Posts under ‘Health’

Tories’ pre-election fantasising comes back to haunt them

by Michael Meacher.

Northern powerhouse deflates into Northern power-cut. It was so hurriedly propagated by Osborne before the election as portraying the government as dynamic innovators of English devolution, but none of the details had been properly worked through, including the required transport infrastructure as we now know. So the election gimmick, if not evaporated, has dimmed at […]

The NHS may yet sink the Tories

by Michael Meacher.

The NHS is deteriorating fast, faster and more seriously than many of the public yet realise. Nearly half a million patients waited more than 4 hours in A&E for treatment, referral or discharge in the last quarter of 2014, half as many again as in the previous quarter and the worst performance for over a […]

The Tories are beginning to panic

by Michael Meacher.

Osborne’s last-minute claim that he would provide £8bn a year to meet the NHS funding gap says it all. After years of sniping at Labour for even the slightest deviation from funded expenditure, he now suddenly offers, as the polls begin to slip away from the Tories, a colossal pile of unfunded NHS commitments worth […]

Fifty leading trade unionists express solidarity with Venezuela

by Newsdesk.

Fifty leading trade unionists have issued the following statement in support of Venezuela: On March 9 US President Obama signed an executive order declaring  “a national emergency with respect to the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States posed by the situation in Venezuela” and imposed a further round […]

NHS charges are certain if Tories win election

by Michael Meacher.

The BMA rightly raises the spectre of the NHS being subject to charges for medical treatment after the election. This has become a real threat as a result of Tory policy over the last 5 years – partly from the unprecedented imposition of £20bn cuts amounting to nearly a fifth of the entire NHS budget, […]

NHS staff in England are being treated even worse than other public sector workers

by Michael Meacher.

It was Nigel Lawson, I think, who once opined that the NHS was the nearest thing the British had to a religion. If so the government has treated its priestly acolytes uniquely badly. The average real pay of NHS workers has fallen by over 10% since 2009. No less than 40,000 are paid below the […]

Extreme and dangerous Tory spending cuts

by Grahame Morris.

The Chancellor’s final budget was less than twenty hours old before Liberal Democrat Treasury ministers tried to disown it by presenting an alternative ‘yellow’ budget, before abusing parliamentary privilege to deliver it as a ministerial statement. However, no matter how many budgets the government presents none of them can hide from the fact that the Coalition […]

Fighting for the future of the NHS

by Grahame Morris.

We face an important choice at the next election. Over the weekend UKIP have aligned themselves to the Tories, promising to prop up another Tory led Coalition Government. This comes as little surprise with UKIP being the home of disenchanted Thatcherite Tories. They are funded by former Tory donors with almost £9 in every £10 the […]

Tory cuts will put public services and NHS at risk

by Grahame Morris.

We are less than ten weeks away until the general election when the country will give their views on five years of Coalition Government and the policies of austerity. Despite promising to balance the budget in a single parliament, the Prime Minister and Chancellor have missed their target on the deficit by £83 billion. It […]

What does the general election mean for the NHS?

by Andy Newman.

With the general election just weeks away, it is worth considering what the stakes are for the NHS. Although the record of the last Labour government is controversial in some respects, such as introducing PFI, and bringing rapacious private contractors like Carillion, and ISS into the NHS, both of whom the GMB trade union have […]

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