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Privatising the NHS is wrong. It’s wrong because it wastes billions of pounds of taxpayers’ hard-earned money, it’s wrong because it has been proven to be less efficient, and it’s … Read more

The BMJ reports that Hammersmith and Fulham CCG, which hosts the GP at Hand digital GP service, is cutting the funding for extended hours appointments available to patients at other … Read more

The last month has seen patient numbers at the digital-first Babylon GP at Hand practice surge, according to local CCG board papers seen by Pulse, following a London-wide advertising campaign … Read more

A major issue with private companies being awarded contracts for the NHS is that private companies need to make a profit. The companies have owners and shareholders that demand a … Read more

A trust reduced its “core bed base” by nearly 40 in the run up to last winter, when its emergency department endured severe problems and intervention by inspectors, it has … Read more

Over 750 practices could close within the next five years because they are relying on GPs approaching retirement, the RCGP has warned. The college fears that this would have a … Read more

Full story in The Guardian, 17 September 2018 Patients with serious mental health problems are being sent more than 300 miles away from their home areas because of widespread bed … Read more

Full story in HSJ, 17 September 2018 Under the preferred option, set out by commissioners, Medway Foundation Trust will lose its stroke services with three HASUs at Darent Valley Hospital, in Dartford, … Read more

Full story in The Guardian, 15 September 2018 Thousands of nurses, therapists and psychiatrists are quitting NHS mental health services, raising serious doubts about ministerial pledges to dramatically expand the workforce. Two … Read more

Data reported by the Labour Party shows that cuts to council budgets for addiction services have led to lowest number of people receiving treatment for alcohol dependency in a decade … Read more

Full story in BBC News: 11 September 2018 The shortage of NHS staff in England has started worsening again, official figures show. One in 11 posts is vacant with the … Read more

Full story in The Guardian, 31 August 2018 NHS bosses have urged hospitals to send patients to be treated by private healthcare firms in a bid to reduce the increasing … Read more

The severe shortage of beds for children and young people with serious mental health problems means that they are being treated as far as 285 miles away from their homes, … Read more

Research by the Labour Party has found that almost half of maternity units at hospitals in England were closed to expectant mothers at least once during 2017. The party say … Read more

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