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NHS IN CRISIS - FIX IT NOW
Day of Action February 3
Statement from Health Campaigns Together and People's Assembly
On January 4 Prime Minister Theresa May joined Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt in issuing a hollow apology for the state of the NHS.
This comes after almost eight brutal years of frozen funding by their government has reduced spending on health and the numbers of hospital beds to the lowest of any equivalent country – bringing front line health services in many areas to “third world” conditions.
There’s no point in apologising when the problem comes from deliberate government policy, which has not changed since George Osborne imposed the funding freeze in 2010 – despite repeated warnings from NHS Providers, the NHS Confederation, the health unions and almost every NHS professional body.
Eight years of frozen real terms funding – while cost pressures have increased by 4% each year and the population has grown by 4 million – mean our NHS has been starved of funding with inadequate investment in staff and resources.
8,000 front line beds and 20% of mental health beds have closed, leaving no spare capacity for peaks of demand – while 8 years of below inflation pay settlements have left 100,000 vacant posts for nurses, health professionals and doctors in all parts of the NHS, increasing the pressure on the dedicated staff who remain.
This is why on December 31 more than half the acute hospitals had at least 95% of their beds full, and 8 out of 10 hospitals emergency services were over 90% full, with emergency admissions crowding out elective surgery until at least the end of January.
It’s why ambulances queue for hours seeking to hand over seriously ill patients, why corridors and other spaces are now routinely used as desperate, dangerous last resort areas for patients to wait for beds, and it’s why despite all the government’s warm words mental health patients are being taken hundreds of miles to find a bed.
We don’t want apologies, we want changes:
- An end to the spending freeze and the cap on NHS pay: a cash injection to restore the NHS budget, and commitment to increased funding each year.
- Abandonment of any plans for further cuts or closures of NHS hospitals and services until adequate and proven alternative services are in place.
- A halt to the imposition of “new models of care” and “accountable care” pending full public and parliamentary scrutiny.
- Repeal of the 2012 Health & Social Care Act and regulations, and reinstatement of the NHS as a public service, publicly accountable, publicly owned and publicly funded through general taxation.
Sheffield campaigners build for Feb 3
Sheffield People’s Assembly has decided to support the London demonstration, and has already booked a coach which is beginning to fill. Leaflet and transport details HERE
In order to publicise the Day of Protest, we will be leafletting/holding stalls over the next couple of weeks.
- Next two Saturdays at Town Hall 12-1pm.
- Mon 22 Jan 12-1pm Hallamshire Hospital (bus stops).
- Tues 23 Jan 5.30-6.30pm railway station.
- Wed 24 Jan 12-1pm Walk-in Centre (Broad Lane).
- Mon 29 Jan 12-1pm Northern General (Herries Road entrance).
- Tues 30 Jan 5.30-6.30pm Tram stops in town (meet bottom of Fargate outside Pret a Manger).
- Wed 31 Jan 12-1pm Moorfoot (Council offices)
Monday 29th January 2018
East Midlands days of action
Campaigners across the East Midlands will be organising Events
at hospitals in Mansfield, Chester, Derby, Grantham and elsewhere
on 29th/30th/31st January.
For more info Email Keith Venables: firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday 2nd February 2018
Liverpool, 11:30 – 1:15
Rally at the Royal
called and supported by
UNISON Liverpool Acute Hospitals, UNITE NW 106 Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen University Hospital Trust, GMB Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen Hospitals, UNISON Liverpool Community & Hospitals Health, Liverpool TUC, Blacklist Support Group, Keep Our NHS Public, Save Liverpool Women’s Hospital, Liverpool Against the Cuts, Merseyside Pensioners Association, Health Campaigns TogetherDownload poster
Saturday 3rd February 2018
Gower Street, London WC1E, 12 noonEmergency Demonstration
NHS in Crisis: Fix It Now!
END THE WINTER CRISIS
Assemble: 12noon, Gower Street, London WC1E (near UCLH)
Called by Health Campaigns Together & The People's Assembly
Huddersfield, 12 noon
Join Hands off HRI campaigners
in a rally12 noon
Huddersfield Royal Infirmary
, Acre St, Lindley, Huddersfield HD3 3EA
Exeter, 11:00 am
EXETER REGIONAL PROTEST, 3rd FEB
Join Save our Hospital Services (Devon), trade unions and healthcare campaigners at
Protest about hospital bed and ward closures across Devon and support the national day of action to Fix our NHS!
Oxford, 11:00 am
Emergency Oxfordshire Demo
Unite Health and Social Care Groups Together to Save Our NHS!
Headington, OX3 7JX