Sicko UK

14 July 2021 — Consortium News

Bob Gill describes how an admired public health service is secretly being changed to for-profit American-style “managed care.”

Boris Johnson chairs daily Covid-19 press conference at 10 Downing Street, April 2020. (No. 10/Flickr)

By Dr. Bob Gill
in London
Special to Consortium News

On the 73rd birthday of the National Health Service, the queen awarded the beloved NHS the George Cross for the valor of its staff during the Covid-19 pandemic.

No one doubts the dedication of NHS staff, and its worthiness for the highest honor, but this medal now serves to cover the insidious dismantlement of the NHS.

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NHS: ‘Centralised and secretive’ medical industrial complex being constructed

19 April 2021 — True Publica

NHS: 'Centralised and secretive' medical industrial complex being constructed

By TruePublica Editor: The mainstream media has remained silent with perhaps only The Guardian scratching the surface of what the government has planned for the NHS – by reporting that – “a new organisation is being set up with the aim of halting future pandemics.” It’s not as it seems though.

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Palantir – UK Gov’t sued for selling critical NHS database to foreign power

31st March 2021 — True Publica

UK Gov't sued for selling critical NHS database to foreign power

At TruePublica, we took the view that Britain should not be ‘world-beating’ at being the most surveilled nation of any Western democracy in the world. For five years we reported with our partners that state surveillance and the ending of privacy was a matter of public interest, not a political plaything for some politicians to line their pockets with.

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NHS: “Maybe we will never catch up”

23 March — NHS Support Federation

Evidence-based journalism and research on the NHS to create change.

This week the worry of NHS staff is clear; like the eye surgeon who believes that it will take over two years to work through the backlog of operations and suggested: ” maybe we will never catch up.” Similarly, an NHS trust boss says cancer and heart surgery will take many years to work through. It is more important than ever to raise the pressure to get the right NHS policies in place: on funding, staffing, organisation, outsourcing, and accountability. and this reality is ver much guiding our work, please share it where you can.

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US spy firm at centre of sensitive NHS patient data grab

8 March 2021 — True Publica

US spy firm at centre of sensitive NHS patient data grab

The story below tells of alarming backroom deals being done without public or parliamentary scrutiny into the highly sensitive (and extremely valuable) NHS patient data system.  The company involved is Palantir, a highly controversial American company that TruePublica has reported on several times in the last few years – that was at the centre of the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica Brexit scandal.

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NHS: Leaked this week

9 February 2021 — NHS Support Federation

Evidence-based journalism and research on the NHS to create change.

Documents passed to the Lowdown reveal how US company, Centene is expanding its interests in the NHS by buying up a network of GP practices.

And in the same week the BBC report a likely fall in private sector involvement, as after years of public campaigning leaked details emerged of the government’s plan to remove NHS competition rules, so what is going on, is this really the end of NHS outsourcing? And what does the leaked white paper really mean for the NHS? We take a look.

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Revealed: Boris Johnson’s controversial policy chief leading secretive NHS task force

19 November 2020 — Open Democracy

Munira Mirza heading up group meeting ‘daily or weekly’ to plan ‘radical NHS shakeup’

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Caroline Molloy

Boris Johnson’s government has for the first time confirmed the existence of a prime ministerial task force which is reportedly planning a “radical shake-up of the NHS”.

Freedom of Information disclosures to openDemocracy show the new “No.10 Health and Social Care Taskforce” reports to a Steering Group chaired by Munira Mirza, the influential head of Boris Johnson’s policy unit, and that it “met weekly” from July to September with a further meeting in October.

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Deloitte gets another huge COVID contract – for ‘crazy’ plan to test millions each day

21 August 2020 — Open Democracy

Operation Moonshot could be the biggest NHS privatisation in history, and civil servants are shaking their heads in disbelief.

One down, 3,999,999 to go – Andrew Milligan/PA Wire/PA Images. All rights reserved

The British government had plans to test everyone in the country for coronavirus every week by October – and it’s handed most of the work to the global accountancy firm Deloitte, openDemocracy can reveal. Labour MP Clive Lewis has dubbed the deal “potentially the biggest NHS privatisation in history”.

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HOW BRITAIN COULD HAVE DEFEATED COVID. YOU CAN NOW WATCH “THE DIRTY WAR ON THE NHS” HERE, FREE

12 August 2020 — John Pilger

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The Dirty War on the NHS was first broadcast in Britain on the ITV Network on 17 December, 2019. It was shown following the general election that saw Boris Johnson become prime minister – even though the future of the NHS was a major issue in the campaign.

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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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