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Privatisation


Two deaths after long ambulance waits - Tory cuts are to blame

07 January 2018
At least two people have died this month because of Tory cuts to the NHS.

As campaigners call a national protest for the NHS on 3 February - let’s make it big

05 January 2018
Health campaigners are planning a national demonstration against the Tories’ assault on the NHS. Called by Health Campaigns Together and the People’s Assembly for Saturday 3 February, it could bring tens of thousands onto the streets of London.

Equalities report shows the institutional racism facing workers in the NHS

02 January 2018
The latest equalities figures show that black workers in the NHS aren’t reaching the highest pay rates—and are more likely to be disciplined, explains Tomáš Tengely-Evans

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.

New fears over PFI profits show how bosses see the prospect of a Labour government

15 November 2017
A row over Private Finance Initiatives (PFI) shows how bosses are preparing for the possibility of Jeremy Corbyn walking into Downing Street.

Take academies back into public hands

14 November 2017
The scandal over Wakefield City Academies Trust has exposed the realities of privatisation. Many people want the schools abandoned by the trust to be run by the council.

Fiasco of ‘AirBnB’ NHS plan reveals a deep crisis in social care

31 October 2017
Tory health minister Philip Dunne waded in behind a dangerous plan to deal with the shortage of hospital beds on Monday.

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.

Stop the pensions robbery—keep up pressure in the post

23 October 2017
Workers are defiant despite Royal Mail bosses’ legal challenges to strikes, reports Nick Clark

Theresa May’s lukewarm plan for energy prices won’t pay the heating bill

13 October 2017
Some 2.3 million people are facing another winter where they don’t have enough money to heat their homes.

Warning for the NHS as ambulance firm’s demise leaves patients in the lurch

13 October 2017
The collapse of a private ambulance firm in the Home Counties last week, triggering chaos for the NHS, could be a harbinger of a broader crisis.

Tube cleaners protest for decent pay

12 October 2017
Outsourced tube cleaners demonstrated outside City Hall on Thursday to demand better working conditions.

Postal workers ‘going to war’ for pensions

05 September 2017
Postal workers were set to ballot for national strikes as Socialist Worker went to press. They are gearing up for a battle to defend their pensions, pay and conditions.

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.

Jeremy Hunt’s spin over NHS staffing levels will make crisis worse

29 August 2017
Tory health secretary Jeremy Hunt is trying to mask the spiralling staffing crisis in the NHS through spin about hiring more workers.

Private hospitals avoid £52 million tax bill by posing as charities

22 August 2017
Private hospitals will dodge up to £52 million in business rates over the next five years, according to surveyors CVS.

Warning—fat cat thieves are operating out of your train station

14 August 2017
Commuters in Britain spend six times as much on rail fares as passengers in the rest of Europe.

Tories’ punishment and privatisation fuels crisis in prisons

08 August 2017
Prison riots that broke out last week put the spotlight on the overcrowded jail conditions in England and Wales under Tory rule. Simon Basketter investigates

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.

Serco strikers go from strength to strength - join their protest

29 July 2017
Solidarity from trade unionists and campaigners throughout this week has spurred outsourced health workers in east London to take on multinational Serco.

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