NHS and health

Haggling over the price of life

Submitted by Matthew on 6 December, 2017 - 10:30 Author: Janine Booth

The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has approved two new medications which will help women with advanced breast cancer.

Ribociclib and palbociclib have been welcomed as “breakthrough”medicines which can prolong life and give women more time without chemotherapy. Both are suitable for post-menopausal women with hormone-receptor-positive (HR+/HER2-) breast cancer which is locally advanced or is spreading. Both are taken as a daily tablet, and are used in conjunction with an aromatase inhibitor such as Letrozole.

NHS needs cash to solve staffing crisis

Submitted by cathy n on 24 November, 2017 - 8:51 Author: By a junior doctor
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In recent weeks NHS England and NHS Improvement (the body overseeing NHS Trusts) have joined calls for extra NHS funding.

The claim of the Brexit Leave campaigners to provide £350 million a week on leaving the European Union have been exposed as nonsense. Yet the Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond has been left in an impossible situation.

Constrained by neoliberal Conservative politics, he is unwilling to put forward a budget that will enforce the necessary taxes on the rich and find sufficient funds to support our National Health Service.

Tax the rich! Save the NHS!

Submitted by Matthew on 15 November, 2017 - 10:13 Author: Gerry Bates
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Simon Stevens, the chief of NHS England, is no socialist. He is a former top manager for a big US private profit healthcare firm, an advocate of “market solutions”, and paid about £200,000 a year. Yet at a conference on 7-8 November he looked around him and said the waiting list for hospital operations could hit five million.

Industrial news in brief

Submitted by Matthew on 18 October, 2017 - 1:13 Author: Patrick Murphy and Ollie Moore

On Wednesday the 11, October Jeremy Hunt told the House of Commons that the 1% pay cap will be lifted for NHS staff. After the government buckled under pressure and lifted the public sector pay cap for police and prison officers, the government had shown it was weak and it was only a matter of time before it was forced into lifting the cap for other workers.

Bart's strikers name more dates

Submitted by Gemma_S on 8 August, 2017 - 11:30 Author: Gemma Short
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Serco-employed workers at Bart's Health NHS Trust will strike again on 18-22, 25-29 August, and 1-5, 8-12, and 15-19 September.

Workers have so far stuck for 22 days, including a two week strike from 25 July to 7 August, in their fight over low pay. Serco is still refusing to negotiate with the workers' union Unite.

They are demanding a 30p per hour increase, and for lower workloads.

Northern Ireland abortion win

Submitted by Matthew on 3 July, 2017 - 11:01 Author: Rosalind Robson

To avoid defeat on a House of Commons vote, the government has said women from Northern Ireland will be able to get abortions on the NHS in England. Women are not able to get abortions in Northern Ireland except when there is a risk of death or serious damage to physical or mental health.

Save Lightburn Hospital!

Submitted by Matthew on 21 June, 2017 - 10:32 Author: Ann Field

Fifty demonstrators protested outside of Lightburn Hospital in Glasgow on Saturday 17 June to re-launch a campaign to prevent its closure. Lightburn is the last in-patient hospital in Glasgow’s East End. It provides rehabilitative care for elderly people suffering from strokes, dementia, Parkinson’s or similar illnesses. Each year it admits around 450 patients, and deals with 400 new day cases and 3,000 return visits.

Labour: rebuild the welfare state

Submitted by Matthew on 24 May, 2017 - 11:53 Author: Gemma Short

The welfare state created by the 1945 Labour government was a little bit of the “political economy of the working class” carved out of a still capitalist economy (a phrase Karl Marx first used to describe the victory of the fight for a ten-hour working day).

To some extent the ruling class has been forced to accept a minimal level of state provision. There is a constant battle over what proportion of profits is redirected, over who should receive support, and what sort of support is given. The ruling class has been winning that battle for some time.