National Health Service

Apathy Won't Save the NHS

Dr Rebecca Jones | Posted 24.08.2015 | UK
Dr Rebecca Jones

Maybe there really is just a sense of futility about the whole thing. Maybe it would be easier to sit back and let the powers that be take control and dismantle our health service, transforming it into whatever they feel is the best for the British public. My issue with this argument is that it is not for the government to decide for us. As many of the fantastic speakers at Crash Call reminded us, this is OUR NHS. We pay for it and we use it, so we should have a say in its future.

Hunt Savaged By The BMA As Doctors Go To War

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 31.07.2015 | UK Politics

"Furious" doctors declared war on Jeremy Hunt on Saturday, with the British Medical Association chairman lambasting the health secretary for peddling ...

The Diabetic Foot

Keith Vaz | Posted 08.06.2015 | UK Politics
Keith Vaz

I often maintain, that the greatest long-term threat to our National Health Service comes not from the usual range of suspects people would immediately think of, but from diabetes and obesity...

Parity of Esteem for Mental Health

Richard Layard | Posted 08.06.2015 | UK
Richard Layard

In 2012 Parliament enshrined in law the principle of parity of esteem between mental and physical health. This means that people must have the same access to NICE-recommended treatments whether their health problem is mental or physical. We are nowhere near that position now.

Hunt Targets Staffing Agencies 'Ripping Off The NHS'

PA/Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 01.06.2015 | UK Politics

Jeremy Hunt ordered a clampdown on “expensive staffing agencies” that are "ripping off the NHS" on Tuesday, a move the health secretary intends wi...

Tories Pledge £8 billion A Year For The NHS

PA/Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 10.04.2015 | UK Politics

The Tories have pledged to meet NHS funding needs "in full" as the rival parties unveiled health policies targeting new mothers and OAPs on Friday. Wi...

'Incompetent' NHS Almost Killed Me, Says Farage

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Jessica Elgot | Posted 14.03.2015 | UK Politics

Nigel Farage has rounded on the National Health Service claiming it almost killed him and accusing medics of "incompetence and negligence". The Uki...

Why the NHS and Its Doctors Need to Say No

Dr Zoe Norris | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK
Dr Zoe Norris

I was asked this week why the NHS doesn't fund all the new technologies available for patients, particularly those with cancer. And when I instantly replied "Because we can't afford to", I surprised myself. Because no-one seems to say that when they talk about the NHS. And the NHS doesn't like to say no.

Will Labour Be Able to Move Beyond the NHS?

Stuart Thomson | Posted 13.03.2015 | UK Politics
Stuart Thomson

With the General Election campaign now considered to have officially started, the parties are already mapping out their territory. There are few surprises and are unlikely to be any over the coming months but for Labour the challenge is particularly acute. The party knows that the NHS could be a winning issue for it but can it move beyond the NHS and onto other issues?

How to Solve 'The NHS Problem', Part Three

Hugh Salmon | Posted 02.02.2015 | UK Politics
Hugh Salmon

Since I started this blog, I have promoted my view that, in society, we are all consumers - and that professional marketing and advertising, and 'upstream creative thinking', could be better employed for the good of society as a whole. All of us...

Putting Mental Health at the Centre of Debate

Paul Burstow | Posted 29.12.2014 | UK Politics
Paul Burstow

I am delighted to say we have committed to keeping mental health at the centre of the political debate - now let's hear everyone talking about it.

Dave Sacked The Guy Who Was Meant To Save The NHS From Privatisation

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 15.08.2014 | UK Politics

David Cameron no longer has a cabinet minister responsible for the controversial trade deal that critics fear could open up the NHS to "irreversible" ...

Midwives in First-Ever Vote on Industrial Action

Cathy Warwick | Posted 11.10.2014 | UK
Cathy Warwick

Next month, NHS midwives across England will vote on taking industrial action against their employers. It is the first time in the RCM's 133-year history that we have asked our members to do this. It is not something we take lightly, but midwives and maternity support workers are at breaking point.

This Secret Trade Deal May Open Up The NHS To Profit-Making US Firms

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 07.08.2014 | UK Politics

Most voters in key battleground constituencies want David Cameron to protect the NHS from a new trade deal which campaigners claim threatens privatisa...

'This Secret US-EU Deal Will Make NHS Privatisation Irreversible'

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 03.07.2014 | UK Politics

The National Health Service is facing a "unique risk" of having its services privatised if a secretive major EU-US trade deal goes through, trade unio...

The NHS Chief Executive's Challenge: Fixing a Broken System

Jeremy Hughes | Posted 04.08.2014 | UK
Jeremy Hughes

As Simon Stevens makes his first major speech as CEO of NHS England, he has a challenge to change a system that lets our most vulnerable people down. With its' approach comprised of too many disconnected services, our health and care services are antiquated and no longer fit for purpose.

A Surprising Number Of Doctors Plan To Vote For Ukip

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 10.04.2014 | UK Politics

A surprising number of family doctors are planning to vote Ukip in the next general election, despite the party being regularly criticised for the lac...

NHS Charges Would Be the Thin End of the Wedge

Dr Louise Irvine | Posted 31.05.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Louise Irvine

Charging people £10 a month would breach the fundamental principle of equity on which the NHS is based. £10 per month may not be much for some people but it is a lot for people on low incomes, on top of all the other rising living charges they face.

'Drug-Resistant Superbug' Kills 16 People In Manchester

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 07.03.2014 | UK

In Manchester, a dangerous ‘superbug’ has killed sixteen people in the past four years. Figures released under the Freedom of Information Act r...

We Have an Opportunity to End England's Midwife Shortage

Cathy Warwick | Posted 12.02.2014 | UK
Cathy Warwick

A quarter of new mothers are left alone in labour, according to a new survey from NHS watchdog the Care Quality Commission (CQC). That is about 175,00...

Tories Are Party Of The Rich, According To ComRes Poll

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 25.11.2013 | UK Politics

In perhaps the least surprising poll result of 2013, a majority of the British public believes that the Conservative Party only represents the interes...

America Needs Britain's National Health Service

Gareth Edmundson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Gareth Edmundson

As a British citizen, it's sad to see Obamacare hopelessly floundering. When Obama triumphantly signed the Bill into law in 2010, it's doubtful that even he could have imagined how his Administration-defining Affordable Healthcare Act would become such a cancer on America...

Are Health Tourists Really Costing Us £70m?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.10.2013 | UK

Health tourists could owe the country more than £500m, money that could be clawed back by the NHS if it had a better system for charging foreign nati...

Paul Vale

Anti-Socialist Fear Mongering Is 'Nothing New' In US Healthcare Debate

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Vale | Posted 07.10.2013 | UK

In January 1948, British Prime Minister Clement Attlee gave a radio address to explain the introduction of the National Health Service (NHS), part of ...

Hunt's Downgrade Of Lewisham Hospital Quashed By High Court

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 31.07.2013 | UK

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has had his decision to reduce services at a major hospital declared unlawful and quashed by the High Court. There was lo...