For Immediate Release – redfish grassroots report: ‘Death by a Thousand Cuts: The Great NHS Sell-Off’


For Immediate Release – redfish grassroots report: ‘Death by a Thousand Cuts: The Great NHS Sell-Off’

To mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the NHS, award-winning healthcare activist Dan Glass teamed up with redfish to present a grassroots report on how tax-shy profiteers are trying to seize control of public healthcare services and what we can do to stop them. The launch screening will be held at Dalston Boys on club at 7.30pm on Tuesday July 3rd (1).

Britain’s National Health Service, widely regarded as one of the finest public healthcare systems in the world, is under attack. The Conservative government has driven the NHS to the edge of ruin through chronic underfunding and repeated spending cuts. This is all part of a broader privatisation agenda designed to undermine public faith in state institutions, so they can be replaced with private sector alternatives.

Part 1 – 28th June – 19:00 GMT (Thursday)

Part 2 – 5th July – 19:00 GMT (Thursday)

Watch the trailer here:


“The NHS was established to provide universal health care to all and freedom from fear of health care bills. Universal health care is the hallmark of a decent and fair society. We must now allow it to be destroyed. It’s up to us all to ensure it is there for the generations to come.”

  • Doctor Allyson Pollock, Director of the Institute of Health and Society, Newcastle University

‘’For the last 70 years the NHS has been there for the most in-need in our society.

Without the NHS all those with health issues, including the physically and mentally disabled, those with chronic or acute or terminal diseases, those with mental health issues, people with injuries, and all other groups of people who are dependent on care and medical support would suffer and in some cases die. The NHS is being craftily dismantled and this must stop now if we want a future free from profiteering private health care and the persecution of some of the most vulnerable and in need in our society’’

  • Matt King, service user featured in the report, father and carer

“We historically have spent something like 7% of our GDP our national income on healthcare which is very low compared to a lot of other places and still achieved internationally top outcomes for that and still do. But it’s got less efficient as they’ve introduced the market into it.”

  • Caroline Molloy, Editor, Open Democracy UK

“Now as a doctor, my job isn’t just treating somebody’s ill health but I’m treating people’s housing problems, I’m treating the damp in people’s homes … I’m treating the fact that people can’t access their benefits. And because the other services are all closing down and aren’t being supported in the same way, it means that the only institution that’s really left is the NHS.”

  • Rita Issa, Doctor and activist with Docs Not Cops



WHERE – ‘Death by a Thousand Cuts’ film premier on Tuesday July 3rd Dalston Boys Club – 68 Boleyn Rd, London N16 8JG. Press screening 5-6pm / Public screening + panellists and performers 7.30-10.30pm

HOW TO BOOK – RSVP at There are very limited spaces so for all press and public tickets please email Tickets are free. Book at Outsavvy here – facebook page here.

ACCESS – Dalston Boys Club has ramp access. Unfortunately the toilets aren’t accessible but we have arranged access in the building next door where assistance will be on hand.

Contacts for comments:

Dan – / 0044 (0)7717811747 / The John Mordaunt Trust – / ACT UP LONDON – / / @ACTUP_LDN


redfish is a new kind of media company that creates critical investigative and collaborative short-docs aimed to inspire social and economic change:

The NHS Anti-Swindle Team are a grassroots collective of artists, activists and mischief-makers who use creative civil disobedience to fight for a publicly run NHS and oppose all forms of private company control in the NHS, with a particular interest in the racketeers who are profiteering from ill health. /

ACT UP London is a diverse, non-partisan group of individuals united in anger and committed to direct action to end the HIV pandemic, along with the broader inequalities and injustices that perpetuate it.



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