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Save the NHS tax the rich

by Daphne Liddle

ACCIDENT and Emergency services in England’s NHS hospitals are in crisis and deteriorating. Last week official figures showed that waiting times to see a doctor in A&E departments are now the highest for nine years. In the first three months of this year with 313,000 patients had to wait longer than the four-hour target to see a doctor.

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Civil servants strike back

THE PAST week has seen a series of strikes by civil servants in various Government departments as part of the PCS’s threemonth civil service-wide campaign against imposed cuts to pay, pensions, jobs and working conditions.

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Labour movement mobilises

SOMETIMES London becomes a bit like a Shakespeare comedy -- like an urban forest with different groups of left-wing protesters wandering around until they bump into each other and interact.

Last Saturday there was a particularly rich mix: people protesting about the Government-authorised cull of thousands of badgers, people outside the United States embassy in Grosvenor Square protesting about the imprisonment of Bradley Manning, trades council delegates in town for their annual conference at the TUC headquarters and anti-fascists determined to stop the neo-Nazi British National Party marching along Whitehall to the Cenotaph from Parliament Square.

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