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Tory Health chair says Theresa May risks allowing NHS crisis to worsen as she is ‘distracted by Brexit’

Tory MP Sarah Wollaston also said the Prime Minister’s claim that the NHS had been given “more funding than they required” was untrue

She declared Theresa May’s claim that “In fact, we gave [the NHS] more funding than they required” was untrue.

She said: “I don’t think that is strictly true. The term the government uses with a £10 billion figure, what that does just refer to is NHS England spending but there were transfers of other budgets into that which we would normally think of as health spending. It also refers to a longer time period – six years rather than five – so it changes the basis where we would calculate what’s called a ‘real terms increase’”

“So yes, you can see how the government’s reached that figure, but the committee felt that a fairer figure if we’re using the usual measures, was actually £4.5 billion which is a very different number.”

Click on the link to read more

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/tory-health-chair-says-theresa-9625970

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Family calls for review of NHS funding after girl denied kidney treatment

A 12-year-old girl who has been denied potentially life saving drug treatment, has prompted calls for a complete overhaul of NHS drug funding policy.

Abi Longfellow’s kidney disease is too rare to be treated with standard drug funding, but is not rare enough to qualify as an exceptional case and the funding that would bring. Abi spends 10 hours a day undergoing medical treatment and her parents say they just want her to lead a normal life and believe with the drug that would be a possibility.

ITV News Correspondent Damon Green went to meet Abi and her family in Wakefield. Click on the link.

http://www.itv.com/news/2015-06-01/family-calls-for-review-of-nhs-funding-after-girl-denied-kidney-treatment/?

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Abi spends 10 hours a day undergoing medical treatment Credit: ITV News

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Policy guide: Where the parties stand – Health and Care

This is a guide to political parties’ positions on key issues and will be updated as each manifesto is launched.

This issue includes NHS funding, GP access and social care, particularly of older people.

Click on the link to read

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election/2015/manifesto-guide#tab=issue!issue=health!party=!nation=uk

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NHS funding crisis: Boss warns of £75-a-night charge for a hospital bed

The NHS may have to start charging patients for the “hotel costs” of their hospital stay if the health service’s looming financial crisis is not addressed, senior health service managers have warned. Hospital bosses will need to “think the unthinkable” if future NHS funding fails to keep up with patient demand, said Rob Webster, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, which speaks on behalf of all health service commissioners and providers.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/nhs-funding-crisis-hospitals-may-have-to-charge-patients-for-stays-9778502.html

 

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