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Richard Grimes is an NHS campaigner.

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

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.

A bonfire of citizen's rights

Alongside the Lobbying Bill, the government is quietly pushing through another Bill which seems designed to remove any lingering obstacles to the corporatisation of public services - disempowering citizens, parliament and watchdogs at a stroke.

Why is the government preparing for a dramatic rise in NHS patients going private?

The government is both squeezing real NHS funding, something it has been reprimanded for repeatedly denying, and it has also increased the limit on private patient income to 49% of hospital income. Despite its rhetoric, the Coalition's plan for the NHS is quite clear.

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