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Mental health charity warns of “nightmare scenario” for North East England

By Mark Blackwood, December 22, 2012

A report reveals that when compared to the London area, the UK’s poorest region in the North East has almost three times the rate of self-harm/attempted suicide hospital admissions.

Private consultants reap rewards from UK National Health Service privatisation

By Richard Duckworth, December 19, 2012

Private consultancy firms have been central to the coalition government’s plans to carve up the National Health Service.

Massive job losses in UK’s National Health Service

By Robert Stevens, November 26, 2012

The ongoing offensive against the National Health Service (NHS) has led to 28,500 health workers losing their jobs since the Conservative Party/Liberal Democrat coalition came to power in 2010.

UK unions and Socialist Party isolate striking Mid Yorkshire NHS workers

By Mark Blackwood, Paul Mitchell, November 24, 2012

The Socialist Party is helping public sector unions Unison and Unite isolate 300 National Health Service clerical and administrative workers employed by Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust.

Germany’s long-standing thalidomide scandal

By Werner Albrecht, Konrad Kreft, November 19, 2012

It has taken the Grünenthal company 50 years to apologise for its role in subjecting thousands of people around the world to the disastrous effects of thalidomide poisoning.

Thousands demonstrate to save children’s heart surgery in Leeds

By our reporters, July 30, 2012

Some 3,000 people gathered in Millennium Square, Leeds on July 23, to protest the proposal to end paediatric heart surgery at Leeds General Infirmary.

Pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline fined $3 billion

By Will Morrow, July 5, 2012

Monday’s settlement is the latest in a long list of cases in which pharmaceutical giants have paid cash fines for fraudulent and criminal practices, without anyone being held accountable.

UK hedge funds and ex-bankers take over first privatised NHS hospital

By Paul Stuart, April 9, 2012

The first privatised hospital since the creation of the National Health Service (NHS) in 1948, Hinchingbrooke Cambridgeshire, began operating under Circle Healthcare Limited on February 1.

Putting profits before health: Siemens abandons cancer therapy project

By Elisabeth Steinert, February 2, 2012

The Siemens group has decided not to commission its particle therapy cancer treatment facility in Kiel.

Totally drug-resistant tuberculosis reported in Mumbai

By Debra Watson, January 27, 2012

Doctors in Mumbai, India’s largest city, reported in December that they had confirmed four cases of Totally Drug Resistant Tuberculosis.

UK: Breast implant failures threaten health of thousands

By Eileen Rose, January 25, 2012

The ongoing scandal over PIP (Poly Implant Prostheses) breast implants makes clear the human cost of the privatisation of health care in the UK, and the callous indifference of the political elite towards its consequences.

Profit drive leads to shortage of critical drugs, deaths in US

By Nicholas Russo, January 11, 2012

Since 2010, at least 15 deaths have been linked to the shortage of critical drugs in the US.