The Sunday Mirror columnist and former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott has nothing but contempt for private healthcare vultures seeking to feast on the NHS (NHS will charge a fee over my dead body - whatever 'Labour' traitors and private healthcare vultures...
Mike McNamara's insight:
Some good words spoken here about the fundamentals of the NHS and what it is really about.
Radical plans to increase national insurance contributions to plug a looming £30bn a year "black hole" in NHS funding and pay the spiralling costs of care for the elderly are being examined by Labour's policy review.
The Observer has learnt that the idea is among options being considered to ensure NHS and care costs can be met under a future Labour government, without it having to impose crippling cuts on other services in successive budgets.
Senior party figures have confirmed that a scheme advanced by the former Labour minister Frank Field – under which funds from increased NI would be paid into a sealed-off fund for health and care costs – is being examined, though no decisions have been taken.
Recent figures based on data from NHS England and the Nuffield Trust and produced by the Commons library suggest that NHS costs alone will go from £95bn a year now to more than £130bn a year by 2020.
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Yeovil Hospital has welcomed the results of the latest NHS inpatient survey, with the vast majority of local patients reporting an overwhelmingly positive experience.
Nearly 450 people who were admitted into the hospital during 2013 responded to the survey, conducted by the national care watchdog the Care Quality Commission. They were asked 70 questions about every element of their hospital experience, from arrival to discharge, with the results combined to provide a percentage score for each question.
9 April 2014 The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is asking people who use and run health and adult social care services and the public at large for views on the regulator’s plans for inspecting and rating care services.
The NHS faces a “financial crisis” next year as a budget freeze imposed by the Coalition risks pushing most hospital trusts into deficit, a leading think-tank has warned.
In a grim message to all three major parties, the King’s Fund said that whoever wins next May’s general election will need to find more funding for the NHS or face up to the reality of “significant cuts to services.
The future of the health service is at risk unless politicians come up with radical solutions to the crisis in the coming months, it warns
Liz Kendall MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Care and Older People, responding to the King’s Fund’s quarterly monitoring report on hospital finances on Tuesday, said: “Today’s warning from the King’s...
Research claims 15% drop in average daily consumption of salt in England between 2003 and 2011 played an important role in fewer stroke and coronary heart disease fatalitiesDeclining consumption of salt in recent years has been the key factor in...
STORTFORD, Sawbridgeworth and Much Hadham will be the focus of a month-long investigation into patients’ difficulties getting an appointment at their GP surgery.
Healthwatch Herts, set up last April to be an independent voice by representing residents views on how the NHS and social care should work in the county, is about to launch the new initiative.
The most frequent issue that the organisation hears about is difficulties getting appointments at GP surgeries and so working closely with doctors and other health care professionals, Healthwatch has set up the month-long intensive survey to find out what works and what does not.
The organisation is focusing work around Bishops Stortford, Sawbridgeworth and Much Hadham, talking to local groups, like carers and those with learning disabilities, and taking to the streets.
The outgoing chief executive of NHS Wales has defended the service’s performance in the country under his watch as he prepares to return to a leadership position within the English health service.
David Sissling, who has stepped down from the senior role in order to become chief executive of Kettering General Hospital Trust, told HSJ that under a range of performance measures, the Welsh service showed a “positive pattern”.
The Welsh NHS has recently come under criticism for its performance in a number of key measures, such as waiting times. In November 2013 only 88.4 per cent of patients requiring hospital treatment were treated within 26 weeks. The Welsh government’s target is for 95 per cent to be treated within this time.
Dame Julie Mellor believes over-65s either fear a backlash if they raise issues or don't like making fussOlder people might be "suffering in silence" under NHS care because they are reluctant to complain about the care they receive, the...