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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The (not so) Secret Tory Plans to Gut the NHS Exposed

26 August 2016 — 38 Degrees

BREAKING: our people-powered investigation has uncovered Jeremy Hunt’s secret plans for our NHS. [1] So far, these plans – drawn up for every single area across England – have been kept under wraps. That changes today.

Here’s what our investigation found for South East London:

  • By 2021, the health and social care system in South East London is projected to be over £1 billion short of the funds it needs to balance its books while maintaining the same level of care for patients

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Do you want GP records shared, even if you’ve opted out?

19 August 2016 —MedConfidential

Care.data may be gone, but Jeremy Hunt is asking whether you want to keep your opt out of your medical records leaving your GP’s practice. Will you tell him what you think?

There’s a government consultation going on on into the future sharing of your medical records. It doesn’t say it clearly, but what they are asking is do you want your GP to keep your medical history private?

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We help our sinister friends to commit war crimes in Yemen

18 August 2016 — Drone Warfare

A Saudi-led coalition air strike hit a hospital operated by Medecins Sans Frontieres in northern Yemen on Monday, killing at least 11 people and wounding 19, the aid group said. And who is in the coalition?

US and Britain have deployed their military personnel in the command and control centre responsible for Saudi-led air strikes on Yemen, having access to lists of targets.

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Protect our Bees! Email your MP

17 August 2016 — 38 Degrees

Breaking: toxic pesticides are killing our bees. That’s the headline that pesticide company bosses have been dreading. And it’s splashed all over the news thanks to new research out today. [1] [2]

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Statewatch News Online, 15 August 2016 (13/16)

15 August 2016 — Statewatch.org • e-mail: office@statewatch.org

You can also access as a pdf  file here: http://www.statewatch.org/news/2016/aug/e-mail-gen-15-aug.pdf

NEWS

1.    EU: Analysis: A missed opportunity to open up secret trilogue decision-making in the EU
2.    EU: External migration projects: Council to approve auditors’ recommendations
3.    French interior minister wants global effort against encryption
4.    HUNGARY-ECHR: Anti-Roma racism, hyperlinks and freedom of expression
5.    UK: Trusts fail to report hundreds of mental health patient deaths to coroners
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Tell INEOS not to frack the UK!

12 August 2016 — SumOfUs

Petrochemical giant INEOS is planning to flood the UK with fracking wells. And this week we learnt how the government plans to bribe people with cash payments to allow fracking in their community.

Billionaire businessman Jim Ratcliffe left the UK in 2010 to avoid paying taxes. Now he’s back, and he has big plans for the UK — and for his company, INEOS.

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Secret Plans to cut NHS services across England Exposed

10 August 2016 — 38 Degrees

Jeremy Hunt’s secret plans to cut NHS services across England are taking shape right now. [1] They could mean big changes to the care our local NHS provides – including cuts to hospital beds or reduced A&E services. [2]
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Scrap the sale of our medical records!

10 August 2016 — SumOfUs

The government is about to resurrect the privatisation of our medical records, but this time without even telling us.

The government review into the care.data scheme was published earlier this month and it recommended the scheme we fought so hard against be scrapped. This sounds like a victory, but buried in the report is a new worrying scheme to sell our medical records to big corporations.

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