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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Damning evidence reveals the BBC’s role in the Labour coup By James Wright

29 July 2016 — The Canary

Damning evidence has exposed the BBC’s role in advancing the Labour coup. The UK’s public service broadcaster gave double the airtime to Jeremy Corbyn’s critics than to his allies at the start of the coup, according to new content analysis.

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Britain’s Scramble For Africa: The New Colonialism By Colin Todhunter

28 July 2016 — Colin Todhunter

Africa is facing a new and devastating colonial invasion driven by a determination to plunder the natural resources of the continent, especially its strategic energy and mineral resources. That’s the message from a damning new report from War On Want ‘The New Colonialism: Britain’sscramble for Africa’s energy and mineral resources’ that highlights the role of the British government in aiding and abetting the process. 

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Statewatch News Online, 28 July 2016 (12/16)

28 July 2016 — Statewatch • e-mail: office@statewatch.org

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

NEWS

1.    Council: Exit-Entry, Discrimination, Equal treatment, Maritime Security and Banned exports
2.    Greece: GISTI report on Greek hotspots in Lesbos and Chios after the EU/Turkey deal
3  UK: Growing calls to extend undercover policing inquiry remit beyond England and Wales
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Blair must be held to account! Sign the petition

28 July 2016

Update: There are now 14,43o signatures. Government has to respond to all petitions that get more than 10,000 signatures but so far, three days in, there’s no sign of a response.

A new petition has been launched to bolster the campaign to hold Tony Blair to account by obtaining a House of Commons’ vote holding him in contempt of Parliament. It doesn’t get the murderer in court but at least it’s something. Get 100,000 signatures and they have to debate it in Parliament.

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UK Govt’s secret plans to further cut local health services exposed

25 July 2016 — 38 Degrees

Health Minister Jeremy Hunt has a secret plan to force through changes to local NHS services to cut costs. The changes – called “sustainability and transformation plans” – are being kept secret. [1] But they could mean cuts to hospital beds, local walk-in centres or family planning services near you.

First drafts of the plans have already been drawn up across England. [2] Because they’re secret, it’s hard to say exactly which services near you are at risk. But the plans for one area have been leaked and show the scale of the threat – they include axing 500 hospital beds and some emergency ambulances. [3] No wonder Jeremy Hunt doesn’t want us to see them!

The best way to stop these cuts is to get them out in the open and demand the public has a say. So please can you sign the petition now, demanding that Jeremy Hunt publishes his plans for local NHS cuts? It only takes 30 seconds to add your name:

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Snoopers Charter Breaks the Law!

18 July 2016 — Liberty

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A senior judge at the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has concluded that the Government’s surveillance law breaches our fundamental rights.

The decision could stop the Government’s fatally flawed Investigatory Powers Bill in its tracks.

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