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From The Socialist newspaper, 29 June 2006
Take over the drugs giants
A NEW report shows how global pharmaceutical giants use unscrupulous
marketing techniques to influence doctors and persuade consumers that
they are ill. These ultra-profitable corporations use patients' groups,
student and other means to overcome the ban on advertising to anyone
other than doctors.
17 of the 20 top drugs companies have been involved in offering
incentives such as free samples, kickbacks and gifts to doctors and
other 'opinion leaders' to prescribe and promote their products.
The multi-billion pound pharmaceutical industry makes billions of £s
profit selling drugs to the NHS, money that the cash-strapped NHS could
use to carry out much-needed services that are threatened by New
That's why we say public ownership and democratic control of the
pharmaceutical industry is needed to plan production to meet the needs
of the people.
LEICESTER UNISON demonstration against NHS cuts and privatisation
Saturday 8 July, 10am, assembling in Humberstone Gate, Leicester.
Marching past health secretary Patricia Hewitt's MP's surgery, so the
people of Leicester can tell her what they think of her policies.
West Midlands march to defend the NHS
Saturday 15 July
Assemble 11am at City Hospital, Dudley Road, Birmingham.
March to rally in Centenary Square at 1pm.
Posters and leaflets can be downloaded from the following websites:
nhssos.org.uk or stokesocialistparty.org.uk
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Coronavirus crisis - Finance appeal
The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.
The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.
The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.
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- When the health crisis subsides, we must be ready for the stormy events ahead and the need to arm workers' movements with a socialist programme - one which puts the health and needs of humanity before the profits of a few.
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In The Socialist 29 June 2006:
Socialist Party NHS campaign
Manchester marches to defend the NHS
Save our baby unit!
Take over the drugs giants
What the Socialist Party says:
Socialist Party youth and students
Young people - fight for your rights!
Socialist Party feature
SWP / Respect conference: Flawed perspectives
International socialist news and analysis
Greek students' protests ignite solidarity action
New regime in Somalia a setback for US imperialism
Socialist Party campaigns
G8 leaders fail to make poverty history
Police and fascists attack Moscow Pride
Fight back against homophobic bullying
Socialist Party workplace news and analysis
Hands off civil servants' pension rights
Support striking Asda workers
Anger at leadership's tactics
Not just: " Lie back and Think of England"
General Motors meets workers' resistance
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