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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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Doctors have called for the controversial health and social care bill be withdrawn all together as it’s plans are inadequate to protect the NHS.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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After months of objections from politicians and charities, Health Secretary Andrew Lansley yesterday confirmed that the cancer networks, which help aid Primary Care Trusts in the treatment of cancer patients, will be safe when reforms are put into place. Until now Lansley had made clear that it would be up to the proposed GP consortiums as to which services would receive funding, but last night he announced that the government, “will fund and support cancer networks in 2012-13, (and) the NHS commissioning board will thereafter continue to support strengthened cancer …