Unless we move fast, local NHS bosses say that one in three A&Es in England could close

1 November 2016 — 38 Degrees

Unless we move fast, local NHS bosses say that one in three A&Es in England could close. It’s part of Jeremy Hunt’s plan to make big cuts, closures and changes to our NHS without our say. [1]

It doesn’t matter where you live – we all need emergency care nearby. If someone in your family goes into early labour or your child has an asthma attack in the night, driving 10 extra miles before you see a doctor can be the difference between life and death.

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Councillors must look before they leap into secret NHS cuts plans By John Lister

25 October 2016 — OurNHS

Jeremy Hunt can no longer pretend he’s following ‘the NHS’s own plan’.  Expect fierce local battles ahead

Image: Simon Stevens, NHS England

It’s all going horribly wrong for Simon Stevens.

Theresa May has not taken kindly to the NHS boss’s belated admission that he had originally asked for considerably more than £8billion “extra” for the NHS (even as that £8bn figure was itself criticised as “misleading” by Sarah Wollaston MP, who points out the true amount given to the NHS is considerably less than the government claims, and the Nuffield Trust, which argues the £8bn may in reality be just £880m).

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Making the NHS a “hostile environment” for migrants demeans our country By Erin Dexter

24 October 2016 — OurNHS

What kind of country treats migrants like this?

Image: Flickr/SMA

As the Calais “jungle” migrant camp closes today, high profile controversy over the UK’s external borders are only one side of the story.

Three years have passed since Theresa May, then home secretary, committed to creating a “hostile environment” for so-called “illegal” migrants in the UK. Since then the UK has reinforced and multiplied its inland borders, making border guards of teachers, landlords, and healthcare workers.

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The NHS – is it all about the money, money, money? By Paul Hobday

18 October 2016 — OurNHS

As Jeremy Hunt and Simon Stevens appear before the Health Select Committee in an emergency session on NHS finances, Paul Hobday explains why ‘where’s the money coming from’ is the wrong question.

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The Tories just tried to sneak out the biggest EVER privatisation of the NHS By Steve Topple

18 October 2016 — The Canary

The Conservative government has quietly announced one of the biggest sell-offs in the entire history of the NHS. On Friday 14 October, the government’s website released details of nine NHS contracts that are up for sale. And they are worth a staggering £7.9bn; 7.3% of the total NHS budget.

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Big Food and the Politics of Diabesity By Dan Hind

28 September 2016 — Return of the Public

“What did they live on?” said Alice, who always took a great interest in questions of eating and drinking. “They lived on treacle,” said the Dormouse, after thinking a minute or two.

“They couldn’t have done that, you know,” Alice gently remarked; “they’d have been ill.”

“So they were,” said the Dormouse, “very ill.”

Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

1. The Word of the Day is Diabesity

The UK is in the midst of a public health crisis. According to the NHS’ most recent Health Survey for England 24% of men and 27% of women are obese; 41 percent of men and 31 percent of women are overweight. Obesity has increased markedly over the last twenty years. In 1996 only about 15 percent of the population was classified as obese. The change over fifty years is even more alarming. In the 1960s obesity rates were at 1 and 2 percent for men and women respectively. Since then they have increased by 1150%.

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Last Chance to Stop the Privatisation of the National Discrimination Helpline

28 September 2016

Have a look at this:
http://bit.ly/2dhoBLF

When private company G4S take over a public service, headlines of abuse, failure and mismanagement often follow.

Now, the government wants to privatise a national discrimination helpline – and hand it over to G4S. Anti-discrimination groups have launched a legal challenge to stop them. A judge decides tomorrow on whether that challenge can go ahead.

As you read this email, the judge will be weighing up his decision. A huge petition against G4S will give the judge some powerful extra evidence – that this is a matter of public concern and deserves its day in court.

Please can you sign the urgent petition now?

http://bit.ly/2dhoBLF

Thanks

Video: ‘Don’t Lecture Me From London About What’s Happening In Syria’

17 September 2016 — ICH

Bouthaina Shaaban is a Syrian politician and is currently the political and media adviser to the President of Syria.

“My people are being massacred by Western forces in support of terrorists.”

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The NHS is ‘Hanging by a Thread’

19 September 2016 — 38 Degrees

Our NHS is hanging on by a thread. And now, Jeremy Hunt’s got secret plans to close NHS services that could push it over the edge. [1]

If things go Jeremy Hunt’s way, he’ll get the ball rolling on his plans next month. [2] But we’ve got a plan to push them into the spotlight. If enough of us chip in, we can make a powerful documentary to expose the real impact of his NHS cuts – and then get everyone in Britain to see our people-powered film.

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David Cameron, Libya And Disaster: The Findings Of The Foreign Affairs Select Committee By Dr Binoy Kampmark

16 September 2016 — CounterCurrents

The UK Foreign Affairs Committee was a long time coming with this judgment, but when it came, it provided a firm reminder about how far the 2011 intervention against the Gaddafi regime was not merely flawed but calamitous in its consequences. There had been no coherent strategy on the part of the Cameron government; the campaign had not been “informed by accurate intelligence.”

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The NHS under Threat!

12 September 2016 — 38 Degrees

NHS hospitals don’t have enough money to survive. That was the stark warning from NHS leaders this weekend. [1] And now it’s reported that an influential group of MPs might call a special inquiry into the state of the NHS. And that they’re making the decision tomorrow. [2]

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Mayhem! what we are we doing? Adding political to military strikes.“UN, US, UK devastation, complicity and double standards”

8 September 2016 — Drone Warfare

syria-destruction-mother-child-2015-photos“Arms sales above flesh and blood, terror, heartbreak and humanity, every time”

These words of journalist Felicity Arbuthnot reverberated as the writer belatedly discovered Josie Ensor’s report from Istanbul that a US air strike killed nearly 60 civilians, including children, in Syria after the coalition mistook them for Islamic State fighters. Some eight families were hit as they tried to flee in one of the single deadliest strikes on civilians by the alliance since the start of its operations in the war-torn country.

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Expose Jeremy Hunt’s Secret Plans for the NHS

7 September 2016 — 38 Degrees

Wow! 28,000 members of 38 Degrees — have emailed our MPs asking them to speak out on Jeremy Hunt’s secret NHS plans.

An investigation has uncovered Jeremy Hunt’s secret plans for our NHS.

These plans are huge and complicated. Together we’ve started to shed light on them. But we just don’t know enough yet. If we want to have our say on our local NHS services before it’s too late, we need to see every detail.

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NYT: Corbyn Has Marginalized Labour With His Popular Positions

6 September 2016 — FAIR

Jeremy Corbyn depicted in the New York Times (photo: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images )
A New York Times photo caption says Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn “is popular with left-wing party members but has alienated many others.” (photo: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Much of the power of the New York Times derives from its ability to declare what the serious center is and who is relegated to the dismissible margins. You can see that power being exercised in a recent Times report (9/4/16) on British politics by Steven Erlanger.

The story focused on Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn—or “its left-wing leader, Jeremy Corbyn,” in the Times‘ formulation. The point of the piece is to blame Corbyn for the fact that “the Labour Party is in shambles: Its leader and its members of Parliament are in a virtual civil war, and it is deeply unpopular with the broader electorate.”

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