In Finland, the number of homeless people has fallen sharply. The reason: The country applies the “Housing First” concept. Those affected by homelessness receive a small apartment and counselling – without any preconditions. 4 out of 5 people...
We’d like to hear about any voting issues at polling stations or with postal votes and any other news tips that you think we should know about
Marie-Louise IrvineI’m hearing reports voters being turned away from polling stations because they don’t have ID. That’s illegal. Report to Police. First time voters likely to be most confused about this - tell any you know that ID not needed.
Mount Vernon in Boris Johnson’s constituency is so short-staffed it cannot provide safe care, review finds
Marie-Louise IrvineThe loss of most or all of Mount Vernon’s services will affect people in Boris Johnson’s Uxbridge and South Ruislip constituency. Voters in the seat are among the 2 million people for whom Mount Vernon is their nearest specialist cancer centre
We need you to help us respond quickly to the General Election, yet another Winter crisis, and the continuing threats to our NHS.
Marie-Louise IrvinePlease donate to Keep Our NHS Public crowdfunder, so KONP can develop its vital work campaigning against threats to NHS from privatisation, (including US trade deal), underfunding, understaffing, cuts, closures, and dire risk to NHS of another Tory Govt.
Exclusive: dossier on 25 current and former councillors adds to pressure on Boris Johnson to launch independent inquiry
Marie-Louise Irvine“Twenty-five sitting and former Conservative councillors have been exposed for posting Islamophobic and racist material on social media, according to a dossier obtained by the Guardian that intensifies the row over anti-Muslim sentiment in the party.”
For the first time in 100 years, Britons are dying earlier. The UK now has the worst health trends in western Europe – and doctors and experts believe that the impact of austerity is a major factor
Marie-Louise Irvine“The real fear is that Britain is falling into a pattern that has emerged in the US where taxes – and social care budgets – are low and where much of the healthcare system is privately run. In the US, life expectancy started falling significantly years…”
McDonnell says voters should not trust Trump’s claims that NHS will not be part of US deal
Marie-Louise Irvine“Jonathan Ashworth, Labour’s shadow health and social care secretary, said: “That so many more people in pain and distress are forced to endure cancelled operations, including increasingly on the day they were supposed to have treatment, is a shameful …”
Letters: Ursula Böser on reactions to Jacob Rees-Mogg’s frontbench reclining and Boris Johnson’s police speech, Julian Le Vay on why the centre-left are about to lose, Mary Smith and Patrick Wallace on Johnson’s ‘girly swot’ insult, and Sarah Walker...
Marie-Louise IrvineInteresting view in Guardian letter: “Every reporting of Mr Johnson’s studied ineptitude inflates populism with the oxygen of publicity............ We will have to do better than to do the bidding to Dominic Cummings’ media strategy. ”
KONP rejects all except one of NHSE’s proposed changes to NHS laws
[Read our full response to NHS England here and read the paper with NHSE's legislative proposals here]
We join with 'We Own It' in calling for Section 75 to be scrapped
Marie-Louise IrvineScrap section 75 - NHS England’s other legislation proposals are 'business as usual'