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Nick Triggle

Nick Triggle Health correspondent

This is my take on the issues affecting the NHS and social care, from the way we live our lives to the impact of government policies

The NHS plan: Five things we've learned

  • 23 October 2014
  • From the section Health
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The unveiling of the NHS Forward View has been anticipated for some time.

Six key national health bodies have put their name to it, but it is hard not to see it as the vision of the new leader of the health service in England, Simon Stevens.

He started in post in April but has kept a low profile so far.

The document is brief - it runs to fewer than 40 pages - but it certainly packs a punch, setting out a template for how the service in England needs to change over the next five years.

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NHS officials normally steer clear of speaking about the size of the budget. It is seen as a matter for politicians.

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NHS strikes: What next?

  • 13 October 2014
  • From the section Health
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The strike by health workers in England may have come to an end, but the key question now is whether a resolution can be found to the dispute.

On Tuesday, a four-day work-to-rule begins, while next Monday radiographers will go on strike, potentially affecting X-ray and ultrasound services.

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Mental health: A start of a long journey?

  • 8 October 2014
  • From the section Health
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Playing devil's advocate, you could say the government is setting its mental health targets in the areas and at the levels it knows the NHS can achieve.

Already nearly two-thirds of patients get access to talking therapies within 28 days. So asking the NHS to ensure 95% are seen within 18 weeks does not seem a big ask.

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NHS budget: What we aren't being told

  • 1 October 2014
  • From the section Health
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Last week Labour was promising extra money for the NHS in England. This week it's the Tories' turn - and no doubt the Liberal Democrats will have something to say when they gather in Glasgow next week.

With all these pledges, the NHS should be in fine fettle shouldn't it? Well, no, not necessarily.

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The battle over GP opening

  • 30 September 2014
  • From the section Health
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GPs are often referred to as the gateway to NHS care. It is easy to understand why - nine in every 10 patient contacts are at GP surgeries.

So it should come as no surprise that the state of services should be providing such an important battleground between the political parties in England.

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Labour bares its teeth on the NHS

  • 24 September 2014
  • From the section Health
Nurses on a ward
Labour is promising 20,000 more nurses, 8,000 more GPs and 3,000 more midwives

There has been a feeling in Labour circles for some time that the NHS could be the government's weak spot.

The picture emerging from the party's annual conference confirms that. With Ed Miliband making the health service such a key part of his speech, he has signalled his willingness to go toe-to-toe with the other parties for hearts and minds when it comes to the health service.

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Is it time for a mental health waiting target?

  • 17 September 2014
  • From the section Health
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Waiting time targets have become synonymous with the NHS in England. They apply to everything from A&E units and ambulance calls outs to routine surgery and cancer treatment.

But it's not just an English phenomenon. Other countries in the UK have introduced their own.

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What is the NHS there for?

  • 10 September 2014
  • From the section Health
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The argument that dementia patients are getting a poor deal goes to the heart of the debate about what the NHS is there for.

When the NHS was created in 1948, the focus was on protecting people from infectious diseases. Now - with people living longer - it is increasingly about helping patients manage illness.

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E-cigarettes: Debate - and confusion - is natural

  • 5 September 2014
  • From the section Health
Man smoking electronic cigarette

It can be hard to know quite what to make of e-cigarettes.

Last week the World Health Organization called for a ban on their use in public places and workplaces. The group said it was concerned about the risk which use of the products presented and about their marketing via fruit and candy-style flavours.

Read full article E-cigarettes: Debate - and confusion - is natural

Failing GPs: A Pandora's Box?

  • 14 August 2014
  • From the section Health
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There are nearly 8,000 GP practices in England, employing more than 35,000 doctors.

But despite the NHS being perhaps the most information-rich health system in the world, we have little clue which are good and which are bad.

Read full article Failing GPs: A Pandora's Box?

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About Nick

Nick started working for the BBC in 2003. His first two years were spent in general news, after which he started covering the health beat.

As health correspondent, he has reported extensively on the NHS and social care as well as how the UK is dealing with challenges such as obesity, the ageing population and health inequalities. Nick has also worked on the Gerry Robinson TV documentaries on the NHS.

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