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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Junior doctors: step up fight against the new contracts!

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Pete Campbell, BMA Junior Doctors Committee, personal capacity

I am the secretary of the Northern JDC. I voted against the contract, I ran a campaign against. I think it is discriminatory, unfair and does not address the issues and concerns of junior doctors. I believe that we need to step up our action against imposition.

Plans are being put in place; I will use my new position to argue that these plans reflect the views of the members. That imposition is not acceptable. That this contract is not acceptable and we must robustly face it down.

The NHS is under threat like never before. We need a BMA that champions universal healthcare, free at the point of use, paid for through general taxation and organised and run in the interest of patients not profits.

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Junior doctors reject deal

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Pete Campbell, BMA Junior Doctors Committee, personal capacity

Six in ten junior doctors have voted to reject the re-negotiated contract offered by the government.

In a referendum run by the British Medical Association (BMA), 58% voted to reject the contract on a turnout of 68%. It is clear that many junior doctors do not think this contract is a sufficient improvement on the old one, and that it will do significant harm to the medical profession and the NHS.

Six in ten junior doctors have voted to reject the re-negotiated contract offered by the government.

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Mental health care is a right

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Colin Foster

Last year, 2015, 61% of under-18s referred to local mental health services (CAMHS) got no treatment. A third didn’t even get assessed. In some areas, as few as 20% of those referred got treatment.

Those figures come from the most recent NHS statistics. Previous figures have shown that even those who get treatment often have to wait six months or longer to get it. NHS boss Simon Stevens says that at present the NHS is “able to respond to perhaps one in four children who might be defined as having a mental health need”.

Last year, 61% of under-18s referred to local mental health services got no treatment. A third didn’t even get assessed. In some areas, as few as 20% of those referred got treatment.

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Junior doctors call to reject contract

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Pete Campbell and Yannis Gourtsoyannis

On Friday 3 June the British Medical Association’s junior doctors’ committee met to discuss the proposed new contract. The committee agreed not to make a recommendation for the referendum which runs from 17 June to 1 July. Some members will be campaigning to reject. JDC members Pete Campbell and Yannis Gourtsoyannis set out their reasons in this article.


Whilst gains have been made by junior doctors over the last eight months it is clear that we do not yet have a contract offer as good as the one we are presently working under.

On Friday 3 June the British Medical Association’s junior doctors’ committee met to discuss the proposed new contract.

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Reject junior doctors “deal”

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Pete Campbell, BMA Junior Doctors Committee, personal capacity

The BMA junior doctors′ council will meet on Friday 3 June to decide its response to the ″deal″ that the BMA has made with the government.

The BMA junior doctors′ council will meet on Friday 3 June to decide its response to the ″deal″ that the BMA has made with the government.

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Brexiters' sudden love for NHS is sham

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Chris Reynolds
The love for the NHS from the Tories and Ukip people who run "Vote Leave" is something we didn't hear from them before the referendum, and probably won't hear again.

To give some "left cover" to its basic migrant-bashing message, "Vote Leave" is claiming that quitting the EU would boost the NHS because "£350 million a week" currently paid in EU contributions could go to the NHS instead.

But net British contributions to the EU are only about 40% of the figure which "Vote Leave" quotes.

That is less than 1% of total British government spending.

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“Cost-neutral” clause poisons ACAS formula for junior doctors

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Dr Pete Campbell

During the past year junior doctors have learnt a lot. From how to organise a picket and deal with the media, to contract law and equality impact assessments.

On Wednesday 18 May, the Government taught us a lesson in media management.

News of the deal at the government arbitration service ACAS broke, and the Government was able to shape the story. “The war is over”, “the deal is done”, “BMA agrees terms with NHS Employers”.
It left a lot of junior doctors scratching their heads. Was that it? Had we just lost?

On Wednesday 18 May, the Government taught junior doctors a lesson in media management.

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Cuts are undermining NHS

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NHS trusts in England trusts ran up a record deficit of £2.45 billion in the year 2014-15, according to figures released on 20 May.

And the deficits are rising. The Government’s projections admit that health care costs will rise: from a little over £100 billion in 2015, they reckon, by a further £30 billion.
But funding will rise only £10 billion. The other £20 billion is supposed to come from “productivity savings.”

NHS trusts in England trusts ran up a record deficit of £2.45 billion in 2014-15.

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Junior doctors in contract talks

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Gemma Short

Talks between the Department of Health, NHS employers and junior doctors representatives have restarted. The talks, offered by a Health Secretary who has up until now been resolutely refusing to talk, will happen over five days, ending on Friday 13 May. For the period of the talks the government has agreed to pause the imposition of the junior doctors contract. The fact that the talks are happening shows the Health Secretary feels unable to face down the mounting pressure on him.

Talks between the Department of Health, NHS employers and junior doctors representatives have restarted.

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