Advance notice – Keep the date!
Saturday November 4, 11.00-4pm
Hammersmith Town Hall
Our NHS and Social Care in Crisis
FIGHTING BACK – TO WIN
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- SARA GORTON, Head of Health UNISON
- Council leaders STEVE COWAN (LB Hammersmith & Fulham) and JULIAN BELL (Ealing), central to local government resistance on cuts and STPs
Watch this space for more details as speakers and workshops are finalised.
We now have only a small stock left
of the July edition (#7) of our quarterly newspaper Health Campaigns Together
, so hurry in any late orders to avoid disappointment!
Perfect for demos, meetings, stalls, and as a public hand-out.
Order now and pay by bank transfer or cheque here
Issue #8 to be published first week October. Take out an advert
by September 20, or send us an article
to arrive no later than September 25.
DID YOU MISS OUR EARLIER ISSUES? Back issues of the newspaper can be downloaded here
STPs: Hackney CCG throws a spanner in the works
Legal advice has led to a challenge to the power and legal status of Sustainability and Transformation Plans, questioning whether they have the power to force through the cuts, closures and reconfiguration that they were intended to implement in order to balance the books.
Read more HERE
NHS Birthday Events
On Wednesday July 5 campaigners and unions celebrated Our NHS with a 69th Birthday Party.
Health Campaigns Together and the TUC worked together to coordinate events in hospitals all over England.
Here is the TUC blog
Pictures of some of the dozens of events are available HERE
It's #OurNHS, and we will fight on to defend and restore it.
March 4 demonstration in London
to see photos and media and video coverage of our massive March 4 demonstration.
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.
- All STPs have now been 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.
Contact us at email@example.com