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Public meeting Wednesday June 3 – Get your ticket! We would like to invite you to our first virtual Zoom public meeting Internationalism in the Post Covid-19 World Wednesday 3rd June, 6pm to 8.30pm Speakers are: Harsev Bains, Baroness Christine Blower, Dr Kailash Chand, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Jacqui McKenzie, Murad Qureshi AM. Please register for this event at liberation.org.uk/event  And pass it on to friends and colleagues! Joint event by The Socialist Health Association and Liberation. Please contact Jean Hardiman Smith at admin@sochealth.co.uk for more information.

The SHA has been publishing its COVID-19 Blogs weekly since the 15th March. A number of themes have cropped up consistently throughout as actual events have occurred. Too slow to act The slow and dithering response by the government has been one such theme. This has been exposed with embarrassing clarity by media investigative teams which this weekend include the Insight team. Their detailed report on the dither and delay leading up to lockdown showed that when Italy and Spain locked down on the 10th and 13th March respectively each had over a million estimated infections in their countries. In […]
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Introduction This is the tenth SHA weekly blog on the COVID-19 pandemic. We are at an interesting phase of the pandemic when we are moving from Response to Recovery and uncertain how to navigate the tricky waters without the charts and the data dashboard to guide us. We have a government that was ill prepared for the pandemic and has been playing catch up from the early days of denial, then delay and a too early departure from building local systems of community testing, tracing and isolating. We are beginning to hear of possible COVID-19 cases in the UK and […]
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Introduction The SHA has produced a weekly Blog on the Covid-19 pandemic for the past 2 months. In these Blogs we have looked at many issues but the overriding finding is that the UK Government has been much too slow in responding to the pandemic, which has cost lives, stressed the NHS and severely damaged the economy. We are now one of the countries in Western Europe with the worst outcome in terms of reported deaths and deaths/million population. This is a scandal, and as we have learned more about the background to the response we learnt about the emergency […]
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The UK has been in lockdown since March 23rd 2020 in an attempt to slow down the spread of the Covid 19 virus. Six weeks on the number of new cases per day has begun to decrease and government and business are clamouring to restart the UK economy. We believe that people’s health should come before profit and that there should be no return to work until it is safe to do so. The UK has the highest death toll from Covid 19 in Europe and the data does not to support that it is yet safe to relax physical […]
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Scientists and health experts believe that the government should examine a range of new antiviral technologies while planning their lockdown exit strategy. They say that there are at least half a dozen such technologies and strategies that could be combined to help make any exit strategy more effective – and help avoid a second peak in Covid-19 infections and deaths. Potentially useful technologies include newly-developed anti-surface-contamination products, virucidal face masks, and new ultraviolet light and virus-detection ioniser systems. Health experts believe that plans should immediately be formulated to commission the manufacture and supply of a range of vital equipment that would be needed in order to deploy […]
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This is now the 8th weekly Blog published by the Socialist Health Association (SHA) commenting on how the Coronavirus pandemic is progressing both locally and globally. The lens we use is a socialist worldview where we aspire to One World and Planetary Health and are as concerned to reduce global as well as local health inequalities. The Covid-19 pandemic has shone a light on local inequalities within the UK as well as stark global inequalities where people find themselves exposed and unable to follow the advice we receive in the UK and other rich countries to social distance and pursue […]
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From Ekua Bayunu, Member of Greater Manchester Socialist Health Association, and selected candidate for Hulme in the next Manchester City Council elections. When I joined SHA a couple of years ago I wanted to focus my energies on action against inequalities in the health systems around race, particularly in mental health. We now have evidence of the toxins that were seeping into us from the right, distracting us from actually building effective socialist action on health issues here in Greater Manchester. Skip forward and we are slap bang in the eye of the storm of the Covid 19 pandemic and […]
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This is the 7th week that the SHA has published a Blog tracing the progress of the Coronavirus pandemic globally but more specifically across the UK. Over this time we have drawn attention to the slow response in the UK; the lack of preparedness for PPE supply and distribution; the delay in scaling up the testing capacity and system of contact tracing; a too early move away from trying to control the epidemic and poor anticipation of the needs of the social care sector. However we need to start to look at how we can reverse the situation we find […]
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We have seen commentary on “The work of the Labour Party’s Governance and Legal Unit in relation to antisemitism, 2014 – 2019 document”. If the reported content is to be believed, it appears that our work to get Labour to power has been undermined for years, leaving the UK at continued risk from this incompetent and malign government. As an affiliated Socialist Society, we are pleased to see that Sir Keir has opened an independent investigation which must examine the contents of the document as well as its leaking and provenance. Our members expect the report to be truly independent and […]
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“Thanks to all those who continue to provide rapid feedback from their frontline experience. Also for the forensic questions you provide. You are helping the Labour Party challenge where needed”. Brian Fisher ( SHA Chair ) EXPERIENCE FROM THE FRONTLINE 26 4 20 Social distancing at the Stanlow / Ellesmere Port petrochemicals plant is impossible as the staff need to work in pairs or larger teams to do their work, often one on top of another, that’s the nature of the work.  My contact thinks much of that work is un-necessary at this time, it is not just about securing the site etc.., […]
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WHO COVID-19 Database WHO is gathering the latest international multilingual scientific findings and knowledge on COVID-19. The majority of citations referenced are published journal articles. The global literature cited in the WHO COVID-19 database is updated daily (Monday through Friday) from searches of bibliographic databases, hand searching, and the addition of other expert-referred scientific articles. Particular emphasis is placed on identifying literature from around the world. Multiple search strategies that are under continual revision are used to obtain this global perspective. New research is added regularly. Available since January 26th, a more powerful search interface has just been launched on […]
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