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Industrial action by NHS doctors, 1975 - Steven Johns

Junior doctors taking action in 1975

A short history of the three sets of industrial action which were undertaken by consultants and junior doctors respectively in the UK in 1975. Though both were very different in content, both were largely successful.

Why are junior doctors in the UK so pissed off?

Junior doctors marching in central London last weekend

After marching around the country last weekend, junior doctors in the UK are to be balloted on strike action against changes to their contracts. We interview an anarchist junior doctor about what the changes are, and what workers are doing about it.

The NHS is 60 - RaHN

A 64-page booklet produced by the Radical History Network of NE London (RaHN) on the NHS. Marking the latter's 60th anniversary, it draws together a variety of articles on different aspects from local health services and workers' struggles to long-term medical history.

The Northwood and Pinner hospital occupation, 1983

The Northwood and Pinner hospital, occupied

A very short history of the occupation of the small Northwood and Pinner hospital in London, which successfully prevented its proposed closure.

The Hayes Cottage hospital occupation, 1983

Hayes Cottage hospital, occupied by the workers

Historical information about and images from the occupation of Hayes Cottage hospital by its workers, who took over the establishment and ran it collectively when it was faced with closure in 1983.

NHS agency spend: the hidden truth

In 1997 the NHS spent over £700 million on agency nurses. This year the figure will have risen to over £2.5 billion. Why pay outrageous amounts of money to agencies when it is clearly cheaper to employ permanent staff? I will show that in actual fact it is not cheaper to employ permanent staff, and that increasing agency use is just more laying of ground work in preparation for the privatisation of the NHS.

Royal College of Nursing: the voice of the establishment

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) represents most of the nurses employed within the NHS and has a membership of over 400,000. It started life as a ‘professional’ organisation for nurses, promoting excellence in practice, before registering as a ‘trade union’ in 1976. Scratch the surface of this grubby, conservative, false-flag operation, and you will see it is not a ‘trade union’ by any understanding of the term.

The NHS pay freeze and the end of Agenda for Change

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This article looks at these changes and the ways in which successive years of 0% or 1% pay rises in the NHS have undermined the national Agenda for Change pay structure, paving the way for localised and potentially privatised pay agreements.

Compass Medirest workers strike at Ealing hospital

Outsourced porters, cleaners and canteen staff at Ealing hospital are on 48 hour strike for higher wages.

The madness of austerity: Simon Stevens's NHS

A brief look at what the appointment of Simon Stevens as head of NHS England means for mental health services in context.