In both the corporate and alternative media, there is now an abundance articles exposing what is happing to the NHS and why. This section of our website is not intended to be an exhaustive list of media sources, but rather a convenient starting point for your own reading.
2017-06-06: Secret NHS cost-cutting plans sound 'death knell' for British healthcare, warn campaigners
By Katie Forster
"Health bosses have been told to "Think the unthinkable" when devising measures to save money in their regions, according to the Health Service Journal (HSJ).
2017-01-07: The Independent - Government 'systematic underfunding' to blame for NHS humanitarian crisis, Labour says
By Jon Stone
"The Government has been accused of being misleading over how much it spends on the NHS"
2016-11-25: The Guardian - Thatcher pushed for breakup of welfare state despite NHS pledge
By Alan Travis
"PM declared the health service was 'safe with us' but secretly pressed on with radical proposals, archives reveal"
2016-11-21: The Guardian - NHS transformation plans may be used as cover for cuts, says BMA
By Haroon Siddique
"Doctors' union says 44 regional initiatives amount to £22bn in cuts by 2020-21, with potential to severely affect patient care"
2016-09-12: iNews - Jeremy Hunt has blood on his hands' - Raymond Tallis's expert assault on the Health Secretary
By Professor Raymond Tallis
"Hunt's contempt for the NHS had been spelled out in 'Direct Democracy', a volume that he co-authored, in which he had asserted that the organisation was 'irrelevant to the 21st century'. In 2005, and again in 2008, he called for the de-nationalisation of the NHS and for a US-style insurance scheme."
2016-04-24: The Independent - The health crisis is about more than junior doctors on strike. We need a public movement to save our NHS
By Dr Youssef El Gingihy
"...the junior doctor contract can only be understood in the context of privatisation. The contract is really about the restructuring of the workforce to bring down the wage bill. It is designed to increase profit margins paving the way for privatisation."
2016-03-11: The Belfast Telegraph - NHS Reinstatement Bill: Tory MPs filibuster debate by talking about deporting foreigners for hours
"...the Bill did not receive a full debate because backbench Conservative MPs discussing a short bill to deport foreign criminals - which had already been debated before - used up available parliamentary time by talking for four and a half hours."
2016-03-11: The Belfast Telegraph - NHS has been abolished, according to the World Health Organisation definition
By Dr Youssef El Gingihy
"The introduction of market forces increases cost, reduces efficiency and increases iniquitous provision of healthcare. We know this from extensive data across many countries. This is because privatisation seeks to make profits, pays out dividends to shareholders and creates layers of bureaucracy administered by tiers of staff and managers through market mechanisms such as billing, tendering and contracting."
2016-02-10: The Independent - Jeremy Hunt co-authored book calling for NHS to be replaced with private insurance
By Jon Stone
"'Direct Democracy: An Agenda For A New Model Party' called for the 'denationalisation' of the NHS"
2015-11-03: The Huffinton Post - Why the BMA Can't Negotiate with Hunt
By Adam Staten
"It will be almost impossible for the BMA to re-enter negotiations with Hunt because he has become a figure so reviled and mistrusted by the medical profession that for the BMA to even engage with him will feel like a betrayal to many doctors."
2015-07-17: The Independent - The principle of a free, taxpayer-funded NHS 'must be questioned', says Tory health minister
By Jon Stone
"Lord Prior, the Government's minister for NHS Productivity, is moving to set up an independent inquiry into whether the current free-at-the-point-of-use service is sustainable."
2015-05-02: The Guardian - Fears grow over 'land grab' of NHS by private suppliers
By Jamie Doward
"This announcement marks the final step in giving the private sector the power, influence and a big slice of the NHS budget. There is now a massive conflict of interest with private companies like UnitedHealth, KPMG and McKinsey in charge of the GPs' budget and increasingly buying care from the self-same private sector. The Tories have put Dracula in charge of the blood bank."
2015-05-01: The Huffington Post - The NHS Conspiracy of Silence
By Tess Finch-Lees
"...a letter signed by over 100 leading doctors warned that patients would be faced with higher costs but lower standards due to the growing involvement of private firms in the NHS. They were scathing of the 2012 Health and Social Care Act for 'leading to the rapid and unwanted expansion of the role of commercial companies in the NHS'"
2015-02-12: Open Democracy - Don't believe the false reassurance about NHS privatisation
By Dr Jacky Davis
"The evidence is that a publicly funded, publicly provided and publicly accountable NHS provides the best care for patients and the best value for money, so the question remains - why are politicians pushing it down the road to privatisation? The public didn't vote for it and polls repeatedly show that we don't want it. Privatisation is an ideological luxury which wastes money and destabilises the NHS and has no purpose other than diverting money to shareholders and enriching some MPs, peers and political donors."
2014-11-19: The Guardian - Private firms on course to net £9bn of NHS contracts
By Denis Campbell
"Dr Mark Porter, chair of council at the British Medical Association, said the deepening privatisation exposed by the figures proved that ministers had not told the truth when they denied that Lansley's shakeup would produce more of it in the NHS."
2014-10-26: The Telegraph - The list of 66 A&E and maternity units being hit by cuts
By Laura Donnelly
"...dozens of NHS maternity and Accident & Emergency units have been closed or downgraded since the last election, with even more under threat"
2012-09-11: The Bureau of Investigative Journalism - Analysis: The new health secretary and the £650m private healthcare takeover
By Tom Costello
"Lansley's Health and Social Care Act, which passed into law despite concern from both the public and the medical profession, was most controversial for opening the supply of healthcare provision to 'any qualified provider' (ie. allowing private companies to bid to takeover any NHS service)."
2012-09-09: The Independent - Jeremy Hunt and privatisation are no recipe for saving the NHS - but try telling the Blairites that
By Owen Jones
"The appointment of the new Secretary of State for Health [Jeremy Hunt] should be a warning for all; we must learn from our former mistakes before privatising our national institution."
2012-02-22: The London Progressive Journal - The NHS will last as long as there are folk left with the faith to fight for it
By Tomasz Pierscionek
"...a local NHS Trust, previously responsible for providing healthcare to prisoners in several prisons across the North East of England, was passed over for the contract it previously had, in favour of Care UK, a private healthcare group, run by John Nash who donated a six figure sum to the Tory party pre-election."
2011-10-29: PNHP - Dr. Jacqueline Davis on the fight to save Britain's NHS
By Dr Jacky Davis
"the politicians for ideological reasons, and the private sector for financial reasons, have had the NHS - traditionally publicly funded, publicly delivered and publicly accountable - in their sights for some time. They have acted together, beneath the radar, to turn the NHS from a cost-effective integrated public service into a kite mark attached to a ragbag of competing private providers."
2011-05-09: Spin Watch - The NHS will be shown no mercy" says Cameron health adviser
By Tamasin Cave
"The NHS will be shown no mercy and the best time to take advantage of that will be in the next few years" - Mark Britnell
2009-08-16: The Guardian: Key Tory MPs backed call to dismantle NHS
By Toby Helm and Rajeev Syal
"Both books call for the NHS to be replaced by a new system of health provision in which people would pay money into personal health accounts, which they could then use to shop around for care from public and private providers. Those who could not afford to save enough would be funded by the state."
2006-06-30: The Guardian - Blair's bad medicine
By Dr Jacky Davis
"The government's reforms of the NHS are causing huge concern among doctors, other healthcare workers and patients' groups. The moves have no evidence base and no popular support, and have come in under the radar without public debate or parliamentary discussion. Hospitals are seeing patients diverted to the private sector even when there is capacity in the NHS, and primary care is under threat from the multinationals."