March 2013

21
Mar
2013
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Unhealthy influence: The rise of the NHS Partners Network

The transformation of a small private healthcare trade association into a powerful and influential lobby group provides a clear indication of the direction the NHS has taken. Today the NHS Partners Network has some of the most powerful private healthcare companies as members and is a trustee on the NHS Confederation board. Social Investigations journalist Andrew Robertson examines the development of one of the best-connected and most persuasive privatisation cheerleaders.

The early days

The NHS Partners Network (NHSPN) came into existence in 2005 to provide a voice for private health companies involved in Labour’s Independent Sector Treatment programme (ISTC) which opened up non-emergency treatments to the private sector.


20
Mar
2013
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Cyprus: the failed seizure of bank deposits

Cyprus is the fifth country to fall into the Troika's trap of 'Bailout and Restructure' in the Eurozone crisis, yet it is the first to reject Germany and Brussels’s policy. This evening saw the crucial vote in parliament intended to rubber stamp the decision agreed at the EU's Eurogroup meeting of 16 March. But this proved an impossible task after the massive outcry about measures to confiscate deposits forced parliament to reject the proposals.


11
Mar
2013
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One in ten claimants have benefits cut on mandatory workfare scheme

CORRECTION 16 March 2013: This article was first published under the title 'One in five claimants have benefits cut on mandatory workfare scheme'. However, since publication, the DWP has contacted us to say the original statistics they sent us under the Freedom of Information act were wrong (see their reasons here). We have changed the statistics where relevant in the article below. You can download the new disclosure here.

 

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