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Politics: Fund NHS Today or We’re In Trouble

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Today’s Budget will be the only hope to fund a secure future for the NHS over the next few years as every avenue for maintaining the health service under existing financial constraints has already been exhausted. The evidence is clear, with NHS England now resorting to optimistic regulations and specific instructions to hospitals to try to avoid the chaos that…

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NHS: 90 MPs Demand Cash for Health Service

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Ninety MPs including 30 Tories have united across party lines to demand urgent action from Theresa May’s minority Government to preserve the NHS in Wednesday’s budget. The call to save the NHS was backed by Sarah Wollaston, the Conservative chair of the House of Commons health committee, the Lib Dem former Health Minister Norman Lamb and Labour’s former Shadow Care Minister Liz Kendall.…

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NHS: Nurses Coming to Aid the Poor

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Britain’s largest nursing union has formed a unique partnership with the organisation most recognised for representing homelessness. The Royal College of Nursing has begun a three-year sponsorship of the Big Issue magazine to try to ease the social burden of rough sleepers and those left destitute. The deal will see the RCN logo of two hands featured prominently on the red…

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NHS: More A&E and GP Surgeries To Close

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Dozens of A&E units, GP surgeries and walk-in centres have been earmarked for closure because of the NHS’s financial woes, understaffing and modernisation plan, a new report has revealed. NHS bodies have decided in the last four months alone to shut or downgrade at least 70 services across England, the campaign group 38 Degrees has discovered. They include maternity units and…

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NHS: The Fitbit That Keeps Me Healthy

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The NHS plans to issue thousands of overweight people with activity-tracking wristbands and smartphone apps to try to encourage them to exercise more. The Fitbit monitor – which is worn as a wristband and can also be used as a watch – will be used to keep accurate records of daily activity in thousands of overweight people in an effort…

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NHS: Should No-Show Patients Be Punished?

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Most family doctors would like to see fines imposed on patients who fail to show up to appointments, a poll has found, although many GPs feared the penalty would probably hit the most vulnerable patients. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt expressed “in principle” support for such fines two years ago but the idea received a mixed reaction from most doctors and was…

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