health

Putting the patient first

Joanne Harding  |  23 February 2017

Sustainability and transformation plans require robust scrutiny, but it would be a mistake for Labour not to engage with them in pursuit of greater community-based services, writes Joanne Harding  With the National Health Service in crisis and a £30bn funding gap by 2020, it is clear that we cannot go on like this. To remedy this, NHS …

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Bold thinking on healthcare

Joanne Harding  |  23 February 2017

Labour needs a healthcare offer that focuses as much on tackling the great public health challenges of the day as it does keeping accident and emergency units open, argues Joanne Harding I went with a very open mind to Loughborough back in November as the Labour Party National Policy Forum was resurrected. What I will …

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What future for the EMA?

Daniel Zeichner  |  14 October 2016

It is probably fair to say that few people were thinking about medicines regulation or drugs pricing when they cast their vote on 23 June – regardless of whether they voted to Leave or Remain. The infamous £350m for the National Health Service certainly influenced many, but the genuine consequence of leaving the European Union …

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Arrogant and misguided

Martin Edobor  |  7 October 2016

Much of the rhetoric of this week’s the Conservative party conference speeches deployed immigration as a scapegoat. At times it was not quite clear whether one was watching a the United Kingdom Independence party conference rather than a Tory one. Nowhere was this more evident than in the government’s approach to the National Health Service. …

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Protecting the frontline

Karin Smyth MP  |  5 October 2016

Pressures on health funding mean the future shape of the National Health Service is under scrutiny like never before. As they face stark choices in the weeks ahead the government would be well-advised to remember that, whether they are located in urban high streets or village squares, pharmacists have long been patients’ chosen first source …

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Protecting community pharmacy

Jonathan McShane  |  25 September 2016

Our National Health Service is not short of challenges but there is a danger that by looking for short term fixes, more radical approaches that could deliver real benefits are ignored. The government’s approach to community pharmacy is a case in point. It is not just that pharmacy cuts could take out key parts of the …

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Labour must lead to save the NHS

Christabel Cooper  |  26 April 2016

This week, emergency wards in England will be empty of junior doctors for the first time since the creation of the NHS. This is the sorry endgame to the dispute between the British Medical Association and health secretary Jeremy Hunt over the imposition of a new contract on junior doctors. Public opinion has (so far) …

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Hunting for a way out

Sarah G Clark  |  26 April 2016

Late last week Heidi Alexander made a last-ditch plea to the government in a bid to halt imposition and instead pursue a pilot of the new contract with independent evaluation and auditing of ‘the weekend effect’, an idea co-signed from across the House of Commons and seemingly giving Jeremy Hunt the ‘out’ he needs. The proposal however …

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Dying to work

Lee Barron  |  18 April 2016

Today, 18 April 2016, in the houses of parliament the energy giant E-On will be the first United Kingdom company to sign up to the Trades Union Congress’ Dying to Work charter, committing it, as an employer, to supporting workers diagnosed with terminal illness. The charter will be signed by the E-On human rights director …

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Neither indulgence nor offence

Daisy Page  |  12 February 2016

The main issue of concern which was highlighted in Patrick Carter’s report last week was the lack of bed spaces in the NHS and the cost of ‘bed-blocking’ to it – costing the NHS £900m a year. The fact is that we have a winter bed crisis and hospitals do not have enough beds for those …

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