NHS

  • July 7, 2014

    The government’s decision to end real terms spending increases on the health service could mean that the NHS will be losing out on £25.5 billion a year by the end of the decade, the TUC has warned.

  • June 5, 2014

    Health service staff angry that their pay is still being capped despite the economic recovery, are to remind the government today of the millions of hours of unpaid overtime they put in each year.

  • March 11, 2014

    Health unions will join campaigners today in Westminster to raise their concerns about government proposals to fast-track hospital closures.

  • January 19, 2014

    The fact that 70 per cent of NHS contracts in England and Wales are being awarded to private contractors is bad news for the health service, says critics.

  • October 22, 2013

    “Health tourism: the TRUE cost”: “Foreigners using NHS cost Britain up to £2 BILLION a year, government reveals – 100 times more than previously claimed” declares a Daily Mail headline. Yet the reality is very different, and there is little evidence that many people visit the UK for the purpose of getting free medical treatment.

  • October 18, 2013

    Have we ever had a government with so little regard for truth or accuracy? The tendency for senior Conservatives to routinely ‘misrepresent’ statistics for their own political ends, or make decisions and statements based on ‘feelings’ has developed apace over the past few years. Iain Duncan Smith has been rebuked by the UK Statistics Authority for this habit, as has Grant Shapps, Conservative Party Chairman.

  • October 11, 2013

    The type of problems at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust in England – where care failings affected patient safety and dignity – would not have happened in an enterprise part-owned by employees, according to care minister Norman Lamb. Yet the drive to remove more health services from NHS control may seriously harm patients.

  • September 29, 2013

    Speaking today at the Save Our NHS rally in Manchester, TUC leader Frances O'Grady will say that the NHS faces the gravest crisis since it was established.

  • September 20, 2013

    This Saturday (21 September) the NHS Built to Care conference and rally, organised by the Northern Public Service Alliance, will take place at County Hall in Durham.

  • 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.