• August 2, 2013

    Tighter restrictions on free National Health Service care, supposedly aimed at ‘health tourists’, would hit many UK taxpayers who are foreign. The proposed changes might also open the door to making citizens pay at a later date, and could cause grave social and economic harm.

  • July 31, 2013

    Campaigners have hailed an "incredible" court decision that the government's attempts to destroy casualty and maternity services at Lewisham Hospital are unlawful.

  • July 25, 2013

    Thousands of trade unionists will bring their opposition to austerity to the opening Sunday of the Conservative Party conference.in September

  • July 15, 2013

    The Just Peace Pilgrims arrive in London this week, bringing the message that the £100bn cost of Trident would be better spent on funding essential human needs.

  • May 7, 2013

    When the House of Lords recently passed Section 75 of the Health and Social Care Bill, there was no coverage on BBC News. The significance and contentiousness of this legislation, which opens the NHS up to a free market in healthcare, was explained here by Savi Hensman.

  • May 3, 2013

    The United Kingdom Independence Party won around a quarter of the votes in wards where it fielded candidates in English local elections. Mainstream parties may be tempted to shift even further to the right in order to win over UKIP voters. But this might end up losing them electoral support, as well as being unjust and deepening rifts in society.

  • April 25, 2013

    The House of Lords has backed regulations promoting privatisation of NHS services in England. An Opposition attempt to overturn the NHS (Procurement, Patient Choice and Competition) (No. 2 Regulations 2013) was defeated by a ruling Coalition majority of over a hundred votes. Holders of NHS budgets are likely to be forced to put more services out to tender, giving lucrative opportunities to private firms even if this harms patient care.

  • March 23, 2013

    A change of heart, procedure, policy and resources is needed to make health for all a priority in Britain, says Savitri Hensman, looking at the lessons that need to be learned from Mid Staffs and beyond.

  • March 8, 2013

    UK Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has attacked mediocre hospitals that “cruise along” rather than striving for “world class levels of excellence”. He referred to Mid Staffordshire, where failings led to unnecessary suffering and death.

  • February 18, 2013

    The marketisation of the health service "has gone too far", two Church of England bishops have suggested, following the latest scandal.