Press Summary: 15 April

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The following stories were selected from those sent as daily alerts under the search term ‘NHS’, and ‘Keep Our NHS Public’ from the Google alerts service. Please send any comments to Alan: press@keepournhspublic.com

6 April

 Anti-austerity march 16 April

Call to action for tomorrow’s big march

Socialist Worker: https://socialistworker.co.uk/art/42477/Peoples+Assembly+protest+on+16+April+can+give+anti-austerity+resistance+a+boost

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Also 16 April demos in Leeds trailed with junior doctors mentioned . Yorkshire Evening Post: (local)

http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/health/yorkshire-junior-doctors-to-join-forces-with-nhs-protestors-in-huge-march-through-leeds-1-7835185

 

NHS staff underpaid and under pressure

Morning Star: last in a series of articles looking at NHS privatisation by John Lister:

http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-cf13-Underfunded,-underpaid-and-under-pressure#.VxDKMMcryLU

 

Privatisation deal fears in East Riding (local)

Straight reporting over tendering scandal in Hull. Hull Daily Mail: http://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/Fears-300-000-patients-caught-Trojan-horse/story-29053429-detail/story.html

 

7 April

 

NHS under threat form Tories, not EU

Caroline Lucas’s well-written piece in the Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/caroline-lucas/lord-owen-speech-eu-referendum_b_9625578.html

8 April

 

Junior docs march in Newcastle 9 April

KONP gets a mention. Northern Echo (local)

http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/14411207.Junior_doctors_to_march_in_Newcastle_in_bid_to__Save_the_NHS_/

 

Retiring GP warns of NHS collapse (local)

Local GP tells it the way it is. Grimsby Telegraph: http://www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/NHS-crumbling-retiring-Humberston-GP-predicts/story-29064871-detail/story.html

 

9 April

 

Camden out of hours GP contract taken off private company (local)

Camden KONP mentioned, well done Camden. Camden New Journal:

http://www.camdennewjournal.com/care-contract

Islington victory (local)

The same story, this time with Islington KONP mentioned. Well done both:

Islington Tribune: http://www.islingtontribune.com/victory-NHS-doctors

 

Out of hospital services put out to tender, local groups protest (local)

South Warwicks KONP quoted, well done: Leamington Courier http://www.leamingtoncourier.co.uk/news/local-news/we-must-work-together-for-the-sake-of-our-nhs-1-7317548

 

12 April

 

NHS managers told to review cancer care plans as private tender scheme scrutinised (local)

Following the collapse of the controversial plans to out-source cancer care in Staffs, successfully fought by local campaigners including KONP. Stoke Sentinel: http://www.stokesentinel.co.uk/NHS-managers-told-review-plans-privatise-cancer/story-29091451-detail/story.html

 

Private ambulance contract chaos

Utter shambles risks lives as yet another private company, Coperforma, fails completely to provide the public with the service their money was given to them for; ambulance provision on the south-east coast, in this case. How many more before the lie is obvious: private is NOT the best answer? Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/apr/12/patients-wait-hours-for-ambulances-nhs-transport-service-privatised-sussex

 

13 April

 

Exeter walk-in centre: campaign started to keep open (local)

Exeter KONP main focus of this story, well done: Exeter Echo: http://www.exeterexpressandecho.co.uk/Group-launches-protect-future-Sidwell-Street-Walk/story-29096656-detail/story.html

 

McDonnel and Alexander told to ditch Burnham-era policies

Report of meeting with NHS campaigners at House of Commons. Open Democracy: https://www.opendemocracy.net/sacha-ismail/five-questions-for-labour-on-nhs

 

14 April

 

South Warwicks MPs protest as NHS service put out to tender (local)

South Warwicks KONP instrumental in this one as well! Stratford upon Avon Herald: http://www.stratford-herald.com/50230-mps-speak-hospital-service-auction.html

 

Boots accused of ripping off NHS by advocating unnecessary treatments

The inevitable result of applying neoliberal ideals to a public health service?

Management Today (MT is the leading title in this business sector): http://www.managementtoday.co.uk/news/1390992/boots-accused-ripping-off-nhs/

 

This string of local stories covering KONP victories show it can be done, and people will get to hear about us in those local areas as a direct result.

 

Leave campaign backed by senior anti-NHS Tories

Morning Star: http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-7da8-Vote-Leave-run-by-the-anti-NHS-camp#.VwJKEscryLU

Also echoed in Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/mar/29/brexit-campaigners-have-track-record-of-hostility-to-nhs-say-mps

 

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