Posts tagged with: Privatisation

How the Government is Destroying the NHS

  The government has a Health & Care Bill which it claims will not harm the NHS. Here, for example, is the reply sent by an MP to her constituent – according to which there is nothing to fear in the Bill at all. But when the House of Lords tries to amend the Bill […]

The Reality of Health Insurance

    In the UK, our healthcare is (largely) funded through the tax system and provided by the NHS. But Sajid Javid does not like that. He thinks, “government shouldn’t own all risks and responsibilities in life. We, as citizens, have to take some responsibility for our health too. We shouldn’t always go first to […]

Four ways to privatise the NHS

The government and its supporters deny that there has been or ever will be any privatisation of the NHS. In their response to the NHS petition, they said: “The government has been steadfast in its commitment to the guiding principles of the NHS which mean the NHS is not and never will be for sale […]

Government Response to NHS Petition

When the Health and Care Bill was presented, we launched a petition asking for its worst features to be amended so that it could not be used to facilitate a move towards a US-style healthcare system in the UK.  The reasons for our concern and the amendments we felt were the minimum necessary to make […]

The Sewage Rebellion

A decade ago, around 80% of Britain’s bathing waters were rated excellent; over the last 10 years, that has fallen by 20% to around 60%. And of course, the downside is not limited to reduced access to bathing: the environmental consequences of this pollution are severe. The Lords agreed an amendment to the Environment Bill which […]

Time to Change Track

The UK is a rich country with a proud democratic tradition. We have produced some of the world’s greatest scientists and a number of world-leading companies. We are strong in the Arts and our sporting heroes are world-class. Many of us have been (generally) proud of our past and optimistic about our future. And yet […]

Malice in Plunderland – a New Kind of Government?

Many members of today’s cabinet are market fundamentalists who believe that ‘mass democracy’ amounts to nothing less than oppression of the ultra-wealthy. In British politics, the Left is traditionally associated with ‘big state’ policies and Right with ‘small state’ policies. Recently, several commentators have suggested that Prime Minister Johnson is pioneering a new kind of […]

NHS Inc?

At the time of writing (15 July 2021), the Health & Care Bill has just received its second reading in the Commons. The government claims that the Integrated Care System created by Bill will fix the country’s health and care problems and should be welcomed by all sides. The Bill has, however, been strongly criticised […]

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