NHS and health

Caring for the NHS

Submitted by AWL on Wed, 01/05/2019 - 11:29
NHS demo

Mark Thomas’ show Check Up: Our NHS at 70 is a whistle-stop and funny tour of what is wrong with underfunding, short staffing and the creeping privatisation of the NHS.

In some ways this is Mark Thomas at his softest, and probably on a topic on which he is on very safe ground.

But the takeaway message is that inequality, low incomes, poor housing, cuts to social care and local authority services have all combined with the dismantling of the NHS to make the health outcomes for the poorest significantly worse.

Letters

Submitted by AWL on Wed, 20/02/2019 - 12:10

Japanese language not more socialist

Janine Booth’s article on neurodiversity and socialism (Solidarity 494) was valuable and interesting, but I want to query one (maybe unintended) implication.

Irish nurses to ballot on offer

Submitted by AWL on Tue, 19/02/2019 - 12:22
irish nurses

Action was suspended in the nurses’ strike in the Republic of Ireland on 11 February, after the Labour Board (the state’s industrial relations tribunal) intervened to recommend a settlement ahead of planned three-day strikes.

The three-day strike, which was due to begin on 12 February, was to be an escalation from a 24-hour strike on 30 January and two further 24-hour strikes on 5 and 7 February.

Neurodiversity, capitalism, and socialism

Submitted by AWL on Wed, 06/02/2019 - 12:43
nuerodiversity

Autistic, dyspraxic, dyslexic and other people with atypical brain wiring have particular experiences under capitalism – with positive and negative aspects, but for many people including distress and disadvantage. This article looks at the experience of neurodivergent people under capitalism, how socialism might remove distress and discrimination, and how we can achieve that.

Capitalism and neurodiversity

Health-anuary

Submitted by AWL on Wed, 06/02/2019 - 11:50
baa lamb

For January 2019, 4.2 million people said they would join “Dry January”, a pledge to drop alcohol for the month. The Alcohol Change UK group, which organised “Dry January”, says that (even if some of those 4.2 million had lapses) this year’s response was the biggest ever, and hugely up on January 2013, when the project started with just 4,000 signing up.

Industrial news in brief

Submitted by AWL on Wed, 10/10/2018 - 12:25

Last week we reported the wildcat strike by workers at the “community owned” Ivy House pub in South London, members of the Bakers’ Union.

In this case “community owned” meant more “Big Society” than “workers’ control”.

Shortly after the last Solidarity went to press on Tuesday 2 October, the Ivy House workers, who had kept the pub shut down completely for three days, won completely. The union is recognised, zero hours contracts will be replaced by fixed hours ones, and the four sacked workers are reinstated with back pay until a disciplinary process has ended.

NHS under resourcing in figures

Submitted by SJW on Wed, 09/05/2018 - 12:35

Analysis by the Kings Fund has found that the NHS has among the lowest per capita numbers of doctors, nurses and hospital beds in the western world.

The figures, compiled from 21 countries by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development show that only Poland has fewer doctors and nurses than the UK, while only Canada, Denmark and Sweden have fewer hospital beds.

The UK has 2.8 doctors per 1,000 people, while Austria has 5.1 doctors per 1,000 of population. The UK has 7.9 nurses per 1,000 people, while Switzerland has 18 nurses per 1,000 people.

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