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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth will call on the government to provide a £500m “winter bailout fund” for health and care services.
A Labour government would “bring” private finance initiative contracts “back in house”, the shadow chancellor has announced.
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.
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.
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.
Labour has promised to “legislate for safe staffing” in the NHS if it wins the upcoming general election.
Labour shadow health secretary Heidi Alexander has appointed a new political adviser.
Heidi Alexander has been appointed shadow health secretary by the new Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.
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.
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.
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.
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’.
Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham speaks to LGC following the launch of Labour’s manifesto
Labour has pledged to avoid ‘extreme’ cuts to social care in the next parliament in order to improve quality of care and prevent further pressure on the NHS.
Labour has launched its health manifesto and accused the Conservatives of making ‘unfunded commitments’ after ministers pledged to invest significant extra funding into the NHS.