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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Will patients be charged for NHS services?

King’s Fund member explains why charging for healthcare should be a no go area King’s Fund member and social policy professor Julian Le Grand has spoken out against the idea of charging for healthcare services, instead advocating a “a single pathway of care with a single ring fenced budget and a single commissioner.”  Long opposing the […]

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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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Is healthcare funding distributed fairly?

Unfair system could see some services underfunded A report by the National Audit Office has revealed that some local healthcare services across England have been underfunded, as the government use an unfair system to allocate £79 billion to resources. The NAO claims that many funding decisions are being made on individual civil servants’ judgments rather […]

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Should pharmacies play a bigger role in healthcare?

They could offer more support for deprived areas A recent study by Durham University has suggested that pharmacies should be providing a wider range of health services because of their influential reach into local communities. The researchers revealed that 89% of the English population live within a 20 minute walk of a nearby pharmacy, however […]

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Can localised services combat waiting list pressures?

Healthcare expert pinpoints flexible approach as waiting list solution Vanguard Healthcare chief executive Ian Gillespie believes a locally led approach can combat failed hospital waiting time targets. Writing in the Health Service Journal, Mr Gillespie notes that despite many people claiming recent pressures are seasonal, waiting lists are in fact at an all time high, […]

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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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