Call for national demonstration
“It’s Our NHS”
London, March 4
Unite has been the first major trade union to respond positively to an appeal from Health Campaigns Together to health unions, local and national campaigns seeking support for a national demonstration in London on 4th March. Other unions are due to discuss it later this month.
The letter, signed by Mike Forster of Hands off HRI campaign in Huddersfield and Dr Louise Irvine of the Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign states:
“The NHS crisis will intensify this winter and there will be no let-up in the following months as drastic cost cutting Sustainability and Transformation Plans are rolled out across the country, leading to more cuts and closures.”
“We believe this could be a massive demonstration, bringing together the growing number of community campaigns with the trade union movement.”
Find out more from Mike & Louise:
contact them HERE
Hot off the press, copies now available of HCT’s 4th tabloid newspaper.
our newspaper Health Campaigns Together
is free to download online
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and we will dispatch to you. It’s important for health unions to get the information out to their members as the STPs and savings plans take shape.
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STP Watch - Updated Resources
Health Campaigns Together has established STP Watch
as a way of examining all 44 NHS Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) in England as they emerge from the secretive discussions. This enables campaigners to assess their potential impact on local access to health care, quality of services, and NHS staff.
Feel free to download and share widely. We offer
Now is the time to step up the pressure to get your local council to stand up for its communities, publish the local STP and speak out against any cuts or hospital closures.
- a 29-page Briefing Pack, together with a draft letter to councillors urging them to demand full scrutiny and refuse to support plans that cut local services, and a template for reporting on the content of your local STP when published.
- MORE STPs are being published, although some even now are still incomplete. Check out on the updated list HERE
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
- Speech from Su Lowe, Unite activist and health visitor – HERE
- Key points from the workshop discussions on how to develop campaigning
OVER 90 attend Leeds Health Campaigns Together to Win conference
For report of the October 15 conference and links to Yorkshire campaigns CLICK HERE
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.
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