Britiain’s National Health Service
By our reporters, 15 October 2014
The World Socialist Web Site interviewed National Health Service workers participating in a four-hour action over pay on Monday.
By Ajanta Silva, 13 October 2014
An open letter from the heads of a number of health professional bodies speaks of “signs of a system buckling under the twin crises of rising demand and flat lining budgets.”
By Tony Robson, 19 September 2014
The trade unions have opened the door to four separate pay rates for National Health Service staff performing the same job across the UK.
By Tony Robson, 28 July 2014
The Conservative Liberal Democrat government has taken major steps towards dismantling Britain’s National Health Service.
By Ajanta Silva, 25 July 2014
Advocates of charging for doctors’ services argue that a system of free health care for all is no longer sustainable due to the economic crisis.
By our reporters, 14 July 2014
The World Socialist Web Site spoke to workers in a number of town and cities in England who participated in last Thursday’s national public sector strike and protests.
By Paul Mitchell, 9 July 2014
The government’s slashing of National Health Service funding is the cause of the crisis.
By Tony Robson, 12 June 2014
The recent Healthcare at Home debacle underscores the danger to public health resulting from the privatisation of the UK’s National Health Service.
By Mark Blackwood and Ajanta Silva, 7 June 2014
Despite the widespread abuse of the severely disabled people in their care, none of Winterbourne View’s executives were ever questioned, let alone charged or jailed.
By Ajitha Gunaratne—candidate of the SEP (UK) for the European elections, 6 May 2014
The following statement has been issued by Ajitha Gunaratne, candidate of the Socialist Equality Party for the North West England constituency in the upcoming European elections.
By Mary Smith, 5 May 2014
Last week’s announcement that Revenue and Customs is considering making taxpayers’ personal data commercially available to private companies has further demonstrated the UK government’s determination to turn a profit from private information.
By Mark Blackwood, 24 April 2014
The Royal College of General Practitioners warned that general practice care is being destroyed by health care cuts.
By Robert Stevens, 25 March 2014
Under Clause 119 of the Care Bill passed in parliament last week, the health secretary will be able to close hospitals and cut services.
By Ajanta Silva, 12 March 2014
Foundation trusts have delivered “efficiency savings” of £867 million so far this year, but this is 18 percent behind what the government has demanded.
By Mark Blackwood and Paul Mitchell, 8 March 2014
A recent UK survey found that 71 percent of GPs questioned believed rationing of health provision in their area had increased “significantly” since April 2013.
By Ben Trent, 31 January 2014
Incoming National Health Service chief executive Simon Stevens has called for the “opening up” of healthcare and “reshaping our care system”.
By Ajanta Silva, 20 January 2014
The CQC findings prove that the Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition’s funding cuts and privatisation policies have created a significant shortage of staff, beds and resources.
By Joan Smith and Ajanta Silva, 6 January 2014
Hampshire County Council in England plans to reduce demand for services, including social care of the elderly and disabled, which accounts for more than one-third of council’s budget.
By Mark Blackwood, 4 January 2014
The UK’s Mental Health Foundation reports that every two hours one death is recorded as a result of suicide.
By Ajanta Silva, 24 December 2013
A report on A&E departments by Bruce Keogh calls for the health care system to be “redesigned.”
By Ben Trent, 28 November 2013
The paltry increase in the NHS Wales budget is more than offset by the reduction in other local services.
By Ajanta Silva, 29 October 2013
The UK government is demanding National Health Service workers take a further year's pay freeze, amid plans to cut NHS spending by an additional £10 billion.
By Mark Blackwood and Ajanta Silva, 19 October 2013
Five thousand nursing posts have been eliminated along with thousands of other hospital posts over the last three years.
By Robert Stevens, 1 October 2013
Around 50,000 people protested cuts to the UK’s National Health Service in Manchester Saturday in a march called by the Trades Union Congress.
By Ajanta Silva, 25 September 2013
Expectant mothers are increasingly being forced to travel, sometimes very long distances, to have a place to give birth.
By Ajanta Silva, 27 August 2013
National Health Service provision in Wales is in a critical condition, with people dying while on waiting lists.
By Ben York and Paul Mitchell, 16 August 2013
Virtually all paediatrics services at Stafford Hospital are to be closed, along with the abolition of maternity services and major emergency surgery.
By Joan Smith and Paul Mitchell, 8 August 2013
As part of the break-up and sell-off of the UK’s National Health Service, a contract worth up to £1.1 billion is being offered to private sector firms.
By Paul Mitchell, 2 August 2013
The top medical advisor to Britain’s National Health Service has called for it to be run like high-street retailers.
By Ajanta Silva, 31 July 2013
A new report on the UK National Health Service calls for policies that will speed up the privatisation of health care.
By Liz Smith, 30 July 2013
Children’s social care services in Doncaster, England are to be transferred to a “Community Interest Company”, laying the basis for full privatisation.
By Tony Robson, 24 July 2013
Trafford General Hospital, where the UK’s National Health Service was founded, is to lose its Accident and Emergency unit and other key services.
By Mark Blackwood and Ajanta Silva, 18 July 2013
The Labour Party-controlled Welsh Assembly has carried out a massive attack on the National Health Service.
By Jordan Shilton, 9 July 2013
The move to introduce charges on health care for immigrants represents another stage in the assault on universal, public provision in the UK.
By Tony Robson, 5 July 2013
As Britain’s National Health Service reaches its 65th anniversary, it is imperiled by billions in cuts and government privatisation plans.
By Barry Mason, 1 July 2013
The report that the UK’s Care Quality Commission, Britain’s National Health Service watchdog, suppressed one of its own investigative reports reveals its role in promoting privatisation.
By Barry Mason, 20 June 2013
Management and unions were well pleased with their joint effort to impose attacks on health workers.
By Jean Gibney, 8 June 2013
National Health Service chiefs in Greater Manchester, England, are finalising plans to further downsize health provision.
By Mark Blackwood and Ajanta Silva, 4 June 2013
Scenes of A&E units with patients waiting to be seen lying on trolleys in corridors for hours have become commonplace in UK hospitals.
By Ellis Wynne, 3 June 2013
Unite, in collaboration with health managers, has forced through pay cuts against 60 pathology staff at Salford Royal Hospital National Health Trust Laboratory.
By Paul Bond, 22 May 2013
The Save our NHS demonstration showed the bankruptcy of the Labour Party and trade unions campaign in defence of health care.
By Ajanta Silva, 16 April 2013
TQtwentyone, a large National Health Service provider operating in southern England, is seeking to cut workers’ pay, terms and conditions.
By Barry Mason, 12 April 2013
Around 450 ambulance workers employed by the Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust held a one-day strike April 2.
By Liz Smith, 11 April 2013
The ongoing crisis of Leeds General Infirmary, in which child heart surgery provision was suspended, reveals the grave consequences of the deliberate running down of National Health Service resources.
By Ajanta Silva, 9 April 2013
The final business plan of the National Health Service management in the south west of England serves as a blueprint for reducing the pay and conditions for workers throughout the NHS.
By Paul Mitchell, 4 April 2013
This month, historic cuts in welfare provision come into force, driving millions further into destitution.
By Ajanta Silva, 30 March 2013
The UK’s Care Quality Commission has produced a report documenting the severe deterioration in the quality of care for elderly people.
By Joan Smith, 25 March 2013
An eight-month-old baby, born in the UK and requiring a critical operation, has been denied National Health Service treatment because of her parents’ immigrant status.
By Barry Mason, 12 March 2013
The Unison and Unite unions are working to wind down a strike by National Health Service workers at the Mid Yorkshire Hospital Trust, with the aid of the pseudo-left.
By Julie Hyland, 11 March 2013
Whatever amendments may be made to section 75, it is to become virtually compulsory to hand NHS service provision over to private companies.
By Paul Stuart, 4 March 2013
The Labour Party, trade unions and pseudo-left groups in Britain are playing the main role in facilitating the decimation of the National Health Service.
By Dave Hyland, 26 February 2013
Attacks on workers being prepared by the Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust in South Yorkshire, England also threaten medical care in this working class area.
By Peter Reydt, 20 February 2013
An 81-year-old woman died after being left alone in her house without any medicine, food or drink.
By Julie Hyland, 13 February 2013
Up to 1,200 patients are estimated to have died as a result of the poor care they received at Stafford Hospital.
By Rick Wilson, 12 February 2013
The coalition government is to press ahead with serious cuts to heath services in south east London.
By Richard Duckworth, 1 February 2013
At a public meeting in Bristol, England, the Unite trade union appealed to Labour, the party that initiated the privatisation of the National Health Service, to save it.
By Barry Mason and Julie Hyland, 30 January 2013
Administration workers and clerical staff at three hospitals began a five-day strike on Monday.