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New HCT Newspaper

Again it is free to download (click adjacent image), but also available printed as a newspaper with bundles available for you to use in campaigning, and in trade union, Labour Party and other meetings.

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Essential reading

NHS for Sale
Myths, Lies and Deception

by Jacky Davis, John Lister and David Wrigley

In 2010 David Cameron's coalition government discarded pre-election promises about the NHS. Instead they imposed savage spending cuts and pushed through 'reforms' which put at risk the health and lives of all of us. As a result the NHS is now in crisis.

NHS for Sale challenges their myths and lies:

  • The NHS is efficient and affordable and didn't need radical reform.
  • The private sector is not cheaper or more efficient than the public sector.
  • The government is privatising the NHS.
  • The NHS market is wasting billions of pounds while harming the service.
  • The coalition's Health and Social Care Act:

    Has not put GPs in the driving seat
    Has reduced patient choice
    Has reduced community control over healthcare priorities
    Has increased bureacracy and waste
"NHS for Sale: Myths, Lies and Deception is a brilliant account of the shocking story of the Health and Social Care Act: how its true purpose was concealed from the electorate (with the assistance of the media asleep on the job), how it was sold to Parliament, and its appalling consequences ..."   Reviewed in The Lancet

Further details here

Available at a special price directly from Keep Our NHS Public

The People's Inquiry 2015 Report

The People's Inquiry into London's NHS, which published a substantial report London's NHS at the Crossroads in March of this year, after gathering written submissions and holding a series of well-attended public sessions, is back again to follow up.

For the first Inquiry seven public hearings and one closed session for staff were held during the autumn and early winter of 2013-14, and heard contributions from 95 people, including NHS commissioners, providers, hospital and primary care doctors and other NHS staff and their representative organisations, local politicians, academics, pensioners groups, campaigners and patients.

All of the details of the first Inquiry are available on the People's Inquiry website. This follow-up Inquiry is again made possible by the generous sponsorship of Unite the union, which last time distinguished itself by its unselfish support, allowing the Panel to choose who to speak to, what to ask, and to shape our own recommendations.

We are inviting NHS and related organisations, trade unions, pensioners' groups, patient groups and campaigners to submit WRITTEN EVIDENCE to our new Inquiry by December 20.

For further information, see the People's Inquiry website

Dissecting global health "reforms"

John Lister's book Health Policy Reform: Driving the Wrong Way, published in 2005, was hailed as "the definitive critique of market-oriented health care 'reforms' that the World Bank has been promoting at least since 1993".

This latest work, Health Policy Reform: Global Health versus Private Profit is a completely revised and restructured analysis of health policy in which John Lister brings his critique of health policy up-to-date. He continues to question whether the major 'reforms' which have been, and are still being, introduced are driven primarily by the health needs of the wider population or, in fact, by nonhealth considerations - the financial and political concerns of governments and global institutions.

Read further details here

Click here for video of John Lister speaking to launch the book

Interactive Hospital Millions game

As featured in HE issue 72

Play Hospital Millions on your computer, with up to four players.

Experience the thrill of making a vast fortune at the expense of the elderly, sick and needy - or the exhiliration of trading while outrageously bankrupt, bailed out by government handouts!

This game is still being developed, but we hope you will enjoy playing it. Make sure the sound is switched on. If you have any constructive comments please contact us.

Click here to play the game

Health journalism resources

to assist health journalists, working journalists, journalism students, editors and publishers.

Top up your specialist skills and knowledge!

Training materials on a wide range of health reporting issues, available free online: simply register to access all content

Download a leaflet here, explaining the EU-funded project that developed the resources.

Please also tell us what you think of the material and any other issues you would like to see covered.

If you want to link up with other health journalists in Europe and beyond, check out

or contact John Lister for details.

Special FINANCIAL Appeal

Help us campaign to save our NHS!

The NHS faces its biggest-ever threat: a 'double whammy' of massive cuts year by year to 2014, coupled with the Health and Social Care Bill that could wipe out all public sector provision of health services.

The ConDem government has no mandate to transform the National Health Service into a national health market. But if there is no public challenge, the Bill could be forced quickly through Parliament.

Hospital staff have everything to lose and nothing to gain from the proposals which could see tens of thousands of jobs axed, and hundreds of thousands pushed out of the NHS workforce, with new threats to their pay scales and pensions.

Every cutback that is accepted will just encourage desperate employers to come back for more.

It really is do or die for those of us who want to defend the NHS as a public service, and who value the staff who deliver services.

To build a successful campaign requires resources, publicity, time and effort: and until there is a broad popular campaign established with the support of the main health unions, much of the work will fall to organisations like London Health Emergency.

But right now, we don't have the resources to cope.

We need help to keep the issue in the media, and work with local campaigners to get the message across in meetings, protests and local publicity. Just producing and distributing the latest issue of Health Emergency newspaper (out early September) will cost £2000.

We urge any readers or supporting organisations that can do so to make a donation, as large as you can afford, to ensure we have the resources to keep on fighting to scupper Lansley's Bill, keep our NHS intact - and keep it public.

  • You can donate by cheque (to 'LHE', at BCM London Health Emergency, London WC1N 3XX), or online here.

  • Pressure group in defence of the NHS

    Founded in the autumn of 1983, London Health Emergency is the country's biggest and longest-running pressure group in defence of the NHS.

    With over 150 trade union bodies, campaigns and community organisations affiliated at local, regional and national level, and many more subscribers, LHE issues a tabloid newspaper Health Emergency which has a print run of 7,000 and a distribution reaching many parts of England, Scotland and Wales. Health Emergency carries news and comment on the full range of health service policy issues, with a special focus on acute hospital services, mental health services, care of the elderly, and the impact of the government's marketising reforms.

    LHE continues to act as a vocal defender of health services in London and across the country. Our Breaking News service carries updates and flags up issues of concern to journalists as well as health activists.

    Read more about LHE


    London Health Emergency was set up by the GLC in 1983, but has received no funding from local government since 1998. It is not linked with any political party or group.

    To continue to resource our campaign work we need affiliations and donations from individuals and organisations who support our policies in fighting privatisation and market reforms in the NHS.

    Click here to affiliate to LHE or to subscribe to Health Emergency

    Keep Our NHS Public

    A campaign involving consultants, academics, MPs, trade unions, pensioners groups and campaigners was launched in autumn 2005 to challenge the government's accelerating drive towards privatisation of the NHS.

    London Health Emergency, alongside the NHS Support Federation, was actively involved in the launch of this campaign which has endorsement from prominent individuals and trade union organisations and is gathering momentum daily.

    For more details, and to register your support online, check out the campaign's website

    Current and back issues of Health Emergency

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    Updated edition
    Spring 2011

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