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NHS SOS by [Tallis, Raymond]
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‘When you turn round and notice that the NHS as you have known it no longer exists – its principles rewritten, its ownerships and services alienated – you might wonder exactly who did exactly what to this much-admired institution. NHS SOS presents the lethargy, dishonesty and corruption without which this executive coup would not have come about. It is a cogent, sobering and necessary read.’ 

(Julian Barnes)

‘Across society, there is a realisation that the National Health Service is one of our greatest social achievements and that to keep it is an enormous political challenge. This book is a weapon in that struggle.’ 

(Ken Loach)

‘Buy this book… act.’ 

(Observer)

‘It is in NHS SOS that one finds the soul of a healthcare system that the public is not prepared to see destroyed.’ 

(Prospect)

‘Courageous and persuasive… This book should be read by all those who love the NHS and wish to try at this late hour to protect it.’ 

(The Lancet)

‘Essential reading… These public intellectuals with expert knowledge spell out the systemic weakening by successive Conservative and New Labour governments, culminating in the coalition’s demolition of its very foundations. They are very, very angry; we should be as well – and, what’s more, protesting.’

(Times Higher Education Supplement, Books of the Year)

‘Important and very timely… has the most extensive and specific ‘What You Can Do’ section I’ve ever seen… an essential weapon for activists’

(Peace News)

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An exposé of the back-door deals and negligence that threaten to destroy the NHS – and a 10-step manifesto for saving it


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1780743289
  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications (7 Jan. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DQAEU2A
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 40 customer reviews
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"The NHS will be a state insurance provider not a state deliverer" is the key message of this book. The reforms of the NHS over the past 30 years, carried out by both Labour and Tory/Lib Dem governments, have been a vehicle to enable the creation of conditions whereby private providers can gain access to billions of pounds of health funding.

The book is a multi-author series of essays that each addresses aspects of the assault upon our health service. The reader is presented with the evidence of what actually happened; how the introduction of a full-blown market into the National Health Service was carefully planned. The authors convincingly set out a good case that the latest set of NHS reforms were a fraudulent deception on the part of mainstream politicians beyond reasonable doubt and that the assault on the NHS is also an assault upon democracy. This is the books great strength.

The weakness is the section which deals with 'what is to be done?' to save our health service. Taking the NHS back into being a public provider isn't suggested, whereas as this is surely an essential first step, and no solution to the attack upon democracy embodied by the health reforms is addressed such as the social-democratic proposal of elected health boards to both increase service accountability and prevent future attacks by the vultures and spivs, as advocated in Player and Leys 'The Plot Against the NHS'.

That criticism aside, this is an essential book and everyone should read it and judge our politicians accordingly.
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I do not want to repeat other reviews, which describe the book in general terms, but concentrate on the overarching implications for British, or more specifically, English, democracy. Just bear in mind that the government has relinquished its old responsibility of providing comprehensive health care to the citizens of England. In his Dimbleby Lecture of 1976, Lord Hailsham spoke of what he called the "elective dictatorship". He described a House of Commons more or less rubber-stamping legislation promoted by the executive, with little in the way of opposition. This book describes the advanced state of this "elective dictatorship" nearly 40 years later. In the case of the health bill, this process has now been amplified by a series of other anti-democratic phenomena outlined in the Afterword of the book under the heading of `key lessons'. The authors lay out several of these and they are closely related to the general argument of the book.

The first is the mendacity of politicians and the total lack of their discomfiture on being found out. This almost defining characteristic of their class enabled the coalition to conceal the purposes of Lansley's Health and Social Care Bill right up to the end of its parliamentary journey, and they still do so. Secondly, the book draws attention to the fact that many parliamentarians had financial interests in commercial health companies and that these individuals voted for the bill. A more arcane but important thing was the lack of democratic processes in most of the supposedly democratic professional organisations - the British Medical Association and the Royal Colleges of Physicians, Surgeons and others.
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Its the most important book ever written on the modern NHS. It did wonders for my low blood pressure. I am a GP and have put it in the waiting room. I have told all my patients and colleagues, and am amazed it has not been talked about more in the media,(there's a chapter in the book that might be relevant). I feel all NHS staff should read it, as, apart from opening their eyes to the destruction of the NHS, its a very good read.
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This book lays bare the terrible conspiracy to open up our NHS to an American system of market-led competition. This will inevitably substitute an inefficient, inequitable and expensive system for what was relatively efficient, equitable and inexpensive. It will also almost certainly lead, over the next few years, to declining population health and rationing of access for those who can't afford private insurance. And why? So that (largely American-based) Healthcare Corporations can take over the commissioning and provision of the NHS and make enormous profits for shareholders and bonuses for senior managers in the process.

It also exposes terrible corruption in the political classes, ineptitude, possibly complicity, by professional organisations and journalists and the determination of the capitalists to have things their way. It has taken thirty years of persistent campaigning and corruption to get here but unless someone (the Labour Party???) with political clout takes up the fight we might as well say the NHS died on its 65th birthday!

Being a retired consultant in old age psychiatry with a long-term interest in service design and delivery and co-author of a book for doctors in management Practical Management and Leadership for Doctors I was already aware, to a point, of what was going on. Now I know the details, I am incandescent.

Buy, read, act!
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