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The NHS Long Term Plan, prevention, and a century of promises

Bringing together prevention and cure, health and social care, is hardly a new – or strange – idea. So why hasn’t it happened?

Doctors leaders call on government to halt NHS migrant charges

The Royal College of Physicians have today joined with other Royal Colleges to call on the government to suspend upfront charging of overseas visitors within the NHS, calling them a "concerning barrier to care".

Nurses raise concern about Royal College backing for NHS volunteers campaign

On Saturday the Daily Mail called for "an army of volunteers" to "transform" the NHS. Royal College of Nursing members have written to Dame Prof. Donna Kinnair, the acting head of the RCN, in response to their involvement in the "Helpforce" campaign.

The blueprint for dismantling the NHS

Nostalgia won't save the NHS from the encroachment of market forces - only a broad-based mass movement can do that.

Brexit or no Brexit, life-changing medicines already aren’t getting through

Big Pharma is hurting the NHS at its core – here's what we need to do, if we're bold enough.

Right-wing think tank accused of promoting tobacco and oil industry “propaganda” in schools

The Institute of Economic Affairs’ magazine distributed to tens of thousands of British schoolchildren promotes tobacco tax cuts, climate change denial, tax havens, and privatising the NHS – but doesn’t say where its money comes from

Why politicians need to 'take responsibility' for children's health too

This government is betraying children on a grand scale, and making positive ‘choices’ impossible.

Why healthcare for all is a feminist issue

Health charges for migrants are hitting women hardest. Yesterday feminist activists changed the sign on the new Millicent Fawcett statue in Parliament square in protest.

Upfront NHS charges one year on - 6 reasons why they harm us all

And what can we do to stop these harmful charges?

We need to raise ‘wealth taxes’ to fund the NHS

How will the Chancellor find the £20bn a year Theresa May has promised for England's NHS? 

A US-inspired reorganisation is about to hit England's NHS – 'help us stop it'

NHS plans due to take effect next spring could make general healthcare as difficult to access as mental healthcare already is – and lock future governments into long contracts with private firms, warn campaigners.

What would a society designed for well-being look like?

Economic justice goes a long way to improving mental health up and down the socioeconomic ladder.

"Not on the NHS" – from grommets to hysterectomies – unless you act now

The government plans to exclude 17 important medical treatments from the NHS across the whole of England, with more restrictions in the pipeline. A consultation on the proposals is open until this Friday.

NHS bosses call "pause" on controversial "SubCo" NHS privatisations - for now

NHS workers and communities are uniting to fight back against the dangerous creation of NHS ‘wholly owned subsidiaries.

What happens when mental health professionals also get sick?

It’s no wonder that almost half of all psychotherapists in the National Health Service say they feel depressed.

NHS charging for overseas visitors – wrong on every level

Regulations that deny visitors NHS care – except for certain infectious diseases and to relieve death pains - are riven with contradictions. And will hit some unexpected victims as well as the intended scapegoats.

Social activism and the economics of mental health

Apolitical volunteering is ill-equipped to address the structural causes of depression.

The NHS deal is not an acceptable settlement

GMB, the only union to vote against the government's NHS pay deal, pledge to continue fighting it.

NHS pay deal row intensifies as nurses call for union leader to quit

Calls for resignations and for NHS pay vote to be rerun as Royal College of Nursing chief admits they gave incorrect pay deal information.

NHS staff discover they will get hundreds of pounds less than many thought

Nearly a million NHS staff are due to receive a long-awaited pay rise at the end of this month. But new figures released quietly last week have caused fury—and confusion even amongst some unions.

The NHS proves there’s always been an alternative

As Britain’s National Health Service celebrates 70 years today, its troubles expose neoliberalism’s lies.

Is the government telling us the truth about GDPR and our NHS medical data?

If you want to make sure your medical data isn’t shared with third parties for unknown purposes, you may need to take action now. Here’s why – and how.

Want better protection for whistleblowers? Your experiences needed!

From the NHS to rigged elections, care homes to financial fraud - existing UK whistleblowing protection laws are not protecting concerned staff, nor the public. Call for evidence for forthcoming expert event.

The great NHS property sell-off gathers pace

A reliance on firesales of NHS buildings – both unused and currently in use – returns us to the bad old days of a few rich London hospitals and impoverished hospitals everywhere else.

Facing legal challenge, Tories hint about scrapping some NHS reforms – but remain wedded to privatising 'solutions'

The effects of the 2012 Health and Social Care Act are now too disastrous to ignore. But Jeremy Hunt’s shift is of rhetoric, not of substance - .and his new “ACO” plans are so dangerous, campaigners this week challenged them in the High Court.

We must protect the lives of people with learning disability

Time and time again, grieving families are left to fight for accountability and expose systemic failings in the care of learning disabled people.

The significance of small details. My sister’s life cut short

Like so many people who have learning disabilities Josanne Wadsworth died an early and preventable death.

NHS data-sharing U-turn is welcome – but more to do to scrap the ‘hostile environment’

Recent attention to the Windrush scandal has focused attention on the many ways migrants are deterred from accessing healthcare. This Saturday, join NHS workers protesting that they are not border guards.

“Simon Jones was 24 when he died, his head crushed by the grab of a crane”

Poor working conditions kill a worker every 11 seconds. All of these deaths are preventable – if the political will is there. An edited version of a speech given on International Workers Day.

To prevent another Alfie Evans case we must reverse cuts to public services

The right have used the case as a stick to beat the public services they supported gutted.

Don't invoke the NHS to sell a false idea of 'good nationalism'

This isn't 'good nationalism'. This is nationalism - as ever, in an English context - as forgetting. A response to Zoe Williams.

Key NHS ‘efficiency’ programme ‘RightCare’ called into question in Liverpool – and elsewhere?

NHS England is promoting ‘RightCare’ as a way for the NHS to deliver still more ‘efficiency savings’. But questions to Liverpool CCG show at least some local NHS managers are well aware of its flaws.

GP practices face funding threat as online service ‘targets’ young people

Doctors and NHS staff raise the alarm as the GP at Hand model threatens the very survival of NHS general practice.

An 'NHS tax' is perfect for a 'new centrist party'—stale, regressive and technocratic

National Insurance is regressive. Hypothecating taxes tends to encourage ideas of opt outs & top ups. So why is Liz Kendall promoting these as the 'new consensus' for NHS funding?

Arron Banks and Brexit’s offshore secrets

In 2015, Arron Banks’s insurance business was bailed out. Where the rescue money came from is unclear—but as the Electoral Commission probes the sources of the Leave donor’s campaign contributions, a group of accountants who specialise in offshore “wealth preservation” may hold the key.

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