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an interview with Michael Meacher Over the last four years Socialism and Health has made a point of interviewing each health spokesperson of the Labour Party to give them a chance to talk about what they see as the priorities in health policy. Our last interview was with Gwyneth Dunwoody who has been succeeded by Michael Meacher. We visited him at the House of Commons in April. This is a summary of that interview. What do you see as the priorities in health policy for the next Labour government? Michael Meacher felt it isn’t enough just to talk about how […]
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In the Nov/Dec ’80 issue of Socialism & Health‘ we published an interview with Stan Orme, who, at the time, was the shadow health minister. Since then Michael Foot has become the party leader and Gwyneth Dunwoody has taken over Stan Orme’s job. We felt that it would be interesting to see what her views were on broadly the same areas as those we asked Stan Orme about, so we interviewed her in early March. This is a summary of that interview: Alison: Which Tory policies are you most concerned with, with regard to health? G.D.:  It’s their general attitude […]
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A joint Labour Party and Socialist Medical Association conference on Labour health policies was held on Saturday October 18th 1980 in Central Hall, Westminster, with nearly four hundred delegates attending from all over the country. The morning session was addressed by Stan Orme MP, opposition spokesman on health and social security, and Cyril Taylor, president of the SMA. In the afternoon delegates were split into four groups to discuss prevention, reorganisation and democracy in the NHS, NHS financing, and the personal social services. At the end of the session there was time for summaries of the small groups and a wider […]
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