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A selection of recent UK and international political articles. How to discredit your democratic opponents in Egypt | openDemocracy  How we ended up paying farmers to flood our homes | George Monbiot | Comment is free | The Guardian  Hospital … Continue reading

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UK politics

Recent UK politics articles and one about abuse in Florida. LONDON DOCTOR TO STAND IN EURO ELECTIONS “TO STOP NHS DEMOLITION” | NHA Party “I want to use this election to raise awareness of the imminent danger posed to the … Continue reading

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UK politics news

Recent UK politics news articles Cabinet secrets reveal Thatcher’s “war of attrition” against Scargill Thatcher’s secret intervention in policing of miners’ pickets Thatcher cover-up: MacGregor’s secret hit list for pit closures Bring It On | George Monbiot Labour Must Repeal … Continue reading

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Commentary and analysis of recent political events

The government is trying to pass a clause in the Care bill today that will allow hospitals to be closed much easier without public consultation. Hospital closure clause battle heats up today Stormy scenes are likely in parliament today as … Continue reading

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Number of homeless in England has risen for 3 years in a row, report says Homelessness has increased for three consecutive years, partly because of housing shortages and cuts to benefits, with an estimated 185,000 people a year now affected … Continue reading

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Coalition cuts blamed for shortage of 20,000 NHS nurses

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/coalitioncuts-blamedfor-shortageof-20000nhs-nurses-8933661.html FOI requests reveal ‘hidden workforce crisis’ at odds with official statistics Freedom of Information requests submitted by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) to dozens of NHS hospitals in England have exposed a “hidden workforce crisis” that has been … Continue reading

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Closure of 23% of NHS walk-in centres ‘will put more pressure on A&E’

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2013/nov/11/nhs-walk-in-centres-quarter-closedNHS regulator Monitor says closures of 53 popular clinics could leave vulnerable people unable to access GP care Despite huge popularity, nearly a quarter of NHS walk-in clinics offering seven-day care and evening opening have closed in the past three … Continue reading

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Number of NHS ‘super managers’ earning up to £240,000 soars amid pay freeze fear

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2013/nov/10/nhs-super-managers-428-nurse-pay Figures undermine David Cameron’s claims that health service bureaucracy is being cut The number of elite NHS “super-managers” being paid up to £240,000 a year to implement the government’s controversial health service reforms has soared to more than four … Continue reading

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Privatisation, a very British disease

http://www.opendemocracy.net/ourkingdom/joe-guinan-thomas-m-hanna/privatisation-very-british-disease JOE GUINAN and THOMAS M. HANNA Britain is an extreme oddity regarding privatisation: nowhere else in the advanced world is there such a willingness to sell everything that isn’t nailed down. Time and again the British public is ripped … Continue reading

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Ex-Blair adviser linked to US healthcare giant is new NHS boss

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/exblair-adviser-linked-to-us-healthcare-giant-is-new-nhs-boss-8899875.html A former adviser to Tony Blair who has spent a decade at the top of an American private healthcare giant has been appointed to run the NHS in England. Simon Stevens, the architect of Labour’s health reforms who left … Continue reading

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NHS watchdog concerned over care and safety at one in four hospitals

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2013/oct/24/nhs-watchdog-care-safety-hospitals-england Care Quality Commission says performance at 44 out of 161 acute hospital trusts in England is cause for concern One in four NHS hospitals is a cause for concern over the quality or safety of the care it provides … Continue reading

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GPs condemn David Cameron’s open-all-hours surgery plans

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2013/oct/18/gps-condemn-cameron-surgeries-plan Doctors say prime minister’s pledge is unachievable, as analysis shows only 1% of surgeries open all weekend     Senior doctors have condemned the prime minister’s pledge that GP surgeries will open from 8am to 8pm seven days a … Continue reading

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England’s mental health services ‘in crisis’

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-24537304 By Michael Buchanan The mental health service in England is in crisis and unsafe, says one of the country’s leading psychiatrists. Dr Martin Baggaley, medical director of the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust, spoke out as an investigation … Continue reading

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NHS ‘unsafe and unsustainable’ says health service chief for London

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/nhs-unsafe-and-unsustainable-says-health-service-chief-for-london-8877263.html Problems revealed by the medical director for the NHS in the capital are a symptom of country-wide issues, he says The medical director of the NHS for the capital has warned that services are at “breaking point” and that … Continue reading

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Fury at Bully Hunt’s NHS Pay Rise Snub

http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-7b46-Fury-at-bully-Hunts-NHS-pay-rise-snub#.UlT7oS1XnWd Health Secretary keen to axe 1 per cent increase Unions laid into Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt yesterday for wanting to ditch a miserly 1 per cent pay increase for hard-working NHS staff. The GMB accused him of “berating and … Continue reading

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Number of NHS A&E units failing to meet targets triples in a year

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2013/oct/04/nhs-a-and-e-units-targets Thirty-nine departments failed to see 95% of patients within four hours in England, up from 14 units for same period in 2012     The number of A&E units failing to meet the government’s four-hour target has almost trebled … Continue reading

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NHS faces unexpected £500m cuts, say hospitals

Hospital trusts say frontline services are threatened by cuts on top of anticipated £1bn fall in funding The NHS faces unexpected cuts of £500m that threaten frontline services, according to a body that represents hospital trusts. Despite the government’s pledge … Continue reading

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Government forcing us to open NHS to competition, say commissioners

The government promised parliament that NHS competition would not be compulsory under their new laws. New evidence emerges today that these promises were false. Local health bosses are saying they are legally obliged to put NHS services out to competition, … Continue reading

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Tory marginal MPs facing electoral axe because of NHS crises in their patch

http://www.opendemocracy.net/rachael-maskell/tory-marginal-mps-facing-electoral-axe-because-of-nhs-crises-in-their-patch by Racheal Maskell New research from Unite union predicts that the fate of 11 Tory MPs at the 2015 election could be strongly influenced by the rising tide of public concern about the state of the NHS in their areas. … Continue reading

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UK politics news review

A brief post today as I can’t spare the time. The Liberal-Democrat-Conservatives’ party conference at Brighton has finished. The Labour party conference at Manchester has started. Ed Balls scored two goals (the second is disputed by claims that he faked … Continue reading

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