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From The Socialist newspaper, 30 May 2018

Them & Us

Them and us

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Medicine mark-up...

Boots charged the NHS 3,220 for medicated mouthwash - available for the equivalent of 93 on the high street, says a Times investigation. This equates to a mark-up of 3,478%.

The chief executive and 15% shareholder of Boots's parent company, Stefano Pessina, is worth $13.7 billion, according to Forbes. He lives in Monaco and owns a 50-metre yacht. Nationalise big pharma!

... poor lose GPs

The number of GPs in areas home to the poorest fifth of people fell by 511 between 2008 and 2017. Meanwhile, numbers near the homes of the best-off fifth rose by 134, says a written parliamentary answer to Labour.

The total number of GPs working in England fell by 541 in the last year, according to NHS Digital data.


Top Trumps and happy families

Ivanka Trump, Donald's daughter, tweeted a pic of herself embracing her toddler - as US press reported on border agents separating migrant families. Trump's policy is to send adults straight into the court deportation system, while tearing kids as young as one from their arms for resettlement as refugees.

Back in Britain, property developer Jomast has been forcing adult asylum seekers to share bedrooms in Newcastle. The firm subcontracts for notorious privateer G4S. A tribunal has ruled the practice legal.


Town and gown

Students need a leadership that will fight fees and austerity, photo Socialist Party

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Oxford and Cambridge universities, with their constituent colleges, own combined assets worth at least 21 billion, Guardian analysis has found. Average UK graduate debt is set for 50,800, according to the IFS.

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