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HCT Newspaper no. 3

This THIRD issue of Health Campaigns Together is free to download online, but also available as an 8-page full colour tabloid which can be purchased online to share with local campaigners and political and trade union activists.

Order copies online HERE. Or ORDER NOW for issue 4 (End of October) to avoid disappointment.

This third issue features a centrespread on Sustainability & Transformation Plans (STPs) which are the new instrument to force through "efficiency savings", cuts and closures – plus articles on how people are fighting back, issues after the Brexit vote, the NHS Reinstatement Bill – and the fight to defend NHS bursaries.

Back issues of the newspaper can be downloaded here

We need YOUR HELP in our efforts to maximise the unity and effectiveness of local campaigns and health unions fighting to defend our NHS against cuts and privatisation as it faces the biggest-ever threat to its future.

JOIN US or DONATE, subscribe to the newspaper, and help us build local conferences to tease out the implications of every STP plan and the best way to fight back in every one of the 44 "footprints".

Challenging the STPs

Conference held in Birmingham on September 17

The conference was a real success. 150 campaigners from all over England came to discuss the latest top-down reorganisation of the NHS and the challenge we face in defending local access to health services.

Speakers included Diane Abbott MP, Shadow Health Secretary. Download her speech HERE

  • Statement agreed by campaigners present – download HERE
  • Full text of (shortened) speech by John Lister, Secretary Keep Our NHS Public - HERE
  • Full text of (shortened) speech from Caroline Bedale on Manchester Devo and STP process – HERE
  • Key points from the workshop discussions on how to develop campaigning

Leeds Conference

Health Campaigns Together invites supporters in Yorkshire and the North of England to attend a conference in Leeds, Saturday October 15

Booking not essential, but to guarantee your place and help us manage numbers and food, please email leedskonp@yahoo.co.uk
or phone 0113 2622800

Announcing STP Watch

Health Campaigns Together is establishing STP Watch as a way of examining all 44 NHS Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) in England, and their potential impact on local access to health care, quality of services, and NHS staff. From this we can help build local and wider resistance and campaigning responses that link up campaigners with health unions.

Contact email

Read more here

Defend NHS Bursaries

Visit the Facebook page

More details here

Save Chorley A&E

Read more on this, and the fight across England against local cuts and closures as the financial squeeze is tightened on the NHS


Support junior doctors fighting imposition of unsafe, unfair contract


The Junior Doctors and the BMA have agreed a settlement of the dispute over the unsafe, unfair contract being imposed by Jeremy Hunt.

The formula will go to a referendum of BMA junior doctors, but further industrial action is suspended until then.

The agreement is available at http://www.acas.org.uk/index.aspx?articleid=5737

Defending the NHS conference

Saturday 30 January 2016, London Welsh Centre

For those who missed this successful conference, and for those who enjoyed it and want to remember what was said, click here to read what the key platform speakers said.

Health Campaigns Together

Health Campaigns Together is not just another health campaign.

It is an initiative to enable many of the campaigns that have been formed to liaise together, share experiences and lessons, and where possible work together on issues of common concern.

Our aim is not to recruit individuals, who are encouraged to join one of our supporting campaigns, or other local campaigns and get them to link up with us. So you cannot join HCT as an individual (although donations from individuals who support our objective are very welcome).

We also welcome affiliation from trade union branches (NHS and non-NHS), and political parties opposed to NHS cuts and privatisation.

Individuals who want to help are welcome to send us donations to take forward the work, but are also encouraged join one or more of the many NHS campaigns, a growing number of which are represented on HCT.

On each side of this page we have links to those who have expressed an interest so far, and welcome links to other campaigns who wish to work with us.

Contact us at healthcampaignstogether@gmail.com

Junior Doctors

Health Campaigns Together supports junior doctors in their fight against the imposition of an unfair and unsafe new contract by Jeremy Hunt - a contract that would be a prelude to a major attack on the terms and conditions of all 1 million NHS staff covered by the Agenda for Change pay agreement.

The BMA case is set out on their Junior Doctors page.

Further information:
Veteran campaigner for the NHS Harry Leslie Smith joined Dr David Wrigley (at the back) and junior doctors campaigning in Lancashire on March 9

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