Watch this powerful video: suicidal mother explains cuts will end chronically ill sons’ education

Hounslow woman Sarah Spoor put out a powerful and moving video last week in which, without speaking, she explained how government and local authority cuts had left her feeling suicidal as a carer for her two chronically-ill sons. Ms Spoor featured on the SKWAWKBOX last year, when the government’s reckless haste to move people onto […]

Staff win battle to stay in NHS: shock cancellation of Trust’s transfer plan

At the beginning of this week, Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Trust (WWL) issued a notification to staff who had been on a series of strikes to try to prevent their forcible transfer out of the NHS to a private company employer. The Trust CEO’s email – a body-blow to deeply-committed cleaners, porters, domestic and […]

Hunt’s ‘Happy 70th’ to NHS is restricted treatments – and the anguish they will cause

Worst Health Secretary in history,  Jeremy Hunt has presided over – most NHS workers and activists would say caused – the deepest crisis in the history of the nation’s greatest treasure.  Waiting times, ambulance waits and cancelled operations are now routine at levels that were previously almost unknown even at the height of winter crises. […]

Video: May admits on live TV that she’s going to deepen the NHS crisis

May can’t help grimacing as she misleads on the BBC… Theresa May appeared on the BBC’s Marr show on Sunday to talk about NHS funding and Brexit – claiming that her pledge of £20 billion in additional NHS cash was going to be funded, at least in part, by a ‘Brexit dividend’: the supposed saving […]

Excl: full interview with Lewisham East shortlist candidate Claudia Webbe

Claudia Webbe On Wednesday, the SKWAWKBOX published an exclusive interview with Sakina Sheikh, one of two main left candidates in the contest to replace Heidi Alexander as the candidate and then MP for Lewisham East. Today, Claudia Webbe spoke to this blog at length about her views, politics and motivations in standing for the candidacy. […]

Breaking video: Hunt admits ‘incompetence’ cost hundreds of womens’ lives. #HuntMustGo

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt – inexplicably to many observers – not only survived Theresa May’s last Cabinet reshuffle, but gained an expanded title. NHS-watchers were horrified that the man on whose watch the NHS has fallen into permanent crisis was protected yet again. Today, he appeared before MPs to make a shocking admission of further […]

Breaking: Alexander to quit as MP – and the private health lobbyist she employed

Heidi Alexander (image credit: The Robin Hood Tax —, CC BY 2.0, Former Shadow Health Secretary Heidi Alexander is to step down as an MP. Ms Alexander was rumoured yesterday by the Guardian to be looking at a move to London City Hall. Ms Alexander resigned as Shadow Health Secretary as part of […]