Junior Doctor Mona Kamal says the fight against the the unfair and unsafe contract must be stepped up and also linked to the wider struggle against austerity, especially after the imposition. This is a fight for the very survival of the NHS and the welfare state as a whole.
After the negotiations for a proposed junior doctors’ contract broke down late last year, Jeremy Hunt has repeatedly threatened us with forcible imposition and last week, immediately after the second inspiring and undeniably successful day of industrial action he went ahead with this self-proclaimed ‘nuclear option’. In doing so Jeremy Hunt has wilfully ignored months of vehement opposition which united medics and allied health professionals alike and mobilised vast swathes of doctors many of whom were previously unfamiliar with political activism. He is knowingly sabotaging NHS workers by disregarding our concerns about patient safety and threatens to destabilise the service- all as a pretext to selling it off. In fact this imposed contract appears to be a crucial step in the wider process of NHS privatisation.Read more
Government plans to axe maintenance grants for poorest students without Commons vote and debate ‘frightening and undemocratic’
The Government looks set to officially scrap maintenance grants today - without a vote and debate in the House of Commons - and will be spoken about by just 17 MPs through a legislation committee, a move some politicians have labelled “shocking,” “undemocratic,” and “frightening.”Read more
I am a second year adult nursing student who, like many others, was shocked and saddened by the news of the proposed NHS bursary cuts. I chose to pursue a career in nursing at the age of twenty seven and left full time work to complete an access course before progressing to study at university. I rely heavily on my bursary and still have to take out a maintenance loan to support myself.Read more
As I write this I’m sat in London, in a £6500 a year off-the-books bedsit-box-room with mice and damp that I pay for in cash. And after a £400 deposit and no receipt, I feel I’m earning my stripes for the financially fucked generation of Britons aptly dubbed; ‘generation rent’. Like many 20-somethings around the country, 50 years of service… at minimum wage… for a borrowed bedsit, isn’t much of an incentive for me to play my part in your ‘Big Society’.Read more
Labour blasted the decision to rush through a six-hour debate on the Housing Bill - which includes plans to end lifelong council tenancies
Crucial: The law includes 'affordable' homes costing £450,000
The Tories have been slammed for an "appalling" decision to push through key stages of a housing law at 3am.Read more
By 6pm on Tuesday, Britain’s top bosses will have earned more than the average UK worker gets in an entire year, new calculations from the High Pay Centre think-tank suggest.
The findings draw attention to the vast and growing gulf between the privileged top one per cent of earners and the rest of us.