National Health Service

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 | 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...

An NHS for the World

Martin Drewry | Posted 04.09.2013 | UK
Martin Drewry

The UK's National Health Service is sixty-five years old and the government seems intent on retiring it, on forcing it out of the work place, bit by bit. But the NHS was born out of values and principles that the passage of time can never defeat.

Freedom From Fear

Max Lawson | Posted 03.09.2013 | UK Politics
Max Lawson

We are so lucky, compared to many countries across the globe, where getting treatment when you're sick, delivering a baby or getting medicines for a poorly child are commodities that can only be bought by those with money, rather than being the birthright of everyone.

'Hospitals Must Take Action'

PA | Posted 02.07.2013 | UK

One in five NHS workers said they have been bullied by colleagues and almost half reported they have witnessed bullying in the last six months, accord...

David Nicholson Denies 'Cover Up' Over NHS Gagging Orders

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.08.2013 | UK

The head of the NHS in England has strongly denied staging a "cover-up" over the use of gagging orders to prevent staff speaking out about conditions ...

'End Of Week' Patients More Likely To Die

PA | Posted 28.07.2013 | UK

Patients who undergo pre-planned surgery are more likely to die if their operations are conducted at the end of the week, a new study suggests. Dea...

Sir David Nicholson Resigns but if Many Bad Apples Remain, The NHS Might Be Rotten to the Core

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 22.07.2013 | UK
Dr Raj Persaud

Recent events reveal we can't complacently leave the NHS in the hands of the bureaucrats and the politicians. Our experience is they have created a culture of fear and bullying whereby good clinicians are persecuted for standing up for patients or medical science.

NHS Boss To Retire After Mid-Staffs Scandal

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Tom Moseley | Posted 21.05.2013 | UK

Embattled NHS boss Sir David Nicholson plans to retire next year. The NHS England chief executive will step down from his role next March. Since...

A&E Services Have 'Deteriorated Seriously'

PA | Posted 09.05.2013 | UK

Accident and emergency services have "deteriorated significantly", NHS officials have conceded as they set out plans to improve the service. Launch...

Wake Up Call for the UK Workforce

Jayne Morris | Posted 07.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Jayne Morris

The work life balance of our nation is incredibly important if we are to ensure economic growth. Longer working hours may enable increased productivity but only as a short-term measure. We are not robots. Eventually our systems fail and everything will come crashing to a standstill unless we find way to preserve health and wellbeing as a priority.

Where Would You Rather Live: Small-Government Somalia or Big-Government Sweden?

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 23.06.2013 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

Critics of 'big government' talk as if it's beyond question that the state's involvement with our lives is a bad thing.