NHS and health

Editorials - March 1995

Editorial comments on the ongoing influence of Stalinism in the British labour movement, the need for a campaign to defend the welfare state, and calling for justice for Mumia Abu-Jamal.

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“Doctors’ ideas have changed; they’ve realised that they are workers”

Emma Runswick, medical student, socialist and British Medical Association activist in Manchester, spoke to Solidarity.

Why has this flared up now?

An interview with Emma Runswick, medical student, socialist and British Medical Association activist in Manchester.

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NHS cash squeeze: tax the rich!

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Kelly Rogers

The NHS is demonstrably very strapped for cash, as a long list of the biggest hospital Trusts in the country are revealing the largest overspends in the history of the NHS.

The trust with the largest overspend, Barts Health NHS Trust, based in East London, is on course to have a run up a deficit of at least £134.9 million (10% of its budget) by the end of the NHS’ financial year on 31 March. Its overspend is 69% bigger than that in 2014-5, which totalled £79.6 million.

In order for the NHS to provide the care we need, then we need more funding coming from central government to employ more permanent staff, improve pay and conditions, and increase resources.

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Build the BMA?

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Jessica Bradwell

I am a little concerned about the call in Solidarity to build the British Medical Association (Solidarity 392). It’s not that I think it’s wrong: rather that it would benefit from some further calls to address the anomalous position of the BMA.

The BMA is a craft union, organising one relatively-privileged section of health workers. This can lead it to play an unhelpful, sectionalist role at times

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Student nurses to walk out over bursary cuts

Danielle Tiplady, a student nurse involved in the campaign against scrapping student NHS bursaries, spoke to Solidarity.

I fully support the idea of the walk out suggested by the NHS bursary committee. On the 10 February I hope to see many students out on the picket lines defending their bursaries and showing support to junior doctors.

Danielle Tiplady, a student nurse involved in the campaign against scrapping student NHS bursaries, spoke to Solidarity.

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Support junior doctors

Junior doctors will be striking on Wednesday 10 February after talks between the British Medical Association (BMA), the government and NHS employers at ACAS broke down on Monday 1 February.

Junior doctors will be striking on Wednesday 10 February after talks between the British Medical Association (BMA), the government and NHS employers at ACAS broke down on Monday 1 February.

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Health campaigns plan new initiatives

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Sacha Ismail

On Saturday 30 January the Health Campaigns Together took a very positive step forward for the movement to save the health service. Against a backdrop of junior doctors’ and student nurses’ struggles opening up new possibilities for a fight, about 200 people came together from a wide variety of local and national campaigns.

The NHS industrial disputes, the turn in the Labour Party and the uniting of health campaigns after a period of fragmentation have all put new wind in health campaigners’ sails, much need given the Tories’ accelerating assault.

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Mental health shortfall worsens

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Colin Foster

Waiting lists in the NHS are increasing for physical illnesses. But at least they are monitored, and the government feels pressure to reduce them.

According to a new report from the NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children), one child in five of those referred to child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) is denied service. For those who get it, the wait for an assessment appointment averages two months across the country, more than 26 weeks in some areas, and “years not months” in others.

In the last five years, it has become harder for children and young people to get mental health help.

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Labour activists support junior doctors

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Pete Radcliff

Normally when we do a Labour Party stall for my branch, we get on average half a dozen people over an hour or two. If we have a petition, and do well, we might get a hundred signatures.

We had a stall on Saturday 23 January in support of the junior doctors, for about two and half hours. We had on average 20 people there, about 30 involved in total. We got 700 signatures! Our local Tory MP [Broxtowe is a marginal seat], cabinet minister Anna Soubry, refused to meet a delegation in advance that would have been led by one of our doctors.

Building support for junior doctors in Labour.

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Support junior doctors! Fight to save the NHS!

On 19 January, the British Medical Association (BMA), acting for junior doctors, suspended a strike planned for 26 January, as the government reopened negotiations on the new contracts. The first strike by junior doctors on 12 January was supported by other trade unionists and the general public.

On 19 January, the British Medical Association, acting for junior doctors, suspended a strike planned for 26 January, as the government reopened negotiations on the new contracts. The first strike by junior doctors on 12 January was supported by other trade unionists and the general public.

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