Privatisation

An NHS beyond the market

While dedicated to the abolition of the NHS market, the NHSCA recognises the need to put forward constructive alternatives. On June 14th a round-table event was held for this purpose. It was hosted by the BMA in association with the NHSCA, the NHS Support Federation, and the Keep Our NHS Public campaign (see June Newsletter)….

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The cost of the market

Published in “The Observer” Sunday March 26th 2009 Sir, Andrew Rawnsley is surely correct in suggesting (Comment 22nd March) that public services will have to bear their share of belt tightening. When this happens it is essential that the cuts fall where they do not damage essential services but are directed at areas where real….

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Selling off the NHS?

Many industries and banks may be sliding into recession world-wide, but private health care providers have a smile on their face as they look forward to rich pickings from our National Health Service. They love the government’s determination to divert a growing share of the NHS budget from public services to the private and “independent”….

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CCSC statement on CATS and ICATS

Primary Care Trusts in Cumbria and Lancashire have issued a consultation seeking the public’s views on the establishment of a Clinical Assessment, Treatment and Support (CATS) service in Cumbria and Lancashire. Plans to roll out a similar scheme in Greater Manchester are also underway. This is called Integrated Care Assessment and Treatment services (ICATS) and….

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Change policy not leader

Dear Sir, So the government is taking a beating and “the most talked about solution is changing the leader”. Have politicians become so out of touch and cynical that they have forgotten it might be their policies that voters are rejecting? Earlier this month I was at a packed meeting in Edinburgh where Nicola Sturgeon,….

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SICKO – Review of Michael Moore film

Michael Moore’s new film “Sicko” is every bit as much of a horror movie as its Hitchcockian name suggests. To British citizens, brought up with the concept of free access to healthcare as the norm, the realities of medicine delivery in the US are truly appalling. The early images show what happens at the very….

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