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Dear Andy I have read your new Health Manifesto which contains some significant steps forward in our health care but I am deeply concerned that I cannot find how our Manifesto redresses the attack on our District hospital A&E and Maternity Units. As a result there is no equity in provision of acute care, especially in the rural areas. As Chair of SOS Grantham Hospital and Labour County Councillor for Grantham South (and current District councillor for Grantham St Anne’s Ward) I can advise that we are about to lose what remaining A&E we have. The Hospital Trust (ULHT) are […]
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The minimum practice income guarantee is set to make headlines again this year, as GPs and patients in Wales begin to see the effect of its withdrawal. The minimum practice income guarantee (MPIG), which is variously described as a ‘correction factor’ or ‘compensation payment’ for small practices, is being phased out over seven years in Wales from 2015 despite doctors’ lobby for maintaining the MPIG’s protective and stabilising effect on the finances of small practices, including those located in rural areas. According to BMA Cymru (Wales), which represents doctors in Wales, around 40% of practices will see reduced income as […]
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As the election campaign begins in earnest, the NHS has become one of the key areas over which the political parties will attempt to persuade the voters that they are best to protect, what Nigel Lawson once called the closest thing we have to a religion. More often than not when politicians refer to the NHS, they almost always mean the hospitals and GP surgeries in towns and cities.  As a result, much of the analysis and policy is urban-centric.  For the eight million patients of dispensing practices, which can only be found in rural areas, and the doctors who […]
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NHS Wales, like other parts of the NHS, is facing major change as it struggles to cope with rising demand, professional demands for change, and severe financial pressures. Unlike England, Wales has a number of distinctive features. It has little legacy from hospital PFI schemes (only one significant scheme in Port Talbot that carries a financial legacy). It retains Community Health Councils and their statutory place in the consultation processes that have to be followed when service changes are mooted. More significantly, the impact of public spending cuts impacts on the Welsh NHS in a particular way because of the […]
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