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How the NHS Was Betrayed - and How We Can Save It

Published by Oneworld Publications
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

About The Book

An exposé of the back-door deals and negligence that threaten to destroy the NHS – and a 10-step manifesto for saving it

The Coalition Government passed into law an unprecedented assault on the NHS. Doctors, unions, the media, even politicians who claimed to be stalwart defenders failed to protect it. Now the effect of those devastating reforms are beginning to be felt by patients – but we can still save our country’s most valued institution if we take lessons from this terrible betrayal and act on them.

Contributors to this eye-opening dissection include Dr Jacky Davis, Oliver Huitson, Dr John Lister, Stewart Player, Prof. Allyson Pollock, David Price, Prof. Raymond Tallis, Dr Charled West and Dr David Wrigley.

Proceeds from the profits of this book will go to Keep Our NHS Public (

About The Authors

Acclaimed author of Hippocratic Oaths Dr Raymond Tallis was for many years Professor of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Salford. He frequently contributes to The Times and The Guardian.

Dr Jacky Davis is a consultant radiologist at Whittington Hospital London and member of the British Medical Association council. She is also co-founder of Keep Our NHS Public.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications (July 1, 2013)
  • Length: 288 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781780743295

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Raves and Reviews

‘Important and very timely… has the most extensive and specific ‘What You Can Do’ section I’ve ever seen… an essential weapon for activists’

– Peace News

‘Essential reading… These public intellectuals with expert knowledge spell out the systemic weakening by successive Conservative and New Labour governments, culminating in the coalition’s demolition of its very foundations. They are very, very angry; we should be as well – and, what’s more, protesting.’

– Times Higher Education Supplement, Books of the Year

‘When you turn round and notice that the NHS as you have known it no longer exists – its principles rewritten, its ownerships and services alienated – you might wonder exactly who did exactly what to this much-admired institution. NHS SOS presents the lethargy, dishonesty and corruption without which this executive coup would not have come about. It is a cogent, sobering and necessary read.’

– Julian Barnes

‘Across society, there is a realisation that the National Health Service is one of our greatest social achievements and that to keep it is an enormous political challenge. This book is a weapon in that struggle.’

– Ken Loach

‘Buy this book… act.’

– Observer

‘It is in NHS SOS that one finds the soul of a healthcare system that the public is not prepared to see destroyed.’

– Prospect

‘Courageous and persuasive… This book should be read by all those who love the NHS and wish to try at this late hour to protect it.’

– The Lancet

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