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From our “green” correspondent

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A sustainable recovery from COVID-19 is one which creates worthwhile jobs, addresses inequality and is good for the planet. There are various movements campaigning for widespread, meaningful recovery, with social and environmental goals central to their mission. Two major ones … Read more

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11th hour bid to save over-75s TV licence

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The National Pensioners Convention staged protests across the UK on 30- 31 July in an 11th hour bid to save the free TV licence for all over 75-year-olds. But since 1 August only those over 75s receiving Pension Credit are … Read more

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Defend Whittington hospital!

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Whittington Health (the hospital plus its outpatient community health services) has been instructed to redevelop its estate of 49 properties. The Boris Johnson government refuses to fund NHS redevelopment, telling hospitals to sell off their land and buildings. (The Whittington … Read more

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Forum discusses situation in the NHS

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At our November Forum meeting Tony O’Sullivan, paediatrician and vice chair of Keep Our NHS Public, led a panel discussion (with Pam Zinkin and FrancesBradley) on the current situation in our National Health Service. There are one third fewer beds … Read more

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Private off-shore companies no way to run care homes

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Most UK care homes were managed by local authorities until Margaret Thatcher reformed the system; now just 8 per cent are under state control. All four of Britain’s biggest care home businesses have been up for sale in the past … Read more

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Jeremy Corbyn at our AGM

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Thanks to all those members who came to our AGM, and special thanks to Jeremy, our president who somehow made time to join us. He spoke of the on-going development of Labour’s manifesto. . .  the need for a free … Read more

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Vulnerable patients prevented from going to hospital appointments

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John, goes to the Royal Free Hospital & Chase Farm Hospital. He is 86, has severe COPD and heart problems and is anaemic. He has a catheter due to prostate health problems and his legs are bandaged up. John’s patient … Read more

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Older, disabled people refused Hospital Transport by Royal Free Hospital Trust

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The Royal Free Hospital Trust is denying vulnerable patients hospital transport. Paul’s transport was stopped because he has a Motability vehicle which he can drive. But Paul cannot walk more than a few steps and is unable to walk the … Read more

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Post office closures a disgrace

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The announcement of a further 74 Crown Post Office closures on 11 October 2018 brought the number of Crown Post Offices closed or franchised to 224 (60%) since 2013. The decision to privatise these branches and hand them to WH … Read more

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IPF members join over 75 TV licence protest

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We took part in the National Pensioners Convention protest at the proposal to end or means-test the free over-75s TV licence. The government relinquished responsibility for the licence, handing it over to the BBC in its contract. A number of … Read more

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