National Press & Other Articles-
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.
Grouped ArticlesOpen Democracy : Our NHS is a sub-domain of Open Democracy and is dedicated to providing a platform for directly reporting NHS news ignored by corporate media. Many outspoken NHS professionals have made use of this platform.The Canary is an on-line news platform that has helpfully organised its articles by subject. Clicking on the link will show you their latest articles relating to the NHS.
A collection of articles in The Guardian by Dr Jacky Davis Professor Allyson Pollock has written extensively for The Guardian on issues concerning the NHS from 2001 up to the present. She has written a lot about the use of PFI contracts. A collection of articles in The Guardian by Dr Youssef-El-Gingihy A collection of articles in The Guardian by Dr Kailash Chand GP and deputy chair of the British Medical Association (BMA).
2018-01-18: The Independent - PFI deals are bleeding the NHS dry - some hospitals can't even afford to buy sutures to stitch up wounds
"The use of Private Finance Initiatives was driven by a mixture of questionable ideology (private always does things better), dodgy accounting (it takes debt off the state's book although the state still has to repay it) and dubious accountants."
2017-06-06: Secret NHS cost-cutting plans sound 'death knell' for British healthcare, warn campaigners
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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."
2016-07-13: The Independent - If you think there is no money for NHS funding you'd be right - PFI has sucked it dry
"The total UK Private Finance Initiatives (PFI) debt is over £300bn. To put it more simply: this debt would cover the entire NHS budget for approximately two and a half years."
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
"...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
"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
"'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
"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
"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
"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
"...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
"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
"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
"...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
"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
"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
"...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
"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."
2011-09-06: International Socialist Group - The Con-Dem government's Health and Social Care bill is making its way through parliament despite widespread discontent
"Graham Kirkwood spoke to Professor Allyson Pollock about the impact of the bill on the NHS in England and what it will mean for health care in Scotland."
2011-05-09: Spin Watch - The NHS will be shown no mercy" says Cameron health adviser
"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
"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."
- 2018-01-18: The Independent - PFI deals are bleeding the NHS dry - some hospitals can't even afford to buy sutures to stitch up wounds
Documentary Films & Other Videos+
Other Campaigns & Sources of Information+
The following campaigns have done an enormous amount of work in raising awareness of what is happening to our NHS. Their websites are full of useful links and information that help in understanding the complex deception that has been perpetrated.
Successful Local Campaigns
- Jacky Davis, John Lister and David Wrigley - NHS for Sale: Myths, Lies and Deception
- Raymond Tallis and Jacky Davis - NHS SOS: How the NHS Was Betrayed - And How We Can Save it
- Colin Leys and Stewart Player - The Plot Against the NHS
- Allyson Pollock - NHS Plc: The Privatisation of Our Health Care
- Youssef El-Gingihy - How To Dismantle the NHS in 10 Easy Steps