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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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    The SHA started to publish its Covid-19 Blogs on the 17th March and since then have issued weekly blogs. It is extraordinary to reflect on this being our sixth commentary on the socialist health view of the unfolding global pandemic. In earlier Blogs we have covered many different topics and each Blog reflects on particular issues that have sprung up over the past week and identified as emerging issues. In this week’s Blog we will look at social care, testing, and possible steps out of lockdown. Social Care This has rightly hit the headlines over the past week as the […]
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    SHA COVID-19 Blog 5   12th April The Socialist Health Association (SHA) has published its weekly Blogs on the COVID-19 pandemic since the 17thMarch 2020. This provides a narrative of political and health issues over the past 5 weeks. A lot has happened over the past week and we will address some of these developments from our socialist health perspective. Situation update So far in our Blogs we have drawn attention to how the UK has been to slow to respond to the pandemic threat since the warnings from Wuhan started at the end of December 2019 and were confirmed […]
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    Open letter to Sir Keir Starmer. Dear Sir Keir, On behalf of members of the Socialist Health Association we offer you our sincere congratulations on becoming Leader of the Labour Party and our full support at this difficult time for the United Kingdom. You assume office at a time of crisis, the seeds of which were sown in a decade of Tory (mis) rule. There must be no support from Labour for the values and actions of a Party which: Led the U.K. out of the Europe Union with no firm plan for the future, weakened our relations with near […]
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    The Socialist Health Association (SHA) published its first three Blogs on the COVID-19 pandemic weekly since the 17thMarch 2020. A lot has happened over the past week and we will address some of these developments from our ‘politics and health’ perspective. The global crisis The pandemic continues to spread around the world and we are seeing that while Europe remains a global hotspot the new epicentre has now shifted to North America. New York Governor Cuomo is showing some visible leadership and filling some of the space that the President should be in. It was always the case that the […]
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    Jeremy Corbyn wrote a long letter to Boris Johnson on 31st March. As well as wishing him a speedy recovery, Jeremy made some strong points about aspects of the current crisis, and asked for immediate action on: Full PPE now for Health and social Care workers Test Test Test Expand Social Care Enforce Social-distancing and Protection Bolster Support for Workers Lead a Global Reponse (the 4  pages of the letter are attached) Posted by Jean Smith on behalf of SHA member Diane Jones.

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    The Socialist Health Association (SHA) published its first two Blogs on the COVID-19 pandemic on the 17th March and 24th March 2020. A lot has happened over the past week and we will address some of these developments from our political perspective. A global crisis The pandemic continues to spread around the world and we are seeing that while Europe remains a global hotspot the epicentre is now shifting to North America. It remains to be seen how the Trump administration ‘handles’ the situation but global leadership and best practice will not emanate from the White House and we will […]
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    We have now launched another collaborative petition with the people at Change and have support from Health Campaigns Together and Socialist Health Association.  It is likely other campaigns will support too in the next few days. Here is the link  Change.org/NHS4all Please sign and share widely. Please not only post on your own social media networks (though this is vital) but please include in your local group newsletters and prominently on your local group facebook and twitter pages – it might even be an idea to pin the post to the top of your timelines or facebook walls. Also please take […]
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    20/03/2020   OPEN LETTER TO THE PRIME MINISTER FROM THE SOCIALIST HEALTH ASSOCIATION Dear Mr Johnson, The pandemic has exposed the steady destruction of our public services and welfare state which has happened over the last 10 years. This is the most unprecedented health challenge in 100 years which is complex and difficult – but as voiced by many experts in the field, we have significant concerns about the way the UK government has hitherto been approaching this national emergency. We hope from now on this will be better co-ordinated. We support frontline staff at this worrying time. However the public […]
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