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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.

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.

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.

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.

Protests build in battle to save our NHS

06 January 2007
On Saturday 3 March thousands of people will protest against the health cuts that are causing increasingly bitter demonstrations against government policy.

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.

Privatisation of Hillingdon Hospital Accident & Emergency

16 December 2006
Hillingdon Hospital's Accident & Emergency department is being privatised without the knowledge of local people.

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.

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