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Save OurNHS - Winter appeal

OurNHS exposes sneaky moves towards NHS charges, hospital sell-offs, cuts and privatisation that the mainstream media miss. Now it needs your help to continue, so we're launching an urgent appeal.

OurNHS
17 December 2015
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Patients are being turned away from hospitals, vital treatment is being refused, and experts are predicting the worst winter crisis for the NHS in history - yet billions are being wasted on failed market-driven bureaucracy.

OurNHS’s high-quality journalism cuts through the corporate-influenced spin to rigorously expose the facts. Our reports on sneaky moves towards charging, withdrawing services, hospital sell-offs and the shocking failures of privatisation have all been picked up by national media, and are invaluable to NHS staff, patients and campaigners fighting against these disastrous changes.

But now we need your help. Our generous start-up funding from Betterworld and the Andrew Wainwright Reform Trust has now come to an end - so we’re asking our readers to step in and save ourNHS.

Can you make a regular donation to keep our work going?

£5 a month would make a vital difference - or pay for just 19.2 seconds of childbirth in a privatised, US-style healthcare system.

Donate here.

£10 a month would secure our future - or buy you just ten paracetamol tablets in a privatised, US-style healthcare system.

Donate here.

 £15 a month would help us to grow - or get you one single diabetes monitoring strip in a privatised health system.

Donate here.

If you prefer to make a one-off donation, that would be a huge help too:

£100 would fund one OurNHS article – or get you one dose of IV-drip in a privatised, US-style healthcare system.

£320 would fund three OurNHS articles – or get you one single stitch in a privatised health system.

Donate here.

If we don’t act now, the profitable parts of our health service will be sold off piece by piece, and we’ll end up with a low-grade, US Medicare style service – while the wealthy buy themselves out of the system.

Join us as an OurNHS supporter today and we’ll continue our fight to save the NHS.

What they say:

“OurNHS is a hugely valuable resource for all of us who care about the NHS, and want to understand what's being done to it, and how we can fight back to protect it."

Dr Louise Irvine, Chair of the Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign   

Stop the secrecy: Publish the NHS COVID data deals


To: Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

We’re calling on you to immediately release details of the secret NHS data deals struck with private companies, to deliver the NHS COVID-19 datastore.

We, the public, deserve to know exactly how our personal information has been traded in this ‘unprecedented’ deal with US tech giants like Google, and firms linked to Donald Trump (Palantir) and Vote Leave (Faculty AI).

The COVID-19 datastore will hold private, personal information about every single one of us who relies on the NHS. We don’t want our personal data falling into the wrong hands.

And we don’t want private companies – many with poor reputations for protecting privacy – using it for their own commercial purposes, or to undermine the NHS.

The datastore could be an important tool in tackling the pandemic. But for it to be a success, the public has to be able to trust it.

Today, we urgently call on you to publish all the data-sharing agreements, data-impact assessments, and details of how the private companies stand to profit from their involvement.

The NHS is a precious public institution. Any involvement from private companies should be open to public scrutiny and debate. We need more transparency during this pandemic – not less.


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