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1 November 2017

Them and us

Handouts for sexist charity v cuts to women's refuges. Big pharma sues NHS while doctors plead for medicine.

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4 October 2017

Tories wreck our NHS

The NHS crisis is escalating as the Tories continue their mission to 'slash, trash and privatise' our health service

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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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8 March 2017

Greater Manchester: patients are people not guinea pigs!

Manchester Keep Our NHS Public has responded to a report in the Financial Times that "local [NHS] leaders are offering leading drugmakers, including GlaxoSmithKline, AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Novartis, access to Greater Manchester's sophisticated electronic patient record to test the real-world outcomes of their drugs".

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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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4 January 2017

NHS drug price hike: nationalise big pharma!

Another drugs company could face punishment after an apparent 12,000% price hike. Nationalise big pharma under democratic workers' control and management!

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14 December 2016

Pfizer drug extortion - nationalise big pharma!

Drugs company Pfizer has been fined a record 84.2 million for excessive and unfair pricing of an anti-epilepsy drug. The choice is simple: cheap, high-quality, nationalised drug manufacturing - or a system that continues to allow corporate raiding of the NHS.

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16 November 2016

A Street Cat Named Bob: tale of neglect by capitalism

Film review: 'A Street Cat Named Bob' is the heart-warming story of a man trying to beat addiction and homelessness with the support of his pet cat.

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9 November 2016

Action needed to defend workers at the sharp end of prisons crisis

The latest national statistics on safety in our prison system were released recently. These quarterly figures have been breaking records and setting new "unprecedented highs" systematically since 2010 - a year which 'coincidentally' ties in with the culling of 7,000 prison officers' jobs.

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19 October 2016

NHS cancer and dementia drugs 'unaffordable'

Nationalise the drugs companies! The unrestrained profiteering of drugs companies means the NHS could start rejecting groundbreaking treatments for cancer and dementia as "unaffordable".

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21 September 2016

Iconic nightclub Fabric closes doors - another victim of austerity?

Comment - nightlife: London's most iconic night club, Fabric, has had its licence revoked. The council claims to be taking the decision with the safety of clubbers in mind. However, just eight months ago, a judge called Fabric a "beacon of best practice".

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10 August 2016

Fight to defend HIV drug victory

The recent High Court ruling that the NHS should fund anti-HIV 'pre-exposure prophylaxis' (PrEP) drugs (pictured) has been widely celebrated. However, NHS bosses have vowed to appeal.

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9 December 2015

Quiz of the year

It's the quiz of 2015, compiled by the Socialist. The questions are drawn from articles covering events in the UK and internationally during the last year. Good luck and season's greetings.

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25 November 2015

'Antibiotic apocalypse': profit system holds back research

Drug-resistant infections could kill an extra ten million people every year by 2050. A potential 'post-antibiotic era' is fundamentally due to the profit system.

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4 November 2015

Cycle cheat Armstrong's hypocrisy and bullying

The Program is a biographical drama about Lance Armstrong, the disgraced former professional cyclist - and the efforts of investigative journalist David Walsh to expose him.

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4 November 2015

Them & Us

It's one world for the super-rich, and another one for the rest of us. Pharmaceutical profiteering, unemployment benefit decreases versus bosses idling on Twitter.

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14 October 2015

Health service: condition critical

Our NHS is ill. Its health is worsening. Like someone with cancer, symptoms appear in different parts of its body although it just gets by day to day.

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30 September 2015

Gouging boss demands price hike for life-saving drug

Ordinary people were shocked and disgusted by a gouging capitalist's sudden 5,000% increase in the price of a life-saving drug last month, writes Michael Wrack, NHS healthcare assistant.

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9 September 2015

Heartless Tories chop funds for life-extending cancer drugs

NHS England has stopped supplying at least 17 life-extending medications from its 'Cancer Drugs Fund' to save money, writes Alison Hill, cancer survivor.

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20 May 2015

Them & Us

100,000: The number of jobs the government intends to axe from its departments over the next five years, seriously damaging public service delivery

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