November 24, 2017

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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

Private health insurance doesn’t cover A & E!! -

Monday, January 30, 2017

  • 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.

  • Private health insurance doesn’t cover A & E!!

    “That’s the standard technique of privatisation: defund, make sure things don’t work, people get angry, you hand it over to private capital.” Noam Chomsky Top of the range private medical insurance is no good to you if you are involved in an accident and need urgent treatment. Private hospitals do not have Accident and Emergency (A & E) departments so you will be taken to an NHS hospital with an A & E. Up and down England A & Es are being threatened with closure as figures from NHS Improvement (the new combined name for Monitor and part of the…

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…

STPs – A new way to wreck the NHS

Feb 17, 2017

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 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.