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Issue 11: out now!

This latest issue is a specially-enlarged 16-page issue, with:
  • UPDATE and analysis on the fight against 'Subcos' and privatisation, and the victory in Wigan,
  • ANALYSIS of the latest announcements of NHS funding,
  • A REACTION to the new Health Secretary
  • A NEW PAGE of news on international campaigns
  • NEWS of a new campaign on social care and a conference to be held in November
  • PLUS a 4-page special pull-out on the campaign to Save Liverpool Women's Hospital.

Our tabloid newspaper has been published quarterly since January 2016.

Like every issue No. 11 is packed full of information and analysis for campaigners and union activists. Our circulation has steadily grown to over 10,000 per issue.

The paper is FREE to download.

But if you want copies for campaigning, order bulk copies of issue 11 here ONLINE NOW

DID YOU MISS OUR EARLIER ISSUES? Back issues of the newspaper can be downloaded here

NEW APP: Find your local campaign

Click on the link here and then on the map or enter your town, city or postcode to find organisations near you fighting to defend OUR NHS.

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

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

NEW APP: Check the health of your local NHS

The TUC and NHS Support Federation have joined forces to publish an excellent new app which allows you to check the health of the NHS in your area.

Enter your postcode and find out what the shortfall is in GPs, hospital staff and hospital beds in your local area as a result of 8 years of Tory austerity – then email your MP and spread the link to your friends, family and neighbours.

  • Click here for the NHS Health Checker app

  • CALENDAR of events

    Saturday 22nd September 2018
    12 noon

    March to save Liverpool Women's Hospital

    Liverpool Women's Hospital
    Corner of Grove St and Upper Parliament St, Liverpool, L8 7SS

    Buses from city centre 86, 86A, 86C
    March to Albert Dock, ending outside Labour conference
    Bring the family, Bring you banners!

    Sunday 23rd September 2018
    1pm onwards

    Save Our Children's Services Pilgrim

    Central Park
    Boston, Lincolnshire

    A family-friendly march
    Say no to downgrades for neonatal, maternity, children's ward and A&E U16s at Boston's Pilgrim Hospital
    Support the appeal for funds

    Saturday 29th September 2018

    Save Leicester General's Intensive Care Unit

    Hansom Hall,
    Leicester Adult Education College
    50-54 Belvoir St
    Leicester LE1 6QL

    Public Meeting called by Save Our NHS Leicestershire
    As NHS campaigners, patients, and members of the public we are furious that those running Leicester hospitals are taking a significant step towards closing Leicester General as an acute hospital without any public consultation.
    More on website

    Saturday 6th October 2018
    12 PM - 1 PM

    Rally and march for HRI - we demand a fully functioning A&E

    Market Cross
    Market Place, Selby
    YO8 4JS

    We intend to hold a rally and march a route to be confirmed, round Huddersfield town centre.

    Saturday 13th October 2018

    March and rally for the NHS


    Advance notice:
    Sussex Defend the NHS, a network of over nearly 3,000 health workers, union activists, and public campaigners, is co-organising a massive march and rally with Brighton and Hove Trades Council on Saturday 13th October 2018
    Invite us to speak about it at any appropriate events and publicise widely amongst your members.
    - Bring your banner to the march.
    - Designate a rep who can be a contact for information abut progress on the march.

    If you want to get involved contact us at defendthenhs@gmail.com

    Saturday 17th November 2018

    The crisis in Social Care

    St Luke’s Church Centre,
    Great Colmore Street,
    Birmingham B15 2AT (venue tbc)

    Advance notice:
    Conference to discuss the way forward
    Called by Health Campaigns Together
    Details to be announced
    If you wish to get involved email healthcampaignstogether@gmail.com

    More discussion on social care


    Help from Keep Our NHS Public

    NHSE consultation to limit access to 17 procedures and why we should respond

    NHSE is going to severely restrict access to 17 procedures on the NHS: four interventions that ‘should not be routinely commissioned, because they are ineffective or have been superseded by a safer alternative; with patients only able to access such treatments where they successfully make an Individual Funding Request’; and 13 interventions that ‘should only be commissioned or performed in specific circumstances where they have been proved to be clinically effective and specific criteria are met’ ...

    Read the full item, and other breaking news

    Info links

    Links to important new information on other websites
    • NHS vacancies a 'national emergency' here even the BBC notes the scale of the problem as "NHS Improvement" sits on its hands after setting impossible "control totals" aiming to force further cuts in spending. "The latest figures have been published by the regulator, NHS Improvement, for the April to June period. They showed:
      ◾11.8% of nurse posts were not filled - a shortage of nearly 42,000
      ◾9.3% of doctor posts were vacant - a shortage of 11,500
      ◾Overall, 9.2% of all posts were not filled - a shortage of nearly 108,000
      This is slightly worse than this time last year and comes after improvements at the end of last year and start of this year."

    • Pharma chief defends 400% drug price rise as a ‘moral requirement’ A useful reminder to anyone who thinks big Pharma is in it for the sake of our health rarher than their shareholders' balance sheets.

    • Finally NHS Improvement acknowledges £4bn underlying deficits: how about more honesty on other policies and issues Short, sharp comment piece by Richard Bourne asks the obvious questions that so many in the media have not yeat asked.

    • GPs demand faster CAMHS access as mental illness soars in young people GP online artyicle quotes an Imperial College academic: ": ‘We know that there is already a growing crisis in the availability of CAMHS, with many more children and young people needing treatment than there are services to provide it. Our study suggests that this need is likely to continue to grow in future. Without more radical action to improve access to and funding for CAMHS, as well as a wider strategy to promote positive mental health and wellbeing, we may be letting down some of the most vulnerable in society.’"

    • Rapid rise in patients over 85 highlights need to invest in general practice In normal times this GP online story might simply be stating the obvious: but in these times of constant and tightening pressure on NHS budgets it's clear that the demands of caring for more older patients many of whom have more complex needs puts more pressures on GPs as the front line.

    • GPs demand equal treatment as NHS rolls out £145m hospital winter fund Important reminder from BMA in GP online: "The funding announcement comes after an extreme NHS crisis during the 2017/18 winter, which forced the NHS to cancel tens of thousands of elective operations across England, with hospitals almost entirely full for several weeks in a row. GP practices faced a major knock-on impact as they managed patients facing extended waits for operations - as a heavy flu season also drove up workload."

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