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Help us save the NHS

For anyone who loves the NHS, it is time to act. We don’t have much time to reverse the destructive reforms already underwayWe urgently need your support.

openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

Charities help out the NHS… or do they?

Labour's offer this week of 'NHS preferred provider' status to voluntary sector organisations raises some fundamental questions about their role in today's world.

Lives are being lost due to the heart-failure of marketised healthcare

MPs criticise the NHS for mental health failings this week - but the real problem is a competition-based focus on treatment rather than on care.

From electricity suppliers to doctors, why do many reject the modern imperative to 'shop around'?

A new report by the Competition and Markets Authority highlights how poorer people are failed by energy markets. Jonathan Tomlinson finds the same for health - and for understandable reasons. 

The Saatchi Bill is not about 'innovation' but 'improvisation'

We already have a sound structure for innovation. What this Bill will deliver is medical improvisation with virtually non-existent patient safeguards.

Why is the government putting health watchdogs on the leash of ‘promoting economic growth’?

Lord Tunnicliffe asked in Parliament on November 20, 2014: “are these new clauses a licence for regulators to approve regulations that kill people to save money?”

What’s happening to my local GP? Carrots, sticks, and the long game of NHS privatisation

Behind yet more spin of 'more power to GPs', the scary truth is of a profession being steadily dismantled to make way for the unfettered free market. 

The Saatchi Bill is internally inconsistent and must be scrutinised in the Commons

The Bill claims to both protect patients and also prevent doctors fearing litigation - clearly, it cannot achieve both. One must come at the expense of the other, and it's patients who are going to lose out.

Fifty shades of tax avoidance, or, what are the bankers doing with our schools and hospitals?

Huge sums that are supposed to fund the National Health Service are finding their way into yet more offshore tax havens, channelled through Private Finance initiative (PFI) projects. 

Take it from an American - Britain's NHS is as good as it gets

This American feared 'socialized medicine' would mean Soviet-era queues and Kafkaesque bureaucracy - but was very pleasantly surprised.

Lord Saatchi and the medical anecdote PR machine

The public have been misled over the Saatchi bill - it will not help cure cancer, it will actually hinder our ability to develop effective new treatments.

Trans-Pacific Partnership’s Big Pharma giveaway

Out of all big industries making billions in profit, the pharmaceutical is probably the most ethically questionable.

Don't believe the false reassurance about NHS privatisation

Even as they belatedly criticise the government's health 'reforms', think tanks like the Kings Fund are making one fundamental error. 

Doctors - the new political scapegoat?

The NHS staff crisis and an over-reliance on locums are a result of political, 'pro-market' decisions - so why are politicians like Margaret Hodge so keen to blame the doctors themselves for the market they find themselves operating in?

David Cameron, England's NHS, and the tiger in the bathroom

As it becomes impossible to deny the devastation being wreaked on the National Health Service by 2012's Health & Social Care Act, who is really pledging to fix it?

Tories filibuster to stall Labour's NHS Bill

Tory MPs demonstrated yesterday they would rather play games with parliamentary procedures than discuss how to fix the NHS. It's time for a radical commitment to a new Bill that will truly sort out the mess.

Going, going, gone - the great hospital sell-off?

Many of our precious hospitals are being prepared for handover to private developers - and from PropCo to the Infrastructure Bill, the government is stripping away barriers to this firesale.

Labour NHS plan outrages privatisers

Labour's new plans to reduce private profiteering in the NHS have triggered a vicious counter-attack in the Tory press. Labour must ignore them - and do more to convince campaigners of its intent to protect and restore the NHS. 

A locum A&E doctor speaks out about the silent privatisation of the NHS workforce

As MPs highlight soaring NHS spend on agency and locum staff, why is the government privatising its own in-house locum agency?

What's really causing the A&E crisis - and how can we fix it?

Singularly stupid 'marketising' policies have caused our A&E crisis - and none of the main parties have fully grasped what needs doing to fix it.  

What 'austerity' has done to Greek healthcare

The shocking 'austerity'-imposed destruction of Greece's once proud healthcare system is a key reason Greeks have turned to Syriza, finds London GP Louise Irvine in an eye witness account. 

Carnival of incompetence - or, how nobody knows how to privatise a health service well

Recent experiences show no-one knows how to privatise bits of the English Health Service without damaging the parts - like A&E - that are left behind. 

Maurice Saatchi, his Medical Innovation Bill, and the booming ‘orphan drugs’ market

Maurice Saatchi's Medical Innovation Bill is more likely to make its proposer money than it is to help anyone who's sick.

Troubled TTIP isn't the only 'trade' takeover busting our sovereignty

Even as controversial 'trade' deal, TTIP, sputters, other deals to give corporations as much power as countries are being negotiated even more secretively. 

Hinchingbrooke - how a disastrous privatisation duped the political class

How did a privatised hospital now rated the worst for caring in England, persuade so many journalists and politicians to hail it as a 'miracle'? Alex Nunns takes a satirical look. 

Dear patient - why your care is getting shattered, not more 'joined up'

Healthcare is fragmenting as a result of changes ministers claim promote 'joined up care', finds a frustrated NHS worker.

Hinchingbrooke - why did England's privatised hospital deal REALLY collapse?

Shocking examples of poor care are the real reason Circle withdrew from running Hinchingbrooke Hospital - they've got their eyes on easier ways to privatise the NHS, anyway.

Life, the universe, and the NHS crisis

The NHS is in crisis like never before - but the political game ignores the real causes of the problem.

What doctors know - in England and in America

The NHS was set up to ensure doctors put patients before profits. But that is now being rapidly undermined in favour of a US-style system.

A&E crisis mounts as East of England wastes money on privatisation

Failed privatisation experiments, vanity IT projects and "disastrous" PFI deals are enriching a familiar few, as patients pay the price.  

28 February 2015 - 999 Call for the NHS - national convention for NHS campaigners

The  Jarrow marchers are organising a convention to help unite NHS campaigners throughout the country.

Help us save the NHS

For anyone who loves the NHS, it is time to act. We don’t have much time to reverse the destructive reforms already underwayWe urgently need your support.

"The biggest denationalisation of health services ever announced by a health minister"

More hospitals - potentially all of them - will be run outside the NHS as so-called "mutuals", the government announced this week. Nine have already set out down this path but who really benefits from "mutualisation"?

A heartfelt thank you to the NHS

"I feel immensely proud of Britain for providing a health care service that is brilliant and accessible to all."

Parliamentary watchdog: too often private sector contractors' ethical standards found wanting

A culture of revenue and profit-driven performance incentives has too often been misaligned with the needs of the public who fund and depend on these services. Margaret Hodge MP writes on the Public Accounts Committee's new report on the contracting out of public services.

"Should there be competition in the NHS?"

OurNHS openDemocracy Editor Caroline Molloy debates with Andrew Haldenby, head of the Reform think tank, in a discussion hosted by Ian Collins for the Express newspaper.

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