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5 April 2017

Courageous Ebola nurse Salomé Karwah dies

Salomé Karwah was an Ebola survivor who returned to the hospitals of Liberia to tend to the sick and dying during the epidemic of 2014. Now she has fallen victim to the appalling healthcare endured by ordinary people in Liberia as across most of West Africa.

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29 March 2017

Prescription and dental charges to rise again - fight for a free NHS!

From April 2017 NHS charges for prescriptions and dental treatment in England are set to rise yet again, writes Bea Gardner, Southampton Socialist Party.

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15 March 2017

'Nurses are angry and we are ready for action'

Up to 250,000 people descended on London to defend the NHS on 4 March. This was an overwhelming show of solidarity for healthcare workers across the UK, struggling daily under the weight of staff shortages and underfunding.

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28 February 2017

NHS England missing paperwork scandal

NHS England chiefs tried to cover up more than half a million missing medical letters, it seems

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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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25 January 2017

Lancashire: Hospital workers protest consultation

Despite millions being spent on state of the art buildings in 2007 and 2013, NHS England is now proposing closing all or most of them and building new hospitals in a different location.

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11 January 2017

NHS in meltdown

End cuts and privatisation: Hospitals are under massive pressure. What shall we do? Let's build more hospitals, train and employ more medical staff, devote more resources to providing a good service...

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16 November 2016

Socialism 2016: Putting socialism on the agenda

Struggle, internationalism and socialism, these ideas - and how powerful they can be in action - electrified the magnificent rallies and workshops at Socialism 2016

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7 September 2016

Junior doctors plan to continue contract struggle

In another historic move, junior doctors have announced a new rolling programme of industrial action in their struggle against a dangerous new contract. Though an initial five-day strike has been called off, further five-day strikes in October, November and December are still set to take place.

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7 September 2016

Letter: back the docs!

The BBC declared that public support for the junior doctors was 'crumbling' ahead of their now-suspended five-day strike. But at Salford Shopping Centre on 3 September, there was precisely no evidence of a decline in public support. Quite the reverse, in fact.

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31 August 2016

Grantham protest against night-time closure of A&E

Over 200 people attended a protest on 14 August, organised by campaigners against the night-time closure of Grantham Accident and Emergency Department. The protest was organised, with just a few days' notice, by a local group including Labour councillor Charmaine Morgan.

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24 August 2016

Junior doctors set for further strike action

Most junior doctors have moved to new posts this month but their contract dispute continues. 58% voted to reject the latest Department of Health 'offer' In July. No talks or revised offer have been forthcoming since.

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24 August 2016

The threat of private health insurance

As waiting times for NHS treatment lengthen, more people can be tempted by private medical insurance. This is a dangerous trend - for the NHS and for all but the wealthiest few.

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10 August 2016

Privatised medical record chaos

Dozens of GP surgeries in England have had thousands of medical records appear late or not at all thanks to outsourcing giant Capita.

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13 July 2016

Fight back is on to save NHS heart services

A massive attack has been launched on NHS congenital heart services in England. Patients, families and health workers will not accept it and we will fight back. As a parent whose 15-year old son had open heart surgery only seven months ago at one of the threatened units, Leicester Glenfield Hospital, I am furious.

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11 May 2016

Government blinks first in junior doctors' dispute

The Tories appear to have blinked first in the junior doctors' struggle. TTory Health Minister Jeremy Hunt was clear that it was too late to stop his imposition of the new contract but just hours later softened that position to temporarily suspending it.

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27 April 2016

Historic all-out junior doctors' strike action

Junior doctors staged their first full walkout in NHS history from 8am to 5pm on 26 and 27 April. This momentous escalation was in response to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt's continued refusal to negotiate. Public support for the strike remains high, despite media attempts to unnerve doctors.

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6 April 2016

TUSC councillor calls on trust to reject new junior doctors contract

A Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) councillor in Warrington, Cheshire, is calling on his local NHS trust not to implement the new junior doctors' contract.

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30 March 2016

Solidarity with junior doctors

The BMA (British Medical Association) is to escalate strike action in its continued fightback against an unsafe and unfair contract, writes Zoe Brunswick, medical student.

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23 March 2016

BSE crisis - the madness of the profit system

Twenty years ago: The UK's biggest health scandal in living memory was the BSE epidemic known as "mad cow disease".

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