27 March 2020 — Welfare Weekly
Urgent action still needed to support self-employed, says poverty charity
Government plans don’t go far enough and Universal Credit should not be seen as a viable solution for the self-employed.
27 March 2020 — The Lancet
“When this is all over, the NHS England board should resign in their entirety.” So wrote one National Health Service (NHS) health worker last weekend. The scale of anger and frustration is unprecedented, and coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is the cause.
27 March 2020 — Novara Media
Covid-19 has forced the government to make drastic changes to the fundamental structure of the NHS, as the service struggles to cope.
Since the 1990s the UK’s healthcare provision has been subjected to increasing marketisation, in particular through the so-called internal market. Introduced by Margaret Thatcher, this system splits the NHS into purchasers and providers who must trade with one another.
26 March 2020 — Asia Times
By Pepe Escobar
What’s going on in the fifth largest economy in the world arguably points to a major collusion scandal in which the French government is helping Big Pharma to profit from the expansion of Covid-19. Informed French citizens are absolutely furious about it.