NHS Campaigners 'recommended reading' list

A basic understanding of why our NHS is under threat is crucial to combating against it. In date order (latest books first) *Kindle books are cheaper. Followed by a list of useful Websites.

The State of Medicine 29 Sep 2016 (£1.99 on Kindle/tablet)
In a post-truth world in which politicians spin and lie and lazy journalists fail to challenge them, to read The State of Medicine is a joy notwithstanding its serious, indeed deeply worrying, messages.

An expert case for an evidence- and value-based NHS is made with clarity and passion by someone who is herself delivering medicine in the real world. It should be read by anyone who has an interest in healthcare which is all of us. Please let this book be influential because it could save lives. --Professor Ray Tallis

How to Dismantle the NHS in 10 Easy Steps - by Dr. Gingihy - July 31st 2015.
Top of my list and one of the latest books on how our NHS has been gradually dismantled. Shows the 10 steps successive governments have taken to ensure we all start paying healthcare insurance unless we do something as radical to prevent the demise of our NHS.

This small book is around 70 pages and is clear and concise and is well worth downloading onto your kindle for fast search and recall. Click here to read a brief narrative of the 10 steps...

NHS for Sale: Myths, Lies and Deception – 5 Mar 2015
In 2010 David Cameron’s  coalition government discarded pre-election promises about the NHS. Instead they imposed savage spending cuts and pushed through ‘reforms’ which put at risk the health and lives of all of us. As a result the NHS is now in crisis.

NHS For Sale challenges their myths and lies, arguing that the NHS is efficient and affordable and didn’t need radical reform, that the government is privatising the NHS, that the private sector is not cheaper or more efficient than the public sector, and that the NHS market is wasting billions of pounds while harming the service.

NHS For Sale also demonstrates that the Coalition’s Health and Social Care Act (2012) has not put GPs in the driving seat, has reduced patient choice and voice, has reduced community control over healthcare priorities and has increased bureaucracy and waste.  This book sets out what needs to be done to protect the NHS against corporate greed, and enable future governments to meet the challenge of delivering high quality and affordable healthcare for all. Royalties from this book go to Keep Our NHS Public

How The NHS Was Betrayed – And How We Can Save It. 5 Jul 2013
The Coalition Government passed into law an unprecedented assault on the NHS. Doctors, unions, the media, even politicians who claimed to be stalwart defenders failed to protect it. Now the effect of those devastating Health & Social Care Act reforms are beginning to be felt by patients – but we can still save our country’s most valued institution if we take lessons from this terrible betrayal and act on them. The final chapter of NHS SOS instructs us how to fight back and drag our favourite institution out of intensive care. Buy the book, read that chapter, act. Otherwise, we'll all be sorry when she's dead and gone – and 90% of the country can't afford to be sick.  Proceeds from the profits of this book will go to Keep Our NHS Public.

The Plot Against the NHS. Published 2011
I've decided to help save you some money on this one since there is an excellent lecture about this book on the opendemocracy website.

If you like the lecture please consider buying the book.

Click here to read the Lecture based on the book 'The Plot Against the NHS' by Colin Leys and Stewart Player, published on April 14th 2011.

NHS plc - by Prof. Allyson M Pollock - 21 Sept 2005
With a third Labour government in power, the gradual privatization of the NHS looks set to continue apace. How this has come about - to the point where even the shrinking core of free NHS hospital services is being handed over to private providers at the taxpayers' expense - is still not widely understood, far reaching policy change being hidden behind slogans like 'care in the community', 'diversity' and 'local ownership'. Allyson Pollock demystifies these terms, and in doing so presents a clear and powerful analysis of the transition from a comprehensive and universal service to New Labour's 'mixed economy of health care', in which hospitals with foundation status, loosely supervised by an independent regulator, will be run on largely market principles.

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