national health service

  • November 14, 2011

    The government’s decision to allow a private company to take over a public hospital for the first time in the history of the NHS has attracted widespread anger.

  • October 13, 2011

    Hopes that the House of Lords would delay and check the government's controversial Health and Social Care Bill were disappointed yesterday.

  • October 12, 2011

    National Health Service campaigners are hoping that the House of Lords will delay the government's widely questioned Health and Social Care Bill.

  • October 11, 2011

    The Health and Social Care Bill passing through UK’s Parliament is prompting heated debate, says Savi Hensman. The government claims that this and other reforms to the National Health Service (NHS) will improve patient care. Campaigners fear that they reflect further steps towards privatisation and a fragmented system, which they believe will be harmful to those in most need.

  • October 9, 2011

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

  • September 5, 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.

  • June 20, 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.

  • June 13, 2011

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

  • June 9, 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'.

  • June 8, 2011

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