Press Summary: 31 August

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Press summary logoThe 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: mailto:[email protected]

25 August

Labour must act now to save our NHS

Morning Star. Quotes John Lister. Direct quote from press release sent out previous day.

[26 more stories]

Privatisation draining NHS

Report on Corbyn’s speech. Independent:


Corbyn’s vision will rescue NHS

Diane Abbott’s opinion piece in the Guardian:


NHS needs EU employees to avoid collapse

Guardian report on think-tank’s research:


NHS ‘still in precarious position despite upturn in finances’

BBC News:


26 August

NHS cuts planned across England

BBC and the Guardian led on this story, following 38Degrees’ research on STPs. KONP was consulted by one of the Guardian journalists as the story was being written and we provided information and quotes, but we were not told of 38Degrees’ involvement or their document (this is standard journalistic practice). Despite showing some weaknesses in its argument later, this created a wave of press attention which we were able to use to get our own points across. We subsequently achieved coverage on the BBC News Channel and BBC London.


BBC News:

Guardian: (The Guardian have asked visitors online to let them know of any further STPs in their area: )



Follow-up story, on local community reaction, Guardian:

Local follow-up, Wigan:



Jeremy Corbyn’s policies give me hope

Junior doctors’ BMA rep. Huffington Post:


People power is needed to save the NHS

Opinion piece from 38Degrees’ head calling for a re-working of democracy. Guardian:


Jeremy Hunt cannot bully his 7 day plans through

Opinion piece by Richard Vize. Guardian:


38Degrees’ research:

…and NHS England’s response to all the attention:


28 August


KONP President Wendy Savage’s letter in the Guardian on NHS funding (lack of)


NHS spends ‘£125 million’ on obesity surgery

The most explicit example of ‘the undeserving sick’ trend to date, upholding the sinister agenda of blame emerging nationally. Linked with cuts and the move to go to private insurance? Clue’s in the sub-head: ‘Forget the nanny state’ – almost the truth. Just drop the adjective. The Sun:


Scandal of private ambulance bill doe to paramedic shortage



New tax needed to fund NHS

Dan Poulter’s suggestion for using increased NI. Welcome back from neoliberal dogma, Dan!

BBC News:

Also reported locally. East Anglian Times:


Diane Abbott slams under-funding



29 August


Berkshire patients could be hit by STPs (local)

Follow-on from national story. Get Reading:


Is a ring-fenced tax the best remedy?

Opinion piece. Guardian:


31 August


Greenwich health service to be taken over by private company (local)

Includes quote from Greenwich KONP’s Francis Hook. Well done, Francis. News Shopper:


TISA, new privatisation pact that is a threat




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