Press Summary: 22 August

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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: mailto:[email protected]

15 August 

Virtually all health news nationally dominated by Owen Smith’s speech about the NHS.

 Owen Smith promises health spending boost, attacks Tories on health

Report of speech from Trafford. Guardian

Also BBC News:



Sky News:

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Creeping privatisation, not a storm

Counter-piece in the Guardian on Smith’s speech:


Private provision in the NHS

BBC Hugh Pym’s report on rising levels of private provision:


Smith ignores important detail about NHS

More critical report from the Canary:


16 August

Podiatry services close to collapse

Polly Toynbee’s piece on the parlous state of NHS foot care and what it heralds for the rest of the service. Guardian:


Lancashire residents resist privatisation (local)

Southport Visitor.


17 August


Smith no friend of NHS

Youssef El-Ginghy’s opinion piece in the Independent points to Smith’s background:


Same points are echoed in the Scottish Daily Record, again a column:


KONP group vow to fight privatisation (local)

Southend KONP’s Norman Traub is quoted:well done Norman. The paper reports KONP supporting both Smith and Corbyn. Basildon Echo:


18 August

Corbyn’s vision on the NHS

Diane Abbott’s opinion piece in Labour List:


21 August

Life draining out of NHS

Piece by Mark Porter in the Express. Conciliatory towards some privatisation but summarises current crisis.


York CCG accused of rushing through hospital closure (local)

A pattern that will become commonplace unless opposed. The Press (York):


NHS in crisis as doctors’ surgery shuts every 10 days



North Tyneside trust left with £65K bill for temporary management (local)

Tyneside Chronicle:


22 August

Winter crisis plan to cancel operations


Also Daily Mail:


Corbyn’s support for Reinstatement Bill not inept

Caroline Lucas’s retort to Heidi Alexander’s claims about Corbyn’s stance on the Bill (below). Guardian:


Corbyn’s leadership ‘shoddy’

Latest salvo from Heidi Alexander in the leadership struggle. Includes remarks about the NHS Bill and the Advisory Group. Guardian:


Junior doctor rota gaps putting lives at risk daily

Now imagine what it will be like if a 5-day service IS stretched to 7…

(and medical places were available via clearing this year; do the maths, Mr Hunt!)



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