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#Conservatives strong on weak and weak on the strong: From @LabourEoin

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Conservatives strong on weak and weak on the strong:

The Daily Mirror, Friday February 17 2017, reports that “Social care scandal as Tory cuts ‘led to the deaths of 30,000 people’ – and it’s going to get worse” #March4NHS

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The Daily Mirror, Friday February 17 2017, reports that “Social care scandal as Tory cuts ‘led to the deaths of 30,000 people’ – and it’s going to get worse” #March4NHS

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The Daily Mirror, Friday February 17 2017,  reports that

Social care scandal as Tory cuts ‘led to the deaths of 30,000 people’ – and it’s going to get worse

Mirror claims that “A damning report warns cuts to health and social care budgets were “possibly” to blame for the “unprecedented” 30,000 extra deaths in England and Wales”

Mirror says “Tory cuts “led to the death of 30,000 people” 

 

We’ve been conned by the rich predators of Davos

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We’ve been conned by the rich predators of Davos

The new fit for work tests are not fit for purpose – and at double the cost

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The new fit for work tests are not fit for purpose – and at double the cost

Despite the DWP spending more on disability assessments than it’s saving in cuts, the quality hasn’t improved. It is the political equivalent of burning £50 notes

Disabled people protest at parliament about the loss of the independent living fund
‘The DWP is handing £1.6bn of public money over three years to private contractors. Yet none of the companies met the government’s own quality assessment threshold.’ Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA

What is most damning about the NAO’s findings isn’t that the disability assessment system is haemorrhaging money (the cost of carrying out each employment and support allowance test has risen from £115 to £190). It is that higher spending isn’t creating a competent or ethical assessment. The NAO found that as the government has spent more the quality of the much-maligned tests hasn’t improved.

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Solidarity Defend our #NHS Support the Junior Drs Srike: Jeremy Hunt’s war on junior doctors leaves them little choice

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Jeremy Hunt’s war on junior doctors leaves them little choice

An NHS student nurse in London last month speaking in support of junior doctors

The British Medical Association has called for three junior doctor walkouts – the first taking place on Tuesday 12 January – after a breakdown in talks. We in the Green party unequivocally support the junior doctors who are going on strike. They have been offered an 11% pay rise, which on the face of it seems reasonable. However, what the government is also doing is cutting pay for extra hours worked. Working long hours (days in fact) without a proper break has always been a key part of hospital culture, but this does not make it right. Junior doctors can work 12 back-to-back night shifts of up to 12 hours each, and 90-hour working weeks are not uncommon. Removing the safeguards that protect them from working too long will affect patient care negatively. Doctors have very rarely gone on strike, but when 98% of junior doctors vote for strike action, this indicates a major concern with the contracts they are being offered. I believe that we should all be listening to the doctors on the NHS front line rather than trust the words of the health secretary, who is imposing these contracts from on high without addressing the major concerns of safeguarding and pay cuts.
Lee Burkwood
Green party London assembly candidate, Havering and Redbridge

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