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The NHS at 65: The Coalition are Retiring our Public Health Service

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The sad demise of the NHS…..watched and witnessed by me since 1982 when I first became an employee of said institution.

Scriptonite Daily

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The National Health Service (NHS) celebrates its 65th birthday today.  While coalition politicians cut ribbons, they are also busy cutting the lifelines that make the service viable. Ceaseless scare stories, never ending costly reorganisations, rampant commercialisation and privatisation, and deliberate loading of unsustainable debt onto hospital balance sheets.  It is time for a reminder of what we stand to lose, if we do not defend our Spirit of ’45 inheritance.

Life before the NHS

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The National Health Service was born on July 5th 1948 – within living memory.  The only recognised health system in Britain prior to the NHS was the system of National Health Insurance, established by Lloyd George from 1911.  This insurance was paid by working men and their employers at a flat rate rather than graduated to account for differing levels of wealth; the Lord and the Layman paid the same fee.  It…

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About kathythesane

Lived in Kent, then Devon, now France. Trained as a Mental Health Nurse in Canterbury, then at Training South East (Sandhurst) in Transactional Analysis with Alice Stephenson (dec'd) , Suzanne Boyd and Mellie Lewin. Managed a Private Psychiatric Nursing Home for very mentally ill patients in Devon for 3 year before retiring to France in 2006.

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