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Stormont budget: declaration of war on public services & working class people

Stormont’s return was always going to be on an incredibly weak basis. The fundamental issues at the heart of its suspension in 2022 have still not been resolved. Despite all the grand promises from the executive to solve the multiple crises in our society, including the crisis in healthcare, our public services, and the gender violence epidemic to name a few, the new woefully inadequate spending budget agreed by the main parties will mean only further misery for working-class people in the North.
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Is the NHS Protected?

The 2023/24 budget does not make for cheerful reading. Further cuts on top of cuts will be detrimental to our public services and working-class people who rely upon them. If you are looking for a silver lining, you may be tempted to say “Well, at least we have our health!” And indeed, it is true - on the surface level alone - that the Department of Health is one of two departments to receive a slight increase in funding, at 0.5%. However, such numbers are incredibly misleading.
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Can we save our NHS?

The NHS is in a deep crisis, marked by obscene waiting times, overcrowded facilities and rural communities deprived of emergency services. Both the Tories and Labour talk of "radical reform" to the healthcare system; a dogwhistle for further privatisation if there ever was one, threatening to destroy one of the greatest victories achieved by the working class in the UK. What has led to this point, and how can we mount a fightback to save our beloved healthcare system?
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Covid-19: health not profit – a vaccine should be free and accessible to all!

On 4 May, a Coronavirus Global Response International Pledging Conference took place with state leaders from Japan, Germany, Italy, France, Spain, UK, Canada, Norway, Jordan, Israel, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, and the European Commission. The conference aimed to raise £6.5 billion from governments and foundations to invest in the research into and development of a vaccine for Covid-19.