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To understand NHS policy can feel like an insurmountable task.  We have seen in recent years some very dramatic changes in policy.  Our NHS has been restructured and then restructured again.  The entire system of the NHS is now vastly more complex and includes many private sector bodies.  In 2012 all this restructuring was sold to us by David Cameron as a more streamlined and less bureaucratic system.  Our media failed to provide us with the detail we needed and we ended up with a system that closely resembles the US system of healthcare.

This lack of information about the politics of our NHS is one of the biggest hurdles for our campaign.  And our Government has deliberately made it harder for people to get their heads around the changes.  But unless we do gain some understanding we will lose our NHS.

On this page we have listed many  useful resources available for anyone who wants to start understanding why we are losing our NHS. Below the list of columns I have written for Bournefree Liv,  you will find details of books and films which are useful resources when it comes to understanding NHS policy.

Our Column in Bournefree magazine


The Eastbourne branch is writing a column every two weeks for the Bournefree magazine.  Here are links to the columns we have had published.

Opinion: ‘Hardship of people in Eastbourne is a political choice’


NHS opinion: We may lose our access to quality healthcare entirely

Opinion: We should expect better from Josh and Eastbourne LibDems


Opinion: ‘Eastbourne’s MP votes for a lethal blow to the town’s healthcare services’


Opinion: How modern capitalism is creating our mental health crisis

Opinion: We can’t sit by and watch while people get ill because others are getting rich

Opinion: We elect our MP to represent us… ‘Caroline is without shame’

Opinion: Can we stop the war games and start looking after British people?

East Sussex Save The NHS plans day of action


Opinion – Address staffing issues or we may lose our NHS

Opinion: The people vs establishment battles include the fight for our NHS

Opinion: Festive cheer feels inappropriate this year

An appeal for help as we fight on to achieve a better society for us all

Opinion: The drive for profit is attacking your NHS

The column below was published during COP26  in Glasgow.  Our campaign did attend the protest held in Eastbourne on the Saturday as we are all fully supportive of any action that will tackle climate change.

Opinion: System change not climate change – it’s time we all demanded it

The lack of accurate informationon what is happening to our NHS is a major problem for campaigners. Which is why I wrote a complaint to Ofcom about a recent Channel 4 Dispatches programme. I used to have a lot of respect for the producers of Dispatches but this programme seemed to only feed into a false narrative and one that our Government wants you to believe. I also felt it could have resulted in a lot of people feeling so scared of NHS treatment they would avoid getting help when they need it.
Here is my latest column I wrote for Bournefree Live on this
If you saw the programme yourself or you watch it later on catch-up TV and would like to make your own complaint then that would be great. This is the webpage where you can do this

Opinion: Why we protested at the Tory party conference this week

Opinion: Only the people can turn around this country’s rapid decline

The fight for our NHS, its survival and our futures

Opinion: Why we must address shortfalls in mental health services

Opinion: All NHS staff deserve a decent pay increase

Opinion: Going, going, very nearly gone – our NHS under the hammer

Opinion: Act now to stop your medical records being sold off

Opinion: ‘Lives being destroyed by lack of social care’

Opinion: Saving the NHS starts with understanding the pitfalls of privatisation

After Eastbourne DGH demo: Why low pay will be our next NHS crisis

Caroline Ansell and the LibDems ‘are both misleading the public on the NHS’

An urgent appeal – we need more people to help us save our NHS

‘Racism tarnishes the jewel in our crown – our NHS’

Opinion: ‘We didn’t elect our MP to vote against protecting the NHS’

DGH ‘at risk of being taken over by new Trust’ warn campaigners

Opinion: Eastbourne won’t really be getting ‘a new DGH’


NHS SOS -How the NHS was betrayed – and how we can save it by Jacky Davis and Raymond TallisCover of NHS SOS

Although published in 2013 so already out of date this book is a shocking account of how the Coalition Government betrayed us all.  It details how the Health and Social Care Act made its way through parliament despite having no democratic mandate.  This Act dramatically changed our NHS and opened the flood gates to privatisation.  It betrayed the population and all who work in the NHS.  This book is still worth reading today as it provides a backdrop to the situation we are seeing in the NHS now.

NHS FOR SALE -Myths, Lies and Deception by JackyDavis, John Lister and David WrigleyCover NHS FOR SALE

This 2015 book details the various myths that have so often been used to justify changes to our NHS.  The book details what the implications of the Health and Social Care Act have been.  It sets out what needs to be done to protect our NHS against corporatee greed.




THE SHOCK DOCTRINE – by Naomi KleinCover of the Shock Doctrine


This book while not specifically about the NHS is hugely significant for NHS campaigners.  It offers an impassioned, well-researched and controversial account of how neo-liberal economics took hold across the globe.  Naomi Klein explores how chaotic situations such as war or other catastrophes have been exploited to remodel a nation’s economic system.

It is neo-liberal economic principles that have led to the privatisation of many public sector sector industries.  They have led to our Government imposing austerity, de-regulating markets, disabling the unions and attacking workers rights.  Margaret Thatcher virtually signed our country up to the principles of neo-liberalism.  Every goverment since then has continued to push neo-liberalism into every corner of the UK.  This is the reason why our NHS has been brought to its knees.

If you can’t read anything else make sure you read this one.  We all need to understand not only how this model of economics is introduced but also what the end result looks like.


There are several film producers who have made excellent documentaries on our NHS

Groundswell  – This film was produced by John Furse and describes the grassroots battle for the NHS and democracy.  Follow this link to watch Groundswell on Vimeo.

Cover Groundswell






Making a drama out of a crisis – this was produced by Varndean College Drama for Sussex Defend the NHS.  It urges you to not get mad but get active.  It is about how we call all defend the NHS.Cover Making a Drama Out of a Crisis





NHS: the sell-off and The Great NHS HeistCover The Great NHS Heist

These two films are produced by Dr Bob Gill a working GP and prominent campaigner.  Both films aim to describe how we are moving closer and closer to an American style healthcare system here in the UK.   They examine the realities of privatised healthcare both in the UK and in the USA. The Great NHS Heist is the more current film.  Watch this interview with Dr Gill on YouTube.  The Great NHS Heist is an up to date account of how our NHS is being destroyed.  You can watch this film online by following this link.  Please also consider donating to help fund the production of this film.



Sicko Cover Sickoby Michael Moore This film is a 2008 documentary film which investigates healthcare in the United States and compares the US system to the systems in other nation including the UK.  This is an old film but increasingly relevant to us today as we are witnessing our NHS being transformed into an American style system.



Under the KnifeCover Under the Knife This was a film produced by Pam K Productions The film portrays the progressive marketisation of the NHS that began under Margaret Thatcher and details how this proceess has undermined our NHS.  It asks the question how did we get to this point where our NHS is on the brink of complete destruction.




This campaign is affiliated to both Health Campaigns Together and Keep Our NHS Public.  Both groups have excellent websites which we would strongly recommend.  Health Campaigns Together also run a national newspaper which can be bought through their website.  We have also worked closely with Sussex Defend the NHS at times and they were very supportive when this campaign was being set up.  Another website we would recommend is the OpenDemocracy website.


There are many other resources that we have not listed on this page.  We will add more as we come across them but please do let us know if you know of a book, film or website that you feel we should include.  If you are on Facebook then you might like to join the East Sussex Save the NHS Campaign Forum group which is where many people are sharing information and discussing the NHS.