Press Summary: 23 February

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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: [email protected]

18 February

Privatisation approaches £6 billion

Common space:

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TTIP protest at Worthing (local)

Worthing Herald:


NHS providing poorer care as funding crisis deepens

Chilling verification of Chomsky’s model for privatisation: under-fund, make it bad, make it private to ‘make it better’.


1,100 ‘never’ NHS incidents in 4 years – in the same vein:

Sky News:


Drug procurement panel members in pay of Big Pharma

A particularly stark example of the ‘revolving door’ of privilege and its effects on public service.



General practice also suffering cash crisis

Not news to us…



19 February


GP surgeries in crisis



Agency fees breach government limits in 90% of trusts

Can 9 out of 10 hospitals be wrong? More to the point, why are they forced to be?



20 February


NHS over-spend approaches £2.3 billion

BBC News:

Daily Mirror:

(see also our own press release on this, sent out 4 days previously (including to both the above outlets), referring to John Lister’s work: )


Street protest in Ilkley (local)

38 degrees group protesting about the NHS

Ilkley Gazette:


22 February


Staff cuts Hunt’s solution to the NHS budget crisis



23 Feburary


Leading QC says TTIP great risk for NHS



Maternity ‘personal budgets’ advocated by maternity services review

The key concern emerging seems to be that ‘choice’ does not equate with ‘safety’, and how do women tell? This also increases the need for maternity services to ‘compete’ with one another, bid competitively, etc. At cost.

ITV News and widely elsewhere:


Junior doctors’ new rotas flawed – doctors furious


STOP PRESS: There’s a Better Way…

You can now get alerts sent about health stories yourself. This is much better than a regular, ‘supplied’ service because you can choose what key words trigger the alerts: “Keep Our NHS Pubic”, “NHS”, “health” – your choice. Then you can adjust the settings to improve the coverage. This has the added advantage that local stories to you can be searched for, as well as national. Alerts can be set up to send you an e-mail as a story breaks, or summarise them under headings you decide once a day.

This is done through Google news and Google alerts: free services anyone can set up. To find out how to do this, go to the Steering Group, News & Events section and look for the “starter set of instructions”.

… and please don’t forget, your smartphone or tablet will have free apps that look for and filter news, too: try configuring those for health stories, or the NHS, as well.

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