Welsh Labour leading the way

Vaughan Gething AM  |  12 October 2017

Organ donation is a start but there is much more that Theresa May and the Conservatives can learn from Welsh Labour, argues Welsh health secretary Vaughan Gething AM  In the middle of the chaos, the coughing and the catastrophe, Theresa May did actually manage to splutter out a couple of interesting things in her now infamous …

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Talk of crisis

Luciana Berger MP  |  10 October 2017

Not even the most senior family court judge in the country can get patients a mental health bed, argues Luciana Berger Mental health is on the lips of prime ministers and future kings. Mental health has gone mainstream. We must celebrate that, because the more we talk about mental health, the fewer the number of people who …

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Empty words on mental health

Lizzy Dobres  |  10 October 2017

Theresa May promised to tackle the ‘burning injustice’ of mental health. For the sake of employees, their families and businesses, she must turn that promise into action, writes Lizzy Dobres Today is World Mental Health day, and we are reminded once again that one in four of us will suffer a mental health problem at …

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No parity

Joanne Harding  |  10 October 2017

The government’s empty words on mental health resources are being exposed, explains Joanne Harding As a mental health professional, I support people in crisis every day. As a local councillor and health scrutiny chair, I have read countless strategies outlining the vision and commitment to achieving the holy grail of parity of esteem between physical and …

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Lift the cap

Anna Lynch and Danielle Tiplady  |  4 September 2017

One per cent pay restraint is harming nurses, their families and the whole NHS, write Anna Lynch and Danielle Tiplady One of us trained to be a nurse under a Labour government and, as a student nurse, the pay cap for nurses was not just scrapped by Labour, it was blown out of the water with a …

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General practice in decline

Martin Edobor  |  4 August 2017

Instead of fixing Britain’s unprecedented GP shortage, Jeremy Hunt has buried his head in the sand, argues Martin Edobor  At 7am my daily morning ritual begins. It ends with a quick fruit over BBC morning news and a check to ensure I have my stethoscope and ID badge. Today I arrive at the health centre …

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Too little, too late on mental health

Luciana Berger MP  |  2 August 2017

Jeremy Hunt’s mental health workforce plan is nothing more than a weak attempt to redress the damage that has occurred on the Tories’ watch, argues Luciana Berger MP After many months of waiting, Jeremy Hunt has finally published his mental health workforce plan. The delayed strategy was supposed to be released last year so it …

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Politics is not a game

Alison McGovern MP  |  18 July 2017

The Tories have lost their mandate for their assault on public services, a hard Brexit and the divisive politics they pursue ‘Politics is not a game’. As Theresa May soundbites go it certainly looks to have a better shelf life than ‘strong and stable’ and it is as resonant today as ever. Not just because …

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The radical Welsh health tradition

Rebecca Evans AM  |  13 July 2017

Wales is once again at the forefront of new thinking for improving public health, says Rebecca Evans AM  Wales has a long and proud history of taking radical action to protect the nation’s public health. The Public Health (Wales) Act, which received royal assent this month, is the latest example of how we can – and …

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Tackling the NHS nursing crisis

Karin Smyth MP  |  5 July 2017

More funding on its own is not enough to tackle the National Health Service’s nursing shortage – we must make a career in nursing attractive to people of all backgrounds again, argues Karin Smyth MP There are some predictable responses to this week’s headlines telling us that, for the first time since 2008, more nurses …

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