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Protests in London today against healthcare deal that could threaten the NHS

Protests are planned across London today to protest against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership deal between the EU and USA. There is concern that the deal David Cameron is pushing for will bring increased privatisation to the NHS.

36% of Londoners said that private healthcare providers have too much influence over the NHS according to a YouGov poll. Campaigners will be asking people who are worried about this to write to their local MEPs against the TTIP. The deal is said to force the NHS open to competition from American private healthcare providers.


London to house world's biggest heart specialist centre

London is to be home to the world's biggest "centre of excellence" for people born with heart problems after health officials gave the go-ahead for a new specialist hub. The new specialist cardiac centre will be located at St Bartholomew's Hospital in central London.

General view of St Bartholomew's Hospital, in central London. Credit: PA

Anne Rainsberry, regional director of NHS England London, said: "This programme is a brand new way of delivering care and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to improve services for today's patients and future generations.

"These 'centres of excellence' should also position London as a leader in research into cardiovascular disease and cancer, attracting some of the brightest and best clinicians and academics to work and study in the UK."

North London hospital merge

From today, services at Chase Farm and Barnet hospitals will be run by the Royal Free London NHS Trust.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt approved the north London takeover move last week.The Trust says it'll improve efficiency but campaigners are concerned the merge will mean land on the Chase Farm site is sold.

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New Cancer Drug to be Blocked on NHS

A new breast cancer drug trialled at King's College London is to be blocked from routine NHS access under draft guidance issued by health watchdog NICE.

NICE say that Kadcyla can cost more than £90,000 per patient and is not effective enough to justify the price the NHS is being asked to pay - despite it extending women's lives by almost six months. Patients will be able to apply to their local NHS and to the Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF) for the drug.

But the decision, if made final later this year, would mean the drug would not be recommended for routine use in England on the NHS and women would have to rely on their doctors' successful application to the Cancer Drugs Fund.


LSE: NHS could save millions of pounds

The National Health Service could be saving millions of pounds each year by investing in early intervention services for people with mental illnesses, according to a new report from the London School of Economics.

The report by LSE and the charity Rethink Mental Illness revealed that for every £1 spent on intervention treatments for people with psychosis and schizophrenia, the NHS could save £15 on expensive hospital care later on.

It claims that "too much" of the current budget to treat psychosis is spent on expensive inpatient care, rather than on community care which could stop people from getting seriously unwell in the first place.

Landlord responds to resident's concerns

"We are in open dialogue with our tenants to handle any queries they have about their rent position.

Annual rent reviews are a standard business practice and the current tenants were paying significantly below market rates.

They will continue to benefit after the rent review from a discounted rate compared to both the local market rent and the rent for new lettings for comparable units in the Estate."

– Cross Property Investments

£219 million hospital development 'unlikely to go ahead'

A major redevelopment of St Helier Hospital in south London now looks unlikely to go ahead. The £219 million scheme was promised four years ago. But MP for Mitcham and Morden, Siobhan McDonagh has been told the project is "unaffordable" by the group which delivers NHS services in England.

Google Street View image of St Helier hospital in south London Credit: Google Street View

Siobhain McDonagh said:

"This news represents an appalling betrayal by this Government. St Helier is clearly still under threat of losing our A&E, maternity and other services, and now the redevelopment promised 4 years ago by the previous Government has also been taken off the table.

"Anyone who thinks the battle to Save St Helier is being won needs to think again, and the whole community must step up the fight to save this popular local hospital."

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