Category Archives: Health care

After the health bill: The end of the NHS as we know it | Red Pepper

With the health bill passed, the UK government is now setting about forcing the market into the NHS. Colin Leys looks at what is likely to happen next. Continue reading…

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When Health Care Is Downsized by Austerity | L’Humanité in English

In mid-March, the unions at the teaching hospital in Toulouse learned of an “anti-crisis performance plan.” On the menu: grouping, outsourcing of services and reconsideration of the pertinence of health care acts. It is an austerity plan that conceals its name and endangers the provision of health care. Continue reading…

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Lamentable media coverage and state deception, the scandal of NHS legislation | openDemocracy

The Health and Social Care Bill has just passed through Parliament. A huge step towards privatising the NHS has been taken. The most cherished of UK public institutions is being dismantled and large private providers are already signing contracts. All this is against the wishes of a large majority of the public and an even larger majority of health-care professionals. Continue reading…

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Portuguese death rate rise linked to pain of austerity programme | The Guardian

Portugal’s health service is being forced into sweeping cuts as last May’s EU/IMF bailout terms begin to bite. Continue reading…

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Is Greece becoming a third world country? HIV, Malaria and TB rates soar as health services are slashed by savage cuts | Greek Left Review

Savage cuts to the Greek health service have seen the country’s HIV and Tuberculosis rates soar – sparking fears it is becoming a third world nation.

Aid agencies said the cutting of hospital budgets by an astonishing 40 per cent had also led to a sharp rise in the number of citizens being diagnosed with Malaria. Contiune reading…

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‘Commercial confidentiality’ trumps public right to know in England’s new health market | openDemocracy

n the new competitive market for healthcare created by the Health and Social Care Bill it will become increasingly difficult to know what exactly is being done with public money. Continue reading…

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The truth about health “reform”: it’s the demolition of the NHS | openDemocracy

This is a wake-up call to the people of England. If we do not rouse ourselves we are going to find that when we or our loved ones, friends and family, neighbours or colleagues fall ill it will be too late to ensure that medical help is available. The universal service that has lifted fear and insured our health for three generations since the Second World War will be in the hands of international corporate ‘providers’ who profit from scarcity and privileged access to Ministers and administrators. Continue reading…

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