Launch of the campaign for the NHS Reinstatement Bill 2015

A campaign has been launched on Saturday to reverse the failings of the Health and Social Care Act 2012 and fully restore the NHS in England as an accountable public service. It is encouraging voters to ask candidates in the general election to support including a Bill that would do just that in the first Queen's Speech after the election ...

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The People's Inquiry +1

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



New book dissects 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

Book launch success

Health Policy Reform: Global Health versus Private Profit was formally launched on 6 June at a reception laid on at the NUJ's London head office. A presentation by John Lister, describing the scope of the book and his reasons for writing it, met with enthusiastic approval from an audience of experts, campaigners and friends.

See a video of the presentation

Interactive Hospital Millions game


As featured in the latest HE issue 72 (see item below)

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

New issue of Health Emergency

The latest issue of Health Emergency's campaigning tabloid is packed full of facts and articles including
  • Countdown to chaos: CCGs and the Health & Social Care Act
  • London fights back
  • PFI Update
  • Fighting A & E cuts
  • Mental Health
  • Exciting new board game: Hospital Millions
and much more ...

Hospital Millions
Additional copyable artwork for the banknotes and contract tokens can be downloaded from here


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
www.europeanhealthjournalism.com

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 www.europeanhealthjournalism.com

or contact John Lister for details.

URGENT: Watch these videos

DVD now available: details here



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Wake-Up Call - Episode 1
(Running time 20 minutes)

Dr John Lister provides a witty insight into the true intent of the government's plans to reform the health service - a privatised, unaccountable NHS.

Peppered with jokes and cartoons from the likes of Steve Bell, the film is an easily understood explanation of how the NHS, as we now know it, will be demolished, if these plans succeed.

With the danger of the reforms slipping through in a fog of jargon and marketing spin, John Lister talks us through why they will be disastrous for NHS patients and staff.

Produced for Keep Our NHS Public and for Health Emergency.

see also ...




Wake-Up Call Episode 2 - A Betrayal of Trust
Sugar Coating the Bitter Bill

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What are many local GPs really thinking about Andrew Lansley's Health and Social Care Bill?

Louise Irvine is a GP in the deprived area of Deptford's New Cross. She believes that trusted local GPs are being used to sugar coat a radical denationalisation of the NHS.

Dr Irvine explains, with compassion, how this bitterly unacceptable bill will harm patient care and break up 'the NHS family'.

If you want to know just why so many people in the NHS are in opposition to Lansley’s Bill, then take 15 minutes to watch this video.

A film by Anne-Marie Sweeney produced for Keep Our NHS Public and Health Emergency.

third in the trilogy ...




Wake-Up Call Episode 3 - The Return of Fear

Click here to view online

Giving reasons to be fearful, the film graphically shows how Lansley's proposals, despite amendments, will vandalise the NHS and lead to "A Return of Fear" - a fear removed by Aneurin Bevan when the NHS was founded.

Acclaimed thinker on health policy Professor Allyson Pollock joins with other leading health campaigners to show why we must rage now against these coalition plans, to avoid despair later.

The film shows the deadly parallels with other privatisations, especially the privatisation of elderly care.

It celebrates the exuberant resistance from the real "big society" as it unites to prevent assault from market forces on our vulnerable and sick.

The Return of Fear is essential viewing, the core values of the NHS, markers of a civilised society, face a shocking attack.

A film by Anne-Marie Sweeney produced for Keep Our NHS Public and Health Emergency.

Wake Up Call DVD

Now available - all three films on DVD

"This film should be seen by all who care about their NHS." - Allyson Pollock (Professor of Health Policy and Author of NHS PLC)

Show this DVD at meetings!

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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.

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  • 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.

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    Clarification

    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.

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    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 www.keepournhspublic.com

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