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To stop NHS privatisation, we need a global healthcare movement

Ameen Kamlana, a British GP, talks about the need for solidarity between the U.K. and the U.S. to defend the National Health Service in the U.K. and learn about privatised healthcare in the U.S. “As a GP, I recently learned about NHS privatisation after questioning why those in authority never seem to listen to staff and patients, and why it is that I can no longer provide treatments to my patients on the NHS that I previously could. The answer is that our healthcare system is currently undergoing the greatest structural market reform in the history of its existence, and it’s happening along American healthcare lines. Last year, I met with Bonnie Castillo, executive director of National Nurses United (NNU)—the largest nurses’ union in the United States—at the World Transformed conference in Liverpool. She was shocked to hear me say the NHS was now adopting wholesale the US’s accountable care organisation (ACO) model. Bonnie had just spoken to a room full of NHS activists, and ended her address by saying: “We need you to win your fight for the NHS in order for us to be able to continue our fight in the US.””

Source: the Guardian

A call for a new era of change and warn against the dangers of privatization

National Nurses United (NNU) Executive Director Bonnie Castillo joined with the U.K. Labour Party “call for a new era of change and warn against the dangers of privatization of public social services. Nurses are building strong allies in the U.K. and across the globe in our fight for guaranteed healthcare!” Castillo, “the executive director of the NNU, one of the country’s biggest and most politically outspoken unions, said making international connections was hugely important to the movement, especially making the case against privatised healthcare.”