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From The Socialist newspaper, 30 October 2013
Bail out hospitals, not bankers!
Demonstration against NHS cuts at Whipps Cross hospital, East London 21 September 2013, photo Paul Mattsson (Click to enlarge)
Simon Stevens was an adviser to former Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair on beginning the privatisation process in the NHS.
He is now an executive for a private healthcare company in the US. He was recently appointed as the new chief executive of the NHS.
Stevens has very generously agreed to take a £20,000 pay cut - meaning he'll 'only' be earning £189,000 a year.
Meanwhile, health workers have been told that they won't receive the measly 1% pay rise they had been promised and services are under threat of cuts and privatisation across the country.
The bosses and politicians try to justify these attacks as being because of 'failing' hospitals - but they don't mention that the biggest failures happen after privatisation.
There hasn't even been an inquiry at the BMI Mount Alvernia hospital in Guildford, despite the Care Quality Commission finding that "medical, surgical and some nursing practices were so poor that people were put at significant risk. This risk was, on some occasions, life threatening."
We need a national campaign including a strike of all health workers to defend our NHS. Many important local campaigns are developing which could pave the way to this if the correct lead is given by the health unions.
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In The Socialist 30 October 2013:
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Trade unions must learn lessons from Grangemouth setback
Ongoing US spying row reveals new tensions between imperialist powers
Stop rip-off energy prices
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International socialist news and analysis
Brazil: "Rio, a showcase for the world"
Ireland: Victimising the vulnerable
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Zero-hour contracts can be beaten!
Mental health services - fighting privatisation in Salford
Building the fightback - building the Socialist Party
Support the Socialism 2013 appeal
Socialist Party feature
20 years of privatised train robbery
Socialist Party workplace news
Teachers: no national action this term
University workers fight back
Probation workers strike against privatisation
No offshoring Shared Services!
Workplace news in brief
Socialist Party NHS campaigning
Bail out hospitals, not bankers!
Waltham Forest Unison Health meeting
Campaign launched against downbanding in Swindon
Attacks on NHS pay will damage services
Readers' reviews and comments
Sexism in the music industry exposed
TV Review: Brand new revolution?
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