Britain: cancer and Capita – NHS outsourcing disaster deepens

12 February 2019 — In Defence of Marxism

By Dan Langley, Royal College of Nursing (personal capacity)

Image: Socialist Appeal

On 14 November 2018, the British Medical Association (BMA) uncovered a system error by Capita, an outsourcing company responsible for ‘business processes’. Capita’s negligence led to 48,000 women not receiving their letters for cervical cancer screening and follow up, potentially putting many lives at risk.

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Secret government contracts undermine our democracies. Let’s stop them By Jonathan Gray

27 February 2014 — OurKingdom

How do we know that the money we collectively give to our governments is being properly spent? We don’t. A new campaign seeks to change that.

The British government has just awarded a contract to manage the plundering of personal health data from GPs’ records. The winner, French company Atos, is best known in Britain for incompetently assessing disabled people’s “fitness to work”. That doesn’t inspire confidence.

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G4S & Serco fraud: Oops, we couldn’t tell the difference between right and wrong By Ellie Butt

21 November 2013 — Our Kingdom

British outsourcers cheated taxpayers out of tens of millions of pounds. Yesterday they said sorry. So that’s all right, then.

Yesterday, senior executives from Britain’s four largest public services outsourcing firms, G4S, Atos, Serco and Capita, appeared before the people’s watchdog — Members of Parliament on the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).

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The realities of outsourcing: court interpreters mean miscarriages of justice By Joel Sharples

14 November 2013 — Our Kingdom

Since court interpreting has been outsourced, wages have plummeted, quality of interpreting has dropped to a dangerous level, and the justice system has often ground to a halt. A foretaste of what to expect from outsourced services across the country? Continue reading

English charity sector lobbied Hunt to keep controversial NHS privatisation rules By Andrew Robertson

14 August 2013 — OurNHS

Who benefits if charity leaders lobby for more competition in the NHS?

Charity boss Sir Stephen Bubb lobbied alongside the head of a private healthcare trade group to persuade Jeremy Hunt to not water down highly controversial “Section 75” privatisation regulations, according to new documents revealed today.

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A Tale of Two Economies: Skyrocketing Stock Market for the Rich, Devaluation of Work for the Rest

012 — MARK KARLIN, EDITOR OF BUZZFLASH AT TRUTHOUT

The monthly job figures came out today (September 7th) and the media has determined that they indicate that the <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>unemployment situation is not improving. “Hiring Slows in August, Adding to Pressure on Fed and <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>Obama” blares a headline in the September 7th <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>New York Times.

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The EyeOpener- Stratfor and the Privatization of Intelligence

13 March 2012 — www.boilingfrogspost.com

Late last year, hackers with the anonymous hacking group LulzSec raided the servers of Strategic Forecasting, Inc., or Stratfor, a private intelligence company in Austin, Texas, coming away with some 5 million emails. Last month, Wikileaks began publishing the emails as “The Global Intelligence Files” to much fanfare. All of the claims that continue to emerge on a daily basis from this email archive are just that: claims. Regardless of the truth of this or that particular claim, perhaps the most significant thing to emerge from the emails is the fact that companies like Stratfor exist at all. That private companies are in possession of vast intelligence networks and vast sums of data on private individuals is a trend that few are comfortable with, but few are aware of until situations like the Stratfor leak bring it to the public’s attention.

This is our EyeOpener Report by James Corbett, presenting the disturbing trend of outsourcing intelligence work to private companies, the unhealthy relationship between intelligence agencies and the private sector, the culpability for misconduct and shielding the government from being held accountable for crimes committed on its behalf, and the creation of a revolving door that allows the private companies enormous leeway in bending and breaking laws by offering incentives to the agencies that are supposedly keeping an eye on them.

Watch the Video Report Here @ Boiling Frogs Post: http://www.boilingfrogspost.com/2012/03/13/the-eyeopener-stratfor-and-the-privatization-of-intelligence/

Outsourcing power (and its consequences) By William Bowles

23 July 2011

For well over a century the British state has relied on its professional civil service (known as the Establishment and for reasons I hope that become apparent) to maintain the status quo and whilst the state has had to make concessions over time (eg, universal suffrage, legalize trade unions and eventually establish the ‘welfare state’) the Establishment’s primary function is to preserve the rule of Capital, regardless of the party in power. Thus continuity is preserved through the role of a permanent and unelected elite run by the ‘Whitehall Mandarins’.

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What’s so Funny about Outsourcing? By John Feffer

26 October, 2010 — Foreign Policy in Focus

What were NBC executives thinking? The unemployment rate remains near double digits, and many Americans have simply stopped looking for work. And what does the network premier this fall but a sitcom called Outsourced about an American manager sent to run a call center in India. The jokes revolve around funny names, unappetizing food, Sikh turbans, arranged marriages. “It’s hard to know what a normal smell is here and what isn’t,” says Todd Dempsy, the culturally insensitive manager played by Ben Rappaport, in last week’s “Touched by an Anglo” episode. And there’s indeed something fishy about a show that capitalizes on U.S. jobs going overseas during an economic downturn.

On the other hand, Outsourced introduces American viewers to bhangra music and lots of Indian faces. It makes fun of the inanities of American culture (bachelorette parties, pimping cars, fake vomit). The acting is pretty good, including the very funny Sacha Dhawan and Anisha Nagarajan. An inter-cultural romance beckons on the horizon. There’s even the occasionally pointed comment, such as the assistant manager Rajiv’s aside to his American boss that “this country is just a cash register to you.”

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Obama’s War: Why is the Largest Military Machine on the Planet Unable to Defeat the Resistance in Afghanistan By Sara Flounders

2 December, 2009 — Global ResearchWorkers World – 2009-11-15

Just how powerful is the U.S. military today?

Why is the largest military machine on the planet unable to defeat the resistance in Afghanistan, in a war that has lasted longer than World War II or Vietnam ?

Afghanistan ranks among the poorest and most underdeveloped countries in the world today. It has one of the shortest life expectancy rates, highest infant mortality rates and lowest rates of literacy.

The total U.S. military budget has more than doubled from the beginning of this war in 2001 to the $680 billion budget signed by President Barack Obama Oct. 28. The U.S. military budget today is larger than the military budgets of the rest of the world combined. The U.S. arsenal has the most advanced high-tech weapons.

The funds and troop commitment to Afghanistan have grown with every year of occupation. Last January another 20,000 troops were sent; now there is intense pressure on President Obama to add an additional 40,000 troops. But that is only the tip of the iceberg. More than three times as many forces are currently in Afghanistan when NATO forces and military contractors are counted.

Eight years ago, after an initial massive air bombardment and a quick, brutal invasion, every voice in the media was effusive with assurances that Afghanistan would be quickly transformed and modernized, and the women of Afghanistan liberated. There were assurances of schools, roads, potable water, health care, thriving industry and Western-style “democracy.” A new Marshall Plan was in store.

Was it only due to racist and callous disregard that none of this happened?

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