Allyson Pollock's talk on reinstating the NHS
Larry Sanders, Ann Duncan and Allyson Pollock
Around 200 people came to Oxford Town Hall on Tuesday to hear Prof. Alysson Pollock explain how the NHS has been dismantled and how to reinstate it. Listen to her talk.
She explained how over 20 years, under different governments, more and more of the NHS has been opened to private money, until the Health and Social Care Act 2012 removed the Government’s obligation to provide comprehensive free health care for all. The NHS is no longer providing a service, but an organisation commissioning contracts. The contractors can often pick and choose who they will treat.
No affordable housing in the new Westgate development - my address to the committee
As the Westgate planning application went before the planning committee, I addressed the committee as the local councillor for the area (Carfax), mentioning several issues. I focussed mainly on the travesty which is the lack of affordable housing. This is what I said:
Policing could be maintained with a late night levy, say Greens
Oxford's Green Councillors have reacted to the news of likely police cuts by again urging the City Council to impose a 'late night levy' on late opening bars, restaurants and fast food outlets.