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Brexit: David Frost’s Bluster Can’t Wish Away the Northern Ireland Protocol

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 20/10/2021 - 8:09pm in

Many Brexiters see Article 16 as a ‘get out of jail free’ card for the Northern Ireland protocol. Here’s why they’re wrong

GP Bob Gill Outlines the US Corporate Takeover of the British NHS

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 20/10/2021 - 4:31am in

The British National Health Service (NHS) once stood as an internationally renowned example of a tax-funded health system that delivered public-health services to millions of British citizens, lifting a huge burden from the sick. However, the rise of neoliberal policies in the United Kingdom has targeted the NHS to become the latest victim of a U.S.-U.K. economic trade deal that would put health care services in the hands of private U.S. corporations.

This means that private U.S. healthcare corporations would capitalize on the taxpayer funded budget, “creating private insurance-style funding pools” similar to how healthcare is conducted in the U.S.

In this segment of The Watchdog, host Lowkey is joined by Bob Gill — family doctor, NHS campaigner and director of the film The Great NHS Heist — who argues that the NHS is heading towards becoming a ”two-tier system that will be lower quality, more expensive, bureaucratic, with perverse incentives that damage professionalism, patients, taxpayers and the privately insured, who risk claims being denied or capped, as we see clearly in America.”

Gill’s film makes clear parallels between the U.S. healthcare system and how it’s making its way into the NHS. For example, the film exposes how the transition of control of these budgets to insurance companies is now presided over by “Simon Stevens as Chief Executive of NHS England since 2014, formerly president of global expansion for UnitedHealth,” America’s largest private health insurance conglomerate.

This new system also puts the once-private patient data into the hands of Big Tech giants —  outsourced data-systems and pharmaceutical companies that will market their drugs to patients while incentivizing prescriptions for medical doctors.

The corporate takeover of the NHS is already having dire effects on an already economically struggling society, especially in the post-COVID era, with patients being forced to pay for more out-of-pocket costs that are handing major profits to U.S. healthcare and insurance companies.  “The comprehensive range of NHS services salami, sliced down to a remnant of poor standard emergency care in fewer locations. For non-urgent care the choices will be to go without treatment, pay out of pocket or buy top-up insurance,” Gill wrote in 2020.

The new MintPress podcast “The Watchdog,” hosted by British-Iraqi hip-hop artist Lowkey, closely examines organizations about which it is in the public interest to know — including intelligence, lobby and special-interest groups influencing policies that infringe on free speech and target dissent. The Watchdog goes against the grain by casting a light on stories largely ignored by the mainstream, corporate media. 

MintPress News is a fiercely independent, reader-supported outlet, with no billionaire owners or backers. You can support us by becoming a member on Patreon, bookmarking and whitelisting us, and by subscribing to our social media channels, including Twitch, YouTube, Twitter and Instagram.

Also, be sure to check out the new Behind the Headlines channel on YouTube.

Lowkey is a British-Iraqi hip-hop artist, academic, political campaigner, and a MintPress video and podcast host. As a musician, he has collaborated with the Arctic Monkeys, Wretch 32, Immortal Technique, and Akala. He is a patron of Stop The War Coalition, Palestine Solidarity Campaign, the Racial Justice Network, and The Peace and Justice Project founded by Jeremy Corbyn.

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Never Mind the Pandora Papers: Why Secrecy Still Rules in the UK

Thanks to poor drafting and a lack of enforcement, anti-secrecy legislation intended to make it clearer who owns UK companies isn’t working

The Neverending Brexit: Flailing Johnson Set to Try to Renege on Commitment to Respect Good Friday Agreement

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 08/10/2021 - 9:43pm in

Boris Johnson is expected to eyepoke the EU by reneging on the Norhtern Ireland protocol, presumbly to distract from domestic shortages.

Keir Starmer’s Speech – Labour’s Best Thing Since Stale Bread

It’s not capitalism that has to change, the Labour leader told us. It’s you.

When we occupied the British Aircraft Corporation factory in 1974 – And reflections for today

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 30/09/2021 - 6:55pm in

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So to every old militant who wants to impress a new generation with tales of their exploits, I would point out that all us who claimed we were revolutionaries, are partly responsible for the present situation.

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It Isn’t Over When The Fat Lady Sings – The First Russian Strategic Assessment of the Australia-UK-US (Aukus) Submarine Deal

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 24/09/2021 - 11:55pm in

A look at the AUKUS deal in light of Chinese and Russian submarine capabilities.

How the Pandemic Revealed the Real Health of Nations

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 18/09/2021 - 9:42pm in

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As we noted in our last issue, a pandemic is as good as any event to demonstrate the efficacy, or not, of a social system. This one has generally found the capitalist mode of production wanting. By now most people will have forgotten the early failures.

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A few snap-shots of recent post-Brexit developments in the UK

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 16/09/2021 - 6:03pm in

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This is a discussion paper presented at the AngryWorkers gathering in Sheffield. Short minutes of the discussion after the text

The main aim is to clarify the political contradictions that can surface and be discussed and acted upon during current strikes...

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PM Declares New Submarines Will Be Paid For By A Blind Trust

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 16/09/2021 - 8:28am in

Prime Minister for Sydney that fellow from Australia Scott Morrison has today announced that Australia’s new nuclear submarines will be paid for by a blind trust to be administered by the alleged Minister for Industry Christian Porter.

”How good is it to have a new fleet of distractions, er, submarines coming to Australia? Asked the PM. ”It was a real treat to get a call from President Biden today. After we established that I was the Australian Prime Minister and not the Austrian one, we had a good old chat about under water matters.”

”President Jo loved it when I told him that this deal definitely TRUMPS all others, poor guy couldn’t speak for a few minutes. All he could do was sigh.”

When asked why the Government feels the need to pay for the Submarines with a blind trust, the Prime Minister said: ”I reject the premise of your question.”

”As it stands there is nothing wrong with a blind trust. I have asked my team to investigate them and until they release the results of that investigation sometime in 2035 they shall be able to be used.”

”Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to go and set up a blind trust to take care of any future bills I may receive from Engadine Maccas.”

Mark Williamson

@MWChatShow

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