Of the many deceptions fostered by neoliberal ideology none is more fundamental and pernicious for public services than the affordability fallacy. Like a witch to her familiar, the affordability fallacy is typically accompanied by the allegation that the public sector should (only) do those things the private sector cannot do. Both of these fallacies play a central role in Coalition economic policies.

 

 

The name of this Plan, Do No Harm, is currently the title of a best selling book by a retired senior NHS clinician and is a reference to the primary principle of ethics of those working in healthcare that their first priority to a patient should be to do no harm. If only this principle applied to politicians in their dealings with the NHS. A great national asset to us all, but one which is being seriously damag...

The principal objective of Keep Our NHS Public is to campaign to resist and reverse the privatisation and commercialisation of the National Health Service by restoring it to full public ownership and control, and to promote its future development as a truly public service – publicly funded, publicly provided, publicly accountable and available to all.

 

 

 

Andy Burnham has been making announcements about what he would do if he was in charge of the NHS. A big part of his policy is about bringing health and social care together and there is quite a lot about children, mental health and chronic conditions. And giving patients more rights. You can read his Ten Year Plan on the ‘Socialist Health Association website. For people who understand the NHS his speech is act...

 

Document prepared by Gilda Peterson (Leeds KONP) and Anne Leonard (Defend the NHS York) 

 

 

Unison's campaign to stop the illegal under-payment of care workers

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