NHS and health

NHS: nice job; nice friend

Mark Simmonds, the Tory MP who will speak at the 29 February “Winning Business in the New NHS” event, and a shadow health minister while in opposition, gets £50,000 a year for ten hours a month “consulting” from Circle, who on 1 February became the first private health care firm to take over an NHS hospital (Hinchingbrooke, in Cambridgeshire).

Andrew Lansley, currently Tory health minister, got £21,000 from John Nash, boss of private health firm Care UK, in November 2009, to pay for Lansley’s private office when in opposition.


Health Alarm protest

Mark Simmonds, Tory MP and shadow health minister in opposition, gets £50,000 a year from the first private health care firm to take over an NHS hospital; Tory health minister Andrew Lansley got £21,000 from the boss of another private health firm in opposition.

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Stop the sell off of the NHS!

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29 February, 2012 - 08:00 to 10:30

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The King's Fund, 11-13 Cavendish Square, W1G 0AN London, United Kingdom

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Facebook event.

If the Coalition's Health and Social Care Bill becomes law, private businesses will rush in to take over large parts of the NHS. On 29 February these vultures are gathering at a conference called "Winning business in the NHS" to discuss their plans to strip our health service. Join the protest against them organised by the Health Alarm 11:59 mobilising committee, http://healthalarm1159.wordpress.com

Here's the introductory blurb for the conference:

"If you are doing business with the NHS are you prepared for what comes next? The Chief Executive of the NHS, Sir David Nicholson, says the NHS changes are so big they can be seen from outer space. Can you see what they mean for your business?

"Whatever your sales forecasts; think again. Whatever your present strategic plan, it's probably wrong. Whatever your marketing plan, you probably need to rewrite it."

(www.regonline.co.uk/builder/site/Default.aspx?eventid=1031392)

There is still time to stop the Health and Social Care Bill, which is set to strike a massive and grievious blow to the NHS. We need a mobilisation of the labour movement to demand the bill is withdrawn and to put forward a positive plan to rebuild the National Health Service.

We demand also the repeal of cuts to the NHS, the liberation of the NHS from extortionate PFI charges, the reversal of the marketisation already imposed.

We call on the Labour Party to publicly reaffirm Andy Burnham's promise that a future Labour government will reverse marketisation of the NHS by this government.

We will demonstrate against the private sector vultures, with a simple message: no to the Health and Social Care Bill! No to privatisation - hands off our NHS! Please join us!

More details: healthalarm@yahoo.co.uk

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Vultures circle around NHS

A vultures’ conference on Wednesday 29 February will dramatise what the Government’s Health and Social Care Bill means.

It is a briefing session (at £354 a head) for private profiteers dealing with the NHS, run by a communications firm, GB Communications PR, whose bosses Geoffrey Bowden and Roy Lilley have strong NHS connections and a background in NHS-linked jobs.

Private companies are lining up to grab a slice of the £100 billion a year of taxpayers’ money that is to be handed over to them to run NHS services for profit.

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Sexual freedom and the right to decent healthcare

As a non-monogamous and non-straight woman I have faced and, in some ways, come to expect discrimination, comments and invasive questions about my life.

However, a recent visit to the GP’s surgery brought back into sharp focus just how bad the reality is for LGBTQ people accessing health care and public services.

I have developed a sensible and pro-active attitude to sexual health, so went asking for “just an STI check-up”, explaining that I do it regularly regardless of current sexual activity.

There is a shocking deficit of training for GPs on LGBT sexual health, and the NHS refuses to recognise it as an issue.

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There's still time to save the NHS

On 1 February, the first National Health Service hospital to be handed to private management, Hinchingbrooke Hospital in Cambridgeshire, went over to its new bosses.

The Government’s Health and Social Care Bill will push the NHS into radically more privatisation and marketisation. Health minister Lord Howe told a conference of private healthcare operators in London, in September 2011, that they would have “huge opportunities” once the Bill was through.

The Government’s Health and Social Care Bill will push the NHS into radically more privatisation and marketisation.

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Red Pill #3 - Jan 2012-Feb 2012

An industrial bulletin for healthworkers, discussing how to organise against the pensions sell-out. Click here to download the PDF.

An industrial bulletin for healthworkers, discussing how to organise against the pensions sell-out. Click <a href=http://www.workersliberty.org/system/files/Red%20Pill%203.pdf>here</a> to download the PDF.

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Drive out cosmetic surgery business!

The French state is offering to remove the breast implants of 30,000 French women who got implants from Poly Implant Prothèse (PIP).

Socialists should fight against the conditions that lead women and men to undergo medically useless and potentially dangerous cosmetic surgery.

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Barnet Alliance for Public Services launch meeting

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23 September, 2010 - 20:00 to 22:30

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Emerald Suite, North London Business Park, Oakleigh Road South, London N11 1GN

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Public meeting for Barnet residents and workers, launching the campaign against cuts and privatisation in the borough. Don't cut our services! Don't privatise our services! No to easyCouncil!
7-9pm, Emerald Suite, North London Business Park, Oakleigh Road South, N11 1GN. More details: http://www.barnettuc.org.uk

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Demonstration to save the National Blood Service

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11 April, 2008 - 13:00 to 15:00

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Demonstration! Watford, Friday 11th April

STOP SLASHING THE BLOOD SERVICE!

Protest at the NBS bosses' HQ

The bosses at the National Blood Service want to close labs and slash 600 jobs in the NBS. Now they are hiding the
findings of a review into whether or not this is safe to do. Join us at this protest to demand the review findings are
fully revealed, before it's too late to stop these dangerous cuts.

Assembly point:
Watford Junction Station, 12pm

Demonstration supported by:
- Stop Haringey Health Cuts Coalition
- The Healthworkers Union (IWW-IU 610)

For more see here and the Save our Blood Service website.

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"Keep Our NHS Public" conference

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20 January, 2007 - 11:00

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Friends Meeting House, 173 Euston Road, London NW1

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The organisers are inviting NHS campaigns to send up to three delegates. All remaining places are available on a first come first served basis and we welcome anyone interested in actively campaigning in support of the NHS. To register for places send delegate names to olivia@nhscampaign.org, tel. 01273 234822. There is a fee of £5 for each place. More details from NHS Support Federation, 113 Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XG; tel. 01273 234822; email info@nhscampaign.org.

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Red Pill #2 - Dec 2011-Jan 2012 (health workers' bulletin)

An industrial bulletin for health workers, discussing the way forward after the N30 strike. Click here to download the PDF.

An industrial bulletin for health workers, discussing the way forward after the N30 strike.

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Red Pill - N30 strike special (health workers' bulletin)

An industrial bulletin for health workers, focusing on the right to strike. Click here to download the bulletin as a PDF.

An industrial bulletin for health workers, focusing on the right to strike.

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Private firm takes over NHS hospital

This week Circle Healthcare group became the first private company to take over the running of an NHS hospital — Hinchingbrooke hospital in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire.

Hinchingbrooke is one of the so-called “failed hospitals”. Under the internal market, it has run up a debt of £40 million. The for-profit, offshore, hedge-fund backed, Tory-donor organisation Circle Healthcare have taken over the hospital buildings and the hiring and firing of staff under a £1 billion deal.

A private company has taken over the running of an NHS hospital in Cambridgeshire.

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Blood Service win

Health workers have won a small victory against privatisation of the NHS after it was announced the Blood and Transplant Service will not be privatised.

The Industrial Workers of the World and Unison unions had led the campaign to stop the service being put into the hands of companies such as DHL and Capita, who had shown an interest in running the service.

A commercial review of the service reported on 18 October that it should remain nationalised.

Health workers have won a small victory after it was announced the Blood and Transplant Service will not be privatised.

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University boss will now be NHS privatiser-in-chief

Malcolm Grant, the Provost of University College London, has been nominated by health secretary Andrew Lansley to head the new NHS commissioning board responsible for implementing the Tories’ health “reforms”.

So Grant, who has distinguished himself attacking students and workers at UCL, will now also be responsible for dismantling the NHS.

He will remain “full time” head of UCL, on a salary well above £300,000 even after taking a 10 percent pay cut. (He is the highest paid university head in Britain.)

Malcolm Grant, the Provost of University College London, has been nominated by health secretary Andrew Lansley to head the new NHS commissioning board responsible for implementing the Tories’ health “reforms”.

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