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    Warning: the cost of Brexit could seriously damage your health service

Warning: the cost of Brexit could seriously damage your health service

Leaving the EU would free up more money for the NHS, according to Leave campaigners. This pledge has been all but disowned – and in any case, writes Joan Costa-Font, Brexit will impose further costs on an already cash-strapped service. The biggest effect will be on wage bills, but it will also restrict choice for Britons and raise procurement costs.

Healthcare and the National […]

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    NHS Continuing Healthcare funding: anomalous, irregular, and often baffling

NHS Continuing Healthcare funding: anomalous, irregular, and often baffling

The boundary between health and social care continues to be a major issue, and is especially stark around long-term care and NHS continuing healthcare. Melanie Henwood explores the issues raised by a new report from the National Audit Office and highlights the major anomalies around fully funded care for some people, and means tested social care for others.

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    “Why should the people wait any longer?” How Labour built the NHS

“Why should the people wait any longer?” How Labour built the NHS

In the aftermath of the Second World War, Britain showed the world that a universal health care system was possible. Anthony Broxton gives a brief account of Nye Bevan’s vision and how he guided the National Health Service Act through parliament.

On the 5th July 1948, a young girl was admitted to Park Hospital in Manchester, to be treated for a […]

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    Britain’s surprising election: austerity and inequality make for angry and unpredictable voters

Britain’s surprising election: austerity and inequality make for angry and unpredictable voters

The unexpected result of the general election is just another case of voters punishing governments for their handling of the economy, writes Jonathan Hopkin. He argues citizens have had enough of an economic system that deliberately benefits only the few. Established political parties have failed to provide a vision for change, and so new political leaders who do so […]

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    WannaCry: the ransomware attack on the NHS and what we can learn from it

WannaCry: the ransomware attack on the NHS and what we can learn from it

The global malware infection WannaCry spread across computers in over 48 NHS organisations in May 2017, raising questions about how protected NHS data are. Matt Willis explains how these attacks happen and writes that, although healthcare organizations are a prime target, it is unlikely that the NHS was deliberately attacked.

On Friday, May 12 2017, a global malware infection of […]

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    Who’s serious about the NHS? Reviewing the Labour and Conservative pledges

Who’s serious about the NHS? Reviewing the Labour and Conservative pledges

What was intended to be a ‘Brexit election’ has turned into one focusing less on the negotiations and much more on health and social care. But do the manifestos grasp and address the real pressures the health service is under? Sally Ruane reviews the Labour and Conservative policies on funding, staffing, re-organisation, and privatisation.

The NHS is facing persistent […]

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    The manifestos on the NHS: sticking plasters for health and social care

The manifestos on the NHS: sticking plasters for health and social care

Tony Hockley reviews the Conservative and Labour pledges on health and social care and writes that both fail to offer a sustainable vision for long-term NHS funding. What’s worse, the two main parties continue to treat the NHS only as a treatment service, and so their promises neither reflect nor envision changes that would promote a more active living.

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    The Conservative manifesto and social care: policy-making on the hoof

The Conservative manifesto and social care: policy-making on the hoof

The Conservative Party manifesto plans for funding long-term care took most people by surprise. Melanie Henwood argues that the rapid unravelling of the proposals and the continued confusion raise fundamental questions both about the direction of policy and about the leadership of the Party.

One of the dangers in going for a snap election is that it catches everyone on […]