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Join the revolt to save our NHS

16 December 2006
Everyone must add their voice to the clamour for a national protest to defend the NHS. Trade unions have been forced to raise the possibility of a demonstration and want to know how many people would come.

NHS round-up: Ministers press ahead with health budget squeeze

16 December 2006
New Labour’s smears Campaign group Health Emergency has challenged the government to identify a single one of the 29 major acute hospitals facing early closure or downgrading where the axing of key services isn’t being driven by a major deficit in the local NHS budget.

It’s time to stand up and defend the health service

09 December 2006
Health campaigners from across the country will gather in central London on Saturday 20 January for a national conference of the Keep Our NHS Public campaign.

Health service round up

09 December 2006
Unison gives its blessing for national demonstration The Unison union’s health group executive last week voted to approach the NHS Together union coalition with a view to building a national demonstration with community groups on a Saturday at the end of March.

Richard Layard, inequality and the 'science' of happiness

09 December 2006
Walk into any high street chain bookstore these days and before very long you are likely to encounter a stand packed with books devoted solely to the subject of happiness.

Workers plan strikes over threatened blood centre closures

02 December 2006
Workers in the NHS Blood Service may strike over Christmas in their fight against the closure of 14 blood centres.

Unite the fightbacks to defend our NHS

25 November 2006
This Saturday another thousands strong demonstration is set to take place in Surrey to fight against local health cuts.

Rallies for the NHS in Waltham Forest

11 November 2006
More than 800 people attended two public meetings last week to launch a campaign to defend Whipps Cross Hospital in North East London. The hospital is facing £44 million cuts in the next two years. This has already led to ward and operating theatre closures, the loss of 107 beds and 276 redundancies.

Health Emergency dossier

04 November 2006
NHS staff job cuts that will run into more than 20,000 have been announced since February as the NHS struggles to balance the books

Fat cat bonus or 110 hospitals?

04 November 2006
While public services are cut, City bankers are setting even higher records for their bonuses.

True picture of NHS redundancies: 21,000 jobs have gone

04 November 2006
Campaign group Health Emergency revealed that 21,000 jobs have been lost since February this year, as NHS trusts struggle to claw back financial deficits.

Health service round-up

04 November 2006
Peterborough and Stamford hospital trust Maintenance workers in Amicus at Peterborough and Stamford hospital trust are being balloted for industrial action over pay.

Healthworkers lobby parliament

04 November 2006
Thousands of health workers descended on parliament on Wednesday of this week for a lobby of MPs.

Strike call over cuts

28 October 2006
Over 150 mental health staff in Manchester have voted unanimously to ballot for strike action if a package of cuts is not dropped.

Labour’s pay insult to health workers

28 October 2006
Health unions have angrily accused chancellor Gordon Brown of intervening in NHS pay talks to force through an effective salary cut.

Demonstrating against the suspension of NHS activist Yunus Bakhsh

21 October 2006
Around 100 trade unionists from the Unison, Amicus, PCS, UCU, NUT, T&G and GMB unions demonstrated outside the meeting room of Newcastle Trusts headquarters on Wednesday of last week. They were protesting at the summary suspension of NHS activist Yunus Bakhsh.

Organising for Fighting Unions: a crucial debate on future of unions

21 October 2006
Last weekend saw another round of demonstrations against NHS cuts, which have provoked protests across the country.

Huntingdon - hospital in top ten faces cuts that will destroy services to the community

14 October 2006
Around 1,000 people attended a rally and march through Huntingdon last Saturday to protest against attempts to impose drastic cuts on the local hospital. The government’s free market policies have left Huntingdon’s Hinchingbrooke hospital with debts of over £24 million.

NHS revolt sweeps across the country

14 October 2006
One thousand marching in Huntingdon in Cambridgeshire. Thousands of demonstrators at Worthing and Southlands, Sussex, linking hands around two hospitals under threat.

A victory for health workers at Whipps Cross in their fight for equality

14 October 2006
Domestics, porters and catering staff working for a private firm at Whipps Cross hospital in Leytonstone, east London, were celebrating victory this week in their battle for equality with colleagues employed by the NHS.

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