NHS news review

Conservative and Liberal-Democrat coalition hypocrisy is seen in recent NHS news with Andrew Lansley saying “The government’s commitment to our NHS is strong and enduring. Labour would cut our NHS in spite of the increasing demands on the service. The damage this would be doing from [1 April] would be immense. They would leave ***our*** NHS in crisis.”



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A few recent news articles concerning the UK’s Conservative and Liberal-Democrat coalition government – the ConDem’s – brutal attack on the National Health Service.

‘Kids will die’ warning on Leeds heart unit closure – Latest News – Yorkshire Evening Post

CHILDREN will die if Leeds loses its heart surgery service, top doctors have warned.

Half the city’s intensive care beds for the sickest youngsters would also close.

And operations on adults with congenital heart problems would no longer be able to be carried out in Leeds.

The unit at Leeds General Infirmary is under threat because of a national review of children’s heart surgery which is suggesting that several of the 11 centres should close.

NHS reforms could worsen postcode lottery, managers warn – Telegraph

In some of its harshest criticisms to date, the NHS Confederation says there are “significant risks” in the Government’s plans as well as an “absence of detail” regarding how they will be implemented.

The umbrella group says the drive to improve local decisions will mean more “variability of access to services”, while competition based on price is “likely” despite ministers’ assurances.

It comes as a new survey of GPs finds that three-quarters want limits place on the involvement of the private sector in healthcare and more than half have no confidence in the Health Secretary, Andrew Lansley.

‘Don’t fool about with NHS,’ say protest unions (From The Bolton News)

NHS staff will stage protests tomorrow outside the Royal Bolton Hospital and Lever Chambers Centre for Health in the town centre against Government cuts.

Nurses, midwives, porters and administration staff will be among those holding the demonstrations, which are a local follow-up to the huge national march in London.

Health staff were among more than 400 people from Bolton who joined an estimated 400,000 protesters fighting government cuts in the capital on Saturday.

Labour ”would have made £2.6bn NHS cut” – Public Service

Labour would have been making cuts to the NHS if it had remained in power, the Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has said.

With David Cameron insisting at Prime Minister’s Questions that spending in real terms on the NHS will continue to rise under the coalition government – it will increase by more than the rate of inflation – Lansley wrote to Labour leader Ed Miliband to say that Labour would have cut England’s NHS budget by around £2.6bn in 2011.

Lansley said: “The government’s commitment to our NHS is strong and enduring. Labour would cut our NHS in spite of the increasing demands on the service. The damage this would be doing from [1 April] would be immense. They would leave our NHS in crisis.”

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