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Tuesday 7th of March 2017 10:33:24 PM
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....RM: The £100m injection into the NHS is a small amount compared with what medical chiefs say is needed. However, allocating money for a specific reform fits with No 10’s strategy of asking the health service to work more efficiently. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Wednesday 8th of March 2017 12:41:30 PM
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....The CMA said that a pack of the tablets almost doubled in price for the NHS to £88 while the deal was in place. It is the latest case where the regulator has accused drug makers of overcharging the health service. ... [Read full article on BBC ]
Friday 3rd of March 2017 08:39:04 AM
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.... . On Saturday tens of thousands of people marched in London to protest against "yet more austerity" in the health service. ... [Read full article on BBC ]
Sunday 5th of March 2017 02:20:28 AM
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....It is likely to be directed at schemes that aim to tackle what the NHS calls delayed transfers of care, or “bedblocking”, and the risk of mainly older patients being admitted or readmitted to hospital. However, the chancellor is set to face down demands from Labour, the British Medical Association and many NHS bodies by refusing to increase the health service’s budget beyond the sums already agreed. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Tuesday 7th of March 2017 07:00:36 AM
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. Philip Hammond is expected to use Wednesday’s budget to announce that tax revenues will be used to build up a reserve to deal with uncertainties arising from Brexit, rather than increase spending on the health service. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Monday 6th of March 2017 12:01:14 AM
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....Last autumn Hammond was expecting to borrow £68bn in 2016-17, but the OBR is now expected to reduce this by at least £10bn, close to the level predicted before the Brexit vote. The chancellor could add this saving to a £27bn war chest he expects to achieve by 2020, or spend some of it to ease concerns that the social care system, health service and prisons are at breaking point. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Friday 3rd of March 2017 11:12:26 AM
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.... If one thing is clear, it is that large groups of people are breaking the old rules. A report that underscores how much the “get a career and push your way up the ladder until retirement” style of work has lost its allure can be found in a report by the National Institute for Economic & Social Research (NIESR) and the Recruitment & Employment Confederation into the state of the health service. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
Sunday 26th of February 2017 03:05:50 PM
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....The same went for social care, as the chancellor announced a mere sticking plaster of £2bn for three years and had similarly little to say about the National Health Service. Corbyn forcefully spoke about a “state of emergency” in the NHS, but Hammond could brush it off, safe in the knowledge that polls show more people trust a Tory PM to protect the health service than trust the Labour leader. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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Hammond was a picture of relaxed swagger – because he was in the ring alone image
....The same went for social care, as the chancellor announced a mere sticking plaster of £2bn for three years and had similarly little to say about the National Health Service. Corbyn forcefully spoke about a “state of emergency” in the NHS, but Hammond could brush it off, safe in the knowledge that polls show more people trust a Tory PM to protect the health service than trust the Labour leader. ...
Key points of the budget 2017 – at a glance image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 8th of March 2017 12:41:30 PM
....RM: The £100m injection into the NHS is a small amount compared with what medical chiefs say is needed. However, allocating money for a specific reform fits with No 10’s strategy of asking the health service to work more efficiently. ...
Government abdicating responsibility for social care, say providers image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 7th of March 2017 07:00:36 AM
....It is likely to be directed at schemes that aim to tackle what the NHS calls delayed transfers of care, or “bedblocking”, and the risk of mainly older patients being admitted or readmitted to hospital. However, the chancellor is set to face down demands from Labour, the British Medical Association and many NHS bodies by refusing to increase the health service’s budget beyond the sums already agreed. ...
Chancellor's budget to build up Brexit reserves, not tackle NHS crisis image
. Philip Hammond is expected to use Wednesday’s budget to announce that tax revenues will be used to build up a reserve to deal with uncertainties arising from Brexit, rather than increase spending on the health service. ...
UK economy cooling after post-Brexit vote growth, surveys show image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 3rd of March 2017 11:12:26 AM
....Last autumn Hammond was expecting to borrow £68bn in 2016-17, but the OBR is now expected to reduce this by at least £10bn, close to the level predicted before the Brexit vote. The chancellor could add this saving to a £27bn war chest he expects to achieve by 2020, or spend some of it to ease concerns that the social care system, health service and prisons are at breaking point. ...
NHS 'overcharged' by drug makers' non-compete deal, says CMA image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 3rd of March 2017 08:39:04 AM
....The CMA said that a pack of the tablets almost doubled in price for the NHS to £88 while the deal was in place. It is the latest case where the regulator has accused drug makers of overcharging the health service. ...
When will Britons get a pay rise? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 26th of February 2017 03:05:50 PM
.... If one thing is clear, it is that large groups of people are breaking the old rules. A report that underscores how much the “get a career and push your way up the ladder until retirement” style of work has lost its allure can be found in a report by the National Institute for Economic & Social Research (NIESR) and the Recruitment & Employment Confederation into the state of the health service. ...
Utopian thinking: the eclipse of neoliberalism heralds a new dawn of sharing | Minna Salami image
....All this points to the need for a radically different system of governance. We need something that both retains the assistance that we once relied on the state for – such as the preservation of social and health services, the environment, cultural works and shared ideals such as democracy, freedom of expression and equality – and transforms human psychology; shaking up the status quo by acknowledging our dependence on one another, while also expanding consciousness by encouraging individual enlightenment. ...
Greenwich Peninsula redevelopment to be crowned with £1bn glass landmark image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 2nd of February 2017 03:01:24 PM
.... It is billed as the biggest regeneration project by a single developer in the UK and is expected to be completed by 2032. Richard Margree, chief executive of Knight Dragon, the Hong Kong-based developer behind the project, has planning consent to build 15,720 homes in seven neighbourhoods, along with a new design district, film studio, two schools, health services, shops and offices. ...
Theresa May is trapped between a rock and a hard Brexit image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 15th of January 2017 06:59:09 AM
.... Yet it is obvious that many people were concerned about “sovereignty” – mistakenly in my view – while others were protesting against the so-called “metropolitan elite”. By raising immigration and freedom of movement to her most important concern – joined increasingly, it seems, by the Labour party – May is missing a historic chance to exercise genuine leadership and focus on the many economic and social problems now facing this country: infrastructure and transport, the health service, and divisions between north and south, to name but three. ...
Zero-hours workers '£1,000 worse off a year' than employees image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 30th of December 2016 12:01:17 AM
....Zero-hours contracts are widely used by retailers such as Sports Direct and JD Sports, restaurants, leisure companies and hotels. The care industry is estimated to employ 160,000 workers on zero-hours contracts while the public sector, especially the health service, has increasingly adopted them. ...
Sugary drink taxes could be threatened by Trump administration, experts say image
....“I think there is going to be some battles to be fought to maintain ground and not lose ground,” said David Goldberg, a spokesperson for Healthy Food America (HFA), a key supporter of these taxes. In October, the World Health Organization urged all nations to consider a sugary drink tax to curb obesity, cut health care costs and increase revenue for health services. ...
UK's austerity welfare spending is closer to poorest nations of EU image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 21st of December 2016 05:54:50 PM
....1% of all benefits in the UK compared with 37. 2% for the health service and 10. ...
Problem gambling costs UK up to £1.2bn a year, says report image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 13th of December 2016 08:00:51 AM
....2bn a year, according to a report that its authors say should serve as a “wakeup call” to the government. The report, commissioned by charity GambleAware and written by the IPPR thinktank, charts the costs associated with problem gambling, such as mental health services, police intervention and homelessness. ...
Happiness depends on health and friends, not money, says new study image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 12th of December 2016 12:01:40 AM
....”. Layard rejected accusations that he was arguing against closing income inequalities but said improvements in mental health services would have a greater impact. ...
Cut fixed-odds betting stakes to £2, MPs urge image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 8th of December 2016 12:28:54 PM
....A report due to be published next week by the Institute for Public Policy Research will estimate the total cost of problem gambling to the public purse. The cost of secondary mental health services linked to gambling could be as high as £110m a year, the report will say, suggesting the overall cost is much higher. ...
Revealed: Rio Tinto's plan to use drones to monitor workers' private lives image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 8th of December 2016 01:19:54 AM
.... But civil liberty advocates have raised concerns that smart bins are capable of monitoring not just the quantity of rubbish, but what exactly is being thrown away. Sue Crock, the coordinator of the mining sector mental health service This Fifo Life, expressed concern about the impact of expanding the potential for surveillance at a time when mass layoffs have Rio Tinto employees fearing for their jobs. ...
Pfizer fined record £84.2m for overcharging NHS image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 7th of December 2016 07:20:15 AM
....The firms have between 30 days and four months to reduce the price to a level acceptable to the CMA, and two months to appeal against the CMA decision to the Competition Tribunal. The fine will go to the Treasury rather than the NHS directly, although the health service could try to seek damages. ...
Run the NHS and social care like John Lewis, says Frank Field image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 2nd of December 2016 06:00:08 AM
....The NHS and social care would be run by a John Lewis-style mutual organisation and funded by higher national insurance contributions, under a radical shakeup proposed by Labour MP Frank Field. The former welfare minister says a looming financial crisis could be tackled by making the NI system more progressive and earmarking the entire proceeds to pay for the health service and care for the elderly. ...
Tax avoidance: Philip Hammond pledges to retrieve £2bn image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 23rd of November 2016 05:45:27 PM
....Sue Robinson, an employment tax partner at the accountancy firm EY, said: “People who use such schemes for benefits such as health screening and mobile phones and tablets will be among those who see their tax bills rise. “Many of those benefits in kind are often portrayed as ‘perks’ for the higher paid, but the expansion of the salary sacrifice model over recent years will mean that large numbers of basic rate taxpayers will be impacted, particularly in sectors such as the health service. ...
Philip Hammond: a cautious, unflashy and quietly confident chancellor image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 22nd of November 2016 11:44:56 AM
....In recent years there have been two types of chancellor. Those like Osborne and Gordon Brown, who dominated domestic policy and used the Treasury’s influence to have a say in education, welfare, the health service; and those like Darling, who stuck more closely to the Treasury’s traditional role of setting economic policy and managing the public finances. ...
Mitie withdraws from healthcare as it issues second profit warning image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 21st of November 2016 09:37:09 AM
.... Cash-strapped local councils have been seeking price cuts from the loss-making business, McGregor-Smith said. McGregor-Smith said councils and the health service were not to blame for the care crisis because employment costs, including introducing the “national living wage”, had gone up by a third in the past three years as government funding had fallen sharply. ...
Neoliberalism: the deep story that lies beneath Donald Trump’s triumph | George Monbiot image
.... He lambasted progressive taxation and attempts by the state to raise the general welfare of citizens. He insisted that there is “an overwhelming case against a free health service for all” and dismissed the conservation of natural resources. ...
Virgin Care wins £700m contract to run 200 NHS and social care services image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 11th of November 2016 01:10:45 PM
....Sir Richard Branson’s health firm, Virgin Care, has won a £700m contract to deliver 200 types of NHS and social care services to more than 200,000 people in Bath and north-east Somerset. The contract, which was approved on Thursday, has sparked new fears about private health firms expanding their role in the provision of publicly funded health services. ...
200 before lunch image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 28th of October 2016 08:20:07 PM
....In recent weeks, 200 women and children have arrived before lunch every day. This surge has put a strain on the city's health services and municipal resources, and landed local authorities with a bill of more than $300,000 (£250,000). ...
Study says 850,000 UK public sector jobs could be automated by 2030 image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 24th of October 2016 11:01:07 PM
.... There are a million staff – 20% of the workforce – in these jobs, the report said. In the health service, the number of nurses has risen from 210,000 in 2001 to 274,000 in 2015. ...
Debts 'affect children's mental health' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 22nd of September 2016 12:39:44 PM
...."This is backed up by our historic £1. 4bn investment into improving children's mental health services and we are supporting schools to teach children about mental health and wellbeing. ...
More than 900,000 UK workers now on zero-hours contracts image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 8th of September 2016 09:34:44 AM
....Zero-hours contracts are widely used by retailers, restaurants, leisure companies and hotels. The care industry is estimated to employ 160,000 workers on zero-hours contracts while the public sector, especially the health service, has increasingly adopted the flexible contracts. ...
Are we on the verge of a crash in house prices? Only the data will tell | Danny Dorling image
....One billion pounds may sound like a lot, but the value of all the houses on an especially sought-after street in Chelsea can easily exceed that. Uncannily, it is also almost exactly the amount extra the UK would have to spend on its health service every week if we wanted to spend as much per head as they do in Germany. ...

NHS sets 50:50 gender quota to get more women in boardroom
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Thursday 11th of August 2016 05:00:00 AM
....The regulator is also in talks with 15 FTSE 100 companies, including Barclays and Vodafone about recruiting “top talent” to join the boards of NHS trusts as non-executives. The health service recently reported a deficit of £2. ...

Statins being rationed by NHS in 'desperate' bid to save cash
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Wednesday 10th of August 2016 09:00:00 PM
....The decision to restrict the heart drugs was last night attacked by health watchdogs, who said wider prescribing of the medication had been recommended to stop “lives being destroyed”. The restrictions emerged amid growing concern about rationing across the NHS, with increasing limits on surgery for cataracts, and hip and knee operations, as the health service faces the worst financial crisis in its history. ...

The NHS needs to take better care of itself
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Wednesday 10th of August 2016 09:25:28 AM
.... That will certainly save money in the short term because the NHS won’t have to pay hospitals to carry out those operations. The price is increasing suffering for those patients, and there is something badly amiss when a health service decides to increase suffering. ...

Rising numbers could face 'crippling pain' as NHS rationing spreads
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Tuesday 9th of August 2016 09:00:00 PM
....Increasing numbers of patients will be left to endure “crippling pain” as rationing spreads across the NHS, one of Britain’s most senior surgeons has warned. Stephen Cannon, Vice President of the Royal College of Surgeons said bans on all but the most urgent treatment would become “commonplace” without major changes to the funding of the health service. ...

The NHS has opened my eyes to a new system of fantastic healthcare
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Saturday 6th of August 2016 08:00:00 PM
.... In fact, closing down such a hospital, providing for free 70 different types of treatment, and at significantly lower cost to the NHS than anything it could itself provide, would, for people living across a large area of the West Country, be an unmitigated disaster. Opponents of what is scornfully dismiss as the “privatisation” of the health service like to claim that hospitals like this “cream off all the easy bits”, meaning those routine operations which can be costed in advance: not just on cataracts, hips, knees but even replacing heart valves (as happened recently to a friend of mine who was sent at NHS expense for three days of superb treatment and “excellent meals” to his local Nuffield private hospital). ...

NHS rationing set to worsen in attempt to close £22bn funding gap
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Friday 5th of August 2016 06:00:00 PM
. NHS treatments will need to be rationed and hospitals closed unless the health service makes unprecedented efficiency savings, a leading think-tank has said. ...

Girls with anorexia turned away by NHS because they are 'not thin enough'
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Wednesday 3rd of August 2016 12:17:42 PM
....Andrew Radford, chief executive of eating disorders charity Beat, said: early treatment increased the chance of recovery significantly. “When someone is told they don’t meet the criteria or that they aren’t ill enough yet, it only encourages the eating disorder to take hold, ultimately putting more distance between the individual and recovery, not to mention the increased cost to the health services. ...

NHS chief on record £60,000 a month as numbers 'off payroll' soar
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Tuesday 2nd of August 2016 09:00:00 PM
. A cash-strapped NHS trust has paid a temporary manager at rates of £60,000 a month – the highest in the history of the health service. ...

Teenage rape victim denied abortion in Mexico after judge rules attack was 'consensual' 
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....But the case judge in the state of Sonora instead accused the alleged rapist of “illegal sex with a minor” as he ruled that the man had gained the girl's consent by deception. The state health service has refused to allow the girl, named by local media as Citlali, to terminate the foetus - despite rape-related pregnancies being exempt from a ban on abortions . ...

Hospitals under pressure to cut pay bill after taking on 'too many' nurses
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....”. Earlier this month, Mr Mackey said the health service was “in a mess”. ...

Nuisance caller cost the taxpayer £78,000 by making 408 calls to the ambulance service in two years 
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....A woman who cost the taxpayer £78,000 by phoning ambulance service more than 400 times in two years has been jailed. Mariette Mcharg, 54, also cost the health service a further £94,611 in unscheduled care. ...

Holidaymakers in France warned to avoid Lyme disease-carrying chipmunks 
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....The newspaper Le Parisien pointed out that “tens of thousands of people, perhaps more” suffer from Lyme disease in France. Annie Okrzesik, 60, is one of a number of sufferers lobbying the French authorities to classify Lyme as a chronic disease, which would allow her to claim the cost of antibiotics from the health service. ...

Mother claims she has to restrain mentally-ill son, 24, with handcuffs due to 'lack of support from NHS'
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. A mother claims she has to put her mentally-ill son in handcuffs at home because of a lack of support from mental health services. ...

Two senior consultants investigated after NHS pays £1m bill for cancer patients they treated at ​their private clinic
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....A hospital trust has launched an investigation after patients of two senior consultants wer​e referred ​to their private clinic for treatment, costing the NHS up to £1million. Steve Pandey and Stephen Lake, clinical directors at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Trust, after facing the independent probe after it emerged the health service had paid for some cancer patients to be treated at Worcestershire Bowel Clinic. ...

NHS heavily criticised for lack of ambition to reduce bed-blocking
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Thursday 21st of July 2016 11:01:00 PM
....These include a new regime of special measures for trusts which are out of financial control. Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England, described the initiatives as a “reset” for the health service. ...

NHS mental health services to be given £1bn a year overhaul 
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Tuesday 19th of July 2016 07:10:37 PM
TTIP: EU-US trade deal faces major challenges image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 15th of July 2016 03:57:34 PM
.... . In the UK, there has been a particular concern that TTIP might lead to the irreversible privatisation of some health services, although following the UK referendum, that issue is now probably not about TTIP but about any agreement that the British government might negotiate directly with the US. ...
Sterling’s silver lining: Five-minute guide to the falling value of the pound image
....”Mortgage rates have also fallen sharply making your borrowing costs cheaper, but beware taking out a loan in a foreign currency if you plan to repay using sterling income, as you will be vulnerable to further currency swings. Britons keen to buy in retirement hotspots such as Spain may want to wait for the outcome of EU negotiations to see whether they can still retire in the country and use local health services. ...
First the Suez crisis, then the invasion of Iraq. And now this referendum image
.... But there is a difference between responding adequately and actually taking the knife to essential public services and exacerbating the reasons for that discontent – the legacy of George Osborne’s chancellorship. Did they really believe that money retrieved from the EU was going to be spent on the health service? Why, the egregious Farage was already resiling from that lying promise within hours of his unfortunate victory. ...
Virtual doctors  image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 22nd of June 2016 12:58:33 AM
....The idea of a "virtual doctor" project might sound rather futuristic. But the inspiration for this scheme to improve health services in Zambia began in very low-tech and unhappy circumstances. ...
George Osborne: vote for Brexit and face £30bn of taxes and spending cuts image
....On Tuesday, Jeremy Corbyn mounted an unusually forceful attack on Johnson and Nigel Farage over their claims to be defending the NHS, as he urged Labour voters to cast their ballot for remain. At a trade union event, he accused them of being “wolves in sheep’s clothing”g as they are actually putting the health service in jeopardy by campaigning to leave the EU. ...
Warren Buffett lunch costs $3,456,789 for anonymous bidder image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 11th of June 2016 04:15:50 PM
....His late wife Susie was involved with Glide and Buffett has maintained the relationship following her death in 2004. Glide serves more than 850,000 meals a year, provides housing and health services as well as helping people to break out of poverty. ...
The future of the NHS is in the hands of its workforce image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 1st of June 2016 06:45:16 AM
. The diverse NHS workforce is working tirelessly to meet an ever-increasing demand on the health service. ...
Flexibility is the new injustice inflicted on the working class image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 22nd of May 2016 08:00:37 AM
.... What is the junior doctors’ dispute if not a row about efficiency being put above the interests of family life?. For years, the health service has maintained a low basic wage for Monday-to-Friday daytime working and higher rates for other times of the day and week to persuade staff to work unsociable hours. ...
NHS in England reveals £2.45bn record deficit image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 20th of May 2016 10:29:20 AM
....9bn during the year, as part of ongoing efforts to control overspending and make Treasury-required productivity gains. Chris Hopson, the chief executive of NHS Providers, which represents hospital trusts, said: “Today’s report reveals how the combination of increasing demand and the longest and deepest financial squeeze in NHS history is maxing out the health service. ...
Cameron accepts TTIP amendment to mollify rebel Tory MPs image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 19th of May 2016 05:47:30 PM
....But members of the official campaign to leave the EU, Vote Leave, said they were not reassured by the statement. Steve Baker, one of the signatories on the amendment and a leading figure for Brexit, said that by accepting the amendment the government was conceding that the trade deal did represent a risk for Britain’s health service. ...
Gordon Brown could knock out Boris Johnson in a Brexit bout image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 15th of May 2016 05:59:17 AM
.... And, in a world containing the egregious Johnson, and the even more egregious Donald Trump, you knew not only that he meant it but that he could wipe the floor with such charlatans. Talking of charlatans, I am not sure where Johnson stands on the health service, but it does grate that his Brexit colleagues produce bogus claims about how they would redirect the UK’s contribution to the EU for spending on the NHS when they actually want to starve it of funds and privatise it. ...
Brexit ‘will put UK access to cutting-edge medicines at risk’ image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 7th of May 2016 07:50:14 PM
....”. Campaigners in favour of Brexit have claimed that the NHS will be under threat if the UK remains inside the EU because a massive EU/US trade deal, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, will mean health services have to compete with private health providers from the US and Europe. ...
David Cameron calls for political courage to seal TTIP deal image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 4th of May 2016 07:12:14 PM
....Cameron said concern over the possible impact on the NHS and public services was “the reddest of red herrings”. “The health service is completely protected under this agreement as it is under other agreements,” he told the Commons. ...
Alistair Darling: leaving EU could put £250bn of UK export trade at risk image
.... But he claimed that as Vote Leave has struggled to win the argument, and the remain camp has edged ahead in the polls, they have decided to switch their tactics. “From Johnson questioning President Obama’s ‘part-Kenyan ancestry’ to EU immigrants being blamed for the problems in everything from British schools to our health service to our prisons, every recent Vote Leave intervention has had immigration at its heart,” Mandelson said. ...
Petition against pharmacy closures gets a million signatures image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 1st of May 2016 06:59:26 PM
....“The vast support that the public has shown for community pharmacy by signing up in the hundreds of thousands to the petition shows just how valuable our services are as part of primary care in England. “Many of the most vulnerable people rely on community pharmacies for medicine, public health services and easily accessible healthcare advice. ...
'Independent' pharmacist's letter edited by Boots senior execs image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 29th of April 2016 02:12:11 PM
....The letter makes no mention of Boots’s involvement in its production, even though it repeatedly defends the company and the NHS schemes it has been exploiting for profit. The Guardian’s investigation prompted a flood of letters from Boots chemists, who condemned the company’s working practices and scalping of the health service. ...
Much like the Queen, we're all going to be working a lot longer image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 24th of April 2016 12:56:11 PM
.... The education system has to focus more on lifelong learning and on teaching people how to learn. The NHS has to live up to its name and become a genuine health service, because there is no real point in people living longer if they are going to be too ill or infirm to enjoy their 80s and 90s. ...
Much like the Queen, we're all going to be working a lot longer image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 24th of April 2016 12:56:11 PM
.... The education system has to focus more on lifelong learning and on teaching people how to learn. The NHS has to live up to its name and become a genuine health service, because there is no real point in people living longer if they are going to be too ill or infirm to enjoy their 80s and 90s. ...
Travellers warned to vaccinate or risk invalidating insurance image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 20th of April 2016 12:00:00 PM
....Travellers who fall ill with life-threatening tropical diseases, such as malaria and yellow fever, who failed to take adequate precautions could see claims for medical treatment refused by their insurance company. Most countries do not provide free health services and bills for even simple issues can quickly spiral. ...
Drug dealers using Instagram and Tinder to find young customers image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 7th of April 2016 08:27:22 AM
.... “The digital world has transformed the availability and threat of harmful drugs and we must adapt to these challenges,” says a National Police Chiefs’ Council spokesman. “Forces are committed to reducing the harm caused by drugs but cannot do this alone; prevention, education and health services all have a crucial role. ...
Turnbull's half-baked tax plan - it's really more about cutting services | Greg Jericho image
....Except state governments already do raise money, do have to produce annual budgets and are awarded credit ratings (Queensland and Western Australia, for example, have had theirs downgraded in the past few years). Essentially those in favour of this idea suggest it will mean state governments are more accountable to voters, because if states can raise or lower taxes they have a better determination over the level of education and health services in their state. ...
The UK cannot run Sweden’s welfare state with ​US tax levels image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 29th of March 2016 01:07:54 PM
.... Or, increasingly, most of the other big spending programmes. The health service will inevitably need substantial funding increases from 2020 onwards, following a decade in which its funding will have risen more slowly than at any time since it was created. ...
There’s a tax the chancellor doesn’t mention: it’s national insurance image
....What’s to be done? Treat us like grownups, scrap NI and raise the basic rate of income tax from 20% to 32%? We can be pretty sure that that budget speech will never be heard. Maybe we should look at returning to the principles behind the original 1911 National Insurance Act, which introduced sick-leave payments, a rudimentary health service and unemployment payments for working people. ...
Budget 2016: Are YOU a LOSER to George Osborne's spending cuts? image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 16th of March 2016 02:17:00 PM
....*The NHS. There was no additional funding announced for the health service, which critics said was a disgrace. ...
Unite says government is reluctant to exempt NHS from TTIP image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 13th of March 2016 01:21:38 PM
....Britain’s largest trade union claims government officials were reluctant to put protections for the NHS into a controversial transatlantic trade deal because the European commission would deem it incompatible with its negotiating strategy. Unite, which has been campaigning with others against what it regards as serious threats to the NHS from the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) deal between Europe and the US, is now calling on Brussels to state that the UK’s health service would be exempt from the potential impact of the deal. ...
NHS's first 'national guardian' resigns after two months image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 8th of March 2016 12:02:48 AM
....“The office of the national guardian is a vital element in the drive to change the culture of the NHS to one which welcomes and supports staff who raise concerns,” he said. The need for an independent national guardian for whistleblowers was first highlighted in Robert Francis’ review across the health service in 2014. ...
In or out, TTIP is a threat to democracy | Letters image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 3rd of March 2016 07:39:45 PM
.... However, unanimity is required for certain types of trade as specified in Article 207, Paragraph 4:. “The Council shall also act unanimously for the negotiation and conclusion of agreements: (a) in the field of trade in cultural and audiovisual services, where these agreements risk prejudicing the Union’s cultural and linguistic diversity; (b) in the field of trade in social, education and health services, where these agreements risk seriously disturbing the national organisation of such services and prejudicing the responsibility of Member States to deliver them. ...

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