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Rally to rebuild and improve our public health care

The Ontario Health Coalition has called a rally to rebuild and improve public health care. “[Premier] Ford’s appointment of infamous privatizer Gordon Campbell as financial guru, was a tell-tale sign of his real priorities,” they say. “Under Campbell’s leadership, B.C. became ground zero for health care cuts and privatization in Canada—long waits and user fees are rampant. That’s not the Ontario we want. Now is our time to take a stand; to make it impossible for this government to cut and privatize our health care system.” The Ontario NDP has warned that “Ford’s health minister is warning of a ‘system transformation’ for Ontario’s health care. That means health care cuts and privatization.”

There’s no good reason to pay staff a pound less

Bolton Hospital workers went on a 48-hour strike to protest unfair pay. Dave Prentis, General Secretary of UNISON, says “there’s no good reason to pay staff a pound less than others doing the same job, just because they’re employed by a subco. UNISON stands with the IFM strikers—and others fighting unfair subcos—as they fight for the wages they deserve.”

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Private Clinics and the Threat to Public Medicare in Canada. Results of Surveys with Private Clinics and Patients

The Ontario Health Coalition has released a report on private healthcare clinics and how they are a threat to Canada's public Medicare system. “The report calls on federal and provincial governments to recommit themselves to the Canada Health Act, to stop illegal health fees for patients and to impose penalties on provinces that don't protect their residents. The report also calls for provincial governments to put a halt on the privatization of public and non-profit hospital services, increase hospital capacity and increase health funding. The report also recommends that governments at all levels must protect public health care from international trade agreements through a general carve out for all healthcare services. Private for-profit clinics are cutting a second tier into Canada's public healthcare system, a representative with a provincial healthcare watchdog group says. And, in many cases, what they’re doing is illegal, said Peter Boyle, a volunteer with the Ontario Health Coalition.” OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas says “these private clinics should not be profiting off the sick and elderly. It's outrageous and unethical, and that's why we will continue to fight against privatization in all its forms.

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Spotlight on Sustainable Development 2017

The report provides the most comprehensive independent assessment of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In recent decades, the combination of neoliberal ideology, corporate lobbying, business-friendly fiscal policies, tax avoidance and tax evasion has led to a massive weakening of the public sector and its ability to provide essential goods and services.

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Double standards: How the UK promotes rip-off health PPPs abroad

This report concerns Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) in healthcare, known in the UK as the Private Finance Initiative (PFI). It exposes how such PPPs have been an expensive failure in the UK, attracting criticism from government ministers, and yet those same ministers run departments which promote PPPs, including in health, around the world.

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Victory for public healthcare

Public service unions have won the battle to keep five New South Wales hospitals from being privatized thanks to the tireless efforts of the NSW Nurses and Midwives' Association, Australian Salaried Medical Officers' Federation of NSW, the Health Services Union NSW and local residents of Shellharbour, Maitland, Bowral, Wyong & Goulburn. The Power of the people kept NSW In A Healthy State!

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