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Isai Priya, Socialist Party treasurer

The Today programme, on BBC Radio 4, has been examining the state of the NHS, and looking at its history. The pressure on NHS and social care is unsustainable and untenable.

Richard Brown, from Glasgow, died after waiting five hours for an ambulance. Almost six million people are waiting to start treatment in England, more than 300,000 of those have been waiting for more than a year.

In the programme's own words: "Health services, whether run by the government in Westminster, Edinburgh, Cardiff or Belfast, are struggling to cope."

But the programme offered no solution to the current crisis. No pro-capitalist, pro-austerity politician, or the right-wing media, have any alternative. We shouldn't trust them with our NHS, our lives or our livelihood.

The Socialist Party has a clear strategy to defend the NHS. We say the unions should coordinate action.

We need a public sector strike to defend our NHS and public services, and to fight for at least a 15% pay increase for public sector workers. Private contractors should be kicked out of the NHS, and the pharmaceutical companies should be nationalised.

At Socialism 2021, we will have a session 'Can the NHS survive?' discussing how we can build a campaign to successfully defend it.

The Socialist Party campaigns every week on the streets to save our NHS and for more - free education, council homes and a new mass party of working-class and young people.

To carry on this vital socialist campaigning work, we rely on the continued financial donations of workers and youth. We need your donation.

For Socialism 2021, we have a target of 30,000 for the financial appeal. This fundraising enables us to fight for a socialist alternative to the profit-driven system that is causing environmental chaos and human misery. Capitalism has nothing to offer but class exploitation, insecurity, poverty, low pay, unemployment, war, hunger and disease.

We therefore urgently need your donations to fund the struggle for socialism. 20% of your donation will go to fund the international the Socialist Party is affiliated to: the Committee for a Workers' International (CWI).

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It reports first hand on the struggles of workers, youth, students, communities and oppressed minorities. But it does much more than that. It offers a socialist programme to take the workers' movement forward.

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In The Socialist 17 November 2021:


Cuts drag NHS to brink

NHS workers must take action now to save our NHS

Outsourced Barts health workers in strike ballot for a pay rise

Health and care staff shortages worsened by Tory vaccine sacking threat

Fund the fight for socialism


London MPs' second home swindle while workers and students struggle

Tory sleaze scandal continues, an ex-workers' MP responds

University bosses' pay piles up while workers are forced to strike


Youth fight for well-paid green jobs and socialist change

Sunak's climate finance agenda typifies capitalism's COP26 failure


China: Bureaucracy grapples with new crises


Ten years on - where has Podemos's radicalism gone?

Belarus refugees - caught between a rock and a hard place

Workplace news

S Wales Stagecoach bus drivers win 10.50 an hour

DVLA ballot turnout falls short of threshold

Striking Scunthorpe steel scaffs up the ante

Leeds cab drivers protest against taxi rank move

Fresh strikes on East Midlands Railway

An appeal to trade union members to stand as anti-cuts candidates

Clarks workers fight 'fire-and-rehire' pay cut

London couriers take action

St Mungo's report fails to address bullying and victimisation of workers


Resisting evictions in east London

Leeds solidarity protest says stop Sudan coup

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