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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.

Why the government and regulators are also to blame

24 March 2009
The scandal in Mid‑Staffordshire Hospitals Trust exposes how the bodies responsible for overseeing the NHS are so committed to implementing government "reforms" that they fail to protect the public.

Case against Yunus Bakhsh in disarray

03 March 2009
The disarray over the case of Yunus Bakhsh – who was sacked from his job and expelled from the Unison union – has deepened still further.

Private Eye takes up Yunus Bakhsh case

24 February 2009
The scandalous treatment of nurse Yunus Bakhsh by both his employer and his union made further waves last week when the Private Eye magazine reported his case.

Marching for the health service in Camden

17 February 2009
Over 150 councillors, tenants associations’ reps, medical students, pensioners and others joined a lively Keep Our NHS Public march through Camden, north London, on Saturday of last week.

How did Nazis get Yunus Bakhsh case info?

17 February 2009
Last week saw further important developments in the case of Yunus Bakhsh.

The case against Yunus Bakhsh may be coming unstuck

10 February 2009
The witch-hunt in the Unison union that aims to expel leading activist Yunus Bakhsh is showing signs of coming unstuck, with allegations of racism in the union continuing to cause a storm.

Vultures want to use the NHS to save their profits

10 February 2009
As one part of NHS privatisation hits the rocks, the government is ploughing ahead with others.

Revelations in Yunus Bakhsh case shake the union

03 February 2009
Attempts to witch-hunt well known health worker Yunus Bakhsh from his job and his union continue to cause a storm – particularly in the north east of England.

Karen Reissmann NHS whistleblower tribunal is settled

03 February 2009
Leading health trade unionist Karen Reissmann has settled her employment tribunal case against Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust.

Karen Reissmann case settled

30 January 2009
Leading health trade unionist Karen Reissmann has settled her employment tribunal case against Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust.

Yunus Bakhsh: Revelations, resignation and anger

20 January 2009
Kerry Cafferty, the author of a complaint against leading health trade unionist Yunus Bakhsh, has resigned from the Unison union after she was exposed as a member of several Facebook groups that are a focus for racists. She was also a "Facebook friend" of open members of the British National Party.

Start of Karen Reissmann's employment tribunal

20 January 2009
Karen Reissmann, the nurse sacked after speaking out against the privatisation of mental health services in Manchester, this week presents her case for unfair dismissal to an Employment Tribunal.

Day of action called to show love for the NHS

13 January 2009
While the government continues with plans to further push the market into all parts of the health service, campaigners against privatisation have responded by issuing a call for a day of marches, stunts and protests on Saturday 14 February.

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