Britain’s government – entangled in its own corruption

10 June 2020 — True Publica

By Rob Woodward – TruePublica: Thatcherism, as it is known, was made of up of principles comprising economic, social and political ideals that described the Conservative Party that undoubtedly shaped Britain for nearly fifty years. The economic policies that came with Thatcherism really amounted to little more than deregulation. It was and still is a total rejection of the ‘post-war consensus’ that drives privatisation, nationalisation and unleashes ‘corporatism’ – the so-called efficiency of the free-market and the fiction sold to everyone as a ‘trickle-down’ effect.

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“Unprecedented” transfer of personal NHS information to shady tech Co’s

8 June 2020 — True Publica

"Unprecedented" transfer of personal NHS information to shady tech Co's

By Mary Fitzgerald and Corri Crider: Hours before facing court proceedings from openDemocracy over its massive NHS COVID-19 data deal with private tech firms, the UK government has caved to pressure and released all the contracts governing its deals with Amazon, Microsoft, Google, and controversial AI firms Faculty and Palantir.

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The Lowdown: What’s the limit on care now?

28 May 2020 — The Lowdown

The NHS Support Federation

This week we can reveal that almost a billion pounds worth of debt is weighing down local commissioners as they start to plan care for the next year – with 7 million patients now on growing waiting lists. This week, we also follow-up on the under the radar plans to bring in major NHS changes without proper public scrutiny, look at the mental health services that are crying out for better support and publish a call to nationalise care homes.

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Plans for post Covid NHS hatched behind the lockdown

20 May 2020 — The Lowdown

John Lister

Debates over relaxing the lockdown and whether or not the peak of the Covid-19 crisis may now be behind us have run alongside fleeting glimpses of the surreptitious plans being laid to exploit the continued lockdown on NHS public meetings and spring a succession of unpleasant surprises on the NHS as soon as any recovery period begins.

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Johnson to ‘seize NHS’ in bid to further privatisation ready for Brexit

22 April 2020 — True Publica

Johnson to 'seize NHS' in bid to further privatisation ready for Brexit

By TruePublica Editor: There is a point when you read something and realise that all is lost. One Nation Conservatism is dead – they are no longer a centre-right political party but little more than a death cult. Their policies since arriving back into power after the Blair years has taken them back to a time which no longer has a place in any modern society – but here they are.

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Worshiping and Defiling Britain’s NHS

13 April 2020 — Counter Currents

Tories worshipping Britain’s National Health System are akin to fanatical carnivores who suddenly extol the virtues of vegans.  Has the grave response to COVID-19 signalled a change of heart?  In the case of UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, it was all heart, quite literally.  It might have stopped beating and that scruffy, buffoonish essence of a man, a compulsive hand shaker with those who had contracted the coronavirus, might have been snuffed out.  But in a message on social media, he was grateful.

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Coronavirus Has Destroyed the NHS Internal Market Overnight, Proving That It Never Worked

27 March 2020 — Novara Media

by Jo Sutton-Klein

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.

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The NHS is still at risk: Email your MP!

3 March 2020 — Global Justice Now

Yesterday the government published its objectives for a trade deal with the US. As usual, the document makes a very general claim that the NHS and drug pricing will not be on the table in a trade deal with Donald Trump. But in fact, we know from last year’s leaks that the NHS and drug pricing have already been discussed in preliminary talks, and this document fails to rule out the major threats.

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The NHS is opening up to US business – the reassurances are demonstrably false

8 December 2019 — OurNHS

British officials dodged invitations to exclude the NHS from a US-UK trade deal. Not surprising, given how much public money already goes to the US healthcare industry.

Boris Johnson and Donald Trump meeting in Watford in December 2019
Michael Kappeler/DPA/PA Images

Facing opposition claims that it will ‘sell off the NHS to the Americans’ after Brexit, the Conservatives have been eager to reassure us. Quizzed on the threat to the NHS of a US-UK trade deal, and on Labour’s publication of leaked notes of the trade talks so far, former health secretary Jeremy Hunt told the ‘Today’ programme earlier this week:
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Collapse of UK National Health Service threatened as Johnson government readies further onslaught

31 December 2019 — WSWS

By Robert Stevens

The National Health Service (NHS) faces collapse after decades of underfunding, staffing cuts and privatisation.

Even before the onset of the NHS’s now-annual “winter crisis,” a heightened expression of a year-round crisis, senior doctors’ representatives warned that the health service was “on its knees.”

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