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The Labour party have accused David Cameron of worsening inequality within the NHS.
Labour say that poorer areas such as Manchester and Liverpool are going to lose funding but affluent areas such as Surrey and Oxfordshire are set to gain money. They also argue that those areas set to gain are predominantly Conservative compared to the Labour dominated North West.
The figures have been brought about due to a significant way in which Primary Care Trusts are allocated resources and the weighting given to “health inequalities.”
By changing the weighting from 15% to …

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One of the main pledges that David Cameron made in his pre-election manifesto last year – a manifesto that eventually got him into 10 Downing Street as the Prime Minister – was to increase spending on the NHS. He pledged that the spending would increase in ‘real terms’ every single year.
However figures recently released by the Treasury have revealed that in the very first year of the coalition government, spending on the NHS has dropped. Spending has decreased by £0.8 billion over the twelve month period, leading Labour to criticise …

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The cost of the government’s NHS reforms is rising by £1m a day according to new figures.
In a spreadsheet released by the Department of Health last week, it was revealed that the cost is now set to reach £1.49bn, a rise of £160m since the last estimate 6 months ago.
The health bill has since undergone scrutiny from the future forum, a committee set up to revise and advise on plans after criticism over the range of plans.
Analysis by the Health Service Journal suggests that moving control of budgets to Gps …

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From April 2012, NHS patients in England will have more choice about where they can go for treatment.
In effect, this means that once a patient has been referred from the relevant first port of call – in most instances this will be their GP – they will be able to make a choice about where they will be treated, and by whom.  Providers will have to be qualified, registered and licensed to provide their particular service, and will have to have agreed to accept current NHS fees.  The choices open …

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In his speech to the NHS Confederation conference in Manchester, Andrew Lansley called on NHS managers to “regain the momentum” on restructuring the health service, following changes to the health and social care bill.
“The pause is over. It’s now time to act,” he stated.
Lansley described the listening exercise as “an unusual step”, but said the bill has been improved as a result of pause, which was carried out by the Future Forum group led by Professor Steve Field. The health secretary also said the pause had helped the government to …

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Today the NHS celebrated its 63rd birthday. The NHS opened it’s doors to the British public on July 5th 1948 on the premise that good healthcare would be made available for all, regardless of wealth and class.
The service was launched by Health secretary Aneurin Bevan at Park hospital in Manchester. It was the first time that multiple health services including, doctors, nurses, pharmacists and dentists were combined under one roof and fee at the point of delivery, as it is today.
However, those opposed to the recent attempts at NHS reform …

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Doctors have called for the controversial health and social care bill be withdrawn all together as it’s plans are inadequate to protect the NHS.
At the British Medical Association’s (BMA) annual conference doctors’ representatives expressed disappointment that changes to the bill, agreed by ministers after the NHS Future Forum report, do not go far enough, adding that plans, “fail to satisfactorily address the concerns of the profession.”
Furthermore, the conference ignored the reassurance of the BMA leader Dr Hamish Meldrum, who warned that calls to withdraw the bill altogether would jeopardize the BMA’s …

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Labour has condemned the NHS reforms process as “rushed and reckless,” as the coalition decide not to allow full scrutiny of the reform amendments.
Shadow health secretary John Healey said, “The way David Cameron’s government is dealing with the NHS and parliament is a disgrace,” before adding, “NHS patients and staff have seen a wasted year of chaos, confusion and incompetence. It’s clear today this will continue, with the NHS set to be deeply mired in more centralisation, more complex bureaucracy and more wasted cost in the years to come.”
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Approximately a third of all hospital trusts are not meeting the eighteen week deadline for treating patients following referral.
More than a quarter of patients in the worst performing area, Hastings and Rother in Sussex, wait longer than 18 weeks for treatment and over the last 12 months, the number of trusts with this problem has doubled, which has led to calls for hospital closures.
Peter Carter, head of the Royal College of Nursing, said of the situation, “In our metropolitan areas we have far too many acute hospitals. That’s a drain …

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NHS reforms could create the “greatest quango in the sky” unless GP’s are quick to take on the responsibility for commissioning care for their patients, according to Sir David Nicholson, Chief Executive of the NHS.
Now that the 2013 deadline for GP take over of commissioning has been relaxed, there are growing concerns that many localities will be in a continual state of planning which could affect patient care.
Sir David writes that reforms could result in the continuing “planning blight” that has affected the health service since changes were announced. “This …