I wish to know Jon Ashworth’s plans to prevent the further privatisation and ‘Americanisation’ of our National Health Service as well as making the case for the need for a vital injection of capital. The whole country can now see the effect of austerity, lack of trained doctors and nurses , the reduction of hospital beds and PFI projects on our NHS. I was a public governor for three years in a Wirral hospital trust and observed at first hand the amount of public money wasted on private accountancy firms, business bids and plans, advertising , and salaried governors. This […]
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As part of a Women’s Season of programmes, Yeti Television are making a documentary for BBC Wales about Abortion and the 1967 Abortion Act. ‘Beyond the Backstreet’ will tell the story of how the fight for safe & legal abortion was won in the 1960s and explore the desperate measures women were forced into before the act was passed. We also envisage bringing the story up to date and looking at how attitudes have changed – or not – in the past fifty years. We are currently researching and developing the documentary and looking to talk to women who would be willing […]
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“Our manifesto was a key reason for our gains in the 2017 general election. Now its ideas need to be developed and radicalized”. —Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell At the Labour Conference following the election result, emboldened delegates “voted historically and unanimously for complete renationalisation of the NHS in England” – in the words of Alex Scott-Samuel, Socialist Health Association Chair. Since then shadow health secretary Jon Ashworth has further committed Labour to halting the Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) which devolve the national service into local ‘footprints’ with reduced accountability and the potential for marked reductions in healthcare provision, commercial […]
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We will never know how many patients will have died or will die because the Prime Minister is prepared to uphold austerity measures in the face of the worst crisis to hit the NHS for many years.  Home Secretary, Mrs May forced through cuts in police budgets and she is now prepared to face out calls from many distinguished health figures warning of the consequences if the NHS does not receive an immediate emergency cash injection. The announcement that medical students are being persuaded to assist the NHS crisis is a further indication of deteriorating health services under austerity. Another example of the utter policy failure of the May […]
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2017 was a good year for the Association.  We saw a big increase in our membership and our new Chair  managed to organise a resolution about the NHS which was carried unanimously by the Labour Party conference to great acclaim.  We finally managed to make some progress on our policy discussions, both internally and in discussion with the Labour health team. Over the past couple of years it has been difficult to organise events because the volatile political situation, and elections, both external and internal, have diverted people’s attention. But now it seems possible. We organised a very high powered conference […]
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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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Printed in New Statesman in October 1994 in a competition asking for poems by doctors.    Yet another awful day which sets me thinking glumly That it’s time to write a letter to the dreaded Mrs Bottomley. “Dear Sir, My frank opinion of your ‘Health Reforms’ is this: That they do not work and never will: they’re just a load of contribution! What seems to be the problem, and please do not say I’m lying, Is I’ve just rung seven hospitals while patients here are likely to require only tender loving care, And some say ‘Try Mount Vernon’ and others […]
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Income growth in the UK has been weak since the financial crisis. It is a trend which seems likely to continue through to the early 2020s. But in overall terms, this has not been accompanied by a worsening of income inequalities. Official data from the DWP indicate a broad stability in the inequality of disposable household income, equivalised (i.e. weighted) for household composition. In 2006/07, the Gini coefficient before housing costs was 35% and after housing costs it was 39%. In 2015/16, these rates were exactly the same. Other data published by the ONS actually indicate a slight decrease in income inequality in recent years. According to […]
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Every winter, the crisis of care deepens. Here we are, in the eye of the storm, with the contradictions glaring out from the abyss. 10+ hour waits at A&E, causing countless unreported harms in delayed treatment. It’s upsetting to think soon, someone is likely to die in the corridor, just as last year (The Guardian, 2017) The infamous Corridor is usually where patients are taken by Ambulance when they are unable or unsafe to walk (e.g. the bedbound, the nursing home resident) or when their condition requires continual assessment & management (e.g. amber-flag sepsis, breathing difficulties on oxygen etc.), but […]
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Good integrated healthcare or neoliberal con? The Alzira Model is named after the town in Spain where the La Ribera hospital, the first hospital using this model, is located The Alzira Model: Goes beyond the PFI model of the building being privately operated to also include clinical services Paid for by a capitation fee The first contract covered only the La Ribera hospital and was signed in 1997, the hospital opened in 1999 and the contract was terminated in 2003 due to losses. Replaced by second contract, which widened the remit to also manage the primary healthcare of the surrounding health […]
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