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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Young people and mental health – a political issue

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Joe Booth

Statistics show that help for young people with mental health issues is dramatically decreasing. A 2016 investigation by the Guardian and 38 Degrees showed that trusts around England were “drawing up plans for hospital closures and cutbacks” in an attempt to avoid a £20 billion shortfall by 2020. This means that young people aren’t getting the help they need or deserve.

More than 850,000 children and young people in the UK have been diagnosed with a mental health condition.

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Stop giving money to private health providers

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Charlotte Zalens

The crisis in the NHS cannot be solved by increasing funding alone. Some funding needs to be reallocated. According to research by the Health Foundation, half of last year’s nearly £2 billion government cash injection for the NHS was given to private providers. That practice has to end!

£1 out of every £8 of the budgets allocated by local health commissioners in England is now spent on care provided by private providers.

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Fight against private contractors

By a health worker

Health workers are stepping up campaigns for NHS pay and conditions from the private contractors in the NHS. Privatised NHS workers get lower pay and poorer conditions than workers doing the same job on NHS contracts.

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It’ll cost ya!

By Gerry Bates

“Psst! Can’t get a ticket, mate? I can help you out there, but it’ll cost ya!” Ticket-touts, in front of theatres, concerts, Wimbledon, football stadiums… Can’t get in via the box-office? No. But you can get in. If you can pay for it.

“Pst! Need a brain scan, Ms? After an accident you get dizzy spells? You’ve been told at the hospital office that you’ll have to wait 18 months before you’ll even get a diagnosis? You are fretful and worried? I can help you out there. Not in 78 weeks time but in two! But it’ll cost ya!”

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Don’t let markets kill the NHS!

by rhodri evans

The Government is on the road to converting the Health Service from a provider of health care into an insurance system. In the future, according to Blair and Brown, health care will be “bought in”, more and more of it from private hospitals and clinics, and the NHS will just be an insurance policy, providing cover for health care costs in return for our tax contributions.

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Stop health service privatising in Oxford

By Mike Rowley

Thames Valley Strategic Health Authority plan to use Oxfordshire Primary Care Trust as a pilot project for private management in the NHS. If NHS management are successful here there will be one county-wide PCT, run by the private sector. Other Heath Authorities (and the Government) will be looking to do the same elsewhere in the country.

Plans to privatise services provided by the PCTs by 2008 were announced by the government in July.

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NHS Trusts in cash crisis

By Stan Crooke

Along with many other health trusts around the country Cambridge City and South Cambridgeshire Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) are currently running a deficit. In the Cambs Trust area it is some £40 million. The Trust has already identified £17 million worth of planned cuts in services: £9 million in hospital services, £3 million in prescriptions, £4 million in mental health, and £1 million in primary care. These cuts will be replicated right across the country.

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