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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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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Homeopathy: the one NHS cut we should support

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Les Hearn

Homoeopathic medicines do nothing that a placebo does not do. This is because they contain no active ingredient... like a placebo. But the NHS spends our money on them.

Homoeopathic medicines do nothing that a placebo does not do. This is because they contain no active ingredient... like a placebo. But the NHS spends our money on them.

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NHS waiting lists soar

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Colin Foster

On 14 January, NHS England admitted that the total of patients referred to hospitals but waiting for treatment could be as high as 3.5 million.

On the latest complete figures, for November 2015, 834 people were waiting more than a year. That’s more than double the number in November 2014 and nearly four times as many as 2013. 157,000 people were kept waiting beyond the benchmark period in A&E in November, up from 117,644 in the same month in 2014.

NHS England has admitted that the total of patients referred to hospitals but waiting for treatment could be as high as 3.5 million.

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Save NHS bursaries!

Anna, a student nurse at City University, spoke to Solidarity.


Are there issues affecting student nurses other than the bursary cut?

Yes, poverty. Most students cannot afford to pay for basic living costs, such as food and rent. So we have to look for other ways to support ourselves, such as taking paid bank shifts as care assistants.

An interview with Anna, a student nurse at City University.

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