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Death and privatisation in the NHS, photo Paul Mattsson

Death and privatisation in the NHS, photo Paul Mattsson

9 September 2010

Fighting for the health service

The new government's health policy was put forward in July 2010 in the white paper Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS, writes David Pelsall.

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29 July 2009

Hospital worker reinstated

"It's great to have you back" were the words of one domestic worker greeting Unison shop steward Errol Maison as she clasped and hugged him on his return to work on 7 July...

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25 November 2008

Top-up payments for private health care another step towards two-tier National Health

THE GOVERNMENT recently decided to let patients in England 'top-up' their NHS care with payments for private treatments not available on the NHS, writes Jackie Grunsell, Save Huddersfield NHS councillor.

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17 September 2008

Interview with Cindy Sheehan: "Some kind of populist uprising needs to happen"

WHEN CINDY Sheehan's son, Army Specialist Casey Sheehan, was killed in Iraq in 2004, she quickly became one of the country's most high-profile anti-war activists...

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30 January 2008

US elections: The Barack Obama mirage

IT SEEMS on the cusp of being real. For the first time in the US, an African American - Barack Obama of the Democratic Party - has a serious chance of being... By Teddy Shibabaw, Socialist Alternative (CWI, USA)

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22 November 2007

2008 US presidential election

The twin parties of big business offer no solutions for working-class people: ELECTIONS CAN pose important questions in the minds of workers and youth. With a growing anti-war mood in the US, further signs of a looming recession... By James Kerr

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19 July 2007

USA: The case for socialised medicine

THE FOLLOWING articles appear in Justice, the newspaper of Socialist Alternative -the Socialist Party's counterpart in the USA...

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22 March 2007

Labour's NHS plans: not what the doctors ordered!

Doctors demonstrate March 2007, photo Naomi Byron

Doctors demonstrate March 2007, photo Naomi Byron

DO YOU want to be referred for an operation by Tesco or Sainsbury's? Would you trust Asda to prescribe the medication that is best for you? New Labour...

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15 March 2007

UNISON Health group votes for summer demo

NHS demonstration March 3rd 2007, photo Paul Mattsson

NHS demonstration March 3rd 2007, photo Paul Mattsson

THE CONTINUING protests against the savage attacks on the NHS show that there is still massive anger about what New Labour are doing to the national health service...

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1 March 2007

NHS crisis: clean out the profiteers

Calling for a national demonstration in 2006 - photo Paul Mattsson

Calling for a national demonstration in 2006 - photo Paul Mattsson

THE SCANDAL of the privatisation of vital NHS services has been exposed yet again. Deaths linked to the hospital bug Clostridium difficile have risen by 69%, to 3,800 since the year 2004-2005. Deaths linked to the MRSA infection have risen by 39%, to 1,629 in the same period.

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29 June 2006


Demonstration at Whipps Cross
LIKE MANY other hospitals, Whipps Cross in east London is threatened with huge job cuts and closures of wards and theatres.

The government's drive to force hospitals and other healthcare trusts to "balance the books" is putting the very future of the NHS into jeopardy. It's part of their plan to invite big business vultures to pick over its most profitable parts.

UNISON joint branch secretary Len Hockey, spoke to the socialist about the cuts being proposed at the hospital.

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30 March 2006

New Labour's NHS lies

MILLIONS OF pounds in deficit, jobs and services cut, healthcare rationed, wards and hospitals closing - the NHS is in crisis. But who's to blame? We expose the government's lies about the NHS...

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30 October 2004

How The NHS Is Being Taken Apart

Review: NHS plc: Allyson Pollock quotes Aneurin Bevan in her new book NHS plc...

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11 October 2003

Foundation Hospitals: An Attack on the Heart of the NHS

IN SPITE of their plans for foundation hospitals being rejected by the Labour Party conference, the government is still going ahead...

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9 June 2001

Kick The Private Profiteers Out Of The NHS

Profit From Illness scandal: PRIVATE GOOD, public bad. The mantra of New Labour throughout this election. Health minister Alan Milburn has boldly declared that all new hospitals in England and Wales will be built with private money...

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