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From The Socialist newspaper, 21 October 2015
Damning report on unsafe NHS staffing levels delayed by Tories
NHS staffing cuts. Ward photo Yuya Tamai, scissors photo Wikimedia Commons, both Creative Commons, composite James Ivens (Click to enlarge)
'Heather', NHS nurse
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) - guideline setter for NHS procedures - allegedly held back a vital report on Tory instructions.
Nice did not publish damning research on NHS safe staffing levels - after health secrretary Jeremy Hunt apparently intervened.
Inspectors at two-thirds of NHS hospitals have identified low staffing as a problem.
No nurse will be fooled by any attempt to conceal grim statistics on the NHS staffing crisis. We work through our breaks and on our days off to clear the caseload.
Delaying publishing results by "rolling the Nice research into work by NHS England" shows this government wants to hide the effects of its attacks.
Nice is an organisation under pressure. It agreed to delay the report on the ridiculous assertion that it would be "confusing" - made by a civil servant working for Hunt.
Nice now expresses concern that releasing its bleak staffing figures will "generate public interest". Somehow this is meant to impede NHS improvement. It's a disgrace.
The NHS belongs to all of us. It is right and proper that those of us who work in and use it should be kept fully informed of all developments. It is difficult to imagine how safe staffing can somehow be divorced from attempts to improve the NHS.
Nice's failure to respond to Freedom of Information requests, and its retreat before the government, are cowardly acts. They are not in the public interest.
Tory attacks are supported by the overall failure of unaccountable statutory bodies like Nice to stand up for the best interests of patients. The Socialist Party campaigns for the NHS to be fully nationalised under the control of democratic committees of workers and patients.
Cutting the cord
Hospital departments which care for newborns are dangerously understaffed. Premature baby charity Bliss has found 64% of neonatal units have too few nurses. 70% of intensive care units hold more babies than is safe. And two in five units don't support parents of premature babies with mental health specialists.
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In The Socialist 21 October 2015:
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Strike to save the NHS
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Damning report on NHS staffing levels delayed by Tories
Labour MP refuses to back strike
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Socialist Party features
Corbyn campaign: Opportunity for raising socialist ideas
How can workers resist capitalist cuts and closures?
International socialist news and analysis
World economy: 'biggest danger to capitalism is capitalism'
Germany: refugee crisis and the fight against the racist right
International news in brief
Workplace news and analysis
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Determined mood at Napo conference
Sports Direct action over sacking
Rally opposes the Tory trade union bill
Workplace news in brief
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Organising to defend Corbyn's anti-cuts mandate
Help fund the fight for socialism
Huge support for the Wales March for Homes
Socialist Party comments and reviews
Former war hero fighting for the future: a pensioner speaks out
'Britain First' - tiny and violent
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