Department of Health

Ambulance Staff Took 80,000 Sick Days Due To Stress In A Single Year

The Huffington Post | Kate Forrester | Posted 20.09.2017 | UK Politics

Frazzled paramedics and ambulance staff had to take 80,000 days off sick due to stress last year, their union has revealed. GMB says a total of 2,468 ...

Shocking Figures Reveal Over-Stretched NHS Is Spending Millions On Private Ambulances

The Huffington Post | Kate Forrester | Posted 18.09.2017 | UK Politics

NHS spending on private ambulances has risen by more than a fifth in two years to more than £78 million, new figures show. Data collected by the Pres...

Jeremy Hunt's Department Looking At 'Irresponsible' Plan To Cut Supervision Of Pharmacists

The Huffington Post | Rachel Wearmouth | Posted 19.09.2017 | UK Politics

Jeremy Hunt is set to consider “dubious” and “irresponsible” proposals to cut out licensed pharmacists and instead allow technicians to hand o...

The Government Has Quietly Shelved NHS 18-Week Waiting Time Target

The Huffington Post | Kate Forrester | Posted 05.09.2017 | UK Politics

The government has quietly shelved 18-week NHS waiting times for elective surgery, according to a Labour peer. Lord Philip Hunt of Kings Heath said he...

Leadsom Lobbies Jeremy Hunt Over Local Hospital Downgrade

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 29.08.2017 | UK Politics

Tory MPs have been dubbed “wildly hypocritical” over NHS cuts after it emerged that Cabinet minister Andrea Leadsom is lobbying Jeremy Hunt over t...

Job Ad Bills NHS Improvement Chief Role As 'Not For Faint-Hearted'

The Huffington Post | Kate Forrester | Posted 16.08.2017 | UK Politics

A job advert for the new boss of a body tasked with cutting costs in the NHS describes the role as “not for the faint-hearted”. NHS Improvement, w...

Putting Department Of Health In Charge Of Contaminated Blood Inquiry 'Akin To Asking South Yorkshire Police To Lead Hillsborough Probe'

The Huffington Post | Kate Forrester | Posted 20.07.2017 | UK Politics

Putting the Department of Health in charge of a planned inquiry into the contaminated blood scandal would be akin to putting South Yorkshire Police in...

Foodbank Britain: Is Malnutrition The New Normal?

Emma Lewell-Buck | Posted 17.07.2017 | UK Politics
Emma Lewell-Buck

If Theresa May really wanted to tackle the "burning injustices" in society, sorting out the food epidemic in Britain from soil to plate should have been a priority. Instead, we are left with a Prime Minister who was able to identify and commentate on a social truth, but when given the opportunity to put things right, presented the public with a manifesto that perpetuated injustice, punished the poor and ignored the modern scourge of malnutrition now becoming the norm in 21st Century Britain.

Department Of Health Cannot Be In Charge Of Contaminated Blood Inquiry, Says Labour MP

The Huffington Post | Kate Forrester | Posted 17.07.2017 | UK Politics

The Department of Health must not be allowed to lead a public inquiry into the contaminated blood scandal, a Labour MP has warned. Theresa May announc...

Drug Death Surge May Be Worse Because Of Government Cuts

The Huffington Post | Jack Sommers | Posted 11.07.2017 | UK

The Government has “urgent questions” to answer over whether the cuts to spending on drug treatment forced on councils by austerity has contribute...

Leaders Demand Theresa May Calls Public Inquiry Into Contaminated Blood Scandal

The Huffington Post | Rachel Wearmouth | Posted 11.07.2017 | UK Politics

Theresa May faces calls from six opposition leaders to back a Hillsborough-style inquiry into the contaminated blood scandal. The joint cross-party le...

The Waugh Zone Monday July 3, 2017

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 03.07.2017 | UK Politics

1. BLOOMING CABINET Having limped over the line with her first Queen’s Speech, Theresa May will be hoping this week things will settle down. Today...

Shock Report Shows UK Mental Health Services 'At Breaking Point'

The Huffington Post | Rachel Wearmouth | Posted 27.06.2017 | UK Politics

Jeremy Hunt and Theresa May have defended their record on mental health - just hours after a new report found some patients were being transported 500...

Labour Peer Tables 'Regret Motion' In Final Act Of Defiance Against NHS Cuts

The Huffington Post | Kate Forrester | Posted 26.04.2017 | UK Politics

Labour will use the final day of Parliament before the general election to stage a last-ditch attempt to protect student nurse bursaries from Tory cut...

NHS And Social Care Faces Turmoil Unless Funding Pumped In, Warns Lords Report

The Huffington Post | Owen Bennett | Posted 04.04.2017 | UK Politics

A “shocking” lack of planning by the Government is placing the future of the health service at risk, a Lords committee warned today. A damning rep...

Tory Health Minister Slammed For Dismissing Closure Of NHS Walk-In Centres

The Huffington Post | Martha Gill | Posted 07.02.2017 | UK Politics

A Tory Health Minister was slammed on Tuesday for dismissing closures of NHS walk-in centres. In a letter to the Health Secretary seen by The Huffingt...

Brexit Could Put The UK 'Second Rank' For Access To New Medicines

The Huffington Post | Martha Gill | Posted 25.01.2017 | UK Politics

Patients could face a delay of up to a year for new medicines as a result of Brexit, the Heath Secretary told MPs on Tuesday. Jeremy Hunt said Britain...

Tory MP Hits Out At Jeremy Hunt Over 'Extraordinarily Disappointing' Briefings Against NHS Chief

The Huffington Post | Martha Gill | Posted 11.01.2017 | UK Politics

The Health Select Committee Chair has hit out at Jeremy Hunt over “extraordinarily disappointing” briefings against the NHS’s chief executive. S...

Vitamin D And Babies: Everything Parents Need To Know

The Huffington Post | Amy Packham | Posted 05.01.2017 | UK Parents

France is suspending the sale of a vitamin D supplement after a newborn baby suffocated hours after being given it. The 10-day-old baby died at home o...

Only Statutory Regulation Of Healthcare Professionals Can Ensure Patient Safety

Carl Thomson | Posted 15.12.2016 | UK Politics
Carl Thomson

If you're admitted to hospital, you expect to leave in better health than when you went in. You certainly don't expect to be harmed during your stay by the medical professionals responsible for your care.

The BMA Wasn't Clear How The Government Could Introduce Seven-Day Services. Now It Seems The Government Aren't Either.

Ellen McCourt | Posted 26.08.2017 | UK Politics
Ellen McCourt

David Cameron promised a 'truly seven-day NHS' before and after the general election, even going as far as to use the word 'plan' 18 times in one speech. The fact that there is no plan, that the government is yet to set the objectives or assess the impact of expanding seven-day services, only goes to show that this was nothing more than a headline-grabbing soundbite set to win votes rather than improve care for patients.

Politics Is in Flux and the Future of the NHS Is at Stake

Ian Strachan | Posted 09.07.2017 | UK Politics
Ian Strachan

The NHS absolutely cannot handle the closure of up to 3000 pharmacies in addition to its already enormous problems. Officials should get around the table with pharmacists and patients to discuss, from first principles, a future in which the pharmacy sector is vibrant and efficient, and fulfilling its full potential on the health service front line.

Mental Health Support Must Be Part of the Response to Domestic Abuse

Diana Barran | Posted 19.05.2017 | UK
Diana Barran

Charities, campaigners and a small but growing number of MPs have done a brilliant job over the last fifteen years in raising awareness of mental health: tackling the myths, encouraging people to talk, and reducing the stigma. We know now that anyone can experience mental health problems, or have a friend or family who is struggling. That one in four stat has stuck...

A&E Strike: Has the BMA Gone Too Far?

Benjamin Chang | Posted 26.04.2017 | UK Politics
Benjamin Chang

Junior Doctors are trusted all over the country, every hour of every week, to look after the health of their patients. My plea would be that none would be swayed by the spun conspiracy theories from the government that the BMA to trying to destroy Westminster. Rather, I would appeal for trust that this country's doctors will continue to do what they are the best in the world at doing- looking after their patients.

The Government Has Buried Bad News On Increasing NHS Charges

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 11.03.2016 | UK Politics

Jeremy Hunt's Department of Health has announced a sharp hike in NHS charges on a day hundreds of MPs are away from Westminster. The Labour Party s...