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The NHS IT system that was developed while Labour was in power is finally going to be scrapped. The coalition has decided that it is best to get out now and prevent any further funds being lost. The total amount of money wasted – taxpayer’s money – is said to be in the region of £12 billion. Some people think the true cost could be far higher.
The National Audit Office had already reported that it was unwise to pour more money into a scheme that has been beset by delays …

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It’s been a lament echoed by parents over the millennia – that you don’t get taught how to be a parent.  Well, if the latest government plans come to fruition then that might well be a thing of the past.
Prime Minister, David Cameron, has long been arguing that much of the problems in the country are caused by the lack of ability by some parents to bring up children with acceptable moral boundaries.  Further fuelled by last month’s riots, plans are now being drawn up that will allow the NHS …

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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 financial situation imposed on the NHS seems to have had an effect on waiting lists. Recent figures state that more people now have to wait longer to get essential tests performed on the NHS. This comes after the record low that was experienced just last year.
The most telling statistic concerned May’s figures when compared to those issued a year earlier. In May 2010, 3,378 people were waiting for longer than six weeks to have essential tests done. In May 2011 this figure had risen markedly to 15,667. This figure …

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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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NHS Reforms and What They Mean to YouSome of Andrew Lansley’s NHS reforms are already being implemented across the country. The head of a doctors’ group said that new GP consortium’s have taken over from managers across the country, and are attempting to save money improve patient care by reducing pressure on hospitals.
These changes have been bitterly criticised by health professionals and MPs who fear it could lead to ‘back door privatisation’, hence the Prime Minister has ‘paused’ the passing of the bill.
Dr John Lister, director of the London Health …

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David Cameron has announced that, unless there are radical changes throughout the NHS, it faces a funding crisis within the next four years. In a speech to NHS staff in Ealing yesterday he declared that sitting back and sticking with the “status quo” would create a funding gap of £20 billion. The PM stated that a crisis in funding would lead to over-crowded wards and fewer treatments before adding that borrowing more money was not a solution because we, “can’t afford to,” and asking people to start paying at the …