Britain’s National Health Service
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.
By our reporters, 29 April 2016
WSWS reporters spoke to junior doctors on picket lines and at rallies during this week’s two one-day strikes without emergency cover.
By Robert Stevens, 27 April 2016
The strike by 45,000 junior doctors in England is the first stoppage in the history of the National Health Service to be held without emergency care being provided.
By Robert Stevens, 26 April 2016
Junior doctors have refused to back down in the face of government threats, but the danger is their isolation at the hands of the health unions and the Labour Party.
By Tony Robson, 21 April 2016
The Remain and Leave campaigns are led by parties that have cut NHS and opened up public health care for privatisation.
By Robert Stevens and our reporters, 21 April 2016
The role of Keep Our NHS Public is to ensure that any fight back remains within the stranglehold of the Labour Party and the trade unions.
By Ajanta Silva, 20 April 2016
After paving the way for years of pay freezes and erosion of conditions, the unions have colluded with the government and accepted the 1 percent cap on pay this year and until 2020.
By Dennis Moore, 16 April 2016
In the period from 2004 to 2014, state funding for care of the elderly plunged by a third.
By our reporters, 8 April 2016
World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to junior doctors on picket lines around the country.
By Paul Mitchell, 7 April 2016
Junior doctors have demanded more effective action after Health Secretary Hunt announced he would impose a new contract by August 1.
Statement by NHS Fightback
By , 29 March 2016
The imposition of a draconian contract on 55,000 junior doctors is a test case for restructuring employment conditions for the entire workforce of the National Health Service.
By Robert Stevens, 12 March 2016
Despite the government's direct intervention last month to impose an inferior contract, the British Medical Association has insisted that doctors are not involved in a political struggle.
By Dennis Moore, 9 March 2016
Mental health services for children and young people in England were cut by £35 million last year alone.
By Sascha Woods, 4 March 2016
The NHS has lost out on the hiring of over 1,000 trained nurses due to restrictions on migration.
By Tony Robson, 2 March 2016
The central risk to the junior doctors is the continued isolation of their struggle by the trade unions.
By Robert Stevens, 12 February 2016
The government’s unprecedented and authoritarian move signifies a new stage in the efforts of the ruling elite to dismantle the National Health Service.
By our reporters, 12 February 2016
Striking junior doctors and their supporters say that the government’s attacks on them are part of a broader assault on the National Health Service.
By Thomas Scripps and Ajanta Silva, 8 February 2016
The British Medical Association used the event to bolster their ongoing fruitless negotiations with Conservative Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt
By Tony Robson, 6 February 2016
The British Medical Association has reluctantly proceeded with the strike but has scaled back the action.
By our reporters, 14 January 2016
The strike came after four months of a dispute in which the government has insisted its proposed changes go through and was the first such work stoppage since the 1970s.
By Tony Robson, 12 January 2016
It has been more than four decades since the last national strike by junior doctors over pay and conditions
By Ajanta Silva, 11 January 2016
The Conservative government has announced plans to scrap bursaries and introduce student fees.
By Ajanta Silva, 9 January 2016
A student nurse graduating in 2020 could leave with debts over £50,000.
By Robert Stevens, 2 December 2015
The BMA’s betrayal allows the government further time to come up with a repackaged deal, in order to carry out effectively the same attacks on doctors’ employment conditions and pay.
Statement by NHS Fightback
By , 30 November 2015
The defence of health care and every other basic social right can only be taken forward through a break from the trade unions and the Labour Party.
By Margot Miller, 26 November 2015
Under the control of the Labourites, each city and region within the Northern Powerhouse is involved in a cutthroat struggle for investment and the slashing of wages.
By Barry Mason, 9 November 2015
Staff fear the extension of services at a weekend, without additional resources, would put yet more patients’ care in jeopardy.
By Ajanta Silva, 9 November 2015
The NHS’s financial crisis is the product of funding cuts and the drive to privatisation.
By Tom Pearce, 31 October 2015
Addenbrooke’s dire situation is symptomatic of a financial crisis across the NHS, with two-thirds of trusts predicting a deficit this year.
By Ben Trent, 30 October 2015
New GP “super-practices” will be given more autonomy, making them more attractive for prospective private companies.
By Ajanta Silva, 12 October 2015
The new contracts would effectively reduce junior doctors’ pay by 15 to 30 percent, with more extended and unsafe hours.
By Tom Scripps, 9 September 2015
Despite increased demand, the budget for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services has been cut by nearly £50 million.
By Mark Blackwood, 7 September 2015
Between 2008 and 2013, an estimated 483,000 elderly and disabled people either lost their care support, or are no longer eligible.
By Ross Mitchell, 2 September 2015
Psychologists report that they are seeing growing numbers of parents unable to take their children to therapy centres because of the cost of travel.
By Ajanta Silva, 27 August 2015
A further £22 billion in “efficiency savings” is being demanded over the next five years.
By Ross Mitchell, 17 August 2015
The Conservatives plan to reduce the list of 65 funded cancer drugs by 37 items, which will severely impact the survival rates of thousands cancer patients.
By Ajanta Silva, 25 July 2015
NHS managers are supposed to introduce additional services, while the government is demanding a further £22 billion in cuts to the health budget.
By Tom Pearse, 24 April 2015
The Bart’s Health National Health Service (NHS) Trust serves more than 2.5 million people across London.
By Ajanta Silva, 23 March 2015
The deal, worth £780 million over four years, is the latest in the ongoing privatisation process of the publicly run health service.
By Margot Miller, 7 March 2015
There has been no debate on the biggest overhaul in the provision of health care and welfare since the foundation of the welfare state, either nationally or in Manchester.
Sell-off: The abolition of your NHS
By Joan Smith, 28 February 2015
The documentary exposes the extent to which Britain’s National Health Service has been privatised.
By Ajanta Silva, 14 February 2015
Health care workers have already suffered from four years of pay freezes, cuts, worsening job conditions and an increase in pension contributions.
By Ajanta Silva, 31 January 2015
The NHS now has to step in and clear up the financial and patient care disaster created by the private health care operator at Hinchingbrooke Hospital.
By Ajitha Silva, 10 January 2015
The attacks on NHS funding have created a crisis in hospitals across the country, with some hospitals saddled with massive deficits.
By Ajanta Silva, 7 January 2015
What is happening to public health provision in Devon is a warning to the entire working class.
By Dennis Moore, 27 December 2014
Cuts to mental health services have led to enormous demand with little capacity to meet it.
By Kevin Martinez, 11 December 2014
Nurses went on a two-day strike Tuesday, after a county judge issued a temporary restraining order against a portion of them.
By Danny Richardson and Richard Tyler, 25 November 2014
The Care UK workers were betrayed by their union, Unison.
By Ajanta Silva, 24 November 2014
It was the Labour Party’s Private Finance Initiatives that began the privatisation of health care.
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.