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  • NHS 'facing biggest challenges'
    NHS 'facing biggest challenges' Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    The NHS is entering the new financial year facing the biggest challenges in recent history, a report has warned. More »

  • Targets 'undermining patient care'
    Targets 'undermining patient care' Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    Efforts to improve standards of patient care in the NHS are being undermined by performance measures that encourage the manipulation of data, a report has claimed. More »

  • Labour's 100-Day Plan To Fix Health Service
    Labour's 100-Day Plan To Fix Health Service Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    A 100-day plan to rescue the health service has been unveiled by Labour leader Ed Miliband. Labour has pledgeed an "emergency recruitment drive" to get 1,000 extra nurses into training this year if the party wins the General Election. The move would be the first instalment of Labour's plan to recruit 20,000 more nurses by 2020. Labour would also introduce winter planning with GPs stationed in all A&E departments and more clinically-trained NHS 111 staff. More »

  • Ed Miliband: Labour will launch emergency recruitment drive to tackle NHS staffing …
    Ed Miliband: Labour will launch emergency recruitment drive to tackle NHS staffing … Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    Labour leader Ed Miliband will today (21 April) return his focus to the NHS, as he sets out a "Rescue Plan" to be implemented in Labour's first months in office. It will include immediate action on the Tory nursing crisis and a Budget to bring in significant investment from the Mansion Tax as well as a new Tobacco Levy in 2015/16. In a speech to student nurses at Manchester Metropolitan University, Miliband will announce that Labour will launch an emergency recruitment drive in May to get 1,000 extra nurses into training this year – the first instalment on Labour's plan for 20,000 more by 2020. "The Tories have caused a staffing crisis. More »

  • Hospital Boss Pay Hikes Enough For 1,300 Nurses
    Hospital Boss Pay Hikes Enough For 1,300 Nurses Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    Inflation-busting pay rises for hospital bosses totalling £35m could have paid for more than 1,300 new nurses, according to Sky News' calculations. A Daily Mail investigation found some executives earned more than £1m last year, and even at hospitals with the worst standards of care directors received pay packages worth up to £5,000 per day. The figures emerged after the Mail carried out an audit of trust accounts and found exploitation of the NHS pension scheme by some senior executives. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt vowed to launch an investigation, even though NHS England told Sky News "pay is set by the Department of Health" and is then awarded to executives by individual NHS trusts. More »

  • Tories Angry At Labour's 'Underhand' NHS Survey
    Tories Angry At Labour's 'Underhand' NHS Survey Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    Tory councillors claim they were duped by a survey which has been used in Labour's election campaign. The letter did however make clear the "student" was a member of the Labour Party. One hundred and fifteen Tory councillors responded giving their views on privatisation, charging for services and cuts to the health service. Councillor Malise Graham from Melton Borough Council says he did not know the letter was from Labour. More »

  • Anger at £35m NHS chief pay rises
    Anger at £35m NHS chief pay rises Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    Labour has called for an investigation into the huge pay packets of NHS bosses after it was reported that hospital chief executives received £35 million in pay rises, despite unprecedented pressures on spending. More »

  • Labour Claims 'Secret' Tory Plan To Cut Nurses
    Labour Claims 'Secret' Tory Plan To Cut Nurses Sun, Apr 19, 2015

    Labour has accused the Conservatives of having "secret" plans to slash the number of nurses in the NHS after the election. The party claims the cuts are revealed in an official government document, which forecasts NHS trusts will employ nearly 2,000 fewer nurses over the next four years. But the Tories have dismissed the claims, arguing the report - Health Education England's Workforce Plan - was based on out-of-date figures before they committed to increase NHS spending. It said the Conservative-led Coalition had inherited a "nursing crisis" from Labour, and pointed to the scandal at Stafford Hospital. More »

  • Miliband: All NHS Workers Must Speak English
    Miliband: All NHS Workers Must Speak English Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    Ed Miliband has attempted to convince voters the party has learnt from its past mistakes on immigration by unveiling tough new measures to tackle the issue. Mr Miliband admitted Labour had made errors in 2004 under Tony Blair that left "working people" facing "dramatic changes in their communities that were not planned or properly prepared for". Unveiling a five-point policy at an event in Wirral, the Labour leader said he would ensure that all NHS workers would be "required to speak English to a sufficient standard so they can care effectively for patients". He said a Labour government would legislate to give healthcare regulators the power to enforce the rule. More »

  • Education Protected In Lib Dem Manifesto
    Education Protected In Lib Dem Manifesto Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    Nick Clegg has pledged to protect spending on education from ages two to 19 as a central part of the Liberal Democrat manifesto. The Lib Dem leader says his party, unlike Labour or the Conservatives, will maintain funding for nurseries, schools and further education institutions in real terms and per pupil. On the NHS, the Lib Dems have pledged to meet what is described as a potential funding shortfall of £8bn per year by the end of the next parliament. The Lib Dems are focussing on tried and tested policy ideas for their manifesto. More »

  • Greens Vow To Roll Back NHS Privatisation
    Greens Vow To Roll Back NHS Privatisation Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    The Green Party has pledged to end privatisation in the NHS and re-nationalise the railways in its manifesto. The party also vowed to ban fracking, stop airport expansion and halt major road schemes, while promising cash for energy efficiency measures and flood defences. Party leader Natalie Bennett told activists at the heart of the manifesto was "a vision for a fair economy". More »

  • Green manifesto: A mixture of the good, the well intentioned and the illibe …
    Green manifesto: A mixture of the good, the well intentioned and the illibe … Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    The policies contained within the Green party’s manifesto are a mixture of the good, the well-intentioned, the woolly and the illiberal. Among many other things, the Greens promise to scrap tuition fees, cancel all student debt, end all foreign wars, end NHS privatisation, nationalise rail, build 500,000 council houses, control rents, increase pensions and reverse public sector cuts. Among other things the Greens would look at restricting horse and dog racing, impose “a complete ban on cages for hens and rabbits” in farms, a ban on all circus animals and all hunting for sport. Under the Greens all GM crops would be banned as would any cloning of farm animals. More »

  • Right to buy is a right to make all housing even more unaffordable and is yet …
    Right to buy is a right to make all housing even more unaffordable and is yet … Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    First it was an uncosted £8billion NHS funding boost, then a similarly dubious plan to raise the inheritance tax threshold to £1million, and now those snake-oil merchant Tories want to sell 1.3million housing association properties off for a song. Of course home ownership is a good thing, but do we really want to live in a country where there is no social housing and where renting all takes place on the private market – with tenants increasingly relying on already soaring state subsidies? This is because selling social housing – even when tenants are given discounts of up to 70% like the Tories now propose - always pushes more people into private renting and allows our stagnant stock of houses to become even more lucrative for buy-to-let investors, who push up demand at the expense of first-time buyers. More »

  • Miliband Hits Out At Cameron Over NHS Pledge
    Miliband Hits Out At Cameron Over NHS Pledge Sat, Apr 11, 2015

    Mr Cameron has promised to fund the five-year reform plan put forward by NHS chief executive Simon Stevens by providing at least an extra £8bn a year for the health service by 2020. This will mean that over-75s will be guaranteed same-day access to GPs, patients will be able to see doctors out of regular office hours and the NHS will provide a full range of services seven days a week, according to Mr Cameron. More »

  • Tories trying to "fund NHS on IOU"
    Tories trying to "fund NHS on IOU" Sat, Apr 11, 2015

    Labour has accused the Conservatives of trying to "fund the NHS on an IOU" after Chancellor George Osborne pledged to increase spending by £8 billion by 2020. More »

  • Brian May Song Calls For 'Colourblind' Voting
    Brian May Song Calls For 'Colourblind' Voting Sat, Apr 11, 2015

    Queen guitarist Brian May has started a campaign to get people to vote 'colourblind' at the General Election to end the 'corrupt' and 'broken' political system in Britain. He has also released a song called One Voice which is a re-working of a song that he hopes will inspire people to vote and vote "for the people, not the party" that will be "true to their conscience and not party whipped". Russell Brand has called for a "peaceful revolution"  and Michael Sheen made headlines on St David's Day with an impassioned speech about the state of the NHS. More »

  • Tories' £8bn NHS funding pledge
    Tories' £8bn NHS funding pledge Sat, Apr 11, 2015

    David Cameron is laying down the gauntlet to Labour by pledging to pump at least an extra £8 billion a year into the NHS by 2020. More »

  • 'Pay for quicker eye ops' offer
    'Pay for quicker eye ops' offer Fri, Apr 10, 2015

    NHS hospitals are offering patients the chance to pay for cataract operations and reduce waiting times, a report suggests. More »

  • Sturgeon calls for NHS funds pledge
    Sturgeon calls for NHS funds pledge Fri, Apr 10, 2015

    Labour's Ed Miliband will today be challenged to "do the right thing" and commit to spending plans which could release £24 billion extra for the National Health Service across the UK More »

  • Threat to NHS 'comes from reforms'
    Threat to NHS 'comes from reforms' Fri, Apr 10, 2015

    The threat to the NHS over the next five years is not privatisation but further "ill-thought through" reforms such as those brought in by the coalition Government, a report has warned. More »

  • Hospital target missed for 40,000
    Hospital target missed for 40,000 Thu, Apr 9, 2015

    Nearly 40,000 hospital patients failed to receive NHS treatment in England within the target of 18 weeks in February, new figures show. More »

  • Fury over toothpaste prescriptions
    Fury over toothpaste prescriptions Thu, Apr 9, 2015

    Patients are being prescribed over-the-counter toothpastes, sun creams and multivitamins on the NHS at a cost of millions of pounds, new figures suggest. More »

  • Jump in counselling for UK transgender children wins LGBT praise Wed, Apr 8, 2015

    By Kieran Guilbert LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A growing number of children in Britain are being referred to the state-funded National Health Service (NHS) for counselling for transgender feelings, a development activists hailed on Wednesday as a sign of greater awareness of transgender issues. The number of children - under 11 and some as young as three - being treated at the country's only specialist centre for children with gender issues has quadrupled in the past six years, rising to 77 this year from 19 in 2009, NHS figures show. The rise in child referrals shows a greater understanding of transgender issues, said Richard Köhler, senior policy officer at human rights organisation Transgender Europe (TGEU). "Transgender people now tend to be much younger when they come out, which is positive because they don't have to go through years of denial, and it means they have a supportive family," Köhler told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by phone. More »

  • Top Doctors Criticise 'Broken Promises' On NHS
    Top Doctors Criticise 'Broken Promises' On NHS Wed, Apr 8, 2015

    The letter urges voters to use the General Election to pass judgement on the Coalition, which it is says has "failed to keep its NHS pledges". "As medical and public health professionals our primary concern is for all patients. We invite voters to consider carefully how the NHS has fared over the last five years, and to use their vote to ensure that the NHS in England is reinstated," they wrote. The doctors' letter came as 80 current and former head teachers from self-governing schools and academies wrote to the Daily Mail to warn a Labour government could threaten Coalition education reforms. More »

  • Ahead of election, doctors criticise Cameron over healthcare
    Ahead of election, doctors criticise Cameron over healthcare Tue, Apr 7, 2015

    Over 100 senior British medical professionals criticised Prime Minister David Cameron and his coalition government on Tuesday for their handling of the National Health Service (NHS), a major issue in the upcoming national election. In an open letter to the left-leaning Guardian newspaper, they wrote: "Our verdict, as doctors working in and for the NHS, is that history will judge that this administration's record is characterised by broken promises, reductions in necessary funding, and destructive legislation." With polls tied ahead of the May 7 vote, the main rival of Cameron's Conservatives, or Tories, the Labour Party greeted the letter, saying doctors were "deeply concerned about the direction of the NHS under David Cameron and the consequences for patients of another five years of Tory government." Polls show centre-left Labour are more trusted than the Conservatives on the NHS, and Labour leader Ed Miliband has built his campaign to become the next Prime Minister around presenting his party as the guardian of the free-at-the-point-of-use health system. More »

  • Rise in child transgender referrals
    Rise in child transgender referrals Tue, Apr 7, 2015

    The number of children aged 10 or under who have been referred to the NHS to help deal with transgender feelings has more than quadrupled in the last six years, according to new figures. More »

  • Tuesday's National Newspaper Front Pages
  • Proton Beam Therapy Centres To Open In UK
    Proton Beam Therapy Centres To Open In UK Sat, Apr 4, 2015

    The UK will get its first three proton beam therapy centres from next year in what experts say is a significant breakthrough for cancer treatment. The first centre will be opened in Cardiff by local company Proton Partners International Ltd, with two others to follow in London and Northumberland by 2017. The centres will be available for NHS patients from England, Scotland and Wales, as well as self-paying patients and those with private medical insurance. Life sciences entrepreneur Professor Sir Chris Evans says there are more than 150,000 people treated for cancer each year and that demand for treatment is growing. More »

  • BMA chief warns against NHS charges
    BMA chief warns against NHS charges Sat, Apr 4, 2015

    Whoever forms the next government must resist the temptation to introduce charges on the NHS, one of the country's leading doctors has said. More »

  • Leaders In Showdown: How It Unfolded
    Leaders In Showdown: How It Unfolded Fri, Apr 3, 2015

    One poll found Ed Miliband won, SNP's Nicola Sturgeon came out on top in another and the Labour leader tied with Prime Minster David Cameron in two others. There were a number of significant clashes during the showdown as views polarised on the economy, the NHS, immigration and young people. Greens leader Natalie Bennett told the audience her party was determined to "deliver a fair economy" that did not make society pay for the "fraud" carried out by bankers. Going second Nigel Farage set to distance himself from the other parties by saying they were "all the same" and all supported the European Union. More »

  • Embattled trust boss 'highest paid'
    Embattled trust boss 'highest paid' Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    The boss of an NHS trust recently placed into special measures was the highest paid chief executive in the country last year with a salary of up to £280,000, according to a new report. More »

  • Drug Companies Accused In Eye Disease Row
    Drug Companies Accused In Eye Disease Row Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    The British Medical Journal has accused drugs companies which make and market a medicine for a common eye disease of undermining trials of another, cheaper drug so as to maximise profits. The NHS could save more than £100m a year if doctors were allowed to prescribe Avastin for a common eye condition, says the BMJ. The drug's current licence allows it to be used for certain cancers, but not age-related macular degeneration. But whereas Avastin costs less than £65 per dose, Lucentis, the drug which is licenced for the eye disease, costs £742 per dose. More »

  • Row over provision of eye drug
    Row over provision of eye drug Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    Allowing NHS doctors to offer a "cheap, safe and effective" drug to treat a common eye condition could release up to £102 million a year for other patient services but its access is being blocked by the pharmaceutical company behind it, health experts have claimed. More »

  • Nigel Farage: Only Ukip MPs will tell the truth about immigration in Westmi …
    Nigel Farage: Only Ukip MPs will tell the truth about immigration in Westmi … Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    Ukip is the only political party that will tell the truth about immigration to the UK in the House of Commons, Nigel Farage has declared. "My message to the British people is: If you want an honest debate about immigration, you've got to get a good number of Ukip MPs into Westminster next time around because we are the only people that will tell the truth," Farage said. The manifesto commitments included breaking away from the European Union (EU), a promise to control borders and bring down immigration, a £3bn ($4.44bn) increase in NHS spending, to cut foreign aid and not to tax workers on the minimum wage. More »

  • More Veterans Seek Help For Combat Stress
    More Veterans Seek Help For Combat Stress Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    The number of veterans seeking support for combat stress has risen sharply over the past year, according to a specialist mental health charity. Combat Stress, a charity for former service personnel, said it has received 2,264 referrals for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in 2014/15. Director of medical services at Combat Stress, Dr Walter Busuttil, said: "We are very concerned at the significant rise in those coming forward with military PTSD. "The recent Budget announcement of increased funding for NHS veterans' mental health services is helpful, but as the need for specialist treatment appears to be expanding we will need additional funding and resources. More »