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On the 4th July, the National Health Service will celebrate its 70th birthday and there will be much fanfare and celebration. The NHS has been described as one of the greatest social achievements of the 20th century with its promise to care for the British people from cradle to grave. But all is not well. Intense financial pressure The NHS was established as a publicly funded, publicly provided and publicly accountable service but the systems and mechanisms which ensure health care for all are now being progressively dismantled and NHS funding is being reduced and diverted to private operators and […]
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So what is Jeremy Hunt doing about it? Obesity was a factor in more than 525,000 hospital admissions last year, and obesity rates have risen from 15% in 1993 to 27% in 2015. Child health experts describe the level of childhood obesity in the United Kingdom as a “state of emergency”. As a GP with over 30 years’ experience, I can state that the vast majority of consultations are for conditions such as diabetes and heart disease – linked to lifestyle or diet. I would estimate that 50-70% of costs to the NHS would be not just reduced but eliminated if patients’ diet and exercise regimes […]
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The upcoming autumn statement on 23 November is a chance to avert the crisis in general practice. General practice is gasping for breath and is on life support machine due to plummeting investment and increasing demands. The funding for general practice in England has slumped to just 8.5% of the total NHS budget in last six years. To prevent the meltdown of the general practice, the chancellor Philip Hammond needs to take steps to increase funding in the primary care to at least 11% in his autumn statement. In the current climate, it is unsurprising that many of the next […]
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Jeremy Hunt told the 2015 Conservative Party Conference that, from next May, he will publish a league table of the best and worst hospitals for avoidable deaths. Isn’t there a need to publish the league table for best and worst health secretary for the National Health Service? Jeremy Hunt is the “Sunshine” Secretary. He took up his post as Secretary for State of Health promising to let transparency rule the day. But the truth about Hunt’s handling of our NHS is that he has sought to cloud and disguise his failings at every possible turn. And the irony is that […]
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First published in Tribune  Saturday, October 19th, 2013 In his speech to this year’s Labour conference, Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham confirmed that if the party wins the 2015 general election, he will introduce legislation to repeal the Health Act 2012 in the following Queen’s Speech. He did concede that a repeal bill would keep some of the act’s clauses – for example, retaining those of them that created “new entities” such as health and wellbeing boards. His proposed bill would also amend the role of clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), so they would be focused on designing services “clinician to clinician”, […]
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