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8 February 2017

The Socialist Inbox

Letters to the Socialist's editors including Roger Bannister's retirement, Sri Lankan strikes and ambulance staff shortages.

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18 January 2017

'Black alert' NHS: Demonstrate 4 March

I find it frightening that NHS trusts are unable to guarantee patient safety. I find it shocking that the Red Cross, an organisation normally associated with international aid, has found it necessary to declare a "humanitarian crisis" in the fifth largest economy in the world.

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11 January 2017

NHS in meltdown from spending cuts - demonstrate on 4 March!

The last 12 months have been the worst in the history of the NHS. It's under pressure like never before. The crisis moment many warned of has arrived.

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7 December 2016

NHS: Stop the Tory vandals


The Tory plan to privatise the NHS via the back door has given way to smashing in via the main entrance. Their next attack is NHS England's shadowy 'STPs'. Under these, the government aims to make a further 22 billion of NHS cuts by 2020

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2 November 2016

Outsourced ambulance workers strike in Tooting

There was a lively picket line of ambulance workers outside St George's hospital in Tooting, south London on 1 November. The GMB members are in dispute with their employer G4S (who run the outsourced service) because their pay and conditions are now inferior to other NHS workers.

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6 April 2016

NHS facilities to start paying market rents

Some parts of the NHS will now have to pay market-rate rents on their facilities.

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10 February 2016

Mental health: My battle for the help I needed

I was told by my GP that I have severe depression and anxiety on 1 October 2015. Now I had a name for it. And suddenly whoosh, I joined the one in five that will at some stage of their life suffer from some form of depression.

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13 January 2016

Health workers under attack!

Cuts, debt and exhaustion: The NHS deficit is rapidly worsening. Staff shortages in ambulance and community services mean more work falling on their shoulders.

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13 January 2016

"Shattered but proud", a day in the life of a student nurse

Early starts with late finishes might be the norm as a student nurse but they don't get any easier.

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2 December 2015

London ambulances in special measures due to underfunding

London Ambulance Service has become the first in the country to be placed in special measures. Failings have led to the NHS Trust Development Authority taking it over.

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14 October 2015

80 ambulance calls in two years for exhausted Sports Direct staff

At the headquarters of infamous retailer Sports Direct, ambulances were called more than 80 times over two years.

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9 September 2015

"NHS saved my life"

A potentially traumatic health crisis recently showed Socialist Party and trade union activist Paul Couchman that the NHS is still functioning well at weekends, thanks to NHS staff, not to Tory cuts.

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28 January 2015

Strike called off in face of inadequate pay offer

The Unison Health Service Group Executive (SGE) voted to suspend NHS England strike action scheduled for 29 January

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21 January 2015

Privatisation worsens NHS crisis

The growing crisis in Accident and Emergency (A&E) departments is the result of government policies, as well described in the Socialist

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24 November 2014

NHS second week of action

Nurses, cleaners, porters, midwives, therapists, paramedics, scientists, radiographers and other NHS staff have again taken strike action

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19 February 2014

Workplace news in brief

Council pay: The local government employers have scrapped the pay negotiations for 1.6 million workers until the new rate for the minimum wage is set in May

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5 February 2014

Yorks ambulance workers strike again

On 1 February, Unite members in the Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust took part in a further 24-hour strike as part of their long-running dispute, writes Iain Dalton.

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15 January 2014

Workplace news in brief

NSSN affiliate: The Probation Officers union Napo has become the eighth national union to affiliate to the National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN)

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11 December 2013

Fight for our NHS: Public health, not private profit

The latest measure of the cuts crisis in the NHS is the revelation that some patients are being forced to wait in ambulances outside hospitals because there is no bed for them and no staff to treat them, writes Alison Hill.

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11 September 2013

Yorkshire Ambulance: The battle against union derecognition

Around 40 Unite members and supporters protested outside Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) headquarters near Wakefield on 3 September

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