Labour should welcome the way place-based planning can draw people together to find solutions, as a potential means to resolve some of problems caused by the Health and Social Care Act.
Her book performed a rare feat. It penetrated the unfathomably isolating pain of mental illness. Her writing assured me that I wasn't alone. Her writing was unblinking in its honesty and it showed a complete lack of self-pity. It lacked the jocular cheerfulness that writing on depression is often mired with.
Jeremy Corbyn is a politician in England who I believe in, which is why I then paid the extortionate and exclusive fee of £25 to vote in the second leadership election. This time I received a letter from Iain McNicol, General Secretary of The Labour Party, explaining, 'A panel of the National Executive Committee (NEC) has considered your application, and has decided to reject it on the grounds that you tweeted in support of the Green Party on 8th May 2015'.
Right now there are people who are unnecessarily in hospital beds, losing independence and desperate to be discharged. Meanwhile, there are people in their own homes having to choose between getting out of bed, having a shower, eating a meal or going to the toilet (because they don't have the support to do it all).
n law, any strike action is automatically a breach of contract. To save a strike from being unlawful - and therefore entitling the employer to sack the strikers -- a strike ballot has to be held. But, a valid ballot must follow certain precise rules, the whole point being to prevent strikes which do not have the support of the majority of the employees concerned.
I sincerely hope that I am being far fetched in my theory of the conservative government attempting to make the NHS fall apart from within; I hope that I am completely wrong. Yet it certainly appears that there is some sort of hidden agenda in all of this.
You're probably reading this because you had a knee-jerk reaction to the title, considering the recent media press surrounding the planned 5 day walk out over junior doctor contract imposition and a heavily publicised nationwide shortage of doctors.
But don't take my word for it, ask the Blair Government, or Gordon Brown's...or even David Cameron's for that matter. You see, community pharmacy owners have heard this phrase repeated for a very, very long time now. And, of course, they're absolutely right.
The health of people with learning disabilities is worse that that of the general population with common health problems including respiratory disease, heart disease and obesity. A 2012 report by Mencap, Death by Indifference, highlighted the deaths of 74 people with a learning disability in NHS care over 10 years. It suggested that many health professionals still fail to provide adequate health care to people with learning disabilities.
This is not a decision that has been taken lightly. It has never been about pay; it has been about fairness. It has never been about wanting weekends off; it has been about patient safety. It has never been about 7/7 working; it has been about a failing, underfunded NHS that no-one in the government is willing to acknowledge.
We know how lucky we are to have the NHS and it's services, spanning physical and mental health care. Sometimes though, we leave with our bodies healed, and our spirits a little diminished. If you have spent time visiting a loved one in a mental health unit, a situation that curator Niamh White and artist Tim A Shaw found themselves in, you may come away thinking that the environment of these units could do with some care.
The NHS logo has helped to conceal the privatisation agenda. The 'failures' of the NHS can always be ascribed to the concept of public healthcare. This misleading debate is framed in the narrative of unaffordability and unsustainability in the face of an ageing population with rising demand and treatment costs.
Without defeating austerity, and the mixture of ideology, corruption and spinelessness that allowed PFI to happen, we cannot save the NHS. It is for that reason that Jeremy Corbyn is the only leader who I trust as a doctor to not only defend the NHS but to make it the envy of the world.
Looking at the numbers, a GP appointment costs on average £13.50, while a hospital appointment costs £108. If we can free up GPs to see more patients and get those people on the mend without going to hospital then everyone's a winner. So what are the ways hospitals will be working more effectively with GPs?
The UK is in a mental health crisis. Millions of people all across the country suffer in some way with mental health issues. In treatment they face long waits and insufficient care. Many regions are without the correct services to treat people. People are misdiagnosed and ignored.
David Cameron promised a 'truly seven-day NHS' before and after the general election, even going as far as to use the word 'plan' 18 times in one speech. The fact that there is no plan, that the government is yet to set the objectives or assess the impact of expanding seven-day services, only goes to show that this was nothing more than a headline-grabbing soundbite set to win votes rather than improve care for patients.