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Onur Hamzaoğlu is freeFrom the International Association of Health Policy (IAHP)
He was arrested at the beginning of February for signing a solidarity call for the people of Afrin [Syria], demanding Turkey’s war operation (“Olive branch”) to stop.
A professor of public health, director of a medical journal and researcher who developed protocols for the treatment of leukaemia, Hamzaoğlu is a man very annoying for the regime. He was expelled from the university in 2016, along with thousands of others who became known as “University for Peace”.
His unfair arrest and detention for so many months prompted a great wave of solidarity with a central message ‘Hoca Onur’.”
Health Campaigns Together was among the organisations which shared this appeal for an international campaign in support of Hamzaoğlu who had been victimised, jailed and brought to trial under the repression of the right-wing Erdogan regime.
More details on the campaign website. (The appeal that pops up on the home page can be closed to reveal the rest of the website. Click on the X in the top right hand corner.)
Health For All
What does a Doug Ford victory mean for health care?
Responding to the victory of the right wing "Progressive Conservative" Doug Ford in Ontario's Provincial elections in June
Doug Ford's First Cut Will Hurt Families with the Sickest Children the Most - Ontario Health Coalition
Premier Doug Ford Appoints Former Conservative Party President & Humber River Regional Hospital CEO as Health Care Czar: Coalition Expresses Deep Concerns - Ontario Health Coalition
Canadian campaigners beat cuts and privatisation - A letter from Ontario Health Coalition Director Natalie Mehra to the first AGM of Health Campaigns Together.
The Ontario Health Coalition continues to fight cuts and privatisation across the vast province, with elections for the provincial government due for next June. Check out their website.
In Ontario, where the austerity has lasted longer and inflicted even deeper cuts into hospital care than England, campaigners from the Ontario Health Coalition attempted to influence a 3-way race in elections for the provincial government.
Watch one of their campaign videos
Demanding Health For All, a hard hitting new video – very timely given the approaching 70th anniversary of the NHS – has been issued by Public Services International, the Geneva-based world-wide alliance of public sector trade unions. It features PSI’s Baba Aye.
A European pamphlet on neoliberalism and health
“The struggle for Health: an emancipatory approach in the era of neoliberal globalization” edited by the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung, Brussels Office.
You can download the pamphlet from the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung website, or from HERE.
The Struggle for Health, a new pamphlet on the fight for health care in an age of neoliberalism, has been produced by Sebastian Franco of the Rosa Luxembourg Institute in Brussels. Download here.
The European Public Service Union (EPSU) brings together unions representing 8 million workers across the continent, and stands against austerity, cuts and privatisation. They have a website here, and a (relatively dated) overview of changes in European health systems here.
EPSU also supports the European Network against privatization and commercialization of Health and Social protection, which holds conferences and organises an annual Europe-wide mobilisation on April 7 each year. The Network is building an online database of privatisation. See its website here.
International Association of Health Policy in Europe (IAHPE) is holding its 18th Conference in Thessaloniki, Greece on September 21-24, supported by an impressive range of organisations from Europe, the Americas and Asia. Its blog, with links to the Conference are here.
On Eve of NHS 70th Anniversary, Thousands March in U.S., U.K. to say 'Healthcare is a Human Right!'
Blog by Bonnie Castillo, Union Nurse Leader & Medicare For All Activist. Executive Director of @NationalNurses, the Largest U.S. Organization of Registered Nurses.
USA versus WHO
Trump administration's opposition to breastfeeding resolution sparks outrage - Guardian article reveals a hitherto under-reported aspect of the reactionary politics now dominant in the US White House
Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) have been battling for the replacement of the costly, wasteful and exclusive health care system with a publicly-funded 'single-payer' system that would cover all Americans. They are gaining ground as the fight goes on against Donald Trump's plans. Their website with a wealth of information on the US health care system is here.
April 7 each year is a day of international solidarity against privatisation. For the last few years this date has not worked well in England, but a network of campaigners have taken up the fight. Click here for a short video promoting the idea.
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