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February 14: day of action for the NHS!

2 Feb 2015: 999 Call for the NHS calls for a National Day of Action on Valentine's Day 14 February 2015 to show support for the NHS.
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New evidence that private firms are taking over more and more of our NHS

11 Dec 2014: The British Medical Journal has published new evidence to show how privatisation of NHS services is continuing to intensify under this government.
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No more deaths from fuel poverty: join the day of protest 28 November

12 Nov 2014: On the day the government reveals how many people died last year from the effects of fuel poverty, demand ‘No More Deaths from Fuel Poverty: Energy Rights Now!’
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A bad winter could be catastrophic for already-stretched accident and emergency departments

31 Oct 2014: Accident and emergency departments are already failing to meet four-hour targets to see and admit, discharge or transfer patients.
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The 999 march for the #NHS begins!

16 Aug 2014: From August 16 to September 6, campaigners are marching from Jarrow to London following in the footsteps of the Jarrow Crusade of 1936.
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A talk on NHS cuts, privatisation and the politics of cancer in an age of austerity

30 Jun 2014: This week, writer, journalist and political activist Mike Marqusee will give a talk on the politics of cancer and how it relates to NHS cuts and privatisation.
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Patients occupy threatened mental health clinic - send messages of support!

25 Apr 2014: A seven-week occupation of a Cambridge NHS mental health clinic in Britain threatened with closure is having more success than past campaigning. This is the way forward.
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Our Guardian latest: NHS group considers charges for crutches and neck braces

17 Apr 2014: Is this the beginning of the end for the free-at-the-point-of-use NHS?
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George Eliot Hospital: an anti-privatisation success story

7 Apr 2014: Patients, campaigners and union members have been celebrating the success of their campaign to keep George Eliot Hospital from private companies.
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Our latest research: GPs now in a majority on less than a third of CCG boards

30 Mar 2014: Pulse Magazine reports False Economy's latest research - numbers which show that GP representation on CCG boards has substantially decreased.
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People’s inquiry into the NHS: stop cash-driven closures and attacks on services

23 Mar 2014: The People's Inquiry into London's NHS raises serious concerns about pressured NHS services in the capital.
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Hospital closure clause: the toxic addition to the Care Bill

3 Mar 2014: Email your MP now and help spread the word about this threat to our local NHS hospitals.
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From Save Lewisham Hospital campaign: fight Clause 118 and potential hospital closures

28 Jan 2014: Contact your MP to stop government plans for a care bill clause that will make it far easier to close hospitals without proper consultation
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20 November: Day of action against blacklisting. Make the culprits Own Up! Pay Up! Clean Up!

19 Nov 2013: For over 20 years, employers in the construction industry used secret files to vet new recruits and keep out trade union and health and safety activists. Join tomorrow's protests!
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Is Hunt about to wield the axe on London hospitals?

30 Oct 2013: From Open Democracy: Another attempt is being made to browbeat people into accepting wholesale closures of A&E and other hospital services to “save lives”.
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Crisis in the number of mental health beds: does this mean unsafe practice?

22 Oct 2013: More on concerns that the cuts in the number of psychiatric beds are leading to unsafe and possibly illegal practices.
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Save the #NHS and join the march and rally on 29 September!

24 Sep 2013: Only a few days to go....
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Lots more coaches added for travel to the 29 September Save Our NHS demo!

17 Sep 2013: More and more people plan to march on Tory party conference in Manchester to defend the NHS, jobs, services and the welfare state. Join us!
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The race to privatise England’s NHS

8 Sep 2013: New figures published by the NHS support Federation this week prove that the government’s NHS changes are resulting in increased outsourcing.
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Listing of coaches to the Save Our NHS rally at Conservative Party Conference

29 Aug 2013: See the coaches to the rally that have already been organised and/or list your own!
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Jeremy Hunt and the truth behind so-called Health Tourism

28 Aug 2013: Richard Blogger investigates: it looks very much like we get far more from tourists than so-called "healthcare tourists" get from us.
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Video: Save the NHS and join the march and rally 29 September!

17 Aug 2013: Watch this great video and get ready to join the march and rally for the NHS on 29 September.
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Tell the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester: SAVE OUR NHS

4 Aug 2013: Defend Jobs and Services. No to Austerity. March and Rally - Sunday 29 September 2013.
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Mental health, WCAs, PIP and the DWP appealing judicial decisions

3 Jul 2013: What happens now for people with mental health illnesses who must go through work capability assessment and Atos and Capita personal independence payment face to face assessments?
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Private healthcare fraud - a growing risk

23 Jun 2013: A new report from the Centre for Health & the Public Interest highlights how the increased use of private healthcare providers in the NHS opens up considerable opportunities for fraud.
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A battle of biblical proportions: can Lewisham beat Jeremy Hunt?

18 Jun 2013: A small, community-based campaign group in south London takes on the parliamentary might of the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt himself. In court.
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The neoliberal epidemic striking healthcare

9 Jun 2013: "A new pernicious epidemic stalks the world's health care systems. It is the rampant spread of pro-market 'reforms', devised and promoted by a narrow policy-making academic and political elite."
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The interests really driving NHS reforms

24 May 2013: Whose interests are really driving NHS reforms? As Caroline Molloy says in this article from OpenDemocracy - Our NHS, the latest move by former Health Secretary Alan Milburn provides a clue.
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Do Atos mental function champions really make WCAs “better”?

15 May 2013: In anticipation of tomorrow's debate on mental health in parliament, we're publishing this story about the problems a group of us have had finding out more about Atos work capability assessment mental function champions.
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This Saturday: London protest to defend the NHS!

13 May 2013: ●Save Our Hospitals ●No to Privatisation: join the protest this weekend
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After Section 75 - where next for NHS campaigners?

9 May 2013: The House of Lords recently voted to open up the NHS to far more private sector competition. The overwhelming opposition fell on deaf ears. Caroline Molloy asks: where do we go from here?
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Beware of the government’s NHS personal healthcare budgets

24 Apr 2013: The government wants personal health budgets introduced for NHS patients across the country. In this post, Richard Blogger looks at the problems PHBs could create.
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Experts speak: why section 75 NHS privatisation regulations are such a threat

23 Apr 2013: Caroline Molloy explains why the NHS privatisation regulations (which will be voted on in the Lords tomorrow) present such a danger to the NHS.
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Write a letter now and save our NHS!

12 Apr 2013: Your letters can make a different and help pevent full privatisation of our NHS at the upcoming Section 75 debate on 24 April.
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Crunch time looms: experts speak out against NHS privatisation regulations

5 Apr 2013: It is hard to overstate the implications for the public of the NHS privatisation regulations going through parliament. Caroline Molloy speaks to a range of experts about these regulations and why everyone should be very, very worried.
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Private patients in NHS trusts: how it’s happening

29 Mar 2013: In this post and guide, the excellent Richard Blogger explains the "private patients in the NHS" phenomenon and how this is structured and growing:
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Amend in haste, repent at leisure - the NHS privatisation battle is still on

12 Mar 2013: Caroline Molloy: no-one voted for NHS privatisation, it’s not in the coalition agreement, it won’t save money and it won’t provide better results.
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One Barnet - worst fears about outsourcing are being realised

10 Mar 2013: Barnet Unison branch secretary John Burgess on the effects of outsourcing in Barnet as jobs are cut and low-paid careworkers bear the brunt of privatisation ideology.
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The fight against NHS privatisation is far from over: more mobilisation is needed

8 Mar 2013: The NHS privatisation juggernaut will roll on...
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ILF closure and the levels of care support disabled people with high support needs can expect

5 Mar 2013: How the closure of the Independent Living Fund puts the problems of council care funding into sharp focus
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More from disabled people on the closure of the Independent Living Fund

4 Mar 2013: More testimonies from people who will lose much-needed carer hours if the ILF closes.
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Urgent: 5 ways you can help beat the privatisation threat to the NHS

24 Feb 2013: There's just over a month to stop legislation which will open up the NHS to compulsory competitive markets and the private sector.
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Valentine’s Day protest: Save Lewisham hospital services!

15 Feb 2013: Really good short video on yesterday's protest against Jeremy Hunt's attacks on Lewisham hospital services.
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Fighting NHS cuts in Greater Manchester

9 Feb 2013: More A&E units under threat of closure or downgrading.
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How the homecare “system” fails people who use it and work in it

29 Jan 2013: In a new Unison report, homecare workers talk about the many failings of the current system.
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Lewisham Hospital consultation has been ignored - join the 26 January protest!

15 Jan 2013: Massive opposition to proposals to close Lewisham hospital services continues.
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How local people are fighting to save Bolton accident and emergency services

2 Jan 2013: The fight is on to protect Greater Manchester A+Es, hospitals, ambulances and other NHS services from cuts.
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How Gloucestershire campaigners stopped NHS privatisation

12 Nov 2012: People power keeps community hospitals in the NHS
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Unison guide: using NHS structures to block privatisation and cuts

10 Oct 2012: With the Health and Social Care Act already affecting NHS services, campaigners can still make a difference.
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Key community people excluded from NHS clinical commissioning groups

30 Sep 2012: Richard Blogger describes the evaporation of the government's commitment to community engagement in the NHS.
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From Birmingham: welfare reforms make child poverty target “unachievable”

16 Sep 2012: A look at how Universal Credit and welfare "reform" affects Birmingham.
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My son has schizophrenia and I fear for his health in DLA reassessments

5 Sep 2012: One parent's concerns for her son as the government phases out disability living allowance.
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Factsheet: cuts and changes to social care and disability benefits

14 Aug 2012: At-a-glance information about obtaining care services, Disability Living Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance
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Drastic cuts to mental health services

12 Aug 2012: Repost of some of our FOI data: cuts to mental health groups and services around the country.
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Choosing to profit: how private NHS providers will be able to select or reject patients

7 Aug 2012: In Monitor's licence conditions for private health providers, Richard Blogger finds worrying evidence of patient selection criteria.
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BBC Radio 4 Today programme gives a huge PR boost to Circle

1 Aug 2012: The problems with the 1 August report on Hinchingbrooke.
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Help us create a factsheet on social care and welfare “reforms”

24 Jul 2012: We want to create short factsheets for at-a-glance information on care and social security changes.
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How cuts to maternity services are threatening health and care

20 Jul 2012: Women affected again: a growing sense of frustration at short-sighted cuts to NHS maternity services.
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Trying to record Atos work capability assessments

10 Jul 2012: Can people record their work capability assessments? We're trying to find out.
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Councils’ lack of cash hits 7,000 elderly and disabled people

8 Jul 2012: Our FOI research into social care cuts is in the Independent today.
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Women in unions map cuts across the country

18 Jun 2012: More evidence of the disproportionate impact on women of cuts to jobs, public services, and welfare
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The real state of the Hinchingbrooke healthcare trust

27 May 2012: Why the Hinchingbrooke Healthcare Trust is living on borrowed time.
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Stopped benefits and homelessness: the realities of drug and alcohol problems

23 May 2012: People talk about the challenges of keeping benefits and staying housed.
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New campaign and NHS structure guides on False Economy

10 May 2012: Fight privatisation. Influence the NHS. We have new campaign guides to help you.
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The NHS, private patients and two-tier health

4 May 2012: The Health and Social Care Act opens the door for NHS hospitals to bring in a two-tier health system.
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A glimmer of hope: we can stop the privatisation of the NHS

1 May 2012: Campaigner Caroline Molloy explains how Gloucestershire people stopped a major NHS privatisation decision.
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Keep our NHS Public Gloucestershire campaign guides

1 May 2012: How to get information from NHS decisionmakers and how to influence them.
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The implications of contributory ESA time limits

30 Apr 2012: In this post, Louise Whittle explains the effects that the new ESA eligibility time-limit will have on her.
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NHS stone soup

17 Apr 2012: How can groups co-ordinate the next phase of opposition to the Health and Social Care Act?
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Video: why we need the NHS and why we need DLA

12 Apr 2012: More service users talk about the NHS, care, failing Atos assessments and welfare reform changes
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Where to now with the NHS?

3 Apr 2012: How joining the organisations that are being set up could make the NHS work for our benefit.
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Government reviews NHS constitution and involves Virgin Care

30 Mar 2012: The NHS constitution needs strengthening to help patients – but this is looking increasingly unlikely
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False Economy research highlights GP conflict of interest risk

29 Mar 2012: Guardian front-page story on private share fears based on our research
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The ongoing fight for care

21 Mar 2012: As the cuts bite, people with disabilities face challenges to stay in their own homes.
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A Tale of Two Barnets: film premiere

15 Mar 2012: A documentary about people in Barnet trying to cope with public sector cuts.
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How NHS reforms take GPs away from their patients – get the full data

13 Mar 2012: Exclusive: Our research shows government reforms are costing the NHS millions in agency cover.
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Three ways out of the NHS bill for the government

12 Mar 2012: How the government can step back.
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NHS: Ask peers to vote against raising private patient limits

5 Mar 2012: How you can help to stop the raising of the Private Patient Income Cap.
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Cameron’s new target - how quickly he can privatise NHS care

25 Feb 2012: The government wants to see the percentage of patients choosing private providers increase.
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5 things you need to know… download our new factsheets

17 Feb 2012: Introducing our series of essential, no-nonsense guides – starting with the deficit and the NHS bill
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Key dangers in the Health and Social Care bill

8 Feb 2012: How the bill opens the NHS up to privatisation and closes its democratic structures down.
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NHS reform: the government wilfully ignores experts

30 Jan 2012: This bill is not about access.
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February and March protests at NHS changes, welfare reform and council cuts

29 Jan 2012: Where people are organising against cuts and why.
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Lords failed to improve the NHS Bill – we must step up the campaign

25 Jan 2012: The government won every vote in the Lords but one. We must make our voices heard.
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Health bill could herald a new wave of hospital charges

18 Jan 2012: The NHS bill makes new charges more likely. How will this affect "patient choice"?
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Lansley is scared to publish his own department’s list of risks to the NHS

6 Jan 2012: The government must come clean and publish the full NHS Risk Register
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We can’t go on like this. I’m cutting the NHS, not the deficit

30 Nov 2011: Yesterday's disastrous autumn statement showed that the government's cuts strategy is all pain and no gain.
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NHS hospital cuts that undermine Cameron’s claims

29 Nov 2011: While Cameron claims he isn't cutting the NHS, the Department of Health admits it is cutting payments to hospitals.
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Don’t be old, don’t be ill: one year of council cuts

25 Nov 2011: Kate Belgrave surveys a year of council cuts that have often hit society's most vulnerable
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How privatisation drives NHS pensions into deficit

17 Nov 2011: Transferring staff to the private sector won't just cut employees' future pensions. It will increase the government’s liability for existing pensioners
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Circle has been unable to make a profit. How will it turn around a hospital?

10 Nov 2011: Key questions for Circle Health, the private firm taking over a Cambridgeshire NHS trust
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Don’t be fooled by these pilot personal healthcare budgets

4 Nov 2011: Pilot personal healthcare budgets offer acupuncture, massage and smartphones. The real thing may turn out to be very different indeed.
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NHS Bill lets GPs restrict treatment. So what happens if you can’t pay?

28 Oct 2011: If Andrew Lansley were to make patients pay for blood tests there would be uproar. The NHS Bill lets him pass this decision to GPs.
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By undermining social solidarity, health bill puts NHS at mercy of EU competition law

23 Oct 2011: Cross-subsidies in the NHS help ensure a comprehensive service. Any Qualified Provider will end that.
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Health bill will let more GPs say “buy my services or go without”

7 Oct 2011: A simple amendment to the health bill will stop GPs offering private treatment in place of free care.
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NHS: 3 great ways to lobby the Lords

5 Oct 2011: Tell the Lords what you think from the comfort of your computer – and then join the protest this Sunday 9 October.
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How to respond when your MP says “I am deeply committed to the NHS”

23 Sep 2011: Richard Blogger rebuts the claims of pro-NHS bill MPs
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Health Bill: let’s see some real transparency

12 Sep 2011: The Lords must inject some real transparency into the NHS Bill.
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NHS bill threatens freedom of information

7 Sep 2011: The public’s rights to information is likely to be "significantly curtailed” says the Campaign for Freedom of Information.
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Why are our private hospitals so shy of lucrative markets?

31 Aug 2011: If English private hospitals are unable to compete for lucrative US health tourists, how will they compete for far less profitable NHS care?
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Private providers are banking on this government driving patients into their hands

25 Aug 2011: 80% of healthcare is public, 20% private. What will the balance be at the next election?
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Department of Health guidelines falsely inflate NHS costs

18 Aug 2011: Incorrect government figures make private sector treatment appear cheaper than the NHS.
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How Lansley is fiddling hospitals’ Payment by Results system

11 Aug 2011: Hospitals are being paid less to provide treatments – in plain English that's a cut
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NHS bill will put hospital governance in the hands of unskilled volunteers

26 Jul 2011: I'm a Foundation Trust governor who – like my colleagues – volunteered to help my hospital serve the community. The NHS bill will give us huge financial responsibilites for which we are unqualified
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Clegg promised no back-door privatisation of NHS. But new white paper opens the front door

19 Jul 2011: The government's Open Public Services white paper takes us a step closer to NHS privatisation
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Health reforms place even greater burden on an inspection regime that can’t cope

12 Jul 2011: The government claims its inspectors will make sure "qualified providers" of healthcare really are qualified. But even now the system is struggling to cope.
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Instead of fixing social care, Lansley broke the NHS

7 Jul 2011: Social care in England is broken – and the Health Secretary has delayed every opportunity to fix it
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The NHS is 63 today – health workers speak out

5 Jul 2011: As the NHS celebrates its birthday, health service staff tell of their experiences and the challenges ahead.
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The unaccountable super-quango at the heart of NHS reforms

1 Jul 2011: Instead of liberating the NHS, Lansley wants to liberate government from the NHS. The result is a new super-quango.
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NHS bill set to create new layers of bureaucracy

23 Jun 2011: The new structure has more organisations and layers than before, writes Richard Blogger.
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Lansley clings on to NHS “Any Qualified Provider” policy - but it’s in a mess

17 Jun 2011: The Government's response to the Future Forum's recommendations on NHS reform is disappointing but not unexpected.
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Health reforms will cut quality rather than boost productivity

10 Jun 2011: The recent rise in waiting lists are a sign of things to come.
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Lansley’s plans increase the risk of a Southern Cross-style crisis in the NHS

2 Jun 2011: One leading healthcare provider has worrying parallels with the struggling care homes company
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What the health bill means for hospital trusts – and why it matters

26 May 2011: Much criticism of the health bill has focused on GP commissioning. But changes to hospital trusts pose a threat to the NHS too.
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Government has ignored every opportunity to “pause and reflect” on health bill

19 May 2011: There have been many opportunities for the government to "pause, listen and reflect" on the Health Bill. It's ignored them all.
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She needs a maternity unit NOT a costly NHS reorganisation

15 May 2011: New posters target Lansley's NHS reforms and Osborne's corporation tax cuts.
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‘Efficiency savings’ for the NHS, cuts for everyone else

12 May 2011: Isn't it about time the government dropped the words "savings" and "reinvest" and instead be honest?
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Government blueprint spells it out: consultants’ and nurses’ jobs will go

4 May 2011: McKinsey report says NHS "efficiency savings" require frontline job losses
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NHS “efficiency savings” achieved by cutting cataract and hip ops

27 Apr 2011: As rationing increases, GPs are referring more patients to the private sector
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Cameron’s NHS “ringfence” makes Thatcher’s increases look generous

20 Apr 2011: David Cameron claims that NHS funding is ringfenced and will increase in real terms. He's wrong on both counts.
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Video: A mother stands up for the NHS

1 Apr 2011: Quite simply one of the most moving and passionate defences of the NHS we've seen.
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All Together for the NHS: Michael Moore sends a message of support

28 Mar 2011: Hot on the heels of the March for the Alternative, 1 April has been declared “All Together for the NHS” day.
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Our NHS job cuts probe exposes myth that only ‘bureaucrats’ will go

28 Feb 2011: Having spent most of last week furiously denying False Economy’s NHS job cuts figures, the government has finally conceded that the number of clinical jobs in the health service could fall.
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Exclusive: 50,000 NHS job losses uncovered by False Economy

23 Feb 2011: We can reveal that more than 50,000 NHS staff posts are set for the axe, destroying government claims that the NHS is in safe hands.
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