A 24/7, transparent NHS – or the rise of the planet of the apps?

Is the English government's enthusiasm for health ‘apps’ and ‘data transparency’, for the benefit of patients – or markets? Or even a trojan horse for a pay-NHS?

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A 24/7, transparent NHS – or the rise of the planet of the apps?

Is the English government's enthusiasm for health ‘apps’ and ‘data transparency’, for the benefit of patients – or markets? Or even a trojan horse for a pay-NHS?

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A 24/7, transparent NHS – or the rise of the planet of the apps?

Is the English government's enthusiasm for health ‘apps’ and ‘data transparency’, for the benefit of patients – or markets? Or even a trojan horse for a pay-NHS?

Why does Downing Street want details of all your appointments with your doctor?

Despite hiccups, Downing Street is still keen to get its hands on details of when, how often, and why you visit your doctor. For what purpose?

Do we want Jeremy Hunt's head on a plate?

The #ImInWorkJeremy campaign - the new democracy in action, or just old fashioned mob rule?

Pay for healthcare? We already do. The 3 question MPs must answer.

A government minister has proposed setting up an inquiry to consider whether we need to move away from a tax-payer funded NHS to one that relies on insurance or co-payments. One reader's open letter to her MP.

Why is Jeremy Hunt trying to discredit doctors?

We do need improvements to 7 day care in the NHS - but Hunt's approach will worsen it. 

Government proposes inquiry into moving to a 'pay NHS'

Last week the government quietly announced a review into the biggest political hot potato of all - and almost no-one noticed.

Panorama and the NHS - the perfect missed opportunity

Last night's Panorama looked at the "Perfect Storm" now encircling the NHS - but failed to accurately diagnose either the problem or the solution. 

Works of love: Cicely Saunders and the hospice movement

Profoundly rejecting the fatalistic response of the medical establishment, a new movement placed people at the heart of compassionate care at the end of their lives.

NHS campaigners take a stand in Birmingham

Procurement used to be about getting cheap supplies for the NHS - now it has become a byword for corporate bunfests. Campaigners came together last week to say, "enough".

Osborne hides his fiscal secrets under the hospital bed

The NHS promises yet more mythical savings to unlock a few crumbs from the Chancellor's red box. Meanwhile its deficit soars to Greek levels – and the shadow of more NHS charges stalks the policy corridors…

Saatchi's new BOGOF offer to Britain

What could be better than a dangerous Saatchi bill that nobody wants?

Two bills.

The emergency budget - is it time to chain up 11 Downing Street to stop it poisoning us with 'austerity'?

'Austerity' is as discredited an approach to twenty-first century ills, as the 'miasma' theory was to nineteenth century ones. But where are our modern John Snows?

To save our health service MPs must stand together and back the NHS Reinstatement Bill

The Bill, which was last week backed by the British Medical Association, seeks to reinstate the NHS based on its founding principles and rid our health service of the inefficiencies and fragmentation of the market. 

Doctors have always been over-worked, but that's not what's causing the recruitment crisis

The greatest reward of being a doctor - relating to patients as fellow complicated human beings - has been lost amidst the growth of tick-box, corporatised management that treats all doctors as if they were 'duffers'.

If voting changed anything, they'd abolish it - on trade deals and corporate hydras

The bizarre wranglings of both EU and US politicians on 'trade deals' show they're caught between the rock of public opinion and the hard place of corporate might. Meanwhile other corporate-driven trade deals are being worked on in the shadows.

Researching health companies: a web search guide

How to uncover the facts about the companies involved in NHS privatisation - a joint OurNHS/Corporate Watch guide, and the first in a series of bite-sized OurNHS guides to NHS campaigning. 

A dance of destitution - psychology's clash over coercion

Job centres are becoming gladiatorial arenas where unemployed people and professionals slug it out, whilst the ethical battle rages.

MEPs' mounting TTIP opposition scandalously silenced ahead of knife-edge US vote

Faced with a possible shock rejection of TTIP by MEPs, Brussels simply cancelled the vote this week – and now Washington moves swiftly to speed up the publicly unpopular trade deal.

Saatchi’s bill could harm thousands

Killing the Saatchi bill was one of the few good things the Lib Dems achieved. Now, with no coalition restraints, Saatchi is again trying to force his bill through parliament.

The EU has a big vote on TTIP this Wednesday - make your voice heard now

Which MEPs will stand up for national sovereignty and England's NHS? Wednesday's key vote is a crucial test, especially on the hated idea of 'investor courts'.

Government u-turn on safe nursing levels branded a "betrayal" by Mid-Staffs campaigners

Independent work on safer ratios of nurses to patients across the NHS, was a key recommendation of the Francis inquiry into failings at Stafford hospital. This week, the government quietly shut that work down.

Alcoholism, the NHS, and political hypocrisy

Politicians show sympathy for the sadly premature death of Charles Kennedy - but none for the ordinary alcoholic, facing cuts to services and threats of charges for A&E use.

NHS agency staff - the market reaps as Hunt sows

Tough talk by the Health Secretary on NHS agency costs belies the fact that the problem occured on his watch - and as a result of his government's market policies.

The George Osborne drinking game - the new way to enjoy 'austerity'

Once again this weekend we've heard that £13bn of cuts to social security and £22bn of NHS cuts are imminent. Osborne says "we all know" that early cuts give a "smoother ride". But do we?

And on the seventh day, Cameron created a 7-day NHS

David Cameron's proposals for a seven day NHS could have unintended consequences.

The government must act to improve the human rights of dementia patients and carers

Few now question the right of parents to stay with children in hospital - so why don't patients with dementia have similar rights? A blog for Dementia Awareness week.

General Practice after the General Election

The government says GPs are in the most "exciting" area of the NHS. In fact General Practice is in a parlous state.

Labour made the NHS both scary and boring

You can't defeat the politics of fear, with more fear.

Eight reasons you really can't trust the Tories with the NHS

Huge hidden cuts to hospital budgets, soaring privatisation, and some scary plans to make us pay for healthcare - as voters go to the polls, the consequences of more Tory government could be dire.

We saved Lewisham hospital - but its future depends on stopping NHS privatisation

Cameron claims that the NHS is becoming more efficient - and is not being privatised or cut. But doctors know these claims are false.

100 hours to save the NHS...Labour's manifesto analysed

Labour's spending pledges and commitments on comprehensive healthcare are welcome - but campaigners shouldn't turn a blind eye to the worrying gaps and inconsistencies in their plans. 

Why are GPs being told to hand billions-worth of NHS decisions to private health firms and their lobbyists?

Whilst all eyes have been on the election, the government has quietly shifted into stage two of NHS privatisation, generating huge potential conflicts of interest.

Carry on don't lose your vote

The Lib Dems have withdrawn their support for their own candidate in health secretary Jeremy Hunt's seat. But will second favourite, the National Health Action Party candidate, now pick up Lib Dem voters with no official candidate to vote for - or will arcane rules keep voters in the dark?

NHS privatisation soars 500% in the last year, finds in-depth new study

Don't be misled by one line denials of NHS privatisation based on old figures. The first in-depth analysis of the true impact of Cameron's health Act paints a shocking picture. 

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