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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Make or break

Heidi Alexander MP  |  4 February 2016

Social care is in crisis Frail older people in hospital beds is the image which stays with me more than any other from my first four months as Labour’s shadow secretary of state for health. I have visited numerous hospitals up and down the country, and I have lost count of the number of times …

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A dynamic economy encourages innovation across our society

Stephen Beer  |  22 January 2016

Delegates at the World Economic Forum this week will be talking about the implications of the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’. The claim is that this revolution is characterised by the combination of different technologies, linking the physical, digital, and biological worlds. Could a future Labour party conference consider the implications of this development for Labour policy? …

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Unfair and unsafe

Martin Edobor  |  6 January 2016

With record accident and emergency waiting times, continuous breaches of two-week wait requirement for cancer patients and NHS trust throughout the country experiencing record deficits – our NHS is not only broken, but in a state of disrepair. The Conservative record on the NHS is appalling, and over the last few months the health secretary, …

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Born too soon

Catriona Ogilvy  |  17 November 2015

Fifteen million babies are born prematurely every year around the world. Eight thousand of those babies are born here in the United Kingdom, all requiring specialist NHS care. The world of the neonatal intensive care unit is often hidden behind closed doors, where fragile new lives are housed in incubators and where parents anxiously wait. …

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The bedrock of social justice

Jacqui Smith  |  29 October 2015

Labour rejected the fatalistic assumption that public services could never really deliver higher standards or fairer access, reflects Jacqui Smith Before my election to parliament in 1997, I was a teacher in Tory Worcestershire. My classroom was in a portakabin and a bucket to catch the drips coming through the roof was an important teaching resource. …

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