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The Ministry of Fear

Holiday pleasures can't quite shake the sense of background dread at the state of the world - and the state of the NHS. But there is clearly appetite for resistance.

Is the new 'collaboration' in the NHS merely a way to make cuts?

It's hard to see how the latest NHS reorganisation now secretively underway does anything other than put the accountants in charge, and balance sheets ahead of patient care.

Racism in the NHS: don’t let the unspeakable become acceptable

The toxic debate leading up to the Brexit vote has sharpened the risk that NHS staff and patients experience racial & xenophobic abuse - and highlighted the problems that are already there. How should those running the NHS respond?

The young are particularly distressed by Brexit - how should the rest of us respond?

We need to listen to young people's fears, and make sure the services are there that they need too.

Labour MP brings bill to Parliament to stop NHS privatisation

The NHS Bill – designed by NHS experts to rescue the NHS, and overwhelmingly backed by NHS campaigners – is back in parliament next week. Will MPs back it?

Post Brexit, trade unions must fight to protect NHS workers including those from the EU

Trade unions must take immediate action to reassure NHS and social care staff from the EU that they are welcome and needed in the UK - and to protect the rights of all workers.

Post Brexit, will a right wing goverment wash its hands of the NHS?

The vote for Brexit has not changed the challenges facing the NHS a bit - but it has probably made it much harder to meet them.

Beyond fake promises and blind faith, is there a glimmer of hope for post-Brexit NHS politics?

The main 'leave' narrative blamed the wrong people, but people may yet realise they've been duped - and there are some interesting flashpoints ahead.

Brexit and the NHS - why we all must fight the racist discourse

Westminster promises to get even 'tougher on migration' risk damaging public health and the stability of our NHS.

What does the Brexit vote mean for the NHS?

If we let it, 'post-truth politics' will kill our NHS.

Open letter to the British Medical Association

Stop forcing healthcare workers to act as border guards, urge experts and campaigners.

The OTHER referendum - that really could decide the future of the NHS

It's #timetovote for junior doctors in the referendum on their contract. But this offer won't fill those gaps on the rota. And Jeremy Hunt is still spinning.

Reject the contract – junior doctors and our patients can do better

Statement from doctors campaigning for a 'no' vote - highlighting how the latest junior doctor contract will, if doctors accept it, continue to pit doctor against department, whilst not protecting time, careers, quality services, nor most importantly - patients.

One big NHS Trust proposed for Manchester - but what will be the impact on patient care?

Manchester councillors will consider merging 4 NHS trusts into one this week. But will patient care be protected, or is this about more cuts and privatisation opportunities?

Join student nurses this Saturday 4th June crying "Bursary or Bust"

Student nurses spend long hours caring for the sick - they shouldn't have to 'pay to work', and the attack on their bursary is a key part of government attacks on the NHS.

NHS managers are being forced to lie to the public

This latest “Transformation” will kill the NHS if we let it.

The junior doctor agreement looks like a sell-out

It seems the government has won its "red lines". So it looks like this deal won't protect junior doctors or patients, and will hasten NHS privatisation. Doctors need the public to fight alongside us, more than ever.

Sustainability and Transformation Plans - kill or cure for the NHS?

Local NHS areas have til June to try and submit convincing plans to dramatically improve healthcare whilst saving large sums of cash. But the decision making is secretive and dysfunctional.

"Health as a social movement" - or just more jobs for the boys?

England's NHS boss has said he wants to turn the NHS into a 'social movement'. But you and I aren't invited.

Hunt and Stevens - leaving their dirty footprints all over the NHS

Sustainability and Transformation Plans - the biggest attack on the NHS you've never heard of. 

You don’t have to be a brain surgeon to know Hunt is getting the NHS wrong – this week, everyone does!

MPs are waking up to the scale of the unnecessary destruction being wrought on the NHS. But with local NHS leaders now told to choose between sacrificing services or their careers, will it be too late?

Since my brother’s preventable death . . .

Almost 3 years after Connor Sparrowhawk — who had autism — died at an NHS facility, his brother asks why the system still resists giving respect to people with learning disabilities.

Outrage and outsourcing in Russian healthcare

The doctor is out. Hunger strikes, mistreatment of patients and general desperation are beginning to seem like a feature – as opposed to a bug – of Russia’s healthcare system. Русский

Today's junior doctors’ strike has been 30 years in the making

The junior doctors contract would do nothing to deliver a 7 day NHS, experts agree. The government's refusal to back down is because they see doctors as a hurdle to their plans to dismantle what we understand by the NHS - plans which have been a long time in the making. 

This is what a dying NHS looks like

The end of the NHS isn't in 5 years or 10. Whether deliberate or not (and it probably is), the threat is here, staring us in the face, today.

On Connor Sparrowhawk’s avoidable death

A leaked document reveals that an NHS England Trust knew of failings 10 months before a young man died in its care.

Time to ditch the Burnham-era policies, NHS campaigners tell Labour's leadership

NHS campaigners meet John McDonnell and Heidi Alexander today, and hope to put five questions to them.

We CAN save our NHS from TTIP without Brexit – but let's not declare premature victory

Gail Cartmail of Unite the Union says their legal advice shows the EU still threatens our National Health Service – but that Cameron could fix that without the need for Brexit.

Join student nurses & junior doctors this Saturday to march for health, homes, jobs and education

George Osborne's attack on nurses and doctors is setting our NHS up to fail, even as austerity is making patients sicker.

The NHS is safest inside the EU

Brexiteers are no friends of the NHS - and they are relying on concerns about TTIP's effect on the NHS that have largely been addressed.

Protecting our NHS from the EU

We must protect our NHS from competition and market led inteference from the EU Commission, says David Owen at the launch of Vote Leave's NHS-focused campaign.

Five reasons to support the junior doctors

As junior doctors start another 2-day strike, NHS campaigners explain why they support them. It's about truth, safety, and the future of our NHS. Get down to a picket line today!

David Cameron’s brave new world of private mental health care

The crisis in mental health care is no accident.

Will Osborne’s Manchester 'devolution' fall flat on its face?

Today, Manchester becomes the first English region to “take control of its health spending”, supposedly. But what do patients, NHS campaigners and junior doctors think? 

In defence of personal health budgets

The roll-out of personal health budgets to growing numbers of people has alarmed many campaigners. Here one of their pioneers tells openDemocracy why he’s still a keen advocate.

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