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NHS

Investment in the NHS

Posted on: 15th August 2019

I’m grateful the local Conservative MP drew attention to my comments about the importance of investment in the NHS in his column last week. I’ll leave you to decide whether he misunderstood or deliberately misrepresented what I said. But I don’t apologise for saying that proper investment in our NHS is a higher priority than […]

Cornwall should welcome NHS announcement – even if it’s from Johnson’s magic money-lending tree!

Posted on: 5th August 2019

Today’s hospital funding announcement confirms imminent General Election The Johnson Government is making an extra £850 million available for future capital spending on NHS hospitals. This includes nearly £100 million for the long awaited and long promised rebuilding of the seriously deficient Princess Alexandra Maternity wing at Treliske, Truro. Facilities in the wing have become […]

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We celebrated the 70th birthday of our NHS a year ago

Posted on: 18th July 2019

We celebrated the 70th birthday of our NHS a year ago. At the time, health campaigners like me also pointed out the NHS was more debt-ridden, under-staffed and crisis-managed than at any time in its history. To deflect criticism the PM, Theresa May, announced £billions more for the service. The media were immediately taken in […]

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Using Edward Hain Hospital as a day centre

Posted on: 11th April 2019

Using Edward Hain Hospital as a day centre rather than as a Hospital is to help the Conservatives save face. But we want our Hospital back. Inpatient beds and vital medical services are desperately needed.

Edward Hain – we need a hospital, not just a day centre!

Posted on: 1st April 2019

“Using Edward Hain Hospital as a day centre is just an attempt to save the embarrassment of the Conservative Government and local MPs. We want our Hospital back. With desperately needed inpatient beds and vital medical services.” Former MP and health campaigner Andrew George was commenting on news that the Edward Hain Pilot Project will […]

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Comment on Edward Hain Hospital

Posted on: 23rd January 2019

Copy of my comment on the launch of the Edward Hain announcement: Though this doesn’t amount to the re-opening of Edward Hain as a Hospital with the inpatient beds our area desperately needs, this is nonetheless welcome. It’s now an Age UK Day Centre with important OT and Physio services. A welcome and an important […]

Fireworks

Let’s make 2019 a year of change for the better

Posted on: 2nd January 2019

A new year. But will it be a new dawn? We can of course hope, wish and pray. But let’s also WORK in 2019 to build a better future for young people. Health and Education Let’s save our NHS by halting the cuts and pressures. Stop private companies ‘cherry-picking’ the profitable bits. Put patients before […]

Migrant nurse surcharge hike – ‘morally bankrupt’, says RCN

Posted on: 31st December 2018

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has warned that the fee for using NHS for nurses from outside the European Economic Area will double to £400 from tomorrow (Jan 2019). This will discourage nurse recruitment at exactly the time the NHS needs them most. RCN acting general secretary Dame Donna Kinnair: ‘These fees can tear […]

Copy of a picture of campaign team with one of the regions MPs, former Health Minister Ben Bradshaw MP.

Chancellor must give our NHS the money the PM promised

Posted on: 29th October 2018

Following a successful lobby of Parliament last week, local NHS campaigners are calling on the Chancellor to give the NHS the £20 billion the Prime Minister promised. The cross/non-Party campaign met scores of MPs and pressed the case for the NHS to receive funding to help pay off the massive debt, release the intolerable pressure […]

News Update

Posted on: 25th October 2018

Our NHS has never faced greater threat nor been as debt-ridden in its 70 years than it is now. Yet Westminster is so preoccupied with Brexit, the impact of Universal Credit cuts and gossip about leadership challenges (assassinations even!) that it has almost forgotten why it should care about our NHS. I returned to the […]