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Andy Burnham’s car crash interview shows why Labour can’t be trusted with the NHS

28 January 2015 9:44

If Labour is weaponising the NHS, maybe it needs to sharpen its tools. Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham had a difficult and ill-tempered interview on Newsnight yesterday about what he… Continue reading

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No, the Tories aren't killing off the NHS.

Labour’s new political broadcast uses a veteran to promote NHS scare stories

21 January 2015 17:11

Now we know what ‘weaponising’ the NHS looks like: a World War II veteran. Labour has released an emotive party political broadcast via Mirror Online starring Harry Leslie Smith. The… Continue reading

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No, the Tories aren't killing off the NHS.

The coalition government is not blame for the latest NHS ‘crisis’

18 January 2015 11:29

Of all the accusations thrust at the Conservatives by Labour over the NHS in recent weeks, their weakest has been the attempt to blame the Government’s reforms to the NHS… Continue reading

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Obesity a disability? Only lawyers will benefit from the ECJ’s farcical classification

15 January 2015 10:59

Real disability is humbling for those who have to live with it and those who care for the disabled. A true disability — degenerative neurological disease, for instance — involves… Continue reading

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The real reason GPs are grumpy: the robots are coming for them

15 January 2015 10:18

There’s something wrong with the relationship between patients and their GPs. I’ve spent much of this winter in my local surgery, what with one thing and another, sitting among the… Continue reading

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The Tories are likely to ‘weaponise’ in the lead up to the election

14 January 2015 17:46

David Cameron did, as James says, manage to avoid debating the rather more electorally damaging issue of the A&E crisis at Prime Minister’s Questions today because Ed Miliband chose to… Continue reading

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Prime Minister David Cameron Delivers A Speech On Immigration

Tories drop weak policy areas for ‘six election priorities’ launch

12 January 2015 8:24

Why have the Conservatives left out immigration and the NHS – two of the three issues that voters consistently cite as the most important in forming their decision about who… Continue reading

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Private companies can deliver exactly what the NHS needs

9 January 2015 16:51

The end of the private management of Hinchingbrooke Hospital is not a dagger in the heart of NHS competition and reform. It does not mean, as the BBC’s business editor… Continue reading

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When the NHS is treated like a religion, is it any wonder whistleblowers are considered pariahs?

9 January 2015 12:21

I will start by publicly apologising to Professor Meirion Thomas; in a moment of folly, I erroneously signed a petition decrying his alleged ‘disrespect’ of colleagues, in the wake of… Continue reading

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Circle’s exit from Hinchingbrooke is a serious blow to competition in the NHS

9 January 2015 10:54

This morning’s announcement by Circle that it will be leaving the contract to run Hinchingbrooke Hospital makes it even more difficult politically for anyone who believes in greater competition in… Continue reading

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What will happen if either Cameron or Miliband win a majority?

Podcast: the 2015 campaign begins, Charlie Hebdo and Britain’s A&E crisis

8 January 2015 7:09

Will the next Parliament be impossible to handle? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, James Forsyth and Compass’ Neal Lawson discuss the latest Spectator cover feature on the challenges facing Ed… Continue reading

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PMQs sketch: In which today’s big loser is the NHS

7 January 2015 16:45

Everyone predicted a sombre PMQs. It was anything but. A mood of opportunistic and lacerating silliness dominated today’s exchanges. The NHS – poor thing – was fought over like a… Continue reading

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A & E just saved my son’s life. Let’s not forget how important it is

7 January 2015 15:30

We were lucky. The ambulance came in half an hour. By then my teenage son Edward was unconscious. He’d had a headache the day before, but by the evening he… Continue reading

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PMQs: Playing Punch and Judy with the NHS

7 January 2015 14:52

Today’s PMQs was, predictably, about the NHS. But the Punch and Judy nature of the session seemed particularly small in the light of events in Paris. After expressions of solidarity… Continue reading

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Public Inquiry Into Stafford Hospital Scandal Resumes

Labour seeks urgent question on A&E crisis

7 January 2015 10:15

Andy Burnham has put in a request for an urgent question on the A&E crisis, I have learned. The question, which the Speaker has yet to decide whether or not… Continue reading

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How will Ed Miliband use the A&E crisis at PMQs?

7 January 2015 9:47

Towards the end of 2014, David Cameron was finding PMQs ‘boring’. He knew that it was turning into a session where each week both he and Ed Miliband basically said… Continue reading

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Ambulance-melting

The A&E crisis must be all my fault, obviously

7 January 2015 8:35

A preview of Hugo Rifkind’s column in this week’s Spectator, out tomorrow… Oh, I see. So it’s my fault. There I was, thinking that the general swamping and near collapse… Continue reading

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Does anyone in London actually know how the Barnett Formula works?

6 January 2015 11:49

We’ve just had two years of intensive constitutional politics. Time enough, you’d think, for even London-based politicians and commentators to work out how British politics actually works. But if you… Continue reading

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Is the NHS ‘crisis’ too complex for politicians to solve?

6 January 2015 8:56

Is the NHS in crisis, or isn’t it? Jeremy Hunt doesn’t want to use the word, telling the Today programme that ‘there’s a huge amount of pressure’, while Norman Lamb… Continue reading

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How not to be taken for a mug by misleading health stories this New Year

31 December 2014 16:25

The Christmas/New Year period is always fun for health balls. Because we like drinking lots of wine and eating lots of chocolate around this time of year, newspapers like to… Continue reading

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PMQs sketch: Three senior politicians are accused of mass murder

17 December 2014 16:53

Time travel came to PMQs today. The leaders discussed what year it will be in 2020. The answer, naturally, isn’t 2020. Ed Miliband quoted the OBR and claimed that the… Continue reading

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Day Four - The Labour Party Holds Its Annual Party Conference

Who privatised Hinchingbrooke hospital? And does it matter?

10 December 2014 17:06

When it comes to rows about the NHS, these days it doesn’t rain, it pours. In fact, fights between the parties about who cares more/privatised the most are turning into… Continue reading

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Jeremy Hunt and Andy Burnham’s NHS battle heats up

8 December 2014 17:49

Two politicians unashamedly and eternally at one another’s throats are Jeremy Hunt and Andy Burnham, scrapping over who cares more about ‘Our NHS’. Today Hunt has written to Burnham complaining… Continue reading

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Surgical league tables: no, thank you

2 December 2014 9:50

After the Bristol Heart Scandal in the 1990’s, the speciality of cardiac surgery rose to the occasion, leading the way in publishing individual surgeon’s mortality figures and self-audit, which made… Continue reading

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Tories to shut up about immigration and talk about the economy instead

30 November 2014 11:23

There is a simple political test for the autumn statement, does it make the economy Topic A again? The Tories’ election strategy relies on the economy being the dominant issue… Continue reading

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