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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NHS privatisation – the endgame now in sight

13 May 2019 — True Publica

NHS privatisation – the endgame now in sight

At TruePublica we published the story of how the government was deliberately dismantling the UK welfare state with the help of American ‘healthcare’ corporations, the result being that thousands of people have subsequently died at the hands of the state. Here, another story emerges that the NHS is being dismantled, again with the assistance of American corporations whose only desire is to turn a profit from a service being strangled by government budget constraints. Private healthcare firms have just been offered a substantial say in deciding how billions of pounds of NHS money is to be spent.

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NHS 10-year plan: Recipe for further attacks on services and privatisation in UK By Ajanta Silva

7 February 2019 — WSWS

Theresa May’s Conservative government recently set out a 10-year plan for the National Health Service (NHS).

As if everyone was oblivious to the last nine years of austerity, including huge cuts to the NHS budget and privatization of health services, May claimed the Tories would be the saviours of the NHS over the next decade with the launch of the Long Term Plan (LTP).

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The NHS Ten Year Plan neglects the human side of healthcare David Zigmond

1 February 2019 — OurNHS

Markets, machines and micromanagement are turning healthcare into officious, insensitive practice that demoralises staff and patients.

Early in this new year, on 7 January, the Prime Minister proudly announced a hopeful tonic for these troubled times: a Ten-Year Plan for our NHS, to transform it into a ‘world class service’. More money, better systems and state-of-the-art technology will all assure this, she said.

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NHS: Hackers paradise as gov’t centralised health database announced

4 January 2019 — True Publica

By TruePublica: Here is another public disaster in the making. A disaster because a new NHS patient record system won’t work after billions of desperately needed taxpayer cash is poured down the drain again. A disaster because patient records will be stolen in the same quantities as they are in the USA even if it does work. A disaster because cyber-criminals will blackmail individuals with stolen health data. A disaster because the expected rise of private healthcare insurance will determine who gets cover and at what price. A disaster because the government will add patient data to its new centralised biometric database without anyone’s consent. 

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The blueprint for dismantling the NHS By Youssef El-Gingihy

3 December 2018 — OurNHS

Nostalgia won’t save the NHS from the encroachment of market forces – only a broad-based mass movement can do that.

Since the first edition of How to Dismantle the NHS in 10 Easy Steps, we’ve had the junior doctors’ strike, the Conservative victory in the 2015 general election, the Corbyn phenomenon, the unexpected Brexit vote and the arguably even more unexpected loss of the Conservative majority in 2017.

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Google absorbs subsidiary with access to NHS patient data

15 November 2018 — True Publica
Google absorbs subsidiary with access to NHS patient dataTruePublica Editor: American behemoths such as Google, Facebook and other transnational corporations are now so big that ethics plays second fiddle to profit and legislators feel somehow emasculated to act in the public interest. Revolving doors obviously plays a role in the cesspit of modern day politics. These transnationals are breaking all the rules where anarchy by the rich and powerful is endemic to civil society.

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