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‘Shock’ As Global Arms Manufacturer Jockeys to Get Piece of UK’s Privatised Health System. Reblogged from Common Dreams


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‘Shock’ As Global Arms Manufacturer Jockeys to Get Piece of UK’s Privatized Health System

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Thursday, November 20, 2014
‘Shock’ As Global Arms Manufacturer Jockeys to Get Piece of UK’s Privatized Health System
As British government privatizes the National Health Service, Lockheed Martin is among several companies showing interest in a deal
bySarah Lazare, staff writer
PAC-3 missiles produced by Lockheed Martin. (Photo: Lockheed Martin)
PAC-3 missiles produced by Lockheed Martin. (Photo: Lockheed Martin)
As one of the largest arms manufacturers in the world, Lockheed Martin has made billions off wars waged by governments from the United States to Colombia. Now the company appears to be maneuvering to profit from the British public’s need for health care as the English government moves to privatize and outsource what’s left of its National Health Service.

At stake is a lucrative NHS England contract to operate support services—from maintaining medical records to administering prescription payments—for primary care providers. The deal has a value of £1 billion (more than US$1.5 billion) over the course of ten years, making it NHS England’s sweetest yet, Health Service Journal reports.

NHS England, which is one of four publicly-funded health systems that together comprise the National Health Service of the United Kingdom, moved to outsource the services last year. The move is part of the rapid privatization of the country’s health system, which was accelerated by legislation passed in 2012.

In recent weeks, NHS England held a meeting with private companies interested in the deal, according to HSJ. While not a single NHS entity attended to bid, Lockheed was one of several multinational companies that showed interest.

London-based Doctor Louise Irvine told The Independent that it is “shocking” that a weapons company could profit from funds “taken from front line care.”

Lockheed isn’t the only multinational among the potential bidders that makes money from state violence. Private Security Company G4S—which is implicated in torture and unlawful incarceration of Palestinians, as well as human rights abuses in Britain and South Africa—also reportedly participated in the meeting.

According to NHS England, between three or four bidders will negotiate for the contract, which will be awarded in March.

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Boris loses it!

This shocking video should result in Boris resigning – if he had any dignity but I won’t hold my breath.

When Boris held his first state of the city meeting I attended.  I still have the notes.  It was most dispiriting.  Youth leader after youth leader got up and described on-going successful projects that were being cut.  It was tragic.  This has continued and now he wants to cut what is left by 90%.  I wonder if there will be anything left for the youth of London other than the odd theatre or cultural initiative.

So sad.  I think the only course is for him to resign.


Homeless Man describes his day – unbelievable story!

A man without alcohol or substance abuse and with a degree in computer science is homeless because he joined a ‘church’ (cult) where there was no escape.

Very sad.  Do not take what you have for granted seems to be the moral.


Sanctioned jobseeker turns tables on Duncan Smith with viral blog

Please share and support. Time for this nonsense to STOP! Not by voting for more of the same like UKIP! (or worse)!

The lovely wibbly wobbly old lady

[Reblogged from Morning Star, with thanks]

Brighton man sanctioned despite applying for 67 jobs in a fortnight, writes Joe Gill

A Brighton jobseeker has turned the tables on Iain Duncan Smith’s punitive sanctions regime after his benefits were docked despite applying for 67 jobs in a fortnight.

Peter Styles has written a blog about his experience that has gone viral, reaching more than 8,000 hits yesterday after being launched on Tuesday.

The communications and PR specialist has been out of work and signing on for a year since his last employer ceased trading.

He says he has applied for “everything from copywriter position, to insight manager, probably seven or eight job titles I can do.”

Mr Styles told the Star: “The administrative officer said my job search was good – however it was not broad enough.

“They wanted me to apply to be an Asda grocery colleague and a personal…

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Carl Sagan. Pale Blue Dot.

This puts everything into perspective.

Words of wisdom from Carl.


This Land is Mine

Time for a paradigm change??

The Berlin Wall – Just Another Brick in the Wall. Veterans News Now

This excellent article explores the causes since the second world war of the Berlin Wall and how the same strategies and techniques have isolated and harassed the Soviet Union and now Russia and the Ukraine.

History you were never taught!

Barefoot Solar Engineers – the background. She.

One woman at a time, one village at a time, one country at a time being the change for their communities.

Barefoot College – grandmothers who become solar engineers.

This is such an inspiring story of the grandmother from Honduras who was one of 12 children and left school at 6th grade who was chosen to go to India to learn how to be a solar engineer.  She describes the challenges she had to face and how she hopes to illuminate her village on her return.

Very inspiring!!!

Police Intimidation Tactics & Westminster’s PPS – Million Mask March

Very interesting perspective on the Million Mask March.