than four hours in A&E, while over 560,000 people were designated as “trolley waits” because of […]
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Membership list HM Opposition Jonathan Ashworth MP Barbara Keeley MP Justin Madders MP Sharon Hodgson MP NEC Keith Birch Paddy Lillis Pauline McCarthy Darren Williams CLPs and Regions Tony Beddow Mark Dempsey Joanne Harding Linda Hobson Donna Hutton Mariam Khan Rory Palmer Karen Reay Joanne Rust Joyce Still Jacqueline Taylor Affiliates Cheryl Barrott Gail Cartmail Jennifer Elliott Mary Hutchinson Eleanor Smith Elected Reps Luciana Berger MP Huw David Catherine McKinnell MP Policy Development The Health and Care Policy Commission is responsible for developing policy in a number of areas which include the future of the NHS, social care, mental health and public health. The […]
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Delivered to the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health  11 July 2017 Good morning and can I start by paying tribute to the Royal College and to thank you for hosting me today. It is a pleasure to be at this great Royal College. A Royal College embarking on celebrating 21 years since granted a Royal Charter, 21 years where you have spoken out for children and ensured the voices of children are heard at the very highest level. It was Nelson Mandela who told us: “There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in […]
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On this day, 69 years ago, Aneurin Bevan founded Labour’s proudest achievement – the National Health Service, which was set up to provide universal healthcare for all, on the basis of need, free at the point of use. Nearly 70 years on, and the NHS is still a precious institution, with over a million dedicated, hardworking staff. In government, Labour prioritised investment in our health service, bringing it back from the brink after 18 years of Tory neglect. Thanks to the last Labour government, over 100 new hospitals were built or refurbished; between 1997-2010 there were 89,000 more nurses, 44,000 […]
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It is my pleasure to be here. As a Labour MP, a trade union member. As a member of your shadow Cabinet and – I hope – as the next Labour Secretary of State for Health. And it is a pleasure to be here with UNISON a great trade union led by one of the great General Secretaries Dave Prentis. I congratulate all of you for your campaign on public services and the work of public servants. Dave spoke with great eloquence earlier this week. And when Dave said that funding’s becoming scarcer – he was right. When Dave said you’re all asked […]
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The triggering of article 50 starts a period of uncertainty in our NHS. The decision is momentous, but after seven years of neglect from successive Tory governments the prime minister and health secretary must finally give the NHS and patients the certainty needed through the Brexit process. So far the complacency in government is astounding. Last week, Jeremy Hunt published the department of health’s “mandate to NHS England” to set “the government’s objectives and any requirements for NHS England”. Amazingly the 24 page document made no mention of Brexit whatsoever. And during the prime minister’s statement yesterday confirming the triggering […]
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Everyone knows that after seven years of neglect from the Conservative government, the NHS is undergoing a serious crisis of funding and staffing. The last thing needed is more uncertainty. That is exactly what the NHS faces with Brexit. On Wednesday Theresa May will trigger article 50 and later this week health bosses publish the updated Five Year Forward View. It is time for the prime minister and the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, to give the NHS and its patients the certainty needed through the Brexit process. May has already turned her back on the promise of £350m a week for […]
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Why Theresa May’s NHS Crisis Risks Hurting Patients For Generations To Come The Office for Budget Responsibility has published a report this week which says that health, social care and pensions will require an extra investment of £30 billion every decade over the next fifty years. The rising costs of an ageing population would see the proportion of GDP going into health rising from 6.9% in 2020-21 to 12.6% by 2066-67. That 12.6% would equate to about £228 billion in today’s prices, the Office for Budget Responsibility confirmed. The OBR’s report lays bare the scale of the problems which the Government are storing […]
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Yesterday, in my new role as shadow secretary of state for health, I asked Jeremy Hunt to explain the financial crisis growing at the heart of our NHS. This morning the Conservative chair of the health select committee joined a growing chorus of voices and declared the Government’s NHS spending claims to be “inaccurate” and “false“. Time and time again we have been told this government is investing £10 billion more for the NHS, a claim Jeremy Hunt repeated to me this afternoon. However, as members of the health select committee made clear this morning this figure “is not only […]
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