Dr Louise Irvine In The Press This Week

Dr Louise Irvine has been cited several times in the press this week.

Revealed: The 21 private firms from India, Japan and America targeting £1billion NHS contract to manage patient medical records (The Mirror, 20 November, 2014)

Dr Louise Irvine, one of Britain’s most senior doctors, added: “Do we really want all our patient records being handled by IT firms in India, an electronics giant in Japan or an arms manufacturer in America?”

Royal Bournemouth Hospital threatens to evict elderly patients (The Independent, 20 November, 2014)

Dr Louise Irvine, of the National Health Action Party, who is standing against Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt at the next general election, said “the hospital resorting to legal action reflects its desperation”.

“Hospitals throughout the country are being very tightly squeezed financially and suffering cuts in beds so there is very little slack in the system. To make matters worse, hospitals are penalised if they keep on patients for any longer than agreed time-frames,” she said, stressing she could not comment on individual cases.

International arms firm Lockheed Martin in the frame for £1bn NHS contract (The Independent, 18th November, 2014)

Leading London GP Dr Louise Irvine told The Independent that it was “shocking” that an arms firm could be awarded such a major NHS contract, and warned that the company could profit from money “taken from front line care”.

“[It is] just as shocking that no NHS organisation was allowed to bid to provide these services, which are mainly back office support for General Practice,” said Dr Irvine, who is standing the general election for the National Health Action Party. “NHS administration systems, with years of experience, are being displaced by organisations that have little or no experience in providing these services.”

Here is Louise earlier today, in a picture posted by @SaveLewishamA&E on Twitter.

 Great vigil o/s Parliament Efford Bill Debate demands to reinstate our NHS reads out demands

Louise Irvine Parliament Efford Bill

On Twitter, Dr Louise Irvine gave a response to this Guardian article on Wednesday: Private firms on course to net £9bn of NHS contracts

Interesting comment about Circle Health, owned by shareholders who are Tory donors, and got its PFI debt wiped out

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