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6 February 2019
The NHS has been priced out of buying a life-saving drug by pharmaceutical company Vertex. The cystic fibrosis drug, which can extend the life of children, costs £105,000 a year - a price which the NHS says is "unaffordable".
12 December 2018
£20.5 billion extra funding isn't enough to make improvements to NHS services, is the conclusion of Simon Stevens, head of NHS England. A row has broken out between him and the government.
31 January 2018
Heroic health workers and valiant community campaigns have already proven that when we fight, we can win. The ideas and work of the Socialist Party have been a key component in this struggle.
But it's not just about ideas. Socialist Party members have been on the front line of the fightback, turning ideas into action. Help us beat the Tory and Blairite NHS wreckers. Join the Socialists.
12 July 2017
This year's annual representatives meeting, the conference of the BMA doctors' union, saw some of the most left wing policy agreed by the BMA so far
5 July 2017
Thursday 29 June 2017 saw a significant step forward for women in Northern Ireland (NI). Funding to cover the financial costs for them to access abortions in England was pledged by the Tory minority government
25 January 2017
Socialist Party members have played a leading role in the establishment and growth of the Save North Tyneside NHS.
11 January 2017
The last 12 months have been the worst in the history of the NHS. It's under pressure like never before. The crisis moment many warned of has arrived.
7 December 2016
The Tory plan to privatise the NHS via the back door has given way to smashing in via the main entrance. Their next attack is NHS England's shadowy 'STPs'. Under these, the government aims to make a further £22 billion of NHS cuts by 2020
12 October 2016
Having called off the strike action and lost the court case, many will be wondering if it's all over for the junior doctors. Will they now be forced onto the new contracts with all that entails for their pay, working lives and the threat to NHS services?
28 September 2016
Left isolated by the Trade Union Congress (TUC) after almost a year of struggle, battered by a wave of vicious media bile, added to by threats from the General Medical Council and sections of the medical establishment, the BMA Junior Doctors Committee has called off the proposed five-day strikes by junior doctors set for October, November and December.
21 September 2016
Short reports on some of the latest trade union struggles. Junior doctors go to court, Ritzy Picturehouse strike announced.
14 September 2016
"As a junior doctor, I am asking the TUC to call a day of action to support us" said a doctor in summing up a major theme of the NSSN rally
7 September 2016
TUC congress 2016 is taking place at the end of what has seemed like a hot summer, industrially at least. The potential exists to bring all the struggles together.
7 September 2016
In another historic move, junior doctors have announced a new rolling programme of industrial action in their struggle against a dangerous new contract. Though an initial five-day strike has been called off, further five-day strikes in October, November and December are still set to take place.
24 August 2016
Most junior doctors have moved to new posts this month but their contract dispute continues. 58% voted to reject the latest Department of Health 'offer' In July. No talks or revised offer have been forthcoming since.
24 August 2016
Beginning under the Margaret Thatcher governments of the 1980s, the NHS has been hit by decades of worsening privatisation and attacks.
10 August 2016
Dozens of GP surgeries in England have had thousands of medical records appear late or not at all thanks to outsourcing giant Capita.
13 July 2016
Following news that junior doctors in England voted by 58% to 42% to reject the terms of their proposed new working contract, health minister Jeremy Hunt is again threatening to impose the contract on them.
6 July 2016
Concerned about their future and that of the National Health Service (NHS), junior doctors in England have voted by 58% to 42% to reject the terms of their proposed new working contract.
8 June 2016
Junior doctors are being consulted by their union the BMA over the government's offer to settle the longstanding dispute over the new contract
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