Defending public services
Battles against privatisation and cuts
It's just like any other Saturday night
but without the vomit and with no-one to fight
It's just like Night Tube but nobody's pissed and
the two people here are socially distant
It's just like every other morning after
but without the bleary eyes and laughter
There's no-one to beg from, no tickets to tout
because staying at home is the new going out
This book is emerging in the UK at the very beginning of April 2020.
Coronavirus has already killed over two thousand people in this country and many thousands more around the world.
This book is a must for all health care workers - doctors, nurses, students, caterers, cleaners, porters - the team needed by patients facing The Big C.
Stage 2a, stage 3b, stage 4 are numbers which tell us about diagnoses and planning treatment.The numbers do not tell us about who is on zero hours contracts or in insecure housing at risk of losing work and home, who is fretting about bus fares, who is caring for children or parents, the disruption to study and relationships, the time, the time, the time.
This book does tell us about people, the numbers and the NHS. Read it for your patients and yourself, to celebrate our part in this amazing service which is there for everyone when people need it.
Dr Coral Jones, GP and Chair of Hackney South and Shoreditch Labour Party
I’d like to get out but the lift doesn’t work
And my knees are too weak for the stairs
I meant to get out but the telly keeps telling me
People like me should be scared
I was going to get out but the place that I’d go to
Has signs saying 'closed' on the door
I’d still have got out but the lady who went with me
Doesn’t come round any more