Nhs Funding

How Many Nurses Do You Need...?

Jane Ball | Posted 11.05.2016 | UK
Jane Ball

We often hear that some nurses are short of compassion, but for the overwhelming majority of the profession, this is simply not true and there is certainly no evidence that shows that this is the problem underlying current concerns about quality. We do however have ample evidence that they are often short of time, compromising their ability both to show that compassion and to maintain safety. Safe staffing is not an optional extra.

Pharmacy Could Be the Key to Saving Our Health Service

Ian Strachan | Posted 26.04.2016 | UK Politics
Ian Strachan

This government seems to have ignored the real victims to their proposals: the elderly, the vulnerable, the immobile and those without access to transport. The housebound; those who pharmacy has helped to remain living independently in their own homes for longer. The frail, and those who have little resource or influence to fight back.

Patients Need to Be Sure of the Best Treatment to Cure a Sick NHS

Dr Tony Rao | Posted 27.03.2016 | UK
Dr Tony Rao

With its seven volunteers and 80 'Ambassadors', the Patients Association is trying to keep its head above water, but it needs our help. As the voice of patients, it should be allowed to continue to stand tall and challenge the mechanism of funding for health and social care.

NHS Commission: The View From An Insider

Simon Fairweather | Posted 03.02.2016 | UK Politics
Simon Fairweather

The NHS has long been used as a political football. And on Thursday we saw the radical idea of a cross party agreement on co-operation for the future direction and funding sources rejected. This was despite almost universal agreement (from the health care professionals cum politicians) that joined up action is needed, and needed now.

A Night Working in A&E Showed Me How Amazing Our NHS Staff Are - We Must Fund Them Properly

Justin Madders | Posted 27.12.2015 | UK Politics
Justin Madders

Since being appointed as a shadow health minister in September I have been keen to spend some time on the front line to see what life is really like for hard-pressed NHS staff. So I recently spent a night shadowing an emergency medicine consultant at the Countess of Chester hospital... Until you are actually there it is difficult to comprehend just how relentless the job is. Staff were working at full tilt and the nature of the work was such that they could never catch up with the demand - even when 'it's not that bad for a Saturday night'.

NHS £2.2billion Funding Black Hole 'Can Be Seen From Space', Claims Labour

The Huffington Post UK | Owen Bennett | Posted 15.12.2015 | UK Politics

The NHS funding crisis is so big you “can probably see it from space”, Labour has warned. A report from the National Audit Office (NAO) publish...

Dying to Be at Home - Why We Need to Get Serious About End of Life Care

Andrew Grey | Posted 11.12.2015 | UK
Andrew Grey

Kate's story shows just how important it is for commissioners and service-providers to do their best to help people who are approaching the end of life to stay out of hospital. They can save on costs and beds in a severely over-stretched NHS - and most importantly, they can help make it possible for dying people to be cared for in the place they want to be.

A Lesson in Supporting Victims of Child Abuse

Fiona Smith | Posted 08.12.2015 | UK
Fiona Smith

Everyone who works with children wants to help and protect them. But as a recent report revealed that only one in 8 cases of child sexual abuse is being reported, something is clearly not working.

We Now Have an Opportunity to Make Bowel Cancer a Rare Cancer Killer

Mark Flannagan | Posted 02.12.2015 | UK
Mark Flannagan

Positive improvements are happening all the time in bowel cancer diagnosis, treatment and care. But we need to do better. It's staggering that bowel cancer stubbornly remains the UK's second biggest cancer killer.

Whatever the Chancellor Says on Wednesday, the Prognosis for the NHS Is Still Not Looking Good

Heidi Alexander | Posted 24.11.2015 | UK Politics
Heidi Alexander

When George Osborne took to the TV studios today to sell his latest "promise" on the NHS, many people will have felt a touch of scepticism about whether it really does what it says on the tin. And they would have been right to feel that way.

We Must Keep Fighting for Equality Between Mental and Physical Health

Norman Lamb | Posted 09.10.2015 | UK Politics
Norman Lamb

The truth is that there is outrageous discrimination at the heart of the NHS. If you have suspected cancer you have a right to see a specialist within two weeks - and rightly so. But if you are a teenager with an eating disorder - a condition which can kill - you have no such right. It's impossible to justify that.

The Shocking Plight of 330,000 Disabled Children in the UK

Fiona Smith | Posted 21.09.2015 | UK
Fiona Smith

We cannot rely on charities: this needs to be a top priority for our Government and we need to find ways of working together to address this issue. It's no good having policy in place if it is not put into practice. The system needs to be overhauled and fast, if we are to provide the care and support that all disabled children and their families deserve.

Despite Big Promises on the NHS, The Tories' Record Speaks for Itself

Emily Thornberry | Posted 07.09.2015 | UK Politics
Emily Thornberry

To hear Jeremy Hunt tell it, there's nothing but good news for the NHS these days. Last week we were invited to look forward to a future health service where the nurses take Zumba classes and the patients update their own medical records via FitBit. Just like the frequently promised, never delivered "seven day NHS", it's not immediately clear what any of this is actually supposed to achieve beyond a couple of days' worth of headlines. The real news in recent days, although the headlines might have missed it, tells a different story.

Jeremy Is Not a Dinosaur, But He's Not a Winner Either

Joe Anderson | Posted 16.08.2015 | UK Politics
Joe Anderson

Jeremy Corbyn has created a debate that will alter the course of Labour Party history, whatever the outcome. I give him credit for that and to those who nominated him. He has woken up the real dinosaurs in the parliamentary party with a roar, but that alone is not enough.

We Need Action on Public Health Now - The Future of Our NHS Depends on It

Luciana Berger | Posted 05.06.2015 | UK Politics
Luciana Berger

It has not yet been a month since the General Election and only a week has passed since the Queen's speech. Yet the reality of things to come under a Conservative majority government is already clear and it's the future of our NHS that concerns me the most.

Parallel Practice

Jim Sherifi | Posted 21.05.2016 | UK
Jim Sherifi

I honestly do not know what is going to happen to NHS General Practice in the UK. What is even more worrying is that neither do my colleagues, both high and low, ivory tower or coal face, working or retired.

Labour Is Committed to Repealing Cameron's NHS Privatisation Plans and Putting the Right Values Back at the Heart of the Health Service

Andrew Gwynne | Posted 04.05.2016 | UK Politics
Andrew Gwynne

It is hardly surprising that people fear for the future of the NHS under the Tories... That is why Labour is committed to repealing David Cameron's NHS privatisation plans and putting the right values back at the heart of the health service.

Why Politics Plays Havoc With NHS Progress

Michael Davidson | Posted 24.06.2015 | UK
Michael Davidson

As we march on towards the General Election on May 7, it is increasingly clear that for all the puff and bluster about the NHS being a vote winner, none of the main parties have truly connected with the challenges currently facing the country's healthcare system.

Read Their Lips - The Tories Are Fooling You Over Their £8billion NHS Funding Pledge

Dr Louise Irvine | Posted 20.06.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Louise Irvine

Read the Conservatives' election manifesto and it's crystal clear that they are pledging the £8billion over the course of the next Parliament and not annually by 2020. That is only £8billion cumulatively - far less than the £8billion per year by 2020 that Stevens said was the very minimum needed to adequately fund the NHS.

The Next Five Years of Change in the NHS Are Crucial to Its Survival

Michelle Mitchell | Posted 23.05.2015 | UK
Michelle Mitchell

The NHS was established in 1948. Today it faces its biggest challenge since its inception. A failure to radically reform how we deliver new models of care across the NHS over the next five years could lead to a serious threat to this much-loved public service remaining universal and free at the point of need.

The Scandal of NHS Continuing Healthcare Funding

Dr Louise Irvine | Posted 17.04.2015 | UK Politics
Dr Louise Irvine

There is an area of health care that the general public in England does not know much about and that our politicians would prefer to keep that way. Its only when you have a relative with a serious long term health condition that you discover the complex, unfair and inhumane system that you have to go through to get NHS funding for the care your loved one needs.

The Costa Caviar?

Jim Sherifi | Posted 29.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jim Sherifi

So there I sat spooning syllabub listlessly into my mouth whilst some conker-coloured convict was gently haranguing me about the qualities of the marvellous Spanish health system and how the NHS could learn a thing or two from our continental neighbours when my thoughts began to drift to a consultation I had had earlier that day.

Securing the Future of Social Care

Sue Brown | Posted 04.11.2014 | UK
Sue Brown

Provision of social care in this country has been inadequate for a long time. Funding has been cut back to the bare bone and many older and disabled people are left struggling to cope.

Is a Minister for Older People the Answer to Neglect, Loneliness and Poor Care?

Stephen Burke | Posted 30.09.2014 | UK Politics
Stephen Burke

Making life better for older people would benefit people of all ages for generations to come. Will the government rise to the challenge of our ageing population and appoint a Minister for Older People?

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.