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Symptom of a sick society

02 January 2018
If you’re experiencing mental distress, the problem might be capitalism. A new book by Iain Ferguson looks at the struggles around mental health, writes Sarah Bates

PFI firms in the NHS set for £190 million windfall due to Tory corporation tax cuts

28 December 2017
Corporations profiting from Private Finance Initiative (PFI) schemes have creamed millions from the NHS and Tory tax cuts are handing them even more.

Government announces contaminated blood inquiry - but there’s still no chair

03 November 2017
The government announced plans for a full statutory inquiry into the contaminated blood scandal. But it failed to announce a chair for the inquiry.

The Troublemaker - Thatcher’s Tories covered up the tainted blood scandal

31 October 2017
Margaret Thatcher’s Tory government had a deliberate policy of refusing to accept any responsibility for allowing contaminated blood to be given to haemophiliacs.

Health workers slam new move to deny care to migrants

24 October 2017
New up-front identity checks in the NHS that came into force on Monday are discriminatory and dangerous

Healthcare ‘AirBnB’ is no substitute for hospital beds

24 October 2017
Patients recovering from surgery in Essex could be removed from hospital and put up in ordinary people’s spare bedrooms.

Campaigners take to the streets of west London to defend key health services

03 October 2017
Around 200 health campaigners marched to defend health services at Ealing Hospital last Saturday.

Tests still refused over tainted blood as court rules victims can sue the government

29 September 2017
Around 500 victims of the contaminated blood scandal will be able to sue the government for damages, a court ruled last week.

Reports round up: 2,000 march through Brighton to stop NHS cuts

26 September 2017
Hundreds of people joined a march against the Tories’ assault on the NHS in Brighton last Sunday.

Barts hospital deal has left strikers frustrated

26 September 2017
Outsourced cleaners at Barts Health NHS Trust have accepted a pay offer from multinational Serco after a long-running dispute.

Nurses demand end to pay cap in protest outside parliament

06 September 2017
Chants of “scrap the cap” rang out outside parliament as Theresa May faced her first prime minister’s question time after the summer break.

‘Scrap the pay cap,’ demand nurses ahead of an RCN rally at parliament in London

05 September 2017
Nurses and their supporters were set to hold a #ScraptheCap protest in London’s Parliament Square this Wednesday.

Profit From Illness—how PFI schemes are still draining millions from the NHS

31 August 2017
As the Tories slash the health service, eight multinational corporations are leaching millions in profits from the NHS.

Barts health dispute at critical stage

22 August 2017
The fight by outsourced health workers in east London against multinational Serco is at a critical stage.

Striking workers protest against bosses in London as pay fights hot up

03 August 2017
Chants of “low pay—no way” rang out in the City of London financial district today, Thursday, as workers from three disputes took to the streets.

Big care firms grab a subsidy from the Tories while workers get paid peanuts

01 August 2017
The Tory government confirmed it will “temporarily suspend” enforcement of minimum wage rules for big care firms last week, following corporate lobbying. And it has potentially handed them a huge subsidy.

Striking Barts hospital workers say Serco’s latest offer is an insult to low-paid workers

25 July 2017
Hundreds of domestics, cleaners, porters and security workers began a two-week strike at four east London hospitals on Tuesday.

Victims speak out over contaminated blood agony - and call for justice

17 July 2017
With a possible inquiry on the way, contaminated blood scandal victims spoke to Sadie Robinson

Hundreds of striking Barts health workers join march in London

15 July 2017
Hundreds of NHS workers start a new strike on 25 July. Recently they held a powerful march

Buoyant mood on the Barts health picket lines as strikers win support

13 July 2017
Striking east London health workers have spoken about the big support they’ve received in their fight against low pay.

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