national health service

  • 9 Oct 2011

    The Archbishop of York has warned about commercial pressures within the NHS under the government's proposed reforms to the way it works.

  • 5 Sep 2011

    Even if the government is able to push its Health Bill through Parliament in its present form, there may be a heavy political price to pay later, says Savi Hensman. A different way forward is needed for the NHS.

  • 20 Jun 2011

    Newspapers have reported that the UK government is to publish a ‘Big Society’ bill, supposedly giving citizens more choice and control. In practice, this may involve offloading further responsibilities on to individuals, families and communities, forcing them to put in extra time and money or go without much-needed services.

  • 13 Jun 2011

    The NHS Future Forum is due to submit its report on government health reforms today. But new research shows that privatisation continues apace.

  • 9 Jun 2011

    The ‘Big Society’ is becoming a fresh political battleground over the summer, says Simon Barrow. Shrinking the state by galvanising more money and resources from private citizens through volunteering, delegating and contracting is central to the Prime Minister’s approach – both to running the country and to keeping his own party together. But the strategy is beset with disagreement, and a huge 'reality gap'.

  • 8 Jun 2011

    Prime Minister David Cameron's promise to "protect" the National Health Service is contradicted by key elements of his "reforms", say critics.

  • 14 Apr 2011

    Despite substantial, detailed criticism and concern from the medical profession, health planners and the public over his Health & Social Care Bill, Secretary of State Andrew Lansley has shown few signs so far that a genuine rethink will emerge from the government's "listening exercise".

  • 13 Apr 2011

    Government health secretary Andrew Lansley's handling of NHS reforms in England has prompted a 98.7% 'no confidence' vote from nurses.

  • 5 Apr 2011

    "Keep your hands of our health service," Margaret Roberts from Trafford told the government yesterday, speaking at a UNISON health conference in Liverpool.

  • 4 Apr 2011

    The switch to GP-led commissioning could create a two-tier primary health care system, with some new consortia becoming lower quality providers for the poor.