Press Summary: 16 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]

10 February

Privatisation cases threatening free NHS treatment


[18 more stories]

Time running out to save NHS



Rise in NHS dissatisfaction



Hunt denies austerity causing NHS problems



Caroline Lucas: why I have removed my backing for an NHS Commission



Saving the NHS in five steps

Opinion piece in the Independent: could be a statement of our aims!


11 February


NHS facing winter pressures all year round

Daily Mail:

ITN News:


NHS whistleblowers struggle to find work

Daily Mail:


Patients march to St Georges to plead for urogynaecology services (local)

Wandsworth Guardian, including a quote from south west London KONP’s Brian Colman. Well done, Brian:


Privatising support services will not save the NHS

Left Foot Forward:


Hunt at war with the NHS: nurses next



Cambridge campaigners hold anti-austerity protest (Local)

Cambridge News, KONP local group given a plug for a meeting:


15 February


Hunt’s views on rhe NHS



The Guardian’s views on the NHS



Drop in mental health funding



16 February


Preparation for privatisation



Tories attacking all we hold dear

Morning Star:


Income tax must rise to save the NHS

Finally, someone stating the obvious? Guardian:


NHS pledges £1billion to treat mental health

Daily Mail:

But see our press release on how the NHS is at least twice that much in the red, and worsening:

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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