NHS waiting list in England could soar to 14 million as staffing and pay issues persist

Support us and go ad-free The NHS waiting list in England could rise to 14 million by autumn 2022 and keep increasing, a new report warns. Millions of patients didn’t receive care during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic due to overwhelmed health services. If they return for medical attention, then the number joining the waiting list …
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‘It’s your fault if I die’ – NHS staff recount abuse from patients

Support us and go ad-free NHS staff have published a video revealing the abuse they’ve received from patients, including slurs, swearing, racial abuse, and threats of legal action. Abused for caring The 90-second video by NHS Lanarkshire begins with a montage showing people clapping in March 2020 at the beginning of the pandemic when health …
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Drugs giants accused of charging NHS unfairly high prices

Support us and go ad-free Drugs firms Pfizer and Flynn have been accused by the UK’s competition watchdog of abusing their dominant positions to overcharge the NHS for anti-epilepsy medication in sky-high “overnight” price hikes. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said it has provisionally found that Flynn and Covid-19 vaccine maker Pfizer broke competition …
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Unison consults NHS workers on industrial action over 3% pay deal

Support us and go ad-free One of the UK’s largest trade unions is asking its NHS members if they want to accept a pay rise offered by the government, or oppose it and take industrial action. Unison has started a consultation into the proposed 3% pay rise for NHS staff announced by the government last …
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NHS is as stretched now as it was in January – health leaders

Support us and go ad-free According to health leaders, the NHS is as stretched now as it was at the height of the pandemic in January. They added that things will get worse before they get better. Summer crisis In a letter to prime minister Boris Johnson, chancellor Rishi Sunak, health secretary Sajid Javid, chief …
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The truth about the Tories’ NHS pay ‘rise’ was just exposed

Support us and go ad-free A trade union organisation has just exposed the Tories’ contentious pay rise for NHS workers for what it is: a pay cut. Because the meagre 3% the government is offering doesn’t make up for over a decade of pay freezes. NHS pay chaos This year, the Tory government has been …
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The Tories’ 3% NHS pay rise is even worse than it sounds

Support us and go ad-free NHS workers and unions have responded to the government’s confused, last-minute announcement of an “insulting” 3% pay rise with outrage. After inflation, the proposed pay ‘rise’ amounts to about 0.6%. The government has left many NHS staff – such as junior doctors – out of the proposed rise in pay. This …
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Anger over lack of announcement on NHS pay

Support us and go ad-free The government has come under attack for failing to announce an expected pay rise for NHS staff in England. Silence Unions representing NHS workers had been set to react to confirmation of a 3% increase following months of delay. But health minister Helen Whately made no mention of pay during …
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Our NHS nurses just did 800,000 people proud

Support us and go ad-free On Tuesday 20 July, a group of NHS workers visited Downing Street. And on behalf of over 800,000 people, they told Boris Johnson that enough is enough over the dire state of NHS pay. Oh, and a certain former Labour leader also helped out. NHS Workers Say sign our petition …
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We need real opposition to stop Sajid Javid’s Health and Care Bill wrecking the NHS

Support us and go ad-free In October 2020 and March 2021, The Canary reported on an attempted right-wing takeover of the Socialist Health Association (SHA) which would silence Labour opposition to NHS privatisation. The SHA was instrumental in establishing the NHS in 1948. This week, the Tory-sponsored Health and Care Bill passed its second reading in …
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