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Supporting NHS Workers

Nick joined the Royal College of Nursing and frontline NHS staff outside the Freeman Hospital in support of their protest against the Government’s rejection of a 1% pay rise for nurses and many other health workers. In comments to the local press, Nick stated: “The Government’s continuing public sector pay restraint is not fair and [...]

Nick Welcomes Health Funding Settlement for the North East

Newcastle East MP Nick Brown has welcomed the announcement that NHS chiefs have rejected a controversial new formula for health funding which could have meant a 15% cut to the region’s health budget. Last year Conservative Health Ministers suggested that community health funding should be allocated according to age rather than deprivation. The proposal to [...]

Concerns About Job Losses Following Government’s Health Changes

Nick Brown has spoken of his concern after plans emerged of potential job losses amongst community health staff throughout the North East of England. The Newcastle Journal today revealed that more than 1000 primary health care staff could face redundancy as a result of the Government’s controversial NHS reorganisation. As part of the Health and [...]

Debate on the Future of Freeman Children’s Cardiac Unit

Nick spoke out in Parliament yesterday to defend the Children’s Heart Unit at the Freeman Hospital. As part of the Government’s “Safe and Sustainable” review of children’s heart services in England, measures have been proposed to concentrate services from 11 hospitals at present to either 6 or 7. Under one of the four options put [...]

Local Opposition to Government’s Health Bill

Nick met this week with local Newcastle residents who are concerned about the Lib Dem-Tory Government’s proposals for the NHS. Nick confirmed that he would continue to oppose the measures in Parliament. Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has announced a “pause” in the process, but Nick is pushing for the plans to be abandoned altogether. Nick [...]

A New National Care Service

Labour’s plans for a new National Care Service are a good start towards putting right a long-standing injustice. It’s not right that some older people should have to sell their homes to pay for care as they grow older. The new plans are based on the same principles as the NHS. It will be a [...]

Breaking New Ground for Healthcare in Newcastle East

Newcastle East MP Nick Brown today ‘broke the turf’ on the construction of the world leading Institute of Transplantation at the Freeman Hospital. The £30m project will increase the number of transplantations in Newcastle per year by 53%. Nick said: “If you need an organ transplant, there is no better place to live than Tyneside. [...]

NHS Satisfaction Levels at Highest for 25 Years

A survey published last month by the National Centre for Social Research showed that satisfaction levels with the NHS are at their highest for 25 years. Over half of respondents were ‘very satisfied’ or ‘quite satisfied’ with the NHS, up from 34% ten years ago. The survey found that recent users of the NHS reported [...]

60th Anniversary of Labour Founding the NHS

This week marks the 60th Anniversary of the founding of the NHS. The Labour Party is rightly proud of the founding principles of the NHS, paid for by taxation, and free at the point of need. In the last ten years investment in the NHS has trebled to £100 billion. This has paid for 38,000 [...]

A Strategy to Make Our Region the Healthiest in the Country

Last Friday I had the privilege to speak at a conference of health care professionals at the launch of the North East’s first ever health and well-being strategy. The strategy’s vision is for our region to have the best and fairest health and well-being, and to be recognised for its outstanding quality of life. It [...]