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Help us save the NHS

For anyone who loves the NHS, it is time to act. We don’t have much time to reverse the destructive reforms already underwayWe urgently need your support.

openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

TTIP - denial in face of defeat

New leaks reveal how our democracy is being traded away behind closed doors under the guise of a 'trade deal' - is TTIP becoming too toxic for any smart politician to support?

Bring back the NHS - a night hosted by Sir Ian McKellen

This Friday 24th April, Sir Ian McKellen hosts an array of celebrities and people from the front line of the NHS, calling for a new government to bring the NHS back to its founding principles. 

Tory plans to deny patients the right to refuse treatment are an assault on human rights

The Conservative manifesto has announced that people on benefits who refuse treatment may have their benefits cut - but will professional ethics stop such a repellent policy?

Why £8bn is a zombie figure that won't save the NHS

As the former boss of the NHS slams politicians for not addressing the financial 'black hole', will the pledged £8bn merely be used to pump prime further privatisation and cuts? The introduction to a series examining the parties' NHS manifesto pledges.

NHS pledges - do even the politicians making them, believe them anymore?

Recent history suggests NHS pledges are there to be broken - or subverted. Perhaps voters would prefer less manifesto, and more information on the financial interests driving policy making. 

BMA backs principles of NHS Reinstatement Bill to save NHS from destruction by market forces

As politicians squabble over NHS funding figures, the British Medical Association's Council has backed the principles of radical legislation which would get the costly 'market' out of the NHS.

The privatising cabal at the heart of our NHS

This isn't a National Health Service - or even a healthcare market. It's a cabal - and it looks something like this.

Cameron's biggest broken promise on the NHS

Virgin Care has won a £280m contract to run NHS healthcare for frail and chronically ill people in the Midlands, it was revealed today.

The 'ninja' NHS privatisers you've never heard of...

Meet the shadowy team at the heart of many of the most controversial NHS privatisations to date, including the Staffordshire deal leaked last week to openDemocracy.

Are the Tories applying a scorched earth strategy to the NHS?

The Tories now seem not to care what we think of their NHS policies. Last election, it was all very different - a new book highlights how promises were made - then broken. 

Listening and learning from people living with dementia

Good care is less to do with 'doctoring', drugs and technology, and more to do with compassion, continuity, and asking the right questions.

The Mail - irresponsible comment undermines everything of value

A relentless tide, year after year, of irresponsible comment from the Daily Mail especially is incompatible with the ideals of commonwealth within civil society.

Is Nigel Farage talking bollocks about the NHS?

Nigel Farage is using his experience of testicular cancer to condemn the NHS. A fellow survivor - now a doctor - takes the UKIP leader to task.

Osborne mostly 'forgets' to mention NHS - but the devil's in the detail

There were little bits of extra 'NHS' cash on offer in today's budget - but who will get them?

Bart’s: a flagship hits the rocks of PFI

The biggest health trust in England - the PFI-indebted Barts - has been put into 'special measures' after inspectors found it was running dangerously short-staffed and overcrowded hospitals. What does this mean for the future of East London's hopsitals?

FAQs: Staffordshire Cancer Privatisation

What's really going on with the Stafford cancer privatisation? Documents were leaked to Kate Godfrey - here she answers your questions.

Leak reveals worrying truth behind the biggest NHS privatisation yet

A leak obtained exclusively by OurNHS reveals deeply worrying details of one of the largest NHS privatisations yet - the proposed privatisation of cancer care in the Staffordshire area.

Public health concerns mount as 'personal health budgets' imposed on 10,000 chronically ill patients

Patients across the country are to have their health funding rolled into their social care funding and be expected to manage both themselves. Is this empowerment, or something more sinister, health experts wonder?

Here’s the tool – now start the job and save our NHS

There must be no horse-trading over the future of the NHS - that is why the NHS Bill presented in parliament today is so important.

Is 'DevoManc' the beginning of the end of the NATIONAL Health Service?

Along with new plans from NHS boss Simon Stevens, campaigners discern a worrying trend towards a hotchpotch NHS.

Michael Sheen - the NHS "is about as powerful a symbol of goodness as we have"

In a passionate St David's Day speech in defence of the NHS, actor Michael Sheen tells politicians "Stand up for what you believe - but first of all, by God, believe in something". Reproduced here by kind permission of the actor.

Charities help out the NHS… or do they?

Labour's offer this week of 'NHS preferred provider' status to voluntary sector organisations raises some fundamental questions about their role in today's world.

Lives are being lost due to the heart-failure of marketised healthcare

MPs criticise the NHS for mental health failings this week - but the real problem is a competition-based focus on treatment rather than on care.

The PR campaign behind the Saatchi Bill needs exposing

How Lord Saatchi’s Medical Innovation Bill team undermined the government consultation into their own bill, and how the government let them get away with it.

From electricity suppliers to doctors, why do many reject the modern imperative to 'shop around'?

A new report by the Competition and Markets Authority highlights how poorer people are failed by energy markets. Jonathan Tomlinson finds the same for health - and for understandable reasons. 

The Saatchi Bill is not about 'innovation' but 'improvisation'

We already have a sound structure for innovation. What this Bill will deliver is medical improvisation with virtually non-existent patient safeguards.

Why is the government putting health watchdogs on the leash of ‘promoting economic growth’?

Lord Tunnicliffe asked in Parliament on November 20, 2014: “are these new clauses a licence for regulators to approve regulations that kill people to save money?”

What’s happening to my local GP? Carrots, sticks, and the long game of NHS privatisation

Behind yet more spin of 'more power to GPs', the scary truth is of a profession being steadily dismantled to make way for the unfettered free market. 

The Saatchi Bill is internally inconsistent and must be scrutinised in the Commons

The Bill claims to both protect patients and also prevent doctors fearing litigation - clearly, it cannot achieve both. One must come at the expense of the other, and it's patients who are going to lose out.

Fifty shades of tax avoidance, or, what are the bankers doing with our schools and hospitals?

Huge sums that are supposed to fund the National Health Service are finding their way into yet more offshore tax havens, channelled through Private Finance initiative (PFI) projects. 

Take it from an American - Britain's NHS is as good as it gets

This American feared 'socialized medicine' would mean Soviet-era queues and Kafkaesque bureaucracy - but was very pleasantly surprised.

Lord Saatchi and the medical anecdote PR machine

The public have been misled over the Saatchi bill - it will not help cure cancer, it will actually hinder our ability to develop effective new treatments.

Trans-Pacific Partnership’s Big Pharma giveaway

Out of all big industries making billions in profit, the pharmaceutical is probably the most ethically questionable.

Don't believe the false reassurance about NHS privatisation

Even as they belatedly criticise the government's health 'reforms', think tanks like the Kings Fund are making one fundamental error. 

Doctors - the new political scapegoat?

The NHS staff crisis and an over-reliance on locums are a result of political, 'pro-market' decisions - so why are politicians like Margaret Hodge so keen to blame the doctors themselves for the market they find themselves operating in?

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