Reddit Bans Users for Telling the Truth

7 December 2019 — Off Guardian

Apparently honesty is now “Russia-like activity”

Kit Knightly

Last week (November 27th), at a press conference, Jeremy Corbyn unveiled dozens of leaked documents. Documents showing that Boris Johnson – and the Tories in general – are lying when they say there are no plans to open up the NHS to US trade.

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The Dirty War on the NHS: Save the Date: Online Cinema Screening on Mon 9 Dec

7 December 2019 — John Pilger

For those who cannot get to a cinema, we are organising an Online Cinema Screening on Monday 9 December between 6pm and 10pm. Tickets are £10. If you want to watch the film, click on the link below, buy your ticket, and on Monday you will be sent a link to the film and an access code. You can start watching any time between 6pm and 10pm. (This will only be available to people in the UK.)

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We Asked NHS Doctors About the Trade Documents Corbyn Revealed

29 November 2019 — Novara Media

This week Corbyn revealed un-redacted trade documents detailing talks between the Conservative government and the Trump administration between 2016 – now. He argued they prove the NHS is indeed up for sale, contradicting Boris Johnson. We asked two medical doctors to explain the papers. Featuring Dr Rita Issa and Dr Timesh Pillay.
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JOHN PILGER’S NEW FILM IN CINEMAS AND ON TV THIS DECEMBER

8 November 2019 — John Pilger

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The new John Pilger film, The Dirty War on the NHS, will be released in cinemas in the UK on 1 December and broadcast on the ITV Network on 17 December.

The film’s launch will straddle an extraordinary period in Britain, especially an election campaign which, for the first time for years, offers voters a genuine choice. The film’s theme, the privatisation and destruction of the NHS, is already a major election issue.

“The Dirty War,” says Pilger at the beginning of the film, “is about democracy. Above all, it is a warning.”

For screenings and tickets, go to www.thedirtywaronnhs.com

REPORT: NHS privatisation – real expenditure 26 per cent, not 7 per cent

7 November 2019 — LSE Politics and Policy – True Publica

David Rowland is the Director of the Centre for Health and the Public Interest. Prior to this he worked within healthcare professional regulation in the UK as the Head of Policy at three national regulators and has developed significant expertise in social care policy, NHS workforce issues, regulation, safeguarding, whistleblowing and patient safety.

Political parties are making all sorts of claims to save the NHS from its current financial strangulation and the privatisation drive, mainly because a general election is due and the NHS is inevitably used a political football. This report really is quite explosive, not least because the general public has been ‘hoodwinked’ into believing that only 7 per cent of the NHS budget is spent on private contractors. However, are claims of eradicating privatisation unachievable given its current scale and depth?

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Is Johnson really going to ‘rein in’ NHS privatisation? Don’t you believe it!

1 October 2019 — True Publica

The Guardian reported last week that Boris Johnson and Matt Hancock plan to “rein in” NHS privatisation in a new NHS Bill to be published next month. NHS England (NHSE) has released a document detailing “22 key changes it believes will be included” in such a bill, and the Guardian tells us their proposals are “likely” to be accepted by government.

Whether any of this will actually happen, given the current level of political uncertainty, is a moot point, of course.

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Right-Wing Think Tank IEA: A year of assaults on public health initiatives

22 August 2019 — True Publica

IEA right wing think tank - a year of assaults on Britain's health system

By TruePublica: The Institute for Economic Affairs is renowned for being the most powerful and influential think tank in Britain. Modelled around a right-wing American opaque so-called ‘institute’ it is littered with dodgy donors and surrounded by accusations of dark money interests. Its assaults on public health initiatives, given its real motivations, should be a warning of what might come under a UK/US trade deal and we should be worried if we value Britain’s most revered public institution – the NHS under a Boris Johnson government.

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UK: Bradford NHS workers vote to strike against privatisation By Richard Tyler

15 August 2019 — WSWS

A socialist strategy is needed to defend jobs and conditions

Hospital workers in Bradford, England, facing the backdoor privatisation of their jobs have voted to take indefinite strike action from August 26.

This is the latest in a series of disputes that have hit the National Health Service (NHS) in the last four months—in Merseyside, Cornwall, Blackpool, South London, Birmingham and Doncaster, involving workers in pharmacy, catering, cleaning, domestic services, porters, building services and security.

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Amazon NHS partnership – more questions over backdoor privatisation

16 July 2019 — True Publica

Amazon NHS partnership - more backdoor privatisation?

By TruePublica: There is a lot going wrong in the world today and big tech is driving much of it in its indomitable thirst for ever greater global influence and markets to profit from. In the meantime, the British government is already making many moves to ‘Americanise’ society and continues towards its unpopular privatisation model in healthcare. These are not the musings of TruePublica’s editor. Professionals at the heart of the artificial intelligence community, privacy, civil liberty and healthcare are alarmed the NHS has teamed up with certain tech firms with scant care for patient outcomes especially with the latest announcement of American behemoth Amazon giving health advice.

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The latest multi-billion pound move in NHS privatisation – is the endgame in sight?

10 May 2019 — OurNHS

Private healthcare firms have just been offered a substantial say in deciding how billions of pounds of NHS mental health money is spent.

Jessica Ormerod Deborah Harrington

“No privatisation of the NHS on my watch,” said Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health, shortly after taking up his post. But this week the Health Services Journal (HSJ) revealed that “Providers offered control of NHSE budgets worth billions” (paywall). The article is explicit that the private healthcare sector is central among those now being offered control of at least £2billion of mental health cash.

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