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1 February 2017

Babies in poverty are twice as likely to die

Poor children in the UK are more than twice as likely to die while babies compared to their richer counterparts, particularly in their first month of life.

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26 October 2016

A day in the life of a midwife

"Midwives really are expected to look after 15 women plus their babies": The Royal College of Midwives recently published a survey that highlighted why a growing number of midwives were choosing to leave the profession.

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13 July 2016

Fight back is on to save NHS heart services

A massive attack has been launched on NHS congenital heart services in England. Patients, families and health workers will not accept it and we will fight back. As a parent whose 15-year old son had open heart surgery only seven months ago at one of the threatened units, Leicester Glenfield Hospital, I am furious.

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3 February 2016

Zika: Another healthcare system failure

In October 2015 the Ministry of Health in Brazil confirmed a causal relationship between Zika and microcephaly

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21 October 2015

Damning report on NHS staffing levels delayed by Tories

Inspectors at two-thirds of NHS hospitals have identified low staffing as a problem.

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15 July 2015

Orphan Black - refreshing take on sci-fi story

TV review: Orphan Black is brilliantly written television. It's a refreshing, intelligent, feminist take on the sci-fi genre.

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Demonstration against NHS cuts at Whipps Cross hospital, East London 21 September 2013, photo Paul Mattsson

11 June 2014

NHS: Private profit kills

Baby feed death: People have rightly been horrified and outraged at the recent tragic death of a premature baby in St Thomas's hospital in London

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9 February 2011

Campaigners reject maternity unit cuts

The North West Strategic Health Authority has voted to shut maternity units at Salford Royal, Bury and Rochdale hospitals, despite predictions of rising birth rates, writes Paul Gerrard.

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29 October 2008

Royal Glamorgan hospital: Save our neonatal services!

WORKING-CLASS people in the Pontypridd area are mounting an inspiring campaign against the 'temporary' downgrading of neonatal services at Royal Glamorgan hospital (RGH), in Llantrisant, writes Sarah Mayo.

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14 May 2008

Defend and extend abortion rights

No reduction in the time limit, End the two-doctor rule: On 20 May Tory MP Nadine Dorries intends to move an amendment to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill to cut the current upper limit for abortion from 24 to 20 weeks, writes Eleanor Donne, Basildon Socialist Party.

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8 March 2007

International Women's Day

Fighting low pay decades after the Equal Pay Act: TO MARK International Women's Day 2007 (8 March) the socialist carries below three articles by Socialist Party members on some key social issues facing women today...

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29 June 2006

Save our baby unit!

THE FIGHT against proposed cuts at Wythenshawe hospital's premature baby unit was given a boost with the launch of the "Save Our Baby Unit" (SOBU) campaign...

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4 May 2001

Baby Bonds: Labour's election gimmick

NEW LABOUR have launched the big idea for its second term. Now we are to get "baby bonds". At an estimated annual cost of 480 million, the government will open a trust fund for new babies of 250 to...

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