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A Greater Manchester hospital has become the first in the UK to offer addiction treatment to all of its patients that smoke.
Students who qualify from a Greater Manchester university and go on to work for a minimum of five years could get their bursaries repaid, according to a proposed plan in the north west from the city’s new mayor Andy Burnham.
The government’s 1% annual pay rise cap for nurses is “damaging” and, if continued, risks the NHS losing the goodwill of staff who are holding the health service together in the face of “unprecedented” strain, Labour MPs have warned during a debate.
Labour MP Andy Burnham has pledged to keep bursaries for student nurses if he becomes the Mayor of Greater Manchester.
Labour’s new party leader Jeremy Corbyn has appointed Luciana Berger as shadow minister for mental health in a newly created position.
Lewisham East MP Heidi Alexander has been appointed shadow health secretary, replacing Andy Burnham, who is now shadow home secretary.
Shadow heath secretary Andy Burnham has pledged not to cut unsocial hours payments for NHS staff if Labour wins the general election, but said he still planned to introduce a “seven-day service” that provides care for people at whatever time they require.
The shadow health secretary has promised to repeal the Health and Social Care Act 2012 before the summer because he claims it has put the “wrong values” at the centre of the NHS.
Labour has pledged to shield voluntary sector organisations from the effects of its “NHS preferred provider” policies by giving not-for-profit providers “longer and more stable arrangements”.
A “new arm of the NHS” in the form of 5,000 “homecare workers” would be created by Labour were the party to win the general election.
Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham has called on the government to hold an “urgent” summit to address the growing pressures facing the healthcare system this winter.
The government has announced that an extra £300m will be redirected to measures designed to help the NHS cope with winter pressures, including boosting staff numbers and services, particularly at weekends.
The growing financial stress on the NHS is “not sustainable”, with the government forced to plough more than half a billion pounds of emergency cash into struggling health trusts last year, auditors have warned.
A Labour government would use pay restraint and make “difficult choices” about the wages of NHS frontline staff if the party wins the election next year, Andy Burnham has said.
A “challenging winter” has been forecast for the NHS in England, as a leading health think-tank’s latest quarterly report found evidence of “worrying” declines in levels of morale among staff.
The number of hospitals failing to meet cancer waiting time targets has trebled in just one year, Labour has warned.
Labour is accusing David Cameron of misleading the public over his plans to privatise the NHS in England and call for contracts putting the service “up for sale” to be frozen until after the general election.
Health unions, regulators and other nursing organisations have largely welcomed the publication of safe staffing advice for nursing care on adult inpatient wards in acute hospitals.
Nearly 4,000 managers have been rehired by health service organisations since being made redundant during the government’s NHS re-organisation, according to latest figures.
The NHS is a “demoralised, degraded and confused” health service two years into a government re-organisation, shadow health minister Andy Burnham has claimed.
A care worker received a standing ovation at the Labour Party conference this week as she made an impassioned plea for more time to care for her patients.
NHS spends £1.4bn on redundancy pay-offsSubscription
Ministers have been accused of wasting £1.4bn of NHS funding on redundancy pay-offs.
The NHS in England has lost more than 5,000 nurses in just three years, official figures show.
English nursing posts down by 1,000 in a monthSubscription
The number of nursing posts in the health service has declined by almost 1,000 in just one month.
The political fallout from the publication of Sir Bruce Keogh’s report into 14 failing hospital trusts continues, with Labour and the Conservatives seeking to blame each other over the scandal.
The NHS is using an increasing number of zero hour contracts which could lead to “casualisation” of the workforce in the health service, Labour has warned.
The overwhelming majority of staff in the NHS do not believe the coalition government’s reforms have benefited patients.
Regulator to review walk-in centre closuresSubscription
Health officials are to launch a review into the closures of NHS walk-in centres.
The NHS has missed its national accident and emergency target every week for six months, Labour has warned.
Government ministers and the NHS ignored warnings about persistently high death rates in hospitals which could have claimed the lives of up to 20,000 patients, a top health adviser has said.
Burnham: hospitals outdated for ageing patient Subscription
NHS hospitals are designed for the needs of the previous century and are in danger of being of being overwhelmed by the needs of older patients, shadow health secretary Andy Burnham has warned.
It was a nurse who shadow health secretary Andy Burnham credited as giving him his “penny drop moment” in his strategy to integrate health and social care budgets (see news page 5).
Commons row over NHS nurse numbersSubscription
Falling nurse numbers demonstrate neither patients nor the NHS are safe under the coalition, Labour has claimed.
The Labour Party has named 31 hospitals it claims are looking to reduce NHS staff terms and conditions ahead of a debate in the House of Commons later today.
Row over 'pay cartel' reaches parliamentSubscription
MPs are due to debate the threat of regional pay to the NHS and the actions of the South West “pay cartel” this week, in a move designed to spark action from the government.
Burnham vows to repeal Health ActSubscription
Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham has promised to repeal the controversial Health and Social Care Act should Labour win the next election in 2015.
RCN slams indecision on social care fundingSubscription
Plans to overhaul the social care system in England outlined today have been dismissed as “cold comfort” by the Royal College of Nursing.
Labour has proposed providing free social care to patients with a terminal illness and ending means testing, the party announced yesterday.
Over 2,000 NHS staff and campaigners heard health service leaders, including key nursing figures, denounce the health bill at a rally in Westminster last night.
White paper ‘underestimates nurses’Subscription
Nurses’ lack of visibility in the health white paper will create “real problems”, Royal College of Nursing chief executive and general secretary Peter Carter has predicted.
Andy Burnham's letter to Andrew LansleySubscription
“Taken together, the proposed reforms risk undermining the stability and long-term future of the NHS.”
The government should back down on its white paper reforms in response to “fierce criticism” from professional bodies, the shadow health secretary has said.
Government facing NHS Direct backlashSubscription
The government is facing a backlash over plans to scrap medical helpline NHS Direct.
The government has announced a public inquiry into the Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust scandal.
Hospital parking victimises NHS patientsSubscription
NHS patients and their families are the victims of wheel clamping, fines and too-high costs in hospital car parks, according to a report.
Care services minister Phil Hope has lost his Corby seat to the Conservatives.
Health minister Gillian Merron has lost her Lincoln seat to the Conservatives.
Parties clash over health issuesVideoSubscription
The three main political parties all accused each other of “failing the NHS” before last night’s televised debate between the Labour, Tory and Liberal Democrat leaders.
Maternity units turn away two women a daySubscription
The Conservatives have claimed that two women a day were turned away from England’s maternity units last year.
Health secretary Andy Burnham has warned trusts not to use contractual loopholes to pay nurses’ less in response to budget pressures.