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NHS for USA!
The NHS is working: What can we do to support it and get one back home!
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As Americans living abroad, particularly here in London, UK we can see the clear value of having an NHS, but what can we do about getting the same coverage back home for our loved ones (and ourselves) once we head home.

How can we protect the NHS here in the UK as good global and British residents and citizens?

How did this whole NHS thing get stated in the first place?


This is the launch of a subgroup for American Meetup, an ongoing conversation; NHS for USA

NHS for USA will be Part activist group, part self education and just a conversational social space for those Americans (and Canadians) to share their experience with heathcare.

No experience is needed, apart from your own in heathcare. All are welcome.

I'll keep you posted.

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1st April 2011: All Together for the NHS Day!
Posted on March 31, 2011
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After 26 March, the next big date in the campaign calendar is 1st April. NHS supporters around the country will be lobbying their MPs, at local events and individually for All Together for the NHS Day.
The NHS as we know it is under threat from drastic changes contained in Andrew Lansley’s Health and Social Care Bill. The bill has now cleared the committee stage, and will soon be going on to its third reading in the Commons.

It’s vitally important that we engage with MPs now, to make them aware their constituents are worried about the bill.

We oppose these changes for five main reasons:

Opening up the NHS to private profit. Taxpayers’ money destined for NHS patients will be diverted into shareholder profits.

Broken promises: Before the election David Cameron said: “I will cut the deficit, not the NHS” yet this reorganisation could cost up to £3 billion. No one voted for this.

Longer waiting times: With no cap on the amount hospitals can earn from private patients, NHS patients risk being pushed to the back of the queue.

Postcode lottery: Under the proposals, the care patients can expect will vary from place to place, increasing costs and health inequalities and hurting vulnerable people.

The NHS is working: Public satisfaction with the NHS is currently at an all-time high.

You can help now.
Please get involved and help unions and campaigners to make All Together for the NHS Day a success.

Check out False Economy’s listings of events near you, and other actions you can take online.

And please take a moment to take our online action to email your MP, asking them to vote against the bill at the third reading.


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USA versus the NHS - Times Online16 Aug 2009
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... When Bobbie Whiteman moved to the United States from Britain, she did not give medical insurance a thought.

How does US healthcare compare to the rest of the world? | News ...22 Mar 2010
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... Is US healthcare any worse than that of the NHS? See how it compares to the UK and rest of the world ...
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Orwelian titled: "Health & Social Care Bill" Protest To Block Westminster Bridge
Save the NHS! Join UK Uncut and block the bridge to block the bill | SUNDAY Oct 9th
The government is just weeks away from destroying the NHS forever. This is an emergency. On Sunday October 9th at 1pm, join UK Uncut on Westminster Bridge and help block the bill.
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Get to the middle of Westminster Bridge 12:00 - 5:00 pm THIS SUNDAY

Where: Westminster Bridge, Houses of Parliament
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When: THIS SUNDAY Oct 9th 12:00 noon- 5:00pm



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UK Uncut to block Westminster Bridge in NHS protest

UK Uncut will lead a peaceful protest on Westminster Bridge this Sunday in a bid to stop government “destroying the NHS forever” as the coalition’s Health and Social Care bill moves to the Lords this week. The organisers explain:

By blocking Westminster Bridge we symbolically block the bill from getting from Parliament to our hospitals. Yes, it will be disruptive. Yes, it will stop the traffic. But this is an emergency and we have to shout as loud as we can.

Protestors joining Block the Bridge, Block the Bill are urged to bring fake blood and play dead, help create hospital radio on the bridge with music and comedy, bring a nurse along for skill shares and to share affection and respect for the NHS through storytelling.

On one side of Westminster Bridge is Parliament.

On the opposite side of the bridge is St Thomas’ Hospital, one of Britain’s oldest medical institutions. If the bill passes, hospitals like St Thomas’ will be sold to private corporations, the staff put on private payrolls and beds given over to private patients. Despite the government’s lies, this bill represents the wholesale privatization of the NHS and, with it, the destruction of the dream of comprehensive healthcare provided equally to all.

On 7th September, MPs in the Commons voted for the end of the NHS as we know it. Yet the coalition’s Health and Social Care bill was not in the Lib Dem manifesto. It was not in the Tory manifesto. None of us voted for this.

On October 11th, the bill moves to the Lords, and a huge Liberal Democrat rebellion is brewing. We have one last chance to save our NHS.

On Sunday 9th October, just days before the bill moves to the Lords, join UK Uncut in a spectacular act of mass civil disobedience to block the bill. By blocking Westminster Bridge we symbolically block the bill from getting from Parliament to our hospitals. Yes, it will be disruptive. Yes, it will stop the traffic. But this is an emergency and we have to shout as loud as we can.


Get to the middle of Westminster Bridge shortly before 1pm. When Big Ben strikes one, pick one of the tactics below and help block the bridge:

Bring some fake blood and play dead
Bring hospital radio to the bridge with some music and comedy
Bring a nurse for a resuscitation skill-share
Dress up in scrubs and perform an operation
Enjoy a picnic overlooking Parliament
Share stories about the the NHS
Invite a friend from across the pond to describe the reality of a privatised healthcare system
Invite older generations to describe a time before universal healthcare
(if you’ve got other good ideas, email them to ukuncut@gmail.com)
Invite everyone you know to the Facebook event, and make sure you click ‘attending’ – the action will only go ahead if 1000 or more people plan to attend. We’ll be in close contact with St. Thomas’ before and during the protest to ensure access for emergency vehicles.

We will not let a coalition of millionaire politicians and private health lobbyists destroy our NHS. Be on Westminster Bridge for 1pm on October 9th and together let’s block this bill from getting to our hospitals.

See you on the bridge.

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"On Sunday 9th October, just three days before the Lords vote, join UK Uncut in a spectacular act of mass civil disobedience to block the bill. By blocking Westminster Bridge we symbolically block the bill from getting from Parliament to our hospitals."

Battle for Britain: Resisting the Privatization of the NHS and the Loss of 100,000 Jobs
Over 400 public health doctors ask Lords to kill the Health Bill
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Founded in the autumn of 1983, London Health Emergency is the country's biggest and longest-running pressure group in defence of the NHS.

With over 150 trade union bodies, campaigns and community organisations affiliated at local, regional and national level, and many more subscribers, LHE issues a tabloid newspaper Health Emergency which has a print run of 7,000 and a distribution reaching many parts of England, Scotland and Wales. Health Emergency carries news and comment on the full range of health service policy issues, with a special focus on acute hospital services, mental health services, care of the elderly, and the impact of the government's marketising reforms.

LHE continues to act as a vocal defender of health services in London and across the country. Our Breaking News service carries updates and flags up issues of concern to journalists as well as health activists.






Wilber W.
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American Meetup: NHS for USA!
The NHS is working: What can we do to support it and get one back home!
TODAY: Get to the middle of Westminster Bridge 12:00 - 5:00 pm THIS SUNDAY, TODAY!
Get to the middle of Westminster Bridge shortly before 1pm. When Big Ben strikes one!
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Where: Westminster Bridge, Houses of Parliament
Tube: Westminster

When: THIS SUNDAY Oct 9th 12:00 noon- 5:00pm

As Americans living abroad, particularly here in London, UK we can see the clear value of having an NHS, but what can we do about getting the same coverage back home for our loved ones (and ourselves) once we head home.

How can we protect the NHS here in the UK as good global and British residents and citizens?

How did this whole NHS thing get stated in the first place?

Activism is always a good start. UK Uncut will lead a peaceful protest on Westminster Bridge tomorrow afternoon, Sunday in a bid to stop The coalition government destroying the NHS forever as the coalition’s "Health and Social Care" bill moves to The House of Lords this week. All are invited! There will be loads of great people there who are passionate and knowlegeble about health care in this country.

The protest is being called in solidarity with the ongoing Occupy Wall Street actions nationwide back home which are only growing in numbers across The USA. Further reason for us to join in, in solidarity.

See you on the bridge!

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Directions
Right at Westminster tube, Right next to Houses of Parliament!

Get to the middle of Westminster Bridge 12:00 - 5:00 pm THIS SUNDAY
Get to the middle of Westminster Bridge shortly before 1pm. When Big Ben strikes one!

Where: Westminster Bridge, Houses of Parliament
Tube: Westminster

When: THIS SUNDAY Oct 9th 12:00 noon- 5:00pm

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This is the launch of a subgroup for American Meetup, an ongoing conversation; NHS for USA!

NHS for USA will be Part activist group, part self education and just a conversational social space for those Americans (and Canadians) to share their experience with heathcare.

No experience is needed, apart from your own with heathcare. All are welcome.

Wilber W.
WilberWebb
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London, GB
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The schoolboy blogger who took on a US clinic
Rhys Morgan, a 17-year-old Welsh schoolboy, faced down a Texan medical clinic and won after blogging about its unproven treatments
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Rhys Morgan: 'They are trying to silence me' A 17-year-old schoolboy from Cardiff is proving an unlikely but effective opponent of powerful organisations pushing miracle cures for serious diseases



So what does he believe in? Morgan does not hesitate: "Evidence-based medicine".

Like many teenage boys, Rhys Morgan loves video games, rock music and hanging around with his friends. He works hard at school and tries to do his bit helping out at home. But what makes this 17-year-old a little different is that he also finds time to join battle with powerful, wealthy organisations that promote miracle alternative cures for serious diseases.

Morgan's burgeoning campaign, run from the front room of his family's house in a cul-de-sac in Cardiff, is gaining him friends and enemies. He is winning plaudits from within the sceptical community and from some journalists impressed at his gumption, but is berated by those desperate to believe in the treatments offered – and has spent countless hours in recent weeks batting away threats of legal action.

So why does this floppy-haired teenager bother? Wouldn't it be less hassle to focus on becoming even better at Team Fortress 2 or just kicking back and listening to his favourite bands, Muse and Radiohead?

"It can be nerve-wracking but I think that getting the message out there is a lot more important than me being sued," says Morgan. "I think there's a need for more people to speak out. I hate the idea of anyone being taken for a ride."

Morgan was not always a sceptic. His mother, Dawn, reveals that he believed in Father Christmas until he was 11 when she and his father, Paul, had to break the bad news. "I think they should have told me a little earlier," Morgan says. As a young boy he went to church with his grandparents, only becoming an atheist after attending a Christian camp. "I had a good time but a few weeks later stopped believing. I'm not quite sure how that happened."

Morgan's first contact with online scepticism dates to his early teens when he became interested in Snopes.com, a website devoted to debunking urban legends. Then he wrote an essay for his English language GCSE expressing doubts about the validity of many alternative medicines. This interest in medicine did not emerge out of nowhere: his father is an intensive care doctor, his mother a nurse.

But it was when Morgan was diagnosed with a serious illness – Crohn's disease – that he plunged deep into the world of scepticism. While off school last year, he set about researching the disease and was alarmed at some of the "miracle cures" on offer. One particularly grabbed his attention: Miracle Mineral Solution (MMS), which is described on its website as the "answer" to Aids, hepatitis A, B and C, malaria, herpes, TB and "most cancer".



Morgan looked into MMS and was alarmed to find that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had warned that, when used as directed, the solution produced was "a potent bleach" and urged anyone using it to stop immediately and throw it away. Similar warnings have been issued in this country.

"A few people on support forums seemed to be pushing MMS on others. I started telling people on the forums, look, this treatment doesn't seem to be that great." He got "kicked off" one forum. "They told me I was being rude and inflammatory by questioning other people's choices."

Happily for Morgan, he went into remission at the start of this year (thanks to "conventional" drugs prescribed on the NHS, he is keen to emphasise). He returned to school and continued his studies. The teenager found he now had two groups of friends – his Cardiff pals and online colleagues from the increasingly well-organised sceptical community. The two groups do not overlap and Morgan says his local friends do not know much about his online activities. "I think they'd be bored by it. I don't tell them much about it all."

In this year's summer holidays, Morgan's eye was caught by a campaign aiming to raise money to send a young woman with inoperable brain cancer to a centre called the Burzynski clinic in Houston, Texas (motto: Tomorrow's cancer treatment today). The clinic says it uses "antineoplastons" – "molecular switches that turn off life processes in abnormal cells" – to treat cancer patients.

Morgan did some digging into the clinic and was not convinced. "I couldn't find anything substantial on the internet to support what was being claimed." He says he was angry at the idea of desperate people spending what could be the last days of their lives flying across the globe and putting their faith in what he believes are "unproven" treatments. He posted a blog about the clinic and again got on with his life and studies.

But at the start of November an email dropped in Morgan's inbox from one Marc Stephens, who accused him of libelling the Burzynski clinic.

"I was a little bit scared. I didn't know who this guy was," says Morgan. He told his mum and dad and asked for advice from fellow sceptics and sympathetic lawyers. Further emails followed. Morgan was worried that if he lost a libel case, his parents' assets, their house, cars and savings could be at risk.

It got even heavier. Stephens told Morgan he would contact his school about his activities and, most disturbingly, included a satellite view of the Morgan family home in one message.

"It was extremely odd. It was as if he was saying: 'I know where you live.'"
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The schoolboy blogger who took on a US clinic
Rhys Morgan, a 17-year-old Welsh schoolboy, faced down a Texan medical clinic and won after blogging about its unproven treatments
http://www.guardian.c...­
http://www.guardian.c...­

Rhys Morgan: 'They are trying to silence me' A 17-year-old schoolboy from Cardiff is proving an unlikely but effective opponent of powerful organisations pushing miracle cures for serious diseases



So what does he believe in? Morgan does not hesitate: "Evidence-based medicine".

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It was a tense time for the Morgans. When a suspicious brown package arrived addressed to "Dr Rhys Morgan", his mother was so worried about what it might contain that she thought it best to open it outside. It turned out to be a wristband sent by a friend.

Morgan went on the attack. He published the email exchanges on his blog and asked pointed questions about Stephens' legal credentials.

At the end of last month the clinic issued a press release distancing itself from Stephens. It said he had been hired as an "independent contractor" to "provide web optimisation services and to attempt to stop the dissemination of false and inaccurate information". It accepted that sending a Google map and making personal comments to bloggers had not been appropriate. The clinic apologised and said it "no longer has a professional relationship" with Stephens.

The press release does not name Morgan but says that bloggers who had made "false and defamatory" statements would be contacted by its lawyers. It also claims that the woman whose fund-raising campaign attracted Morgan's attention is doing well and that her tumour is shrinking. The press release goes on to list 13 articles that it said had been published since 2006 supporting antineoplaston therapy.

Morgan is unbowed. He believes he is right and will not back down. "It's quite clear that they are trying to intimidate me, silence me. Science should be settled through more papers and better understanding of the world as opposed to through lawsuits."

He is not a fan of the libel laws in the UK. "They favour the person making the claims of libel very heavily. People can be sued for things published in academic journals. That can't be right."

Morgan now plans to delve into the work of a second cancer clinic and is also interested in tackling other alternative medicines and beauty products.

When he leaves school he plans to go to university and then become a doctor and journalist. On his Twitter page, he already describes himself as "Journalist. Skeptic." He thinks he'll be able to juggle all his callings.

So what does he believe in? Morgan does not hesitate: "Evidence-based medicine. If evidence can support something, I'm all for it. One thing that really gets me is when people claim sceptics have closed minds. That's not true: a true sceptic will be convinced by evidence. And even if the evidence supported the most absurd claims, the sceptic would agree that it's true."


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NHS Protesters Warn Minister 'Don't Lie'
Most of them doctors!: "It's not the actions of a Prime Minister to exclude from an NHS meeting the people who are the experts on the health service."
Sky News – 17 minutes ago
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The Health Secretary has been confronted by angry protesters outside Downing Street claiming key health partners had been excluded from the Government's controversial NHS reform talks.

A small group of around 40 incensed health professionals and experts tried to prevent Andrew Lansley from entering, jostling and jeering him as he tried to placate them.

Speaking to one demonstrator, June Hautot, Mr Lansley said there would be no privatisation in the NHS, "Don't lie to me," she screamed back at him.

The Prime Minister and the Health Secretary chaired the talks with a select group of healthcare professionals at Downing Street.

However, groups such as the British Medical Association (BMA) and the Royal College of Nursing claim they have been excluded from the meeting.

Amid intense pressure from many professional bodies to drop the Health and Social Care Bill, Mr Cameron will say patients are already beginning to see the fruits of greater GP influence - a key plank of the reforms - in areas where clinical commissioning groups have already been set up.

He will point to evidence that emergency hospital admissions have fallen year-on-year for the first time as GPs have begun to be more central to shaping care for patients and the NHS has moved away from Labour's "targets" culture to the coalition's emphasis on "outcomes".

Mr Lansley said: "We have always been clear that patients will benefit from putting power in the hands of frontline doctors and nurses.

"By starting to do just that, we are seeing a positive change in the way our NHS is responding to rising pressures."

The gathering has attracted controversy after a number of bodies critical of the NHS reforms said they had not been invited .

The BMA said it would be "odd" if organisations representing health professionals were not invited to the summit.

"The BMA does not appear to have been invited to an NHS summit at Downing Street," a spokesman said.

"If there is such an event, it would seem odd if the major bodies representing health professionals were not included."

Royal College of Nursing chief executive Peter Carter told Sky News: "We don't know why we haven't been invited but we, like others, find it extraordinary because at the end of the day, it's nurses, doctors, physios, GPs that actually keep the health service going."

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, which opposes the Bill said it too had been excluded from the meeting.

Phil Gray, its chief executive said: "If new legislation is to succeed it is vital that those raising concerns are listened to and it is disappointing to see that so many organisations are being shut out of the process."

Labour leader Ed Miliband said: "You don't get progress on the NHS by shutting the door of Downing Street on doctors, nurses and patients' groups.

"It's not the actions of a Prime Minister to exclude from an NHS meeting the people who are the experts on the health service."

More than 147,000 people, including footballer Rio Ferdinand and TV star and author Stephen Fry, have signed an e-petition calling for the Bill to be dropped.
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Avengers Assemble!: Around U.S. Healthcare!



Episode 1 of the parody series, Avengers Assemble! In this inaugural episode, Tony Stark (aka Iron Man) leads the team in a discussion of the ramifications of the new Healthcare Bill recently passed.



Here's a unique piece of Batman History. This is a Public Service Announcement for the U.S. Department of Labor using the characters from the 1966 Batman TV Show.

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How Americans interpreted the Olympic opening ceremony
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"As the UK moves towards allowing market forces to play a larger role in its own health system, it's worth keeping the case of the US in mind. Americans never intended to end up with the health system we've got, but we opened the door to market players and now the interests are entrenched. Once markets start driving things, it's hard to take back control."



By Cassie Chambers

Americans watching the Olympic opening ceremony were likely confused about many things in the quintessentially British spectacle. Chief among these was the ceremony's NHS scene. Watching a slew of health care professionals dance around an illuminated NHS sign, Americans couldn't help but picture how the scene would transpose itself across the pond.

Insurance agents would pluck the children from their beds as they decided to retroactively deny care. Doctors would be in the corners receiving couched bribes from pharmaceutical reps. A clock in the middle would show the highest healthcare costs in the world adding up as the scene unfolded.

Not exactly an image to inspire the world.

Most Brits seem perplexed by America's mainly private health care system. They simply don't understand how the US can leave it to individuals and markets to secure this basic human right. Given the poor way this policy structure is playing out—America has 50 million uninsured individuals and the highest health care costs in the world—their confusion is understandable. Attempts to explain the American system by citing a love for individualism, capitalism, and uber-expensive technology only add distance to the vast cross-cultural divide.

There was hope that these two ideas of how to fund healthcare might come to common ground. Obama's reform promised to expand coverage, increase access, and perhaps lead to a system that Americans could be proud of. As an American, I was giddy at the prospect of shaking off the stereotype of us as cold, callous people who care more about our right to have guns than our obligations to collective society.

But there's a problem with this plan. Although the rest of the world doesn't necessarily know it yet, health care reform is only going to make the already-awful situation worse.

By requiring every individual in America to buy private health insurance that is overpriced and under-regulated, the health care bill takes money out of average citizens' pockets and places it in the hands of insurance companies. Additionally, a lack of adequate price controls in the law means that already astronomical costs will increase even further. Throw in the recent Supreme Court decision that states do not have to expand Medicaid—a government program designed to provide coverage for poor people—and you're left with a system that privileges the industry, denies access to the poor, and places an unjustified mandate on the middle class. In short: a system based on true American values.

At this point, there isn't much the US can do to immediately fix our broken health care. Social institutions are path dependent, and it's hard to undo decisions once they're made. So instead of clamouring on about how the US needs a public option for health care—which, by the way, is never going to happen—it's perhaps more useful to warn the UK against following the States down this dark and dangerous path.

As the UK moves towards allowing market forces to play a larger role in its own health system, it's worth keeping the case of the US in mind. Americans never intended to end up with the health system we've got, but we opened the door to market players and now the interests are entrenched. Once markets start driving things, it's hard to take back control.

Watching the opening ceremony, it was hard to understand how a topic that is so divisive in America became a symbol of achievement on a global stage. It was strange to see a nation actually take pride in a government institution. Although I remain perplexed by how our two countries have arrived at such dramatically different conceptions of health care, it was inspiring to see the UK vision on display.

Yet if the UK isn't careful, it might give up this vision for a system with more in common with America's health care: an amazing spectacle, watched by the world, but for all of the wrong reasons. by Then, there won't be much to sing or dance about.


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