An industrial bulletin for health workers, discussing potential cuts and closures in Sheffield and Manchester, outsourcing in Leicester, and the national attacks on agenda for change.
NHS and health
In South Yorkshire, the first series of health services are due to be handed out to private companies under the “Any Qualified Provider” (AQP) programme, which was extended under the government’s Heal
ATOS, the private company notorious for its treatment of sick and disabled people claiming Employment Support Allowance, is outsourcing one of its contracts for assessing entitlement to Personal Indep
At the start of October, on the initiative of the NHS Liaison Network, Labour Party conference voted to prioritise the NHS for debate and then passed a resolution calling for the repeal of the Health and Social Care Act, opposing the cuts, and demanding the rebuilding of the NHS, paid for by taxing the rich.
Pat Smith, the Hull North Constituency Labour Party delegate who moved the NHS motion at Labour Party conference, spoke to Solidarity.
Over a hundred and fifty activists lobbied the Labour Party conference on Sunday 30 September, under the banner of the NHS Liaison Network.
The Red Deer Pub, Pitt Street, Sheffield, S1 4DD
The coalition has set about diligently and ruthlessly dismantling the NHS. This is no back door privatisation - this is full on lets let the market into the NHS to play. This year's Labour Party conference will hopefully see a motion committing Labour to reverse the changes. But what have the changes done to the NHS? How can NHS workers fight back to protect themselves and the service? How should the labour movement respond to such a vicious attack?
According to the Royal College of Physicians, acute hospitals are on the point of collapse. Emergency admissions have increased 37% in the last decade, but hospitals have a third fewer beds than 25 years ago.
The size and scale of the NHS demolition project is slowly coming into view.
On Saturday 15 September more than 100 people joined a march against NHS cuts through Harlesden to the Central Middlesex Hospital (aka Park Royal Hospital).