The Future of the NHS

Martin Rathfelder, director of the Socialist Health Association, will speak about the future of the health service at Dronfield Labour Party’s May Day public discussion meeting....

ILP@120: Alfred Salter & the Bermondsey Revolution

GRAHAM TAYLOR celebrates the life and achievements of Alfred Salter, the brilliant doctor, Bermondsey MP and lifelong ILPer who helped transform an impoverished corner of south east London. His life is chiefly known from Fenner Brockway’s 1949 classic of political biography, Bermondsey Story, which describes in moving terms how the young doctor dedicated his life...

Present prospects, future hope

“We meet on a weekend of elections,” said ILP chair David Connolly as ILPers and friends gathered in Scarborough on 5/6 May for the organisation’s annual weekend school of political debate and discussion....

NHS Reforms: An insider’s view

Health care professional NELLI FINN provides an inside account of years of NHS reform, a tale of competing trusts, contracting out, cost-cutting and chronically low morale. I have been working for the NHS as an occupational therapist since 1995 and, apart from a couple of brief sojourns abroad and in the private sector, have...

Stepping stone or scam?

ANDY HANSFORD wonders whether foundation hospitals will be a fig leaf for privatisation of the NHS. The Tories tried to reform the National Health Service by setting up an ‘internal market’. The result was a failure, with a massive increase in accountants to count debits and credits in a whole new layer of contracts....

A fig leaf for privatisation

PATRICK GRAY argues that the Co-operative Party has been fooled into supporting foundation hospitals. I fear that cooperators will come to regret that the Co-operative  Party has been fooled into lending respectability to the government’s wrong-headed plans for foundation hospitals. The will o’ the wisp promise of community control is completely meaningless. Mutuality may...

Genuine popular ownership?

JONATHAN TIMBERS searches for the truth about foundation hospitals but is left with as many questions as answers. The problem with the debate over foundation hospitals is that it seems to be full of opinion rather than fact. Many of us feel left in the dark by the media and politicians. Now the proposals...