Britain’s National Health Service
By Robert Stevens, 11 December 2019
Labour’s claim to be the only party that will defend the NHS is the main reason many support the party. But like most of its main pledges, this too is without genuine substance.
The Dirty War on the National Health Service: John Pilger documentary “goes to the heart of the struggle for democracy today”
By Jean Shaoul, 10 December 2019
Pilger’s work is a deeply passionate appeal to working people in the UK to oppose the decades-long, covert assault on the NHS by all three major parties.
By Dennis Moore, 23 September 2019
Many disabled activists have raised concerns that police have passed on information about disabled protesters who participate in demonstrations against welfare cuts and anti-austerity movements.
By Richard Tyler and Robert Stevens, 28 August 2019
Behind the scenes, the union and management had been meeting in a desperate bid to avert a strike and agree to a negotiated settlement.
By Ben Trent, 17 August 2019
A third of hip replacements carried out in the NHS are now done privately and community health and mental health provision have seen five years of continual gains by the private sector.
A socialist strategy is needed to defend jobs and conditions
By Richard Tyler, 15 August 2019
Hospital workers in Bradford, England, facing the backdoor privatisation of their jobs, have voted to take indefinite strike action from August 26.
By Barry Mason, 24 July 2019
The Bradford hospital trust’s plans are aimed at enforcing government-imposed efficiency cuts of 4 percent each year, around £16 million in the current financial year.
By Ben Trent, 18 July 2019
Over the past 30 years, NHS bed capacity has been halved by Labour and Conservative governments.
By Ben Trent, 20 June 2019
The only way to counter the privatisation of the NHS is the mobilisation of health care workers in the UK and internationally against capitalism.
By Ajanta Silva, 19 June 2019
Drastic cuts, the shutdown of facilities, and outsourcing have crippled care for the most vulnerable.
By Ben Trent, 29 May 2019
The departure of ambulance staff is part of a wave of medical professionals abandoning the National Health Service.
By Ben Trent, 23 April 2019
An investigation found that over 1 million patients were forced to seek alternative treatment in the preceding five years due to the closure of nearly 450 GP surgeries.
By Ajanta Silva, 10 April 2019
In England alone, more than 127,000 cancer patients have been left waiting more than two months to start their treatment over the last five years.
By Ajanta Silva, 7 February 2019
Under the banner of providing more choices, the government is ready to send more and more patients to private hospitals with the NHS footing the bill.
By Ben Trent, 19 December 2018
A poll by the General Medical Council’s regulating body concluded there was a high risk of doctors leaving the profession “in unprecedented numbers.”
By Kelly Taylor, 14 December 2018
A 71-year-old Jamaican woman, Elfreda Spencer, died of sepsis this year after being denied chemotherapy because she could not afford to pay the upfront cost of her treatment.
By Ben Trent, 7 December 2018
A survey of 21,000 health workers found that 49 percent had to seek financial help from friends and family the previous year.
By Ajanta Silva, 7 November 2018
These are the same people who deliberately sold a rotten pay offer and were the subject of members’ outrage when the real details of the deal came to light.
By Ben Trent, 31 October 2018
Large swathes of NHS provision have been sold off to the private sector, driving down the pay, terms and conditions of workers and hugely reducing the quality of services.
By Ben Trent, 16 October 2018
The budget deficits are the outcome of a systemic attack on a public health service provider with the intent of bringing the 70-year-old institution into private hands.
By Ajanta Silva, 3 October 2018
There is growing opposition among nurses and health care workers to a deal that includes an effective cut in real wages following years of attacks on wages and conditions.
Vote “yes” on resolution to force out Royal College of Nursing leadership! Build rank-and-file committees!
By NHS FightBack, 28 September 2018
The resolution gives voice to the growing rebellion among nurses and health workers against the RCN executive’s collusion with the Conservative government.
By our reporters, 1 September 2018
National Health Service workers have spoken to NHS FightBack reporting teams about the pay deal, with many angered at the unions for accepting it.
By Ajanta Silva, 29 August 2018
Despite only being a trainee paediatrician at the time of Jack Adcock's death, the responsibilities heaped on Bawa-Garba as a junior doctor that day were extraordinary.
By Ajanta Silva, 13 August 2018
More than 1,000 health workers signed a petition calling for the current leadership of the Royal College of Nursing to stand down.
By Ajanta Silva, 4 August 2018
Health workers are expressing outrage as the truth about the latest union sellout comes to light.
By Paul Bond, 24 July 2018
By 2022, more than 7 million households are due to move onto Universal Credit, which has a built-in delay period and is paid in arrears after assessment of income.
By Paul Mitchell and Robert Stevens, 2 July 2018
Despite their occasional holiday speeches pledging to defend the NHS, neither the Labour Party nor the trade unions have lifted a finger to prevent its evisceration.
“I believe the NHS is the greatest thing about British society”
By our reporters, 2 July 2018
Socialist Equality Party members and supporters spoke to people attending Saturday’s demonstration marking the 70th anniversary of the creation of the UK’s National Health Service.
Statement of the Socialist Equality Party (UK)
30 June 2018
No confidence can be placed in the trade unions or the Labour Party to reverse NHS underfunding and privatisation, much less defend the principle of socialised health care.
By Ajanta Silva, 22 June 2018
Millions of workers will face large tax increases to pay for any increased funding for the NHS.
By Thomas Scripps, 6 June 2018
As of 2017, one in four adults in the UK each year could expect to suffer some form of mental illness; three quarters of these begin before a person reaches his or her 18th birthday.
Statement by the Socialist Equality Party, 23 March 2018
The agreement between the 12 unions covering workers in the National Health Service was finalised behind the membership’s backs with the Guardian reporting negotiations were carried out “in conditions of strict secrecy.”
By Benjamin Trent, 12 February 2018
Such is the crisis that the Royal College of Nursing estimates there are now 40,000 vacant nursing positions in the health service.
As thousands demonstrate in London in defence of health care
By Robert Stevens, 5 February 2018
Corbyn and his pseudo-left backers are using the prospect of a Labour government reversing the attacks on the NHS to suppress any mobilisation of the working class.
“The Conservatives don’t care how many people die so long as they line their pockets”
By our reporters, 5 February 2018
World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to some of those attending Saturday’s demonstration in London to defend the NHS.
By NHS FightBack, 3 February 2018
The following statement by NHS FightBack is being distributed today at marches and rallies in defence of the National Health Service in London and other towns and cities.
By Jean Shaoul, 30 January 2018
The government’s proposals, introduced at the behest of the private sector, are an import from the American public-private healthcare system.
By Ajanta Silva, 15 January 2018
By running down National Health Service-run provision across the country, the Tories have opened up new avenues for private companies to cherry pick lucrative areas.
By Robert Stevens, 6 January 2018
NHS employees now often refer to the conditions they face at work as a “battlefield” or “war zone.”
By Dennis Moore, 5 January 2018
The head of the Kings College hospital trust, one of the largest in the UK, resigned citing the inability of hospitals to provide adequate care amidst soaring demand.
By Julie Hyland, 3 January 2018
There is a direct relationship between this orgy of financial parasitism and the explosion of self-medication.
By Ajanta Silva, 23 December 2017
The Surrey Downs Clinical Commissioning Group accidentally disclosed a backdoor payment of £328,000 to Virgin Care, owned by billionaire business mogul Richard Branson.
By Ajanta Silva, 9 December 2017
In his budget, Tory Chancellor Hammond allocated a derisory £2.8 billon for the NHS over the next three years, under conditions in which the combined deficit of NHS trusts alone stood at £770 million last financial year.
By Margot Miller, 28 November 2017
A landmark study reveals the dirty secret of austerity policies being imposed all over the world: the more money is cut, the more people are sent to an early grave.
By Ajanta Silva, 28 October 2017
214 out of 224 acute hospitals operated without an adequate level of nursing staff during day shifts last October, while 85 percent of them did not have proper staff levels on night shifts.
By Alice Summers, 14 October 2017
Economic and academic pressures on young people are exacerbated by a systemic decrease of funding for mental health counselling.
By Ajanta Silva, 11 October 2017
More than 75,000 people signed petitions against the Clinical Service Review, with many thousands across the county participating in protest marches, meetings and gatherings in Dorchester, Poole and Bournemouth.
By Jean Shaoul, 1 August 2017
According to the NHS Support Federation, more than one third (£5.5 billion) of £16 billion in contracts awarded by the clinical commissioning groups have gone to the private sector.
By Ajanta Silva, 31 July 2017
The exodus of nurses and midwives takes place amid a broader shortage of 40,000 nurses and 3,500 midwives in England alone.
By Barry Mason, 17 July 2017
The 2,400 who died in the UK are among the tens of thousands impacted worldwide due to profiteering from the sale of infected blood.
By Dennis Moore, 11 July 2017
With NHS trusts being forced to rush through the sale of assets, the only beneficiaries will be those who are buying, including property speculators.
By Jean Shaoul, 3 June 2017
Labour has made no commitment to reversing £20 billion in NHS cuts imposed by Conservative-led governments so far, or ending them.
By Jean Shaoul, 8 May 2017
World Socialist Web Site writer Jean Shaoul responds to a series of questions posed by a student journalist regarding the Socialist Equality Party’s NHS FightBack campaign.
By Ajanta Silva, 1 May 2017
The following are interviews from some of those who have spoken to NHS FightBack during its campaign to oppose redundancies and the slashing of services in Bournemouth and the county of Dorset.
By our reporters, 27 April 2017
Management has been able to impose the job losses in Bournemouth only due to the treachery of trade unions.
By Dennis Moore, 25 April 2017
Figures released by the Office for National Statistics found that the suicide rate for care workers is now twice the national average.
By Margot Miller, 22 April 2017
Registered nurses earn an average of just £23,319 per year and had their pay kept up with inflation they would now earn £26,584.
By Eric Gauld, 21 April 2017
While boasting about its new private ward, the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has, since 2010, shut down several wards in Bournemouth and Christchurch hospitals.
Attend NHS FightBack meeting in Bournemouth
Statement by NHS FightBack
11 April 2017
Health workers and all those who want to fight in defence of the NHS must build a new leadership, which fights on the basis of a socialist programme.
By Ajanta Silva, 11 April 2017
A resident said, “The loss of this team should be of grave concern to everybody in Bournemouth.”
By our reporters, 3 April 2017
Those organising the Leeds protest offered a political amnesty to the unions and Labour.
By our reporters, 3 April 2017
The WSWS and the NHS FightBack campaign interviewed some of those protesting in defence of the National Health Service in Leeds Saturday.
By our reporters, 1 April 2017
Many workers in BICS, Bournemouth Council and at Bournemouth and Poole hospitals responded enthusiastically to an article by the NHS FightBack campaign, calling for a struggle against redundancies.
By Ajanta Silva, 22 March 2017
The discharging of staff in Bournemouth is a sign that further decimation of services are on the horizon in 44 areas throughout England.
By Robert Stevens, 6 March 2017
Speakers on the main stage, including trade union officials and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, offered no strategy to fight the onslaught against the NHS.
By our reporters, 6 March 2017
World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to a number of those attending Saturday’s protest in defence of the National Health Service.
Statement by NHS FightBack
4 March 2017
The following statement by NHS FightBack is being distributed at today’s London demonstration in defence of the National Health Service.
By Jean Gibney, 3 March 2017
Many seriously ill patients in the UK are being denied drugs and treatments due to increased drives for cost efficiency.
By Richard Tyler, 24 February 2017
The government announced it is seeking to recover £500 million a year from overseas visitors for health treatment.
By our reporters, 18 February 2017
The hospital, opened in 2000, has been the lifeline for thousands of people who suffer from mental health problems.
By Ajanta Silva, 13 February 2017
Junior doctors repeatedly stressed the implications of understaffing in hospitals during their industrial action last year.
By Jean Gibney, 9 February 2017
Government cuts to mental health services in Britain have produced a situation where there is enormous demand with little capacity to meet the need.
By Robert Stevens, 16 January 2017
More than 20 hospitals have raised alerts that they can no longer provide basic services to the public, as the British Red Cross said the NHS faces a “humanitarian crisis.”
By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 9 January 2017
Having set the NHS up to fail, the government and the media will inevitably insist that the NHS must be made more efficient through the closure of “failing” services and privatisations.
By Barry Mason, 28 December 2016
The Sustainability and Transformation Plans prepared by National Health Service bosses are aimed at ending universal health care.
By Jean Gibney, 17 December 2016
Three million people are at risk of malnutrition, with 7,366 of these admitted to hospital with the condition between August 2014 and July 2015.
By Dennis Moore, 1 December 2016
Local authorities agreed to help just under half of the 6.6 million people who approached them for help.
By Ajanta Silva, 17 November 2016
Since the Health and Social Care Act was introduced in 2013, private firms have won National Health Service clinical contracts worth £5.5 billion.
By Robert Stevens, 12 November 2016
Everything was done by the BMA’s Junior Doctors Committee to limit the doctors’ struggle and isolate their strike, even as it had widespread popular support.
By Ajanta Silva, 1 November 2016
Dorset’s NHS management aims to downsize two major A&E departments, children units, maternity units and more than a half a dozen community hospitals delivering inpatient care.
By Ajanta Silva, 22 October 2016
In September, 2,000 patients were left without a doctor after a surgery was closed in Nottingham following an “inadequate” regulatory rating.
By Robert Stevens, 3 October 2016
The Socialist Workers Party sowed illusions in the trade unions and the Labour Party at every juncture in the junior doctors' struggle.
By Robert Stevens, 29 September 2016
The isolation and defeat of the doctors' struggle is the result of the collective efforts of the entire labour and trade union bureaucracy.
By Ajanta Silva and Paul Mitchell, 20 September 2016
Demands are being made for greater cuts to the National Health Service, including rationing and privatisation.
By Dennis Moore, 13 September 2016
A recent health care quality report raised serious concerns over the lack of adequate staffing in a number of different departments.
By Robert Stevens, 8 September 2016
The junior doctors have been isolated by both the trade unions and by the Labour Party, with a key role played by party leader Jeremy Corbyn.
By Robert Stevens, 3 September 2016
The scale of the industrial action to be taken by junior doctors working in the National Health Service is without precedent in modern times.
By Liz Smith, 3 September 2016
A recent House of Commons Select Committee report found the National Health Service to be in a state of near collapse and hinted that in the future patients might have to pay for services.
By Tony Robson, 24 August 2016
The Conservative government intends to enforce a revised contract—which has already caused five nationwide strikes and was overwhelmingly rejected in July—on junior doctors.
By Ajanta Silva, 16 August 2016
Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group claims it is facing a £200 million deficit by 2021.
By Margot Miller, 8 August 2016
The NHS has been instructed to make savings of £22 billion by 2021, on pain of fines and takeovers by regulators.
By Margot Miller, 25 July 2016
The cuts will reduce from 13 to 10 the number of units in the country dealing with congenital heart disease—a condition that mainly affects children.
By Dennis Moore, 22 July 2016
Nine young people have died since 2009 while being treated in private mental health units across the UK.
By Paul Mitchell, 7 July 2016
Junior doctors rejected a contract supported by the British Medical Association union that slashes overtime pay and extends working hours.
By Ben Trent, 9 June 2016
The deficit highlights the growing disparity between what the government is spending and the resources required for the population to remain in good health.
By Alice Summers, 30 May 2016
The changes would force nurses, paramedics and others to take on increased workloads and do jobs currently carried out by doctors.
By Robert Stevens, 27 May 2016
An amendment to the Queen’s Speech expressed regret that the government did not include a bill that would protect the NHS from the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership
By Anthony Bertolt and Matt Rigel, 23 May 2016
Allina Health has demanded nurses give up their current union health care plans and replace them with the company’s more expensive program.
By Harvey Thompson and Barry Mason, 7 May 2016
The decision to close the Huddersfield A&E unit is related to the terms of the Calderdale Royal Private Finance Initiative agreement, which prohibits its sale or mothballing for another 42 years.