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Exposed - the shocking extent of fire risk in our hospitals and mental health trusts

Even after Grenfell, hospitals are failing to put in place recommended fire safety measures. The UK government passes the buck. Meanwhile, patients have died.

Is our personal data fair game in the drive to create Theresa May’s “hostile environment” for migrants?

Patients are dying as politicians use the NHS crisis to undermine what we love most about it – a service for all, free at the point of access, that protects our confidential health data.

A day in the life of an NHS nurse - how our government is failing both patients and nurses

Last year 33,000 nurses left the NHS, 3,000 more than were recruited. There’s a simple solution - resisted by a government determined to press ahead with piecemeal privatisation.

Taking politics out of the NHS? Or constructing an elitist ‘consensus’?

As certain wings of the Labour party join calls for ‘consensus’ on the NHS, a reductive global healthcare consensus has already been established in the meeting rooms of Davos, McKinsey and the World Bank – with pivotal support from Blair-era peers and NHS appointees.

Former health secretary Andrew Lansley’s diaries finally released in (nearly) full

Insurers and private US healthcare giants are revealed to be amongst those on the inside track of creating huge NHS changes.

Privatised services are failing thousands of vulnerable addicts and alcoholics

It’s entirely unacceptable that people suffering from addiction are forced to turn to the inadequate private sector for treatment, writes shadow Health Secretary Jon Ashworth in the wake of a damning report by the regulator.

Brexit isn't the only thing parliament needs to demand a vote on right now - the NHS is too

In January, Jeremy Hunt will attempt to sneak through secondary regulations, without parliamentary debate, what some have called the ‘biggest change to the NHS since its creation. Do enough MPs care enough to stop him?

‘GP at hand’: handy for whom?

New technology should be managed for the benefit of all – not used to allow profit-hungry firms to cherry-pick healthy patients.

We survive - but AIDS is not over - a BANG BUS special

AIDS is not over – not for the millions still being infected both at home and globally, nor for those of us still living with the consequences of infection, survival and harsh early treatments. We need both actions and memorial.

Connor Sparrowhawk: How one boy’s death in NHS care inspired a movement for justice

  • The story of a UK campaign for truth and accountability. And respect for the lives of people who have learning disabilities. Review by Clare Sambrook. Extract by Sara Ryan.

The great British drug rip-off

Drug prices are soaring, crippling our NHS. And Big Pharma’s defence (‘research is expensive’) omits one crucial fact…


Jeremy Hunt considers banning patients from walking up to A&Es

This isn’t 'managing demand' – it’s playing whack-a-mole with it.

Revolving doors at the NHS’s bully-in-chief

As the NHS’s financial regulator hires a new chair, the destination of its outgoing chair is if anything more noteworthy.

Ex-boss of England’s NHS blasts NHS migrant policy as a “national scandal”

As activists took to the streets at the weekend to protest Jeremy Hunt’s introduction of NHS passport checks and upfront charges, David Nicholson said the policy was “based on fake evidence” and “the thin end of a very big wedge”.

Why we need a new national care service

Britain's social care system is in crisis. 

If our government won’t act to save our NHS this winter, this is what we must do

NHS plans across England masquerade as ‘integration’ – but this autumn campaigners will meet to expose the reality now unfolding, of bed closures, private takeovers and a US-inspired system.

We did it! NHS Professionals stays public

A people-powered campaign has defeated "the most foolish NHS privatisation yet" - now it's time to build on our momentum and stop the creeping privatisation elsewhere in the health service.

Why the next Labour Manifesto must pledge to legislate to reinstate the NHS

Labour’s 2017 health manifesto was a hodgepodge of offers but failed to tackle the underlying issues. Bold thinking and a commitment to the NHS Reinstatement Bill - is needed now.

“An elderly man cried in the waiting room because he just wanted to get back to his bed”

When Arriva doesn’t arrive – how privatised ambulances are failing us.

Second-guessing your GP’s referral - NHS denials leave big questions unanswered

Despite attempts by government to squash the ‘NHS referral scheme’ story, senior doctors have serious concerns about the damage the proposed scheme will do to the NHS, people’s health and to the doctor/patient relationship.

The most foolish NHS privatisation yet?

If private staffing agency fees are damaging the NHS so much, why on earth does the government keep trying to privatise the in-house agency set up to help the NHS avoid the problem?

Why BigData is running roughshod over the NHS - and what to do about it

The NHS is being treated as both a 'cash cow' and a 'data cow', a string of recent scandals suggest. And now there's another privacy-bashing tech bonanza on the way, as ID cards rise from the ashes of Brexit policy.

“Northern Ireland still holds the harshest punishment for illegal abortions anywhere in Europe”

Last week’s court ruling upholding Northern Ireland’s abortion ban out of political ‘respect’ suggests women’s bodies are still subjugated to politicking. What does the future hold for women across Britain and Ireland?

The debate the media won't have: government snooping made NHS hacking easier

Even Microsoft now admits that government snooping has made it much easier for hackers.

Migrant activists disrupt the Department of Health

Migrant solidarity is vital in the fight for a national health service, as 'pay upfront' card machines start to be used by patients' bedsides this week.

Are NHS staff really getting happier, despite everything?

Or is their goodwill being stretched to breaking point? The latest surveys of NHS staff paint a mixed picture.

Why you can’t solve the NHS’s problems by banning smokers and the obese from treatment

NHS underfunding and legal changes are leading local NHS managers to deny healthcare to large groups of people who need it, on the basis of inappropriate ‘lifestyle’ rationing – meaning more pain, and more cost in the long run.

How trustworthy is NHS Digital?

It looks as though ministers are bullying supposedly the independent patient data agency to hand over private information to the Home Office despite an uncertain legal basis.

Uncertain, cold, and disempowered – healthcare in Greek refugee camps

How can we heal the wounds of refugees in these circumstances,asks a volunteer with the Syrian American Medical Society.

‘Dangerous’ new changes planned to force sick people into work – or into poverty

The government promised to help disabled people back into work. They’re failing – and now it looks like they’re targeting those who need higher levels of support.

Protests mount against swingeing cuts to children's health services

If Jeremy Hunt is as keen on preventative health care and 'care in the community' as he claims to be, why is his NHS slashing health visitors and school nurses?

How do you keep news of dozens more A&Es closures off the front pages?

Government announcements to 'tackle health tourism’ squeezed drastic new A&E closures off the front pages yesterday – showing there’s no dead cat as useful as a foreign dead cat.

"The whole agitation has a nasty taste" - Nye Bevan on so-called 'health tourism'

As the government announces that NHS staff are to be issued with card readers to take payment at hospital bedsides, from anyone who can't prove their eligibility, it's worth re-reading NHS founder Nye Bevan's discussion of the 'health tourism' issue.

Management consultants scoop up on the secretive shake-up of the health service in England

These aren't the kind of consultants the NHS needs.

The NHS - Theresa May's dowry gift to Donald Trump?

Our Prime Minister is so desperate for a Brexit-salvaging marriage of convenience with Trump, she's suggested the NHS could be part of a rushed trade deal – and her vows about it being 'free at the point of use' leave too much unsaid.

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