health and medicine

Driving the NHS to market

NHS

Aufheben's analysis of the long-term project to turn the NHS into a private sector, market-oriented healthcare industry.

The Swazi state in violent crackdown on striking teachers and nurses

Striking teachers in Swaziland have vowed to extend their five week strike indefinitely until their demand of a 4.5% pay rise has been met. The government has responded with intimidation and violence.

Indian nurses clash with police at ministers home

After a twelve month fight for improved pay and conditions, nurses clash with Police at the home of an Indian health minister.

Pakistani doctors suffer brutal ‘strike breaking’ tactics by the state

The Punjabi state government renege on promises made to striking doctors and then launch a brutal wave of reprisals in order to break the strike.

No compensation for victims of eugenics programme

Politicians in North Carolina have knocked back a proposal that would have seen all living survivors of the state’s eugenics and forced sterilisation programme receive compensation. The reason for the knock back has been cited as ‘budgetary’ concerns.

Health care reform: the insurance lobby's triumph

Hospital Sign

The American people are acutely aware that the healthcare reform they received from the Obama administration has been the result of an immense number of compromises with both conservatives and private business interests. But few recognize just how corrupt those compromises became as deliberations over healthcare proceeded.

Mental Health workers in Birmingham strike

Staff at Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust have struck over the removal of a payment which amounts to a £1,400 annual pay cut.

Bathrooms

Our series on sleep continues with a piece by Gayge Operaista discussing divisions and oppression within the working class.

New public sector walkout over pensions set for May 10 (with updates)

Civil servants and health workers in the PCS and Unite unions, respectively are set to strike on May 10 against the government's slashing of public and private sector pensions. Unison, the biggest union, won't be with them.

Work dreams

Scott Nappalos writes about the problems of working in a hospital and how conditions seep into his dreams.