Labour NHS policy

Jeremy Corbyn

Corbyn vows to create state-run drug company and seize patent rights

Jeremy Corbyn says a Labour government would create a state-run pharmaceutical company to make generic versions of drugs the NHS cannot afford.

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Labour: ‘No chance’ of government passing NHSE’s legislation

The government “has got no chance of getting” NHS legislation – as proposed by NHS England – through Parliament, the shadow health secretary has said.

Jon Ashworth

Labour to green-light all NHS visas

The Labour party would ensure work visas for anyone who has a job offer in the NHS “at whatever level”, shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth announced today.

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Government hits back in clinical waste row

The government has hit back at claims that there is not enough incineration capacity to burn waste from NHS hospitals - accusing the company at the centre of a stockpiling scandal of refusing to pay disposal costs.

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Labour calls on minister to 'correct record' over waste incineration capacity

Labour has called on the government to explain why it “apparently contradicted” NHS and Environment Agency officials’ concerns over the capacity of incinerators to burn clinical waste.


Labour plans safe staffing amendments to healthcare safety bill

Labour have threatened to table amendments to the government’s Healthcare Safety Bill if ministers fail to take action on three areas of patient safety in the NHS 10 year plan.

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Bill to protect staff from assault 'sends message' to employers, says MP

The bill to protect healthcare and emergency services workers from assault will “send a message to employers” to take incidents more seriously, one of the MPs behind it has told HSJ.

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Labour calls for £500m 'winter bailout fund'

Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth will call on the government to provide a £500m “winter bailout fund” for health and care services.

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Updated: Labour would bring PFI contracts 'back into the NHS'

A Labour government would “bring” private finance initiative contracts “back in house”, the shadow chancellor has announced.

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Labour softens stance on STPs in its final election manifesto

Labour has softened two of its key manifesto pledges relating to sustainability and transformation plans, watering down the involvement of patients in rewriting them and suggesting the process will be reviewed, rather than simply stopped.

Jeremy Corbyn

Labour plans new NHS regulator, leaked manifesto reveals

A Labour government would create a new “safety and excellence regulator” to oversee a revised process for regional reconfiguration of the NHS, a draft of the party’s election manifesto says.

Jon Ashworth

Labour pledges moratorium on 'disgraceful' STPs

Labour will announce an immediate moratorium on sustainability and transformation plans if the party wins the general election, with shadow health secretary Jon Ashworth vowing to review proposals in all 44 areas.

Jon Ashworth

Election 2017: Labour pledges 'new law' for NHS safe staffing

Labour has promised to “legislate for safe staffing” in the NHS if it wins the upcoming general election.

Ben Nunn

Heidi Alexander appoints new political adviser

Labour shadow health secretary Heidi Alexander has appointed a new political adviser.

Heidi Alexander

Heidi Alexander appointed Labour shadow health secretary

Heidi Alexander has been appointed shadow health secretary by the new Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

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Exclusive: CCG leaders fear political priorities would come first under HWBs

A large majority of commissioning leaders believe clinical priorities would lose out to political priorities if lead responsibility for NHS services was handed to health and wellbeing boards, an exclusive HSJ survey has found.

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Exclusive: Labour will not force universities to take extra student nurses

Universities and hospitals will not be forced to take extra nursing students this year under Labour’s plan to increase trainee numbers by 1,000, HSJ has been told.

Andy Burnham

Unsocial hours pay would stay under Labour, says Burnham

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.

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Exclusive: Forward view leaves ‘big questions unanswered’, says Burnham

Andy Burnham has said the NHS Five Year Forward View left ‘many big questions unanswered’ and Labour would not be setting the health service ‘on the right path’ by adopting it without making ‘other fundamental changes’.

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Burnham: Social care will benefit from Labour's £2.5bn health cash boost

Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham speaks to LGC following the launch of Labour’s manifesto