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We will never know how many patients will have died or will die because the Prime Minister is prepared to uphold austerity measures in the face of the worst crisis to hit the NHS for many years.  Home Secretary, Mrs May forced through cuts in police budgets and she is now prepared to face out calls from many distinguished health figures warning of the consequences if the NHS does not receive an immediate emergency cash injection. The announcement that medical students are being persuaded to assist the NHS crisis is a further indication of deteriorating health services under austerity. Another example of the utter policy failure of the May […]
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Following the Budget we now see the effect of this austerity ridden economy on the future prospects of the UK economy, revised down to: 1.5% – 2017 1.4% – 2018 1.3% – 2019 1.3% – 2020 1.5% – 2021 1.6% – 2022 In March the forecasts were 1.6% in 2018, 1.7% in 2019, 1.9% in 2020 and 2.1% in 2021. These are major reductions in forecasts made in March this year.  What is the government hiding about the reasons for this sudden about turn in economic expectations? ` In considering issues of Health the basic question is willingness to pay. Related to it is what is the […]
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“One more term of Tory government after this should be enough to see off the NHS.  It will not collapse overnight and Ministers will not announce is abolition.  Rather, it will go the way of dental services, where more and more practioners went private until, in some areas, it has become almost impossible to find an NHS dentist. In a few days, a doctor’s conference will debate a motion calling on the British Medical Association to consider how GPs “can  be supported……………within a private, alternative model”. Nothing may come of this motion. and doctors  won’t walk out en masse.  But some time over the next few years, without anybody really […]
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Yet another important figure in the health world adds to the concerns expressed by many others about the serious  situation facing NHS England this coming winter. Niall Dickson, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, which represents all health service organisations, said that there was “an even greater sense of foreboding” this year than last. His comments came as figures revealed that the number of the most critically ill patients waiting more than an hour for an ambulance has doubled in a year. Mr Dickson writes “A cash injection at this stage is unlikely to solve the winter pressures, but the chancellor must revisit the pencilled in figures for 2018-19 and […]
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On behalf of the Aneurin Bevan Society. Recent events have placed our National Health Service in serious jeopardy. Following the Francis Report into the failings in Stafford Hospital the NHS was instructed to restore staffing levels to ensure safe patient care. However, hospitals are now being told to shed staff to rescue the NHS from an acute funding crisis, leaving nurses and other frontline medical workers at risk of losing their jobs. This is taking place despite intense concern among hospital bosses and health unions that reducing staff will hit quality of care, patient, and staff morale while increasing waiting times. Additionally, for some years there has been […]
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