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Operations delayed in order to balance books

03 March 2007
Last week Tony Blair claimed that reduced hospital waiting times would be part of his legacy.

John Lister: 'Privatisation driving cash crisis in health service'

03 March 2007
Over 100 local and regional rallies, marches and events are planned for the day of action for the health service this Saturday.

Looming battles for equal pay in the NHS

03 March 2007
The government is facing up to 10,000 claims for equal pay by women workers in the NHS.

Act now to save the NHS

03 March 2007
I urge every reader to be part of the protests in defence of the NHS this Saturday. The marches, rallies and stunts taking place must mark the beginning of a tidal wave of action that can shake the government.

Blair’s blood money should be spent on NHS

24 February 2007
Becca Kirkpatrick, a Unison union shop steward at the National Blood Centre in Birmingham, will be joining the anti-war demonstration in London this Saturday.

Manchester health dispute goes on

24 February 2007
Talks between management and the Unison union at Manchester’s mental health and social care trust over a proposed package of cuts were to continue this week.

The growing crisis in midwifery is hurting pregnant women

24 February 2007
Mothers’ and babies’ lives are being put at risk by staffing shortages in the NHS. Every day there are reports of women in labour receiving inadequate care as harassed midwives run from one birth to another.

Crucial day to help stop New Labour’s NHS cuts

24 February 2007
Tony Blair claimed this week that the NHS is within sight of abolishing traditional waiting lists for operations. Many patients are now receiving treatment within the government’s 18 week treatment target, he said.

Anger flows into NHS day of action

17 February 2007
"Fewer beds are a sign of success, not of failure," claimed health secretary Patricia Hewitt last week, as the growing financial crisis in the NHS continued to create havoc.

3 March is a day to fight for NHS

10 February 2007
There is hardly an area of Britain that is not suffering the prospect of savage cuts to local health provision. In towns and cities there are protest rallies, marches and campaign meetings to save local hospitals and facilities.

Health workers: ‘They want to sell us crap healthcare’

10 February 2007
Decked out in "Save Our NHS" T-shirts, some 250 strikers from Manchester’s mental health and social care trust formed some of the liveliest picket lines of the day.

Three strikes come together in Manchester

10 February 2007
Manchester is "a shopaholics dream", the "original 24-hour party city", where you could be "rubbing shoulders with celebrities and footballers", according to the publicity for the Lowry Hotel, the self-styled "most fashionable venue" in the city.

Manchester mental health workers hold picket

27 January 2007
Health workers at Manchester's mental health and social care trust Manchester mental health workers picketed their health authority on Thursday against savage cuts in services and jobs.

Birmingham residents unite against PFI 'super hospital'

27 January 2007
Over 200 local residents and health workers in Birmingham met on Wednesday of last week to vent their anger at proposed cuts in services and plans for a "super" hospital that will be built under the Private Finance Initiative.

Keep Our NHS Public activists debate how to step up the pressure on New Labour

27 January 2007
More than 250 health workers and campaigners attended the Keep Our NHS Public conference in London last Saturday.

Manchester mental health workers vote to strike for NHS

27 January 2007
Health workers at Manchester's mental health and social care trust have voted to strike against a package of cuts that will mean job losses and a worse service for patients.

Resistance to NHS cuts is growing nationally

20 January 2007
The funding crisis that is forcing the closure of hospital wards and units across the country is meeting tough resistance from campaigners.

NHS workers’ revolt grows against health cuts

20 January 2007
The crisis in the NHS becomes more urgent every week. Now James Johnson, head of the British Medical Association, has warned that the competitive market introduced by health secretary Patricia Hewitt is ruining the service.

Low paid nurses who have to work two jobs

13 January 2007
Phil Weinand is training to be a nurse, but he’s also a Tesco worker.

Health workers fight back across Britain

06 January 2007
One of the main hospitals expected to serve the central London Olympics site in 2012 – King George’s in Ilford – is being set up for closure of its front line emergency services as part of a £16 million cuts package being driven through by the Barking, Havering and Redbridge Hospitals Trust.

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