December 18, 2017

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The real costs of NHS contracting out -

Sunday, November 26, 2017

The Magic Money Tree -

Saturday, November 4, 2017

The Housing Wonderland by Ian Lewis -

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Will STPs finally wreck the NHS? -

Sunday, June 18, 2017

STPs – A new way to wreck the NHS -

Friday, February 17, 2017

  • The real costs of NHS contracting out

    The NHS is being given away! Normally, ‘privatisation’ means that shares are sold by the state-owned organisation to private companies, financial institutions and individuals. But shares are not being sold in the NHS – it is being privatised by contracting out. It’s being given away, the taxpayer is not receiving one penny, and it’s downright theft. Not surprisingly, those benefitting from the taxpayers’ enforced largesse claim that this is not privatisation by the back door. The NHS will still exist although the provision of services will be contracted out to ‘any qualified provider’, which is supposed to be more efficient…

  • The Magic Money Tree

    Once upon a time there was a magic money tree and it paid for the NHS, council housing, schools, unemployment and sickness benefits, pensions, public transport, care homes etc. Every year towards the end of March the tree blossomed; it was the end of the tax year and companies and the rich paid their taxes to nourish the tree and keep it blooming. The tree no longer blooms; it looks pathetic, devoid of leaves, its branches hanging low, thin and brittle and dying. Older people look at the tree with a mixture of reverence and sadness and realised how lucky…

  • The Housing Wonderland by Ian Lewis

    Housing in Britain is broken. Everyone agrees, yet the discussion goes round and round the same narrow circle of choices. Nobody seems to realise that there’s no cosmic inevitability about things as they are. London gets another set of empty towers or a garden bridge (or not), not because of some abstract destiny, but because people – actual human beings – decide it shall be so. ANOTHER WAY And so, for a different approach to housing, I offer you the city of Vienna. Vienna has a population of roughly 1.8 million – of whom approximately 60% live in social or…

  • NHS Leaflet

    Will STPs finally wreck the NHS?

    Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) are the latest attempt, claim the Tory government, to improve the NHS.  But a more likely outcome is that they will finally wreck what remains of the publically owned NHS. A new report commissioned by London South Bank University1 doesn’t pull its punches in answering the question on whether STPs will improve the NHS and the health service offered to us, the public at large. The background to the report is that in late 2016 the 44 STPs, based on newly defined geographic areas of England, published their STPs setting out how health and care…

  • STPs – A new way to wreck the NHS

    A Sustainability and Transformation Plan is required for each of 44 geographic areas in England but they will not improve the NHS; in fact the reverse says NHS expert Roger Steer.

The real costs of NHS contracting out

Nov 26, 2017

The NHS is being given away! Normally, ‘privatisation’ means that shares are sold by the state-owned organisation to private companies, financial institutions and individuals. But shares are not being sold in the NHS – it is being privatised by contracting out. It’s being given away, the taxpayer is not receiving one penny, and it’s downright theft. Not surprisingly, those benefitting from the taxpayers’ enforced largesse claim that this is not privatisation by the back door. The NHS will still exist although the provision of services will be contracted out to ‘any qualified provider’, which is supposed to be more efficient…

The Magic Money Tree

Nov 4, 2017

Once upon a time there was a magic money tree and it paid for the NHS, council housing, schools, unemployment and sickness benefits, pensions, public transport, care homes etc. Every year towards the end of March the tree blossomed; it was the end of the tax year and companies and the rich paid their taxes to nourish the tree and keep it blooming. The tree no longer blooms; it looks pathetic, devoid of leaves, its branches hanging low, thin and brittle and dying. Older people look at the tree with a mixture of reverence and sadness and realised how lucky…

The Housing Wonderland by Ian Lewis

Oct 7, 2017

Housing in Britain is broken. Everyone agrees, yet the discussion goes round and round the same narrow circle of choices. Nobody seems to realise that there’s no cosmic inevitability about things as they are. London gets another set of empty towers or a garden bridge (or not), not because of some abstract destiny, but because people – actual human beings – decide it shall be so. ANOTHER WAY And so, for a different approach to housing, I offer you the city of Vienna. Vienna has a population of roughly 1.8 million – of whom approximately 60% live in social or…

NHS Leaflet

Will STPs finally wreck the NHS?

Jun 18, 2017

Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) are the latest attempt, claim the Tory government, to improve the NHS.  But a more likely outcome is that they will finally wreck what remains of the publically owned NHS. A new report commissioned by London South Bank University1 doesn’t pull its punches in answering the question on whether STPs will improve the NHS and the health service offered to us, the public at large. The background to the report is that in late 2016 the 44 STPs, based on newly defined geographic areas of England, published their STPs setting out how health and care…

The real costs of NHS contracting out

The NHS is being given away! Normally, ‘privatisation’ means that shares are sold by the state-owned organisation to private companies, financial institutions and individuals. But shares are not being sold in the NHS – it is being privatised by contracting out. It’s being given away, the taxpayer is not receiving one penny, and it’s downright theft. Not surprisingly, those benefitting from the taxpayers’ enforced largesse claim that this is not privatisation by the back door. The NHS will still exist although the provision of services will be contracted out to ‘any qualified provider’, which is supposed to be more efficient…

The Magic Money Tree

Once upon a time there was a magic money tree and it paid for the NHS, council housing, schools, unemployment and sickness benefits, pensions, public transport, care homes etc. Every year towards the end of March the tree blossomed; it was the end of the tax year and companies and the rich paid their taxes to nourish the tree and keep it blooming. The tree no longer blooms; it looks pathetic, devoid of leaves, its branches hanging low, thin and brittle and dying. Older people look at the tree with a mixture of reverence and sadness and realised how lucky…

The Housing Wonderland by Ian Lewis

Housing in Britain is broken. Everyone agrees, yet the discussion goes round and round the same narrow circle of choices. Nobody seems to realise that there’s no cosmic inevitability about things as they are. London gets another set of empty towers or a garden bridge (or not), not because of some abstract destiny, but because people – actual human beings – decide it shall be so. ANOTHER WAY And so, for a different approach to housing, I offer you the city of Vienna. Vienna has a population of roughly 1.8 million – of whom approximately 60% live in social or…

NHS Leaflet

Will STPs finally wreck the NHS?

Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) are the latest attempt, claim the Tory government, to improve the NHS.  But a more likely outcome is that they will finally wreck what remains of the publically owned NHS. A new report commissioned by London South Bank University1 doesn’t pull its punches in answering the question on whether STPs will improve the NHS and the health service offered to us, the public at large. The background to the report is that in late 2016 the 44 STPs, based on newly defined geographic areas of England, published their STPs setting out how health and care…