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A few recent news articles about the UK’s Conservative and Liberal-Democrat(Conservative) coalition government – the ConDem’s – brutal attack on the National Health Service.

I’ll do a proper NHS news review later – I have to go out and do some nonsense. Just one article featured for now.

 We have two weeks to save the NHS, say leading academics

Literary festival hears rallying cry against ‘Bill that will kill the health service’

 Leading health academics Colin Leys and Allyson Pollock yesterday issued a rallying call to everyone who wants to save the NHS. This is, they both said, a crucial fortnight. With the Liberal Democrat conference looming, which they both saw as a last-chance opportunity to stop the Lansley reforms, they largely ignored their brief from the Bath Festival of Literature – to talk about the long-term future of the service at an Independent Voices debate entitled “Is the NHS sacred?” 

“This Bill will destroy the NHS,” said Ms Pollock, London University professor of Health Policy and Health Services Research. “If you care for the future, you need to focus now on stopping the Bill. This is a terrifying, Big-Bang moment, because Lansley and his team are moving us to a mixed-financing system similar to that in the US.”

“It will be the end of free care for all,” said Mr Leys, emeritus professor of political science at Goldsmiths’ College. The future he foresaw would be one in which “community care will contract and decline, everyone who can afford to will go private and all we’ll be left with is a much-reduced service for the poor”.

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