The ‘It’s Our NHS’ march on 4 March drew at least 200,000 people to central London to call for the destruction of the NHS to stop. Doctors for the NHS was there, setting out from BMA House to be part of the multitude. On a day that saw the weather hold back the rain until….
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There is going to be a very large gathering of determined people this Saturday, 4 March, in London. The ‘It’s Our NHS’ demonstration, organised jointly by Health Campaigns Together and the People’s Assembly, promises to have a turnout out well into the thousands – there have been reports of coaches coming from all over the….
The Royal College of Physicians is calling for the government to increase NHS funding substantially this year, as well as improve spending on social care and public health, otherwise “patient care will continue to deteriorate” as the current shortfalls are “now having a significant impact on the ability … to deliver safe and effective patient….
The Patients’ Association (PA) has called for a cross-party process on the NHS in the light of the continuing crisis. In an open letter to the Prime Minister, the PA said: (more…)
The familiar winter pressures bring cancelled operations which have become regular features of hospital life. The good British public accept them with customary stoicism, carrying their share of the burden by waiting longer. But such cancellations are costing us dearly, not only through the inconvenience of delayed treatment but through the waste of resources not being….
[11 January 2017] NHS campaigning group Doctors for the NHS has called on the government to stop denying the scale and cause of the unprecedented crisis facing the NHS and admit that the only workable long-term solution is to ensure funding is adequate. (more…)
The Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners warns of weekday chaos unless the government abandons its drive to achieve “seven day working” for family doctors. Perhaps of greater concern is the effect routine “seven-day working” will have on hospital patients. Doctors in emergency specialties already work 7 days a week. With staff levels stretched….
[20 November 2016] Doctors for the NHS have welcomed the BMA’s latest statement about the true nature of the government’s Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) and point out that these plans – formulated in secret – are going to mean massive and widespread hospital closures, masquerading under false reassurances about ‘centralising’ services.  BMA press….
How the world’s best hospital gets the best out of its staff – an inspiring presentation at yesterday’s King’s Fund Annual conference from Professor Stephen Swensen of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota – left me with the resounding and redolent irony that a leading US health institution should reject the excesses of marketplace ideals….
[27 October 2016] Reports that NHS staff are suffering record levels of bullying  and plummeting morale  come at a time of record funding crises. They all point to the same cause: the NHS is being run down deliberately for reasons that have more to do with an obsessive belief in the power of….