Nhs Funding

Tory Ministers Need To Wake Up To The Deepening Crisis In Care

Barbara Keeley | Posted 16.08.2017 | UK Politics
Barbara Keeley

Jeremy Hunt's actions on delayed discharges have sent a clear message: that this Government is only interested in social care insofar as it helps relieve pressure on the NHS. It is time that Jeremy Hunt finally woke up to the deepening crisis in care created on his watch and argued for the extra funding needed to stabilise the care sector and fund a decent living wage for care staff.

Political Neglect Of The NHS Interferes Every Time I Treat A Patient

Dr Richard Vautrey | Posted 26.06.2017 | UK
Dr Richard Vautrey

We now have a shortage of GPs which means that while I am treating the person in front of me there are not enough colleagues to start seeing the steady tide of other people filling up the waiting room in my surgery. Services that I want to refer a patient to, like hospitals, mental health services or community nursing colleagues, are overstretched and oversubscribed, meaning that the patient may not get the level of care they deserve.

Five More Tory Years Could Crush The NHS - The Greens Will Push For A Health Service Fit For The Future

Caroline Lucas | Posted 05.06.2017 | UK Politics
Caroline Lucas

Our NHS is truly in a crisis. Despite the best efforts of our amazing healthcare professionals, patients are now bearing the brunt of hospital closures, longer waiting times and bed shortages. The marketisation of healthcare by successive Governments has left us with a fragmented NHS, and consistent underfunding from the Tories has left services under immense pressure.

How Much Cash Does The NHS Need? There's No Simple Answer

Sally Gainsbury | Posted 26.05.2017 | UK Politics
Sally Gainsbury

The NHS is, at bottom, a system for rationing healthcare. Give it more money, and the line determining how much it is prepared to spend to try and save a life, or make a patient more comfortable will be drawn a little more generously. Give it less, and those euphemistic "difficult decisions" will need to be made. Pick a number, then, and the NHS will almost certainly find a way to spend it.

After So Many Broken Promises In Government, This Tory Manifesto Must Get The Scrutiny It Deserves

Tom Watson | Posted 18.05.2017 | UK Politics
Tom Watson

The Tories can't be allowed to float through their manifesto launch untouched. Just two years ago they made a series of impossible promises and got away with it. Now they want to do it again. Ten years ago, Theresa May told the House of Commons that "the idea that a lot of voters read manifestos is purely fictional... in the case of some parties, their manifestos are pure fiction". As Prime Minister, she mustn't be allowed to get away with publishing a fictional manifesto that nobody reads. I look forward to seeing it get the scrutiny it deserves.

All Parties Need To Step Up For The NHS

Janet Davies | Posted 27.04.2017 | UK Politics
Janet Davies

Whichever political party triumphs in June, it is time to stop taking nursing staff for granted and start to appreciate the incredible work they do. The RCN is calling on all parties to step up and commit to the long-term funding that patients and services need.

Labour Has The Right Idea Offering Dedicated NHS Workers A Much-Needed Pay Rise

Christine McAnea | Posted 27.04.2017 | UK Politics
Christine McAnea

The Labour Party has the right idea. Reward staff for their dedication and hard work, and everyone benefits. Ministers must stop relying on the goodwill of NHS staff, rethink their short-sighted wages policy and pay staff properly. Otherwise they'll keep on leaving for less stressful, better rewarded jobs elsewhere. And then we all suffer.

The Second NHS Reorganisation Is Well Under Way

Justin Madders | Posted 05.04.2017 | UK Politics
Justin Madders

The Health Secretary who wants to deliver a 7 day NHS has also once again gone missing at a time when serious questions are being asked about his stewardship of the Department for Health.

NHS Transformation Plans 'A Dagger Pointed at the Heart of the NHS'? It's A Bit More Complex

Becca Antink | Posted 03.02.2017 | UK Politics
Becca Antink

The NHS is facing a 'humanitarian crisis'. This was the message from the Red Cross as we entered the New Year. It may have sounded a bit dramatic, but reports from across the country certainly suggest that services are facing significant pressures.

An Open Letter To This NHS

Gabrielle Taylor | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK
Gabrielle Taylor

To the NHS, I hope this finds you well. I know you've had some bad press of late so I just wanted to see you how you're feeling and let you know that despite your troubles, I'm still your number one fan.

You're 'Ordering' GPs Are You, Mrs May?

Dr Zoe Norris | Posted 16.01.2017 | UK Politics
Dr Zoe Norris

I haven't blogged for a while. The reason will shock our esteemed Prime Minister. It's because I've been a bit busy - see Mrs May, I'm a GP. So waking up on Saturday to hear your briefing to the press suggesting that I am to blame for the current crisis in the NHS, and that you will 'order' me and all my colleagues to be open 7 days a week, 8am to 8pm, made me pick up my laptop.

This Crisis Is The Worst In NHS History - Our Health Service Is At Risk Of Irreparable Damage

Dr Mona Kamal | Posted 12.01.2017 | UK
Dr Mona Kamal

It has felt that the last six years have seen the NHS in perpetual crisis but there is now a real sense that the service is being irreversibly damaged, most importantly the impact on our patients is becoming painfully clear. As healthcare workers our priority is the patients we serve and we must ensure it is their care and their priorities that directs how the service is run, but this is not just a fight that concerns NHS staff. The NHS belongs to us all and we all have a responsibility to safeguard it.

Standing Up 4 Sitting Down: Beating Ageism On The High Street

Jane Ashcroft | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK
Jane Ashcroft

By 2039 more than 1 in 12 people will be 80 or over. This is a considerable segment of the population - yet markets, high streets and commodities in t...

Your Money For New Life

Lisa Strum | Posted 24.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Lisa Strum

My partner and I are lucky. We have both worked for many years in a succession of well-paid roles and managed to live well. When we were told that the only option was IVF, and that we would have to pay, I was in the fortunate position that I had just received a bonus from work and my partner had a little saved.

The Bonds Keeping The NHS Intact Are At Breaking Point - Here's Two Ways To Address The Funding Black Hole

Frank Field | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK Politics
Frank Field

The National Audit Office today became the latest organisation to lay bare the real and growing threat the health service's financial woes pose to its very existence beyond 2020. Its combined financial deficit has trebled in a year and is likely to reach upwards of £30billion by the end of the decade.

The NHS Could Employ 85,000 Nurses and 20,000 Doctors If It Really Had £10bn Extra A Year

The Huffington Post | Martha Gill | Posted 21.11.2016 | UK Politics

The NHS could employ 85,000 nurses and 20,000 doctors if it really had the money the Health Secretary says it does, an investigation has found. Jeremy...

To Save The NHS, We Must All Take Greater Responsibility For Our Own Health

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson | Posted 09.11.2016 | UK Politics
Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson

Putting physical activity at the heart of community infrastructure is the only long-term solution to save the NHS from bankruptcy. It is time to take the bold and radical decisions to integrate physical activity into our daily lives. For the sake of our health and that of the NHS, we must all take responsibility.

Jeremy Hunt's Seven-Day Homeopathic NHS: Just The Tincture?

Nima Ghadiri | Posted 03.10.2016 | UK Politics
Nima Ghadiri

When the practical and economic feasibility of a routine 7-day NHS has been roundly debunked by senior doctors, service providers and analyists, it is only natural to ask how this is going to happen. Maybe, we ought to be thinking a little more naturally ourselves, and prepare for our complementary secretary of state for health to give us a very complementary 7-day routine NHS.

Why We Need to Think About Tomorrow's NHS, Not Just Today's

Lord Patel | Posted 20.07.2017 | UK Politics
Lord Patel

The NHS is one of our most beloved institutions with principles that people value and admire but like any public service it must adapt. We need to find long term solutions. Our inquiry will get to the core of the challenges that the NHS will face over the next two decades and beyond. We hope that it will lead to a cross-party consensus on a sustainable approach to better healthcare for all.

Gove and Johnson Go Over the Top: Brexit and World War 1 Fantasies

Adam Donen | Posted 29.06.2017 | UK Politics
Adam Donen

Said the Pot: "We should not look on ------ as "a series of catastrophic mistakes perpetrated by an out-of-touch elite." Said the Kettle: "One of the...

Why We Should Pay for the Pill to Stop You Getting HIV

Gus Cairns | Posted 28.06.2017 | UK
Gus Cairns

Too many members of the gay community, with our hard-won marriages, our adopted kids, our newfound respectability, regard the guys who haven't yet got there as traitors. Letting down the side. Tainting the gay brand. Doing what the homophobes accuse us of. Let's not be Pharisees. Let's welcome our gay brothers into the fold and protect them from what is still the most serious consequence of sexual risk. Let us save them from HIV. Let us offer them PrEP.

How Many Nurses Do You Need...?

Jane Ball | Posted 12.05.2017 | 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 27.04.2017 | 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 27.03.2017 | 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 29.01.2017 | 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.