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]
Trust costs under US system
Includes useful insight into how the US healthcare PR has warped perceptions of the NHS. Guardian health: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/may/03/think-nhs-in-poor-health-try-being-ill-in-us-system
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Homerton Hospital pathology services privatization (local)
Coral Jones, Hackney KONP Nick bailey and others write to local press. Well done. Hackney Gazette
Opposition rises to plans to scrap NHS bursaries
A&E closures since 2010
World Socialist web site: https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2016/05/07/hosp-m07.html
Private patient date more secure with Google than trusts
…says the AI developer from Google! Russia Today
Hunt longest serving Health Minister and one of the worst
BMA Council deputy chair Kailash Chand’s opinion piece. Mirror:
Non-EU citizens to pay for NHS treatment
Hunt’s latest plans include charging for emergency treatment. Thin end. Wedge.
Also Daily Express:
… and you’re hardly a ‘health tourist’ if you turn up fleeing imminent death or endless poverty and suffer an accident no one could have predicted. Surely.
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.