One third of NHS contracts awarded to private firms

Following a Freedom of Information request made by the British Medical Journal, it has been revealed that one third of NHS contracts have been awarded to private companies. Of the 3,494 contracts awarded by 182 Clinical Commissioning Groups in England between April 2013 and August 2014, 33% were awarded to the private sector. The government […]

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Osborne under fire over £2bn NHS pledge

Labour has dismissed George Osborne’s announcement as ‘spin’ after it has emerged that £750m of extra funding is recycled health department cash. With £750m of the £2bn coming from within the Department of  Health has led to dismay amongst officials. The extra funding was announced before the chancellor’s autumn statement and received a warm welcome […]

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Cameron confesses NHS is under pressure

Prime Minister David Cameron has said accident and emergency units are 0.3% short of meeting their 95% target of patients waiting four hours maximum before being seen. The PM has admitted the NHS is under pressure and suffering as a result of the influx of patients visiting accident and emergency units. David Cameron acknowledged that […]

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Labour aim to put ‘people before profit’ in NHS

Key speech by shadow health secretary focuses on end of life care Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham has promised voters that Labour will “rescue a shattered service” , saying the NHS will be at the forefront of Labour’s election campaign. Speaking about the “personal to you and your family” ethos Labour wants to adopt with the NHS, Mr Burnham […]

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Can Labour ‘save and transform’ the NHS?

Labour leader pledges to turn around health services Labour’s Ed Miliband has vowed to “save and transform”  the NHS, planning to reveal more details in due course. Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham is also due to speak about what a £2.5 billion annual funding boost could mean for patients, although Mr Miliband has already stated that […]

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Labour force NHS privatisation into the spotlight

Labour’s Andy Burnham calls for a halt to privatisation plans Labour’s shadow health secretary Andy Burnham has urged NHS England to stop privatisation of health services until after the general election. Declaring that voters need a “proper debate” about the future of the NHS, Mr Burnham will say in a speech later today that “privatisation is being forced […]

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Should there be a single health and social care budget?

Ministers suggest pooling budgets for a united fund Politicians are raising support for joining NHS and social care funding to create a single budget, with open support from Labour shadow health secretary Andy Burnham and Liberal Democrat health minister Norman Lamb. Mr Lamb, who is urging this idea to be included in the Liberal Democrat […]

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