The British people are rightly proud of their NHS and will campaign to save it from confused, misinformed and ideologically driven changes. By so doing, families will be spared the worry and the misery of having to find the money to treat a sick child like my parents had to do.
I listened with interest to the headlines on Friday about nurses spending time every hour with patients in hospital. Firstly because stories about the...
If you ask any patient about their opinion on a doctor, the first thing they would mention is how much and how well the doctor explained what was going on. In a country where we have some of the best medical care in the world, the provision of clear information my be the competitive playing field; and as long as doctors don't abuse this, patients can only benefit.
Like many other doctors, I am not against the principles of the Health and Social Care Bill or against the theoretical restructuring of the NHS. What worries me is the potentially misguided and hasty way it is being proposed. One only has to look at the outcome of the privatisation of rail services - dire quality and ever inflating fares.
38 Degrees members believe that contacting our MPs and telling them what we think is what living in a democracy is all about. It's not only for certain sorts of people, from one or other end of the political spectrum. It's for all of us.
So the Liberal Democrats have fallen in line behind their Tory masters over the Health and Social Care Bill. Both last night in the House of Lords and in a letter in today's Guardian, they declare that "the time for declaratory statements is past." Well, they can speak for themselves. Plenty of people in the country at large are still disturbed by what the Tory Health Bill will mean for them and want to hear those concerns expressed. There's still a chance to do so in the House of Lords as we examine clause by clause of this massive bill.
This afternoon, the House of Lords votes on whether to allow the Health and Social Care Bill to continue its passage into law. Whatever happens, it is very unlikely that this vote will mark the end of the campaign to protect the NHS.
If the NHS is like a soup-kitchen, it's in the best possible way. 'The NHS isn't some sort of soup kitchen where everyone can just pile in.' That, d...
Look beyond the dull monologues - the self congratulating ones listing off manifesto accomplishments - and cast your mind back to before 2010's general election.
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Returning to Westminster this week, politicians face a choice. Do we support the NHS reforms, or stick with the status quo?
When Liberal Democrat MPs decide this week how to vote on the Health and Social Care Bill most will have to decide how much they are willing to compromise on fundamental values.
The great tension in the new healthcare system is the conflict between upwards accountability to the National Commissioning Board and the horizontal, local accountability - meeting local health needs and collaborating with local government. For NHS staff and GPs it is not difficult to work out whose priorities will win if these forces are pulling in different directions.