“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
Articles, blogs etc
A photographic exhibition by Marion Macalpine that highlights the corporate takeover of the NHS is available to be shown in libraries, community centres, churches etc. To see the photographs on-line, visit http://www.hackneykeepournhspublic.org/exhibition-how-come-we-didnt-know.html. To discuss borrowing the exhibition, contact Marion Macalpine at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For a general overview of what is happening to the NHS, see (or listen to):
‘Sell-Off’: a one hour documentary film demonstrating how our NHS is being quietly abolished and replaced by something akin to the US insurance-based system. See http://www.selloff.org.uk/nhs/default.html for details of how to watch it on line, or for information on how to organise a public screening.
A 70 minute video of an interview with a health policy analyst about what it means to privatise the NHS, including the effects of the Health and Social Care Act (2012), see tinyurl.com/cdx3pb7.
Private healthcare industry lobbying tour: Find out about the lobbyists who have played a significant behind-the-scenes role in moving the NHS towards privatisation at vimeo.com/18907486.
For a brief description of the implications of Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) see –https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=spBdTcaY3_Q#t=235. ISDS is currently an important element of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership agreement that could have disastrous consequences for the NHS (see http://www.patients4nhs.org.uk/eu-us-free-tra…eement-or-ttip/ )
- A fact sheet from the Campaign for the NHS Bill 2015 on the myth that the NHS is unaffordable because people are living longer http://1083892855.n256505.test.prositehosting.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Myth-of-Ageing-fact-sheet.pdf
- An article that shows how government figures on the social cost of obesity – figures used to support NHS plans – are faulty and exaggerate the cost, while contributing to the stigmatisation of obese people: https://mises.org/library/made-government-stats-inflame-contempt-britain’s-obese
- See http://chpi.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/CHPI-PatientSafety-Aug2014.pdf – a report from the Centre for Health and Public Interest – for information about risks to patients in English private hospitals.
- Has the NHS been ‘carved out’ of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership? See ://opendemocracy.net/ournhs/john-hilary/on-ttip-and-nhs-they-are-trying-to-bamboozle-us (in brief – no!). See also http://www.keepournhspublic.com/pdf/Excludinghealthnov5-2-2.pdf.
- For those too young to know what life was like before the NHS, Harry Smith, 91, describes what lack of health care meant for those without the money to pay for it, and his despair at what is now happening to the NHS: http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/jun/04/coalition-attacks-nhs-return-britain-age-workhouse.
- A detailed review of The Plot Against the NHS – a book showing how politicians have worked behind the scenes with the private sector to turn the NHS into a healthcare market….. www.guardian.co.uk/society/2011/may/22/plot-against-nhs-leys-review.
- a clearly written article giving an explanation of how the NHS is being ‘revolutionised’, together with an assessment of the pros and cons …. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2110774/Great-health-revolution-What-family-needs-know.html.
- Unpicking the spin ….. http://abetternhs.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/unpicking-the-spin-briefing1.pdf.
- A review of what happened to the NHS during 2012…. http://nhscampaign.org/NHS-reforms/nhs-2012-review.html .
- An article outlining what happened when a GP practice in Camden, North London was privatised and then failed to make a profit for the company that took it over….. http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/dec/19/when-privitisation-gp-practices-wrong?INTCMP=SRCH
- A chart showing how a growing number of community services across England are being opened up to privatisation …. http://www.nhscampaign.org/NHS-reforms/picture-of-privatisation.html.
- An extensive, in-depth review of how, and perhaps why, the BBC failed to provide balanced information on what the NHS ‘reforms’ were about, and how they were pushed through…. http://www.opendemocracy.net/ourbeeb/oliver-huitson/how-bbc-betrayed-nhs-exclusive-report-on-two-years-of-censorship-and-distorti.
- Commentary on the report into the scandal at Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust (the ‘Francis Report’) suggesting it “puts a bomb under the marketisation of the NHS” …. http://www.publicservice.co.uk/feature_story.asp?id=21979 .
- An article showing the role played by the US Consultancy firm McKinsey in the destruction of the NHS …. hhtp://www.redpepper.org.uk/mckinseys-unhealthy-profits.
- For an informative view of the new ‘Friends and Family Test’, see http://grumblingappendix.wordpress.com/2013/03/09/are-you-ready-for-the-friends-and-family-test/. This article is taken from a blog aimed at nurses but this article seems very relevant to service users too.
- For a short article about the implications of regulations on competition that have emerged just before the Health and Social Care Act is due to come into force, see http://www.bmj.com/content/346/bmj.f1733.fullijkey=enirIYDVFVmOyaT&keytype=ref.
- Read the transcript of an interview with a health services researcher about how the government has gone about dismantling and privatising the NHS, see http://www.bmj.com/content/346/bmj.f1848 .
- For an overview of how the NHS is being privatised, see http://www.politics.co.uk/comment-analysis/2013/04/18/comment-the-conspiracy-to-privatise-the-nhs and for a detailed analysis, see http://www.keepournhspublic.com/pdf/Patchworkprivatisation.pdf.
- The USA is the world leader when it comes to how much is spent on health care but this does not mean Americans get better care. Instead, whether through their wallet or by healthcare insurance, Americans pay more for almost every interaction with their medical system. See http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/02/health/colonoscopies-explain-why-us-leads-the-world-in-health-expenditures.html?_r=2&
- For arguments against charging migrants for NHS care, see http://opendemocracy.net/ournhs/juan-camilo/migrants-fairness-and-nhs
- For details of the costs of introducing the market into the NHS, see At what cost?: Paying the price for the market in the English NHS by C. Paton for the Centre for Health and the Public Interest, http://chpi.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/At-what-cost-paying-the-price-for-the-market-in-the-English-NHS-by-Calum-Paton.pdf
- For arguments against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership from world renowned economist Jeffrey Sachs, including how it ignores the challenges of sustainable development, the environment and growing inequality, see http://www.huffingtonpost.com/roger-hickey/economist-jeffrey-sachs-s_b_5823918.html
- For an evidence based report on the claims that turning the NHS into a market will improve efficiency and quality of care, see http://www.neweconomics.org/publications/entry/the-wrong-medicine
- A GP who has worked in the NHS for 30 years describes how NHS ‘reforms’ encourage doctors to put their financial interests before the most appropriate care for their patients: https://www.opendemocracy.net/ournhs/paul-hobday/what-doctors-know-in-england-and-in-america.
- For an explanation of what is meant by privatisation, see https://www.opendemocracy.net/ournhs/jacky-davis/don%27t-believe-false-reassurance-about-nhs-privatisation
- See http://www.spinwatch.org/index.php/issues/lobbying/item/5769-nhs-the-foxes-have-control for information about how private companies are now involved in the planning and buying of health care services.
- For an explanation of different ways of commissioning integrated care, see http://www.kingsfund.org.uk/publications/commissioning-contracting-integrated-care/summary.
- See http://chpi.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/The-architecture-of-power-in-the-NHS-Scott-Greer-Jan-2014.pdf for what trying to separate the management of the NHS from the Department of Health means in practice, and – for example – how ‘decentralisation’ is a bit of a myth.
- For information about what seven-day working means for the NHS and its staff, see http://www.rcn.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0020/630362/Seven-day-care-in-England.pdf
- A guide to the words used by Ministers of Health, the Department of Health etc that may mean something other than they appear to: http://www.healthemergency.org.uk/pdf/TeachyourselfLansley.pdf
- For a critical look at NHS policies see http://nhsvault.blogspot.co.uk/
- http://abetternhs.wordpress.com/ looks at issues that are core to the practice of medicine, including information on NHS ‘reforms’.
- http://www.healthwatch.org.uk/#/blog/4564850745 is the blog site for healthwatch.org.uk, an independant organisation that promotes monitoring and discussion of health and social care services.
- http://drdavidwrigley.blogspot.co.uk/ is a blog written by an NHS doctor, commenting on the recent health ‘reforms’ and privatisation of the NHS.
- http://ccgwatch.wordpress.com/ aims to provide information and action on clinical commissioning and other risks to services, in order to preserve a truly public NHS.
- The BMA (British Medical Association) has a website which aims to give patients more information about the changes that the NHS is undergoing (and some of the BMA’s concerns about these). The website also provides information on how users of the NHS can shape local health plans. See http://bma.org.uk/about-the-bma/what-we-do/public-and-patient-information-sources/supporting-general-practice/changes-and-pressures-in-nhs
- The ‘Our NHS’ section of the Open Democracy website has excellent articles on many aspects on what is happening to the NHS. See https://www.opendemocracy.net/ournhs
- See http://www.spinwatch.org/index.php/issues/health for a critical look at what is happening to health services and public health issues.
- A useful website giving evidence of the way that the NHS is being privatised ….go to http://nhsforsale.info/ and click on the different icons on the home page.