By Margot Miller, 12 March 2020
Life expectancy decreased in the most deprived 10 percent of neighbourhoods—the North East, Yorkshire and the Humber and the East of England.
By Benjamin Mateus, 11 March 2020
Italy’s health care system is being overwhelmed by the growing number of serious respiratory illnesses that are filling the emergency rooms and hospitals throughout the Lombardy region.
By Nick Beams, 11 March 2020
The main factor behind the Wall Street rise appears to have been the announcement of a “major” US economic relief package, prompting the belief there are profits to be made out of such measures.
By Katy Kinner, 11 March 2020
A nationwide survey shows that a vast majority of hospitals are underprepared for COVID-19 outbreak as WSWS interviews with nurses across the country confirm.
By James Cogan, 11 March 2020
The great risk is that the virus is spreading, largely unknown and unchecked, via transmission within Australia—as took place in Italy and elsewhere.
By Oscar Grenfell, 11 March 2020
In comments to the WSWS, Dr Stephen Frost warned that “the UK government is effectively playing Russian roulette with Julian Assange’s life” and demanded that he be released from Belmarsh Prison immediately.
By Benjamin Mateus, 10 March 2020
At a press conference yesterday, WHO Director General Tedros raised the concern that governments and authorities are “not taking the deaths of elderly and senior citizens as a serious issue.”
By Mike Head, 10 March 2020
Morrison’s speech shows that his main concern is to protect corporate profits and prop up his discredited government, not protect people from the coronavirus.
By Benjamin Mateus, 9 March 2020
The World Health Organization has emphatically stated that the international community needs to take immediate action to curb the impact of the pandemic.
By Katy Kinner, 9 March 2020
The Franklin County coroner recently released data showing a shocking increase in overdose, suicide and homicide deaths in the first two months of 2020.
By Bryan Dyne, 7 March 2020
If the current trends continue, the total number of cases outside China will surge past the number of cases within China by the end of the month.
By James Cogan, 6 March 2020
Frustration and anger are rising over the lack of pre-emptive action by federal and state governments.
By Mike Ingram, 5 March 2020
An Amazon employee, the first at the company’s Seattle headquarters, has tested positive for the coronavirus. Two of the company’s employees in Italy had contracted the virus and are in quarantine.
By Josh Varlin, 5 March 2020
There are now 11 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in New York state, which is likely a significant underestimation given indications of community spread.
High cost of health care, lack of paid time off, leave US workers vulnerable to coronavirus outbreak
By Jerry White, 4 March 2020
The Trump administration, primarily concerned with the impact on the stock market, has sought to downplay the seriousness of the threat to public health.
By Kate Randall, 3 March 2020
The risks facing health care workers are bound up with the lack of preparedness of US hospitals and other health care facilities, the underfunding of public health and the subordination of medical care to profit.
By Ben Trent, 27 February 2020
Over a 12 month period, 55 million patients had to wait longer than a fortnight to see a GP.
By George Gallanis, 27 February 2020
The health of Greek workers continues to deteriorate after years of austerity measures imposed by Syriza and previous capitalist governments.
By Mike Head, 27 February 2020
The central purpose of the royal commission is to absolve the federal and state governments of responsibility for the disaster, and to introduce unprecedented national emergency powers.
By Clare Bruderlin, 25 February 2020
Such is the contempt of the ruling elite for the working class that many elderly people have died while waiting for a home care package.
By Adam McLean, 22 February 2020
The CWU’s attack on Sanders’ proposal for “Medicare for All” is motivated by its financial interests in the health care fund that it operates.
By Benjamin Mateus, 19 February 2020
The US evacuated more than 300 Americans, including 14 confirmed infected with coronavirus, from a cruise ship in Yokohama harbor.
By Laura Tiernan, 18 February 2020
The world’s pre-eminent medical journal carries a letter from 117 doctors in 18 countries calling for urgent action to save the life of the WikiLeaks publisher.
By Mike Head, 18 February 2020
As well as students having their lives and futures severely disrupted, thousands of casual academics are having their hours slashed.
By our reporters, 15 February 2020
The WSWS urges all our readers to watch this powerful documentary on SBS television, at 8.30 p.m. Sunday night, February 16.
By Mike Head, 12 February 2020
The bushfire and coronavirus disasters have had an enormous economic and social impact.
By Tom Peters, 11 February 2020
A student who spoke to the WSWS described the travel ban, ostensibly aimed at stopping the spread of coronavirus, as a “dream come true” for the NZ First Party and other right-wing nationalists.
By Kevin Reed, 10 February 2020
The Trump administration is scheduled to release a 2021 budget plan on Monday that includes deep reductions in entitlement programs and other mandatory spending while increasing funding for the military and the Department of Homeland Security.
By Eric Ludlow, 8 February 2020
The blanket ban by the Morrison government affects any foreign national trying to enter Australia from mainland China.
By Ajanta Silva, 7 February 2020
Research by the Patient Association found that 5,500 NHS patients died over the past three years due to spending so long on a trolley in overcrowded hospital A&E units.
By Kevin Reed, 6 February 2020
At an informational meeting Monday evening in the Detroit suburb of Madison Heights officials sought to contain growing public anger over chemical contamination by a local industrial operator.
By Laura Tiernan, 5 February 2020
Errol weighed just 30kg, or 66 pounds, when his body was found by bailiffs after they broke down his front door to evict him for rent arrears.
By Kate Randall, 1 February 2020
The Trump administration’s proposed Medicaid changes could slash benefits for millions of recipients, while opening the door for a broader assault on other entitlement programs.
By Kate Randall, 31 January 2020
It is a stain on the record of the US, that in a country that spends more per person on health care than any other, more people die prematurely than in the vast majority of the world’s industrialized and growing economies.
By Katy Kinner, 31 January 2020
A recent study in the American Journal of Medicine found large decreases of net worth among those with worsening as well as improving cancer status.
By Dan Conway, 31 January 2020
More than 7,800 nurses and caregivers at Swedish medical centers in Seattle struck for a third day Thursday against short staffing levels and inadequate compensation.
By Benjamin Mateus, 29 January 2020
The Wuhan coronavirus epidemic is accelerating while Chinese officials attempt to mitigate the rising social tensions.
By Bryan Dyne, 28 January 2020
The outbreak in China has exposed the vulnerability of contemporary society to new strains of infectious disease, dangers for which no capitalist government has adequately prepared.
By Benjamin Mateus, 25 January 2020
Since the virus was first identified, more than 1,000 people have now been infected worldwide, and in the latest report the death toll has climbed to 41, all having died in mainland China.
By Trévon Austin, 24 January 2020
In an interview at the World Economic Forum at Davos, Trump said social programs would be targeted to reduce the federal deficit.
By Clare Bruderlin, 23 January 2020
The pressure on over-worked paramedics and other ambulance workers is the result of years of budget cuts and understaffing.
By Kate Randall, 18 January 2020
Wealthy men and women generally have eight to nine more years of “disability free” life after age 50 than the poorest American and English adults.
By John Mackay, 18 January 2020
The fine particulates in smoke from fires has been known to contain a toxic mix of chemicals that are a concern to public health.
By James Cogan, 17 January 2020
The fires have most severely affected low-income workers and welfare recipients, self-employed contractors, small-business owners and family farmers.
Australia: Kinglake residents speak on government inaction 11 years after Black Saturday blaze killed 173
By our reporters, 14 January 2020
One resident stated: “I don’t care which party they are from—Labor, Liberal, whatever—these politicians only look after their pockets.”
Australia: Gospers Mountain fire survivors denounce government cuts in firefighting and bush management
By our reporters, 13 January 2020
One resident stated “With regards to government policy, it’s all about the bottom line. It’s all about money.”
By James Cogan, 9 January 2020
With his government under siege, Prime Minister Morrison announced that $2 billion in assistance will be provided over the next two years.
By our reporters, 9 January 2020
One resident of Balmoral, a village in NSW, stated: “We’ve been through tough times before but nothing like this. The size of fires is unprecedented. All the resources are stretched to breaking point.”
By James Cogan, 8 January 2020
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison will go down in history as the political leader who secretly went on holiday to Hawaii while the country burned.
By Thomas Scripps, 7 January 2020
Overall, NHS trusts in the United Kingdom’s capital and largest city are expected to post a combined deficit of over £150 million.
By James Cogan, 6 January 2020
A discernable shift is underway in how masses of people view the political parties and institutions that have downplayed or denied the reality of climate change.
By John Braddock, 6 January 2020
Despite denials by the prime minister, Samoa was warned repeatedly to improve measles vaccination rates months before the arrival of a deadly epidemic.
By Robert Stevens, 4 January 2020
Blood supplied from contaminated sources led to thousands of people being infected with diseases such as hepatitis and HIV, and the deaths of nearly 3,000 people in the UK.
By Jessica Goldstein, 3 January 2020
The study found a staggering 85 percent increase in opioid deaths in counties which experienced a plant closure.
By Robert Stevens, 31 December 2019
Figures compiled by NHS England found that in November the health service missed all targets for Accident and Emergency (A&E) care, operations and cancer treatment.
By Margaret Rees, 28 December 2019
Patients, carers and medical staff “are being traumatised by an under-resourced system.”
By Frank Gaglioti, 27 December 2019
The measles virus is particularly dangerous as it wipes out immunity previously acquired after exposure to other microbes in a process known as “immune amnesia.”
By Margot Miller, 27 December 2019
Faulty washing machines, tumble dryers, cookers, fridges, freezers—everyday household items we take for granted—are turning the homes of millions into death traps.
By Julio Patron, 24 December 2019
President Trump personally intervened in last week’s spending talks to reduce funding for Puerto Rico, which has been plagued by recession and ruthless social inequality.
By James Cogan, 23 December 2019
The catastrophic fires in Australia follow blazes that have engulfed large areas of California, Siberia, Borneo and the Amazon.
By John Mackay, 23 December 2019
Health professionals have called on governments to take action amid record levels of bushfire haze in towns and cities.
By Jacob Crosse, 23 December 2019
Residents of the Alpine Motel Apartments reported no fire alarms or sprinklers went off, forcing them to leap out of windows to escape.
By Jessica Goldstein, 23 December 2019
The findings of the Chemical Safety Hazard Investigation Board report demonstrate that AB Specialty Silicones is responsible for the deaths by willful negligence.
By Kevin Martinez and Evelyn Rios, 23 December 2019
As planned by the union, the strike ended with no new contract proposal.
By Gary Joad and Brian Dixon, 21 December 2019
Like Purdue Pharma did in the US, sales representatives for Mundipharma are aggressively marketing OxyContin to physicians in other countries for everyday aches and pains, downplaying its addictive properties.
By Patrick Martin, 20 December 2019
One day after the US House of Representatives adopted two articles of impeachment against President Trump, the House passed Trump’s top policy priority for 2019, the US-Mexico-Canada trade agreement, by a massive bipartisan margin.
By Alex Johnson, 20 December 2019
A major cause of the increase in violence is the lack of mental health resources and treatment for a large section of the population.
By James Cogan, 20 December 2019
The development of catastrophic conditions has been predicted and warned about for years.
By our reporters, 18 December 2019
Kaiser Permanente workers spoke to WSWS reporters about the horrific conditions in its mental health care system.
By Martin Scott, 13 December 2019
While bushfires ravaged the state, workers and students gathered to protest government inaction on climate change.
By Robert Stevens, 11 December 2019
Labour’s claim to be the only party that will defend the NHS is the main reason many support the party. But like most of its main pledges, this too is without genuine substance.
By Erik Schreiber, 10 December 2019
The New Jersey Department of Health’s annual report shows that scandalous levels of lead contamination in public water are not limited to the city of Newark, where local officials’ criminal response made headlines this year.
By Oscar Grenfell, 10 December 2019
Dr Chesterfield-Evans said that prior to the Assange case, he had “never seen governments completely wipe their hands of an individual, lock people up and refuse to give them medical treatment.”
The Dirty War on the National Health Service: John Pilger documentary “goes to the heart of the struggle for democracy today”
By Jean Shaoul, 10 December 2019
Pilger’s work is a deeply passionate appeal to working people in the UK to oppose the decades-long, covert assault on the NHS by all three major parties.
By Margaret Rees, 3 December 2019
Firefighters and residents are continuing to suffer ill effects from the huge fire in Melbourne’s West Footscray.
By Matt Rigel, 28 November 2019
Most of the victims were Somali immigrants in a neighborhood near the city’s downtown area.
By Niles Niemuth, 28 November 2019
A study published this week by the Journal of the American Medical Association confirms that the fall in life expectancy in the US is the product of a decades-long assault on the working class.
In the face of attacks by billionaires, Obama
By Kate Randall, 20 November 2019
Less than three weeks after presenting her “Medicare for All” proposal, Warren is backtracking on virtually all of its components.
Google’s Project Nightingale: The largest transfer to date of private medical data to the tech giant
By Benjamin Mateus, 18 November 2019
More than 50 million not de-identified health records spanning 21 states are being shared with Google through a secret partnership with Ascension Healthcare.
By Mike Head, 18 November 2019
Prime Minister Morrison and Labor Party leader Albanese have both tried to call a halt to any discussion of the crucial issues raised by the fires.
Missouri officials tracked women’s menstrual periods in effort to shut down state’s last abortion provider
By Jessica Goldstein, 13 November 2019
The state’s spreadsheet contained confidential, non-medical information, such as women’s names and medical ID numbers, which could be used by the state to identify and locate them—effectively spying on patients.
By Dan Conway, 11 November 2019
California police arrested 25-year-old Chelsea Cheyenne Becker on a charge of 1st degree murder last week after she delivered a stillborn baby with methamphetamine in its system.
An accounting of a crime
By Toby Reese, 11 November 2019
November 8 marked one year since the outbreak of the Northern California Camp Fire, the deadliest and most destructive fire in the state’s history.
By Esther Galen, 6 November 2019
The joint Company-Union Committee overseeing health care will make drastic changes to help Ford cut costs.
By Kate Randall, 5 November 2019
The ruling elite will resist to the end any infringement, however minimal, on its ability to accumulate wealth at the expense of the working class.
By Sam Dalton, 29 October 2019
NYU has launched a wellness program that is inadequate for the mental health needs of its students.
By Jacob Crosse, 24 October 2019
The number of meth related cases reported in the state of Wisconsin alone have surged by 450 percent over the last decade.
Major distributors and manufacturers of opioids avert trial by reaching $260 million wrist-slap settlement in Ohio
By Brian Dixon and Benjamin Mateus, 23 October 2019
The settlement is seen as a “bellwether” case for future opioid lawsuits, with the companies making no admission of guilt for the drug overdose crisis which has ravaged the US.
By Erik Schreiber, 17 October 2019
As the CDC itself implies, the continuing increase in the incidence of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis is a scandal and an indictment of both capitalist parties.
By Cheryl Crisp, 12 October 2019
Undisclosed disciplinary action against senior managers over the death of Tony Jenkins is at odds with a NSW Ambulance report that identified systemic deficiencies.
By Benjamin Mateus, 7 October 2019
A report issued by the NIH’s drug abuse section highlights the dramatic rise in vaping among teenagers; 37.3 percent of 12th graders reported they had vaped in the past 12 months.
By Eddie Haywood, 3 October 2019
Bezos, net worth $115 billion, makes enough money in 2 to 6 hours to more than cover the cost of an entire year of benefits for all of the workers facing cuts.
By Gary Joad, 2 October 2019
Texas, the second most populous state, grants the greatest number of vaccine exemptions for personal philosophical and religious reasons of any state in US.
By Benjamin Mateus, 28 September 2019
The nurses returned to work on Wednesday without any resolution of their grievances.
By Naomi Spencer, 28 September 2019
A new report finds 36 of West Virginia’s 55 counties rank among the worst in the country for drinking water violations.
By Kevin Martinez, 27 September 2019
The strike planned for October 15 has been called off after a tentative agreement was reached without any input from Kaiser Permanente’s 85,000 workers.
By Shuvu Batta, 27 September 2019
Residents of Newark, New Jersey, continue to be exposed to lead in their tap water as their city and state officials attempt to lie their way out of the crisis.
By Dennis Moore, 23 September 2019
Many disabled activists have raised concerns that police have passed on information about disabled protesters who participate in demonstrations against welfare cuts and anti-austerity movements.
By Alex Johnson, 20 September 2019
One in four nurses is assaulted on the job on any given day as the healthcare crisis creates a toxic workplace environment.
By Kevin Martinez, 19 September 2019
The walkout would be the largest strike in the US since 1997 and follow close on the heels of the strike by 46,000 GM autoworkers which began at midnight Sunday.