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Victory for NHS health workers in north Devon

19 January 2010
There was a carnival atmosphere in the town square in Barnstaple last Saturday as workers in the North Devon Healthcare Trust in the Unison union celebrated their stunning victory over their employers, Sodexo.

Devon hospital workers strike back

12 January 2010
Over 200 low paid hospital workers took two days of strike action last week following the refusal of their employers, Sodexo and the local NHS trust, to implement a pay agreement dating back to 2006.

Solid strike of North Devon health workers despite the snow

06 January 2010
Over 200 low paid hospital workers started two days of strike action on Tuesday, following the refusal of their employer Sodexo and the local NHS trust to implement a pay agreement dating back to 2006. During the day, with heavy snow falling, nearly all of those on strike attended the picket.

Health service workers to strike in North Devon

05 January 2010
More than 200 hospital domestics, catering staff and porters in North Devon were set to strike for two days as Socialist Worker went to press. This follows a 97 percent vote for strike action.

250 at defend Whittington hospital meeting

15 December 2009
A quickly organised meeting to defend the Whittington hospital in north London last week saw more than 250 angry residents and health workers come together to demand that the hospital’s accident and emergency unit is safeguarded.

Lively protest against east London NHS cuts

01 December 2009
Some 30 health workers and campaigners protested on Thursday of last week against privatisation and cuts in east London NHS.

Camden NHS campaign stops private GPs threat

24 November 2009
Health bosses in Camden, London, have been forced to shelve plans to hand a health centre over to a private firm.

Sussex healthcare rep threatened with sack

24 November 2009
Zena Dodgson, secretary of Sussex healthcare Unison, has been threatened with the sack by health bosses.

Protest called against health cuts in east London

24 November 2009
East London health workers have called a protest against privatisation and cuts in their NHS trust for Thursday of this week.

Nurse training cut by degrees

24 November 2009
The tabloids have greeted the news that all nurses will soon go to university by declaring we will become "too posh to wash". But such backward comments ignore the real problems with the plan.

US right is telling unhealthy lies

18 August 2009
The wonderful people who brought you the invasion of Iraq certainly took Joseph Goebbels’ principle of "the bigger the lie the better" to heart.

Big business is profiteering from the flu pandemic

28 July 2009
Competing for vaccine The world’s richest and poorest states are competing to buy stocks of a potential swine flu vaccine.

NHS can’t take the flu strain

07 July 2009
A projected rise in the number of people with swine flu to 100,000 a day by late August could cause a crisis for the NHS, a Newcastle-based GP told Socialist Worker.

Funding crisis will hit NHS hard

30 June 2009
As bank bosses, think tanks and politicians of all stripes united this week in arguing for public spending to be slashed, a London doctor said that cuts in the health service are likely to lead to services being slashed – and potentially the loss of life.

Scrap this private health rip-off

23 June 2009
As Labour and the Conservatives argue over who is or isn’t going to cut public sector spending after the next general election, it is worth having a look at a report produced by the employers’ organisation, the NHS Confederation.

Defend Yunus Bakhsh

16 June 2009
The scandal surrounding the victimisation of Yunus Bakhsh, the widely-respected black trade unionist from Newcastle, has plumbed new depths.

Campaign beats NHS sell off

02 June 2009
Campaigners are celebrating victory in a long-running effort to stop the privatisation of a GPs’ practice at the Laurels Health Centre in Tottenham, north London.

Unison Health Group conference

21 April 2009
The conference of the health group in the Unison union in Harrogate this week showed both the potential for a fightback and a lack of leadership from the top.

Anger as Yunus Bakhsh sacking upheld

07 April 2009
news that the Northumbria, Tyne and Wear NHS Trust has upheld the sacking of nurse and activist Yunus Bakhsh was just breaking as Socialist Worker went to press.

NHS privatisation is costing patients’ lives

24 March 2009
The government’s attempts to drive the free market ever deeper into the NHS aren’t just damaging the ethos of the health service. They are severely damaging patient care – and even costing lives.

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