A government minister has proposed setting up an inquiry to consider whether we need to move away from a tax-payer funded NHS to one that relies on insurance or co-payments. One reader's open letter to her MP.
The NHS promises yet more mythical savings to unlock a few crumbs from the Chancellor's red box. Meanwhile its deficit soars to Greek levels – and the shadow of more NHS charges stalks the policy corridors…
The Bill, which was last week backed by the British Medical
Association, seeks to reinstate the NHS based on its founding principles and
rid our health service of the inefficiencies and fragmentation of the
The greatest reward of being a doctor - relating to patients as fellow complicated human beings - has been lost amidst the growth of tick-box, corporatised management that treats all doctors as if they were 'duffers'.
The bizarre wranglings of both EU and US politicians on 'trade deals' show they're caught between the rock of public opinion and the hard place of corporate might. Meanwhile other corporate-driven trade deals are being worked on in the shadows.
Independent work on safer ratios of nurses to patients across the NHS, was a key recommendation of the Francis inquiry into failings at Stafford hospital. This week, the government quietly shut that work down.
The Lib Dems have withdrawn their support for their own candidate in health secretary Jeremy Hunt's seat. But will second favourite, the National Health Action Party candidate, now pick up Lib Dem voters with no official candidate to vote for - or will arcane rules keep voters in the dark?