Big Society


As something of an anarchist and a student nurse the ‘Big Society’ is something I’m deeply frightened by Cameron’s approach. Here is a blog article that relates the ideas of the Big Society explicitly with anarchism in order to show up some of the broader problems with it- problems that I, with a focus on the NHS, sometimes forget.

On the NHS, I recently asked the Chief Nursing Officer for Scotland what measures pre-and-post-registration nurses can do to defend the health service. The answer I received was ‘as a civil servant I can’t answer that…but you can always go through your union’. This despite the fact that one nurse Unison member in England was fired back in 1999 for speaking out against exactly the kind of measures the Big Society would bring in.


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