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OurNHS is the only media outlet that is fiercely pro-NHS. We break vital stories that other media miss. And now we need your help.

OurNHS
28 July 2015

Did you know that this month, the Tory government quietly proposed an inquiry into moving towards a pay-to-use NHS? OurNHS openDemocracy broke this story, and already it’s been read by well over 100,000 on our website, and picked up from our site by the Guardian, the Independent, and in parliament.

OurNHS www.opendemocracy.net/OurNHS is the only media outlet that is fiercely pro-NHS, producing regular exclusive articles on what’s happening and how people are fighting back.

This summer, more than ever, we need fight to protect & restore our NHS. In the two months since the election, despite their pledges, the Tories have already:

·         scrapped targets for safe numbers of nurses & waiting times

·         launched a destructive attack on doctors, already suffering low morale

·         pressed ahead with hospital sell-off and privatisation plans.

Many of these stories were missed by the rest of the media, or picked up only from our coverage – including the ‘pay-to-use’ NHS and hospital sell-off articles.

And we need your help to continue this work.

Why OurNHS openDemocracy needs you:

It gets no money from advertisers or corporations, relying instead on donations from readers who care about the NHS.

Why we need OurNHS:

It is relied on by journalists, politicians and laypeople for accurate, readable stories and angles other media often miss, as well as bite-size guides for campaigners.

It fights for an NHS that provides comprehensive, universal, timely, high quality, tax-payer funded, publicly owned healthcare.

It works closely with the main groups campaigning to protect the NHS (like Keep Our NHS Public, 38 Degrees, 999, Medact, health trade unions and professional bodies, the NHS Bill campaign, TTIP campaigners, People Vs PFI and more), helping them to shape and publicise their message and networking them together.

Its editor, Caroline Molloy, also appears on national radio & TV as a voice against privatisation & cuts, countering the corporate agenda pushed by PRs and think tanks.

But we need your help:

Can you spare £5 a month to support this work? See our website to donate online, including details of how to make both regular and one-off donations to help cover our costs (employing an editor and technical support).

 PS: Other recently published highlights include:

·         The privatising cabal at the heart of our NHS, by Tamasin Cave, Spinwatch.

·         7 things everyone should know about PFI, by Joel Benjamin, People Vs PFI

·         Anti-TTIP MEPs silenced ahead of knife-edge vote, by Molly Scott-Cato MEP

·         8 reasons you really can’t trust the Tories with the NHS, by editor Caroline Molloy

You can donate online here bit.ly/NHSdonate. If we can get 400 people to support this work by giving £5 a month, that would secure OurNHS’s future. Can you be one of those 400?

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