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Landmark report from the Independent Healthcare Commission

At the end of 2015 a report from the Independent Healthcare Commission chaired by Michael Mansfield, QC, was published. Its recommendations are to reverse the closures and downgradings of the North West London hospitals and goes further to say the program of changes is eroding the very values of a universal healthcare system. Although the report is specific to one area …

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Front loaded or straight barrelled: it’s all about the economy

Robbing Peter to pay Paul: why this spending review may leave all our services poorer It would be unrealistic to see George Osborne’s talk about ‘frontloading’ part of the government’s promised £8bn as anything other than a sticking plaster. The NHS faces a £30bn shortfall in the next 5 years, and Simon Stevens’ £22bn ‘efficiency savings’ are unachievable in a …

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The People’s Mandate for the NHS

THE PEOPLE'S MANDATE FOR THE NHS A Public NHS which is publicly owned, publicly provided, publicly accountable and publicly funded to a level which sustains comprehensive and universal provision. Sack Jeremy Hunt Drop the Junior Doctors' Contract #peoplesmandate The imposition of the junior doctor's contract, the consultation on the NHS mandate being kept quiet, cuts to nurse training budgets and …

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We Support The Junior Doctors’ Strike


Over 28000 junior doctors cast their vote in the BMA's ballot about whether proposed industrial action over the proposed new proposed contract. The result was unprecedented and could not be clearer: 98% backed strike action, 99% backed some kind of industrial action in opposition to this contract. Junior doctors have been left with no choice but to take industrial action. …

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Restore Our NHS To Public Ownership

The NHS is more than just a structure for the delivery of healthcare. It is a social institution that reflects national solidarity, expresses the values of equity and universalism and ensures the duty of government to care for all, no matter how rich or no matter how poor. The NHS marks out a place in society where the dictates of commerce …

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Fight TTIP

TTIP must be opposed as it poses multiple threats to the UK,  opening up the NHS to further and permanent privatisation, removing key social and environmental protections from transnational corporations and allowing corporations to sue the UK under the Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) clause. The European Commission itself, in its impact assessment of  TTIP in March 2013, warned of 'prolonged and substantial’ dislocation …

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Private Finance Initiative

A short film introduction to PFI Thanks to Stella Feehily & Out of Joint Theatre Co, Steve Carne and Donna Coombe. The Private Finance Initiative (PFI) was created by Lord Lamont in 1992 as a way of getting the private sector to build and run public projects which would then be rented back to the state over several decades. Labour's …

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Hospital A&E and Maternity Closures

View Page Click to check out the complete map Accident & Emergency closures and downgrades since May 2010 Downgraded: 1. Hammersmith, west London September 2014 2. Central Middlesex Hospital, north London, September 2014 3. Chase Farm, north London December 2013 4. Wycombe Hospital, Buckinghamshire downgraded from an emergency medical centre which took some ambulance cases to a minor injuries unit, …

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