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NHS England has previously been clear that even time-limited bans on particular groups of patients receiving treatment is inconsistent with the NHS constitution. But now York is rationing surgery on the basis of smoking and obesity – with the support of NHS England. The evidence is now coming through that this policy is harming patients, that it is discriminatory – and that it is spreading around England. It is time for ministers to take action and stop blaming ‘local decisions’. On 1 February this year, the Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) started delaying surgery to patients who smoked […]
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This was first published by Open Democracy. A chill electoral wind is gathering strength. Public anger and revulsion at what the Tories have done to the NHS with their pro-privatisation agenda could end the tenure of David Cameron in Downing Street. Not one Tory MP voted against the pro-privatisation Health and Social Care Bill. Now, Unite says, the chickens are coming home to roost. Several Tory MPs could lose their marginal seats because of what is happening to the NHS in or near their constituencies. These include George Eustice, David Cameron’s ex-spin doctor, who has a wafer-thin majority of just 66 in […]
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A five-point plan to prevent a repeat of the failings at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust  A response by Unite The terrible events that engulfed Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust (Mid Staffs) should serve as a stark warning to politicians, care providers and commissioners of services, both within and without, the NHS. The reports by the Health Care Commission (HCC) and Robert Francis QC have highlighted the tragic scale and depth of management failure, bad practice and mistreatment that occurred. This briefing details the concerns of the Unite health sector, which represents more than 100,000 members in the health service, […]
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