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Social Care conference a big success

Well over 100 people from all over England took part in the successful Reclaim Social Care conference called by Health Campaigns Together in Birmingham on November 17, in collaboration with the Socialist Health Association, the National Pensioners Convention and others.

More pictures and reports, along with background facts and info on social care, are available HERE.

June 30: tens of thousands celebrate and demonstrate for #OurNHS70

See HERE for a collection of news, video and pictures from the day

CALENDAR of events

Saturday 15th December 2018

Save Our Services in Surrey
March against the cuts and rally for public safety

Woking Borough Council Offices
Gloucester Square,
Woking GU21 6YL

Save Our Services in Surrey, supported by the Surrey Fire Brigades Union (FBU), Railworkers Union (RMT) and UNISON, the public sector union, have called for a major display of public anger against Tory austerity in Surrey and beyond.

Already cuts in public services have compromised public safety – fire services have been cut to the bone. Closures of fire stations are still planned. The proposed removal of guards from our trains is yet another example of a callous disregard for public safety. Local Health Services have been cut.

The scale of local authority cuts across all services has already been disastrous yet Surrey County Council are now consulting on millions of pounds of further cuts in Childrens Centres, Waste Management, Libraries, Concessionary Bus Fares and Children with Special Educational Needs (SEND).

Austerity is not a necessity – it is a political choice.

Our councillors should be standing up to the government and saying NO. We cannot take any more cuts. We need a reversal of the cuts and a massive injection of public funding to restore our much-needed public services. The outgoing council leader even said in his speech this month, that this government has to take responsibility for taking money away from local authorities and the current state of public services.

We will have speakers at the rally in Jubilee Square from the trade unions involved in organising the event (FBU, RMT, UNISON) and county councillors from the Labour Party, Green Party and the independent Residents Groups as well as the Socialist Party and Save Our Services in Surrey. The call will be for an immediate general election and an end to austerity.

We call on anyone concerned about the state of our public services and who is willing to help fight back against austerity to join us.
This will be a peaceful, family-oriented event. We will gather outside Woking BC Offices and march around the mainly pedestrian areas to Jubilee Square for the speeches. Bring home-made banners and placards and be ready to make some noise.


Monday 17th December 2018
12pm until at least 1pm

Taking our fight to court
Protest vigil

South Tyneside Hospital
(Harton Lane Entrance)
South Shields NE34 0PL

A Judicial Review challenging phase-1 of the downgrading and closure of vital acute health services in South Tyneside will take place at the Administrative Court in Leeds over 3 days from Tuesday 18th to Thursday 20th of December 2018.

The day before the court case begins we will hold a protest vigil at the Harton Lane entrance to South Tyneside Hospital to remind people of our fight and the ongoing service restructuring that is paving the way for increased privatisation here and throughout England.
For more information and details of how to join us at the hearing in Leeds please download our leaflet (PDF)


Public Statement from Hands Off HRI re CHFT Press Release

“The Calderdale and Huddersfield Trust has now confirmed their intent to use government funding to transfer all acute and emergency care to Halifax ...

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