Defending the NHS
NHS for Sale? The NHS Support Federation keeps track of the accelerating pace of privatisation, with disturbing evidence of a rapid decline in standards as the public sector is squeezed out by the government’s wasteful marketisation of services and funding cuts. In the past year private companies have won £3.5 billion worth of NHS contracts – two thirds (66%) of the contracts put out to tender – with a further £10 billion worth in the pipeline in the next few months.
The great NHS robbery – Open Democracy report by award-winning author Marcus Chown summarising what has happened to the NHS, the poor quality of press coverage and why it is important the public understand the truth behind the packaging. Plus links to other ground-breaking Open Democracy reports on the NHS.
The People’s Inquiry into London’s NHS has just published its second report based on seven public hearings in different parts of London, and after receiving evidence from around 100 people, including Camden KONP. The report, from a six-person panel including experts such as Roy Lilley and the Guardian‘s Polly Toynbee, is a grim warning about the threat to health services in the capital. Download a pdf of the report here. For details of the Inquiry go here.
London’s NHS at the Crossroads – executive summary of first report from the People’s Inquiry into London’s NHS.
Save our NHS factsheet – Unite guide to funding cuts and privatisation.
Don’t blame a “rotten NHS culture” for the CQC cover-up Allyson Pollock says market-led reforms are what are leading to poor quality healthcare – and the CQC is powerless to stop it.
It’s time for doctors to fight back Whittington consultant and BMA board member Jacky Davis says doctors should end their policy of appeasement with the government.
In defence of universal health care Important policy paper by Allyson Pollock and David Price on retaining the core values of the NHS.
The Patchwork Privatisation of Our Health Services – A User’s Guide Keep Our NHS Public founder and former hospital consultant Wendy Savage is the author of this highly informative booklet setting out the damage inflicted on our health services as a result of privatisation. Everyone who wants to know why privatisation is such a threatshould read it.