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Monday 13th August 2018

Adrian O'Malley, Mid Yorkshire Hospitals UNISON

  • Another victory against Subco privatisation

    Congratulations to Mid Yorkshire Hospitals unions, who had called for strike action on August 20 but have now received confirmation that trust will not proceed with Wholly Owned Subsidiary company.

    The statement from UNISON on August 13 states:

    "WOS STOPPED! STRIKE OFF. WE ARE 100% NHS!

    At a meeting this morning UNISON stewards received confirmation from Director Mark Braden that the Trust has stopped all work, both for now and in the future, on forming a Wholly Owned Subsidiary company.

    The Trust has recognised the strength of feeling of our members and our determination to fight to keep our NHS contracts.

    We responded by calling off the 3 day strike planned for 20th August.

    The strike committee meeting planned for this evening has therefore been cancelled.

    The Branch Committee thanks all our members who voted and were prepared to strike to remain in the NHS. By standing together we have succeeded in stopping the privatisation of 100s of jobs and services. We have shown that solidarity works!

    WE ARE 100% NHS!

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Saturday 11th August 2018

Mike Forster

  • Three Submissions to Secretary of State Hands Off HRI Say NO to CCG plans

    On Thursday 9th August, three separate submissions were presented to the Secretary of State for Health in response to the original IRP referral three months ago. 

    At the time Jeremy Hunt signalled that the existing business plan [for the downgrade and closure of Huddersfield Royal Infirmary] was flawed and expected the NHS regulators (NHS Improvement [NHSI] and NHS England [NHSE]) to work with local providers and stakeholders to come up with a better plan. 

    Their proposal was submitted late on Thursday night. 

    The regulators have failed to attend or acknowledge the meetings of the Joint Health Scrutiny Committee, the body which referred the whole issue to the Secretary of State. 

    They appear to have just endorsed the CCG and Trusts' new proposal without considering any other ideas.

    The CCG and Trust Proposals

    The CCG and Trusts' plans are a half-baked reworking of the original business case. 

    They claim to be maintaining two A&E's: but in reality, the Huddersfield Centre will be self referring; all emergencies will be redirected to Halifax and all acute and emergency care will be dealt with at Halifax. 

    Although they now recognise that PFI money is now no longer appropriate and expect more capital funding, they are in reality proposing an Accident Centre at Huddersfield with all emergencies redirected to Halifax. 

    This is not enough and our campaign group will oppose them all the way. The proposal does not make reference to the future of the existing hospital at HRI but implies that the building will be demolished and fall back on the Acre Mill site as a planned care centre. 

    This is totally unacceptable. The CCG and Trusts have ignored our independent surveyor’s report which clearly states the HRI has a long future for at least another 60 years. 

    In reality the CCG and Trusts have laboured for 3 months and produced a warmed through version of their failed business case. This will strengthen our legal case if it becomes necessary. 

    NHSI and NHSE have merely endorsed the CCG/Trust proposal and have undertaken no work of their own. This is a derogation of their responsibilities. The CCG and Trust have demonstrated they have little or no idea how to put together a plan which will meet our health needs, but they have decided to take the CCG/Trusts' plans at face value. This is also unacceptable.

    The Calderdale Proposal

    Calderdale Council has submitted its own proposal in isolation from their Kirklees council colleagues, but they have clearly had prior sight of the Trust/CCG plan. As such they have chosen to endorse its findings, which is disappointing as Calderdale councillors have sat on the Joint Health Scrutiny Committees.

    They see some advantage to maintaining full hospital services at Calderdale but this will be at the expense of Huddersfield and will only increase demand on Calderdale Hospital which is already overstretched. 

    Our campaign has always maintained that both towns require full hospital services to meet all our health needs and this will remain the case. We are therefore disappointed with their submission.

    The Kirklees Proposal

    Kirklees Council held a press conference to launch their report on 9th August. They are proposing a new hospital with full A & E services to serve all of Kirklees to be built with capital funding partly financed by Council borrowing. 

    If approved by the Secretary of State, the Council has enhanced powers to prudentially borrow large amounts of capital funding. This a more interesting alternative model which could meet local health needs but requires a lot more detailed consideration e.g. where would such a hospital be located; how would it be staffed; which local Trust would oversee it; how would local health services be maintained whilst the new building was constructed; what consultation do they suggest. 

    This is the first time any statutory body has proposed an alternative model to the Final Business case and does require serious consideration. We are disappointed it has taken the Council two and a half years to develop such a model but it has the potential to better meet local health needs, dependent on a lot further detail. We trust the Council has the authority and staying power to see this through properly.

    The Next Steps

    The Secretary of State now has to consider all these reports and make his recommendation. This is a process which cannot be rushed as too much is at stake. 

    We demand that Mr Hancock come up to the area himself to listen to and meet local health professionals, patients and local people. In the meantime we will consult our legal team and assess what impact these developments have on our ongoing legal challenge. 

    If Mr Hancock rubber stamps the CCG/Trust proposal, we will have no option but to take the legal option further

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Thursday 9th August 2018

Adrian O'Malley, UNISON Secretary Mid Yorkshire Hospitals

  • Mid Yorkshire strike against privatisation is back on!

    STRIKE AGAINST THE WOS!

    3 DAY STRIKE CALLED FROM 6 AM ON MONDAY 20TH AUGUST

    UNISON has informed the Trust that following their refusal to sign a joint statement with the union committing themselves to no transfer of staff out of the NHS and no two tier workforce, we are lifting our suspended strike action and announcing a three day strike starting at 6am on Monday 20th August.

    The strike committee meeting held on Tuesday 31st July agreed the date which was supported by the national industrial action committee.

    Details of picketing, meetings and strike/hardship pay etc will be given in the next newsletter.

    We have given the Trust the legal two weeks notice and remain available for talks at any time.

    We have received the support of MPs Tracy Brabin, Yvette Cooper, Mary Creagh, Paula Sherriff and Jon Trickett and thousands of local people.

    We call on the Trust Board to listen to the people – and withdraw their plans to form a WOS.

    WE ARE 100% NHS!


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Monday 6th August 2018

John Lister

  • NHS England choose school holidays to launch consultation

    A '3-month' consultation on new contracts for "integrated Care Providers" has been launched on August 3 by NHS England.

    For those unfamiliar with this latest new term, ICPs – defined as contracts signed by commissioning groups to avoid any obvious conflict with the Health & Social Care Act 2012 – are the many-times rebranded "Accountable Care Organisations" first referred to in Simon Stevens' Five Year Forward View, and which many campaigners have argued represent a threat of 'Americanisation' of the NHS.

    NHS England is at pains to insist that ICPs are completely different from the US ACOs, which are bodies run by health care providers which agree with insurers to provide a range of services for a defiled local population at a fixed, cash limited fee based on the size of population (capitation).

    According to NHS England:

    "An ICP is not a new type of legal entity and so would not affect the commissioning structure of the NHS. An ICP would simply be the provider organisation which is awarded a contract by commissioners for the services which are within scope. It represents an additional option for the local NHS but is not expected to be used everywhere."

    It appears from the phrasing used by NHS England that the ICP concept is actually closer to the US ACO model even though the words used to label it have now twice been changed to avoid this association.

    Insisting an ICP is not a "legal entity", while at the same time describing it as a 'provider organisation' leaves little doubt that the ICP would function outside any of the control and accountability mechanisms of the NHS, while the contract for "services which are within scope" is pretty obviously a cash-limited contract to deliver a defined range of services to a defined local population.

    NHS England's explanation of how an ICP would work with local commissioners also fails to address any of the concerns of those who sought a judicial review to block ACOs – that the new arrangements would lack any local accountability or transparency, and would in effect take over from statutory bodies with obligations to consult and inform the public.

    NHS England argues:

    "ICPs are … intended to allow health and care organisations to be funded to provide services for a local population in a coordinated way. Following two recent Judicial Reviews which were dismissed, the High Court has twice now ruled that this proposed contractual approach to developing integrated care is lawful; and in a recent report Parliament’s cross-party Health and Social Care Select Committee said ICPs were part of a ‘pragmatic response’ to pressures in the system. Subject to the outcome of the consultation, the area that is at the forefront and may choose to use a contract of this sort is Dudley. The bid for this proposal is led by an NHS body, and has the support of local GPs."

    Whether or not the last sentence proves to be true, the question over the accountability of an ICP to local people revolves around the creation of an over-arching contract that effectively devolves decision-making from the existing CCGs, which, however imperfect, are public bodies required to meet in public and publish Board Papers, to a new provider organisation, that would have no such obligations.

    A new democratic deficit would therefore be created – whether or not the contract goes to an "NHS" body or potentially to a private provider if one could be found willing to shoulder the risks involved for the money available.

    Up to now NHS England has been forced to retreat repeatedly and delay its various efforts to force through "new models of care" designed to restrict budgets and eliminate local accountability.

    Now, with this new consultation, which runs alongside NHS England plans to restrict access to a potentially ever-expanding list of allegedly less effective treatments (see Health campaigns Together #11), we face a concerted autumn offensive designed to push forward with plans that enjoy little if any public support, beginning in the summer "silly season" for news with a low-profile launch of a consultation at a time while many are on holiday.

    It is essential to ensure that these challenges meet a response. Health Campaigns Together will be developing materials to highlight concerns and inform campaigners over the next few weeks. The NHS England consultation document can be accessed HERE.

    Read more about the JR4NHS judicial review via the link below.

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Thursday 12th July 2018

Health Campaigns Together

  • Wigan victory against subcos must spur on national fight

    The battle to prevent nearly 900 staff at the Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Trust being outsourced to a private limited company (“WWL Solutions”) has been won.

    The Trust, like many others exploring similar plans across the country, hoped to save money in part by exploiting a tax loophole that allows them to avoid VAT, but also by planning to employ new staff on non-NHS terms and conditions, creating a 2-tier workforce.

    The hiving off of NHS staff into these ‘subcos’ has rightly been branded as privatisation by the back door. Existing staff transferred would be dependent on TUPE protection of their pay and conditions and lose access to the NHS Pension Scheme.

    TUPE protection itself could be set aside after the transfer is complete, by a company that would be free to make its own policy.

    If it acts like privatisation and stinks like privatisation, it IS privatisation.

    Soon after UNISON had given notice of a further seven-day strike beginning on July 17, an intervention from Wigan Council’s leader and deputy led to a £2m financial offer to the Trust to compensate for the savings they expected – on condition the subco plan was permanently ditched. Trust and unions accepted.

    Just a week before this retreat the WWLFT Board decided on June 27 to ignore the strikes and press ahead with the plan.

    The message must now ring out loud and clear: where these plans are fought early enough, hard enough, and long enough they can be defeated – wherever they appear.

    In Bristol prompt, early action by unions quickly forced a subco plan to be dropped.

    This latest, hard-won victory only came after three periods of industrial action taken by UNISON, Unite and GMB members, including porters, cleaners, catering staff, electricians and plumbers employed at Wrightington Hospital, Wigan’s Royal Albert Edward Infirmary and Leigh Infirmary.

    Strikers have been driven by determination to protect their terms and conditions and the living standards of future generations of hospital staff, and to keep the NHS team together.

    They received tremendous support from people who care about the future of the NHS right across the country, as well as senior national and local politicians and union leaders.

    However this victory still has not yet won the war: most regions of England still have trusts planning subcos, with particular concerns in the South West and Yorkshire and Humberside where a significant number of trusts are proposing to transfer hundreds of staff outside the NHS.

    Campaigns and ballots for action are also in full swing in several trusts.

    All will now draw strength from this victory – and step up the fight to keep staff 100% NHS.

    n Exactly what has been agreed is still unclear. Wigan council’s chief executive is also the Accountable Officer of Wigan CCG , and an enthusiast for ‘new models of care’.

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Health Campaigns Together #11

  • NHS England plan to exclude treatments

    Even before the formal hypocrisy of the official 70th birthday celebrations for the NHS was over, NHS England’s July 4 meeting returned it to business as usual – cuts to balance the books.

    NHS England boss Simon Stevens had been obliged – as a condition of Theresa May’s tight-fisted ‘long term settlement’ for the NHS – to express public gratitude for the money.

    He must have been well aware from the outset that the additional cash was not sufficient to plug the growing gap between resources and pressures on the NHS – even before National Audit Office Comptroller General Sir Amyas Morse broke from traditional reserve and took to the columns of the Guardian to bang the point home.

    Yet Stevens’ various attempts to work around the fragmented structure of the NHS established in the disastrous 2012 Health & Social Care Act have so far managed to change little but the rhetoric.

    Over two years on, ‘Sustainability and Transformation Plans’, lacking revenue and capital funding for new services, have neither transformed services nor resolved trust deficits.

    Amid growing public awareness and hostility the “Accountable Care” plans which followed ran into legal challenges for their lack of accountability and legitimacy. This forced an inept change of name in February to “Integrated Care,” despite the lack of evidence that new systems would either be integrated or caring.

    In many areas the “integration” has been between CCG commissioners on one side, with mergers of providers on the other – deepening rather than bridging the purchaser-provider split.

    The grand plan of drawing cash-strapped local government into these “integrated” systems has also run into problems in many areas, offering councils neither cash nor influence.

    So on July 4, the day before the 70th Birthday, NHS England discussed a new far-reaching plan to limit access to a growing number of so called “clinically ineffective” treatments.

    A “relatively narrow” initial list of 17 treatments to which access would be restricted has been published as the basis for a 3-month public ‘consultation,’ although with a new, more right wing health Secretary, they will press ahead regardless.

    And while a few of the treatments are claimed to be ineffective, most of them are still to be available – as long as the CCG gives prior approval.

    NHSE hopes to save £200 million by denying access to 100,000 ‘unnecessary’ procedures a year.

    But NHSE’s plan now is to “rapidly expand” beyond this list, to a “much wider, ongoing programme” of restricting access.

    The initial list appears based on advice drawn up for the Labour government in 2009 by McKinsey: that included hip and knee replacements, hernia and cataract surgery in a list of “procedures of limited clinical benefit”.

    We know some treatments are less effective and used too indiscriminately: but we cannot sit back and watch our NHS in its 71st year being transformed through this into a 2-tier system, denying treatments for some – resulting in rich pickings for private hospital chains and eventually health insurance.

    So far many key NHSE plans have been halted or forced back by public pressure and campaigning. These latest plans too must be dumped firmly in the dustbin of history.

    We need an election now and a change of government: new laws are needed to sweep away the 2012 Act, to keep our NHS free, for all, forever.

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Wednesday 27th June 2018

John Lister, editor Health Campaigns Together

  • Labour commits to legislation to reinstate the NHS

    Campaigners are set to play a leading role in shaping Labour legislation to reverse the 2012 Health and Social Care Act and end the fragmentation and privatisation of the NHS.

    That was the positive outcome of a constructive meeting called in Westminster by Labour’s Shadow Health and Social Care Secretary Jonathan Ashworth MP earlier today (June 27).

    The meeting brought together representatives and advisors from the shadow health team and Labour Leader’s office and health policy advisors, along with Eleanor Smith MP who had planned to move the NHS Reinstatement Bill as a 10 minute Bill on July 11, Allyson Pollock and Peter Roderick the authors of the Bill, the Socialist Health Association, Health Campaigns Together, and Keep Our NHS Public.

    It was called as an urgent response to the decision last week by the Labour whips’ office not to support Eleanor Smith’s Bill for parliamentary procedural reasons, and to address the subsequent criticism and fears expressed by campaigners in social media that this decision represented a retreat by the Labour leadership from a full commitment end privatisation in the NHS, reverse the 2012 Act and reinstate the NHS.

    Jonathan Ashworth underlined his support for the underlying principles of the NHS Reinstatement Bill, and also stressed the PLP’s record of implementing the various commitments for campaigning as set out in last year’s Labour Conference Composite motion 8. He explained that his intention in calling the meeting had been to find ways in which legislation which all can support could be developed through a process of collaboration and consultation.

    Campaigners were repeatedly assured that Labour’s leadership is committed to proposing its own Bill in the first Queen’s Speech of a Labour government that would embody the principles of the NHS Reinstatement Bill. The explanation of the decision to pull support from Eleanor Smith’s Bill was that the level of detail that it included is too great for tabling at this stage as a 10 minute Bill, with some of it potentially controversial within the Party. In particular significant debates need to be had on how Labour wishes to address the crisis of the heavily privatised social care system currently run through local government, and whether the NHS or local government should take charge of public health.

    It was agreed that while this work needed to be done, in the short term, as Eleanor Smith and others argued strongly, a declaration of intent and principle is needed from Labour in this 70th anniversary year of the NHS.

    With this in mind the meeting agreed:

    • Jonathan Ashworth and Eleanor Smith would publicly sign up to show their support for the ‘NHS Takeback’ pledges, based on the Reinstatement Bill, that is promoted by the We Own It campaign https://weownit.org.uk/nhstakeback.
    • Labour will seek the earliest opportunity – if possible before the summer recess – to table a shorter version of the Reinstatement Bill as a 10 minute Bill, to be moved by Eleanor Smith. This would echo the Takeback pledges and the NHS Reinstatement Bill as previously tabled.
    • Further detailed meetings will take place beginning immediately – between the Leader’s office, the shadow health team and the drafters of the Reinstatement Bill, but also on a wider level to draw in and engage with campaigners, trade unions and other significant stakeholders – to draw up more detailed Labour legislation based on the Reinstatement Bill. Meetings will also take place with other committees as appropriate with the aim of developing an agreed draft Bill by the end of 2018 suitable for inclusion in a Queen’s Speech.
    • Campaigners will continue to work with and advise Jon Ashworth and the shadow health team in responding to any NHS England proposals for new legislation or amendments to the Health & Social Care Act that might be tabled by the current government. Joint efforts to expose and challenge privatisation and encourage those such as the Wigan strikers who are actively fighting it will continue.

    The unique and historic nature of this meeting and these agreed proposals was stressed by Jon Ashworth and recognised by the meeting. This unprecedented level of collaboration is a result of years of hard work on the ground by campaigners.

    The result will be a stronger and broader campaign in Parliament and across the country for legislation that will restore and improve the NHS as a publicly owned, publicly funded, publicly provided and publicly accountable service.

Tuesday 26th June 2018

Peoples assembly and Health Campaigns Together

  • Corbyn to join speakers at June 30 demonstration & celebration

    To mark 70 years of the NHS, a major demonstration & celebration will take place in Central London this weekend, Saturday 30 June, organised by the People’s Assembly, Health Campaigns Together, the TUC and 11 health trade unions. Tens of thousands are expected to attend what is the only national public event organised to mark the anniversary of our health service.

    Organisers say the recent announcement from Theresa May of a 3.4% annual funding boost is “simply not good enough”.  The demonstrators will also be demanding an end to all cuts and closures, a stop to the ruinous privatisation policy and better pay and conditions for NHS staff. 

    Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn and Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth will be among those who will address the crowds as well as appearances from former Coronation Street actors Julie Hesmondhalgh and Sally Lindsey, music from the ska legend Rhoda Dakar who sang on a number of Specials hits, plus actor Ralf Little who recently had a twitter spat with Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt over the NHS funding crisis. 

    The march will assemble at 12pm at Portland Place, London W1A followed by a procession route to Whitehall. 

    Participants are invited to bring colourful placards or banners and to dress in bright colours or costumes associated with any of the decades the NHS has been in operation. Sound systems will play music from each decade since the NHS was founded throughout the march route.

    Jeremy Corbyn, Labour Leader said ahead of the demonstration:

    This Saturday in London, I will be joining ‪The People’s Assembly Against Austerity,  doctors, nurses, health campaigners, unions and tens of thousands of others at Our NHS at 70 march.

    "It is almost 70 years since the NHS was founded by a Labour government and it’s still our proudest achievement. It was the first comprehensive health service in the world built on the principle that healthcare should be available to all on the basis of need, not ability to pay .

    "What the Conservatives have done to our NHS, first under David Cameron, and then Theresa May, is appalling. Deliberate underfunding of services, and squeezing the pay of our brilliant doctors, nurses and health staff, has pushed our NHS to the brink.

    "Every day there are shocking stories of unacceptable waiting times, ambulance delays and patients left on trolleys in corridors. And they’ve spent years selling off and contracting out our NHS bit by bit, leaving the NHS to be sued by private companies, like Virgin. Labour will end privatisation because our NHS should be about healthcare for all, not profits for a few. 

    "Last week, the government finally announced some more money for our health service. But you know what? It’s simply not enough. Not enough to make up for the last eight years of slashed budgets and worsening standards, falling morale and loss of staff. In fact, it would barely keep the NHS at a standstill.

    "A Labour government would give the NHS the money it needs. It would be able to do so because we’re not afraid to ask big business and the richest to pay their fair share of tax. 

    ‪"I hope you’ll join us on Saturday to stand up for our health service and its incredible staff who have carried our NHS on their shoulders these last eight years, while the Government brought it to its knees.”

    Sam Fairbairn, National Secretary for The People’s Assembly Against Austerity says:

    “We've had enough lies and spin from this Government. They are responsible for driving our NHS to breaking point with years of underfunding and are deliberately holding back resources our health service desperately needs, the additional funding Theresa May recently announced is simply not enough and she knows it. In one of the richest countries on the planet no one should have to worry about accessing decent, free, publicly provided healthcare which for 70 years our NHS has done. But unless we all do something now to hold this Government to account our NHS as we know it won't last another 5 years let alone another 70.”

    Dr Louise Irvine GP and Co-chair of Health Campaigns Together says:

    "We are expecting thousands of people to come to London on 30 June to celebrate the 70th anniversary of our wonderful NHS but also to protest about how this government has progressively run it down, understaffed it, underfunded it and privatised it.

    "The NHS is struggling to provide safe quality services for everyone - with record waiting times and massive understaffing - so we will be protesting and demanding that the NHS be reinstated as a public service with an end to cuts, closures and privatisation, and that it be properly funded and fully staffed.

    "Patients, public, NHS staff, trade unionists, campaigners and many more will be joining us to celebrate this important event as part of our movement to secure the future of the NHS for another 70 years and more. Our NHS: free, for all, forever!"

    Dr Tony O’Sullivan retired Consultant Paediatrician and Co-Chair of Keep Our NHS Public says:

    “Keep Our NHS Public is 100% behind this march in celebration of the NHS and its founding vision of universal access and freedom from fear of crippling health bills. We stand for a return to a well-funded, fully public national health and social care service and against the policies that undermine the NHS - de-funding, fragmentation and privatisation.

    "The Government has ceded ground on NHS funding under the huge public pressure that campaigners have maintained. It is not enough. But we will continue until we have secured for our children Bevan’s NHS that will be celebrated for decades to come.”


Monday 25th June 2018

Health Campaigns Together officers

  • Health Campaigns Together statement on NHS Bill

    On Saturday June 23rd June, Health Campaigns Together (HCT) had one of our regular affiliates meeting where we discuss national events / actions and our overall direction.

    The issue of the withdrawal of the Labour Party MP Eleanor Smith's NHS Bill from the 11th July reading was discussed amongst many other things including the #ourNHS70 demo and plans for future conferences.

    Many had strong feelings on this issue and there was much to discuss so please allow us to tell you what came out of that meeting.

    The NHS Bill has been the result of a huge amount of hard work by Allyson Pollock and Peter Roderick over the last 6 years since the enactment of the Health and Social Care Act 2012, in collaboration with many campaigners and supporters. HCT fully and actively support this legislation and admire the work of this excellent team. The fact that it has got to the point that a second Labour MP is tabling a bill to renationalise and reinstate the founding principles of the NHS is testament to a great deal of work of NHS campaigners and people like you, changing the narrative and driving through that political pressure. This would have now been the third presentation of this bill in the House of Commons since 2015.

    Late last week after discussions with the Labour leader's office we understand that the Leadership team have asked Eleanor Smith to withdraw her 10-minute rule bill and have alternatively stated their intention to consult on a bill incorporating all of the principles of the NHS Bill but which would be 'Labour-led' and have the objective of being Labour's draft legislation in waiting. 

    To achieve this Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary Jon Ashworth has set up an initial consultation meeting with the authors of the NHS bill, Socialist Health Association and HCT and will seek the input of other campaigners.

    Ashworth reaffirmed his commitment to ending privatisation and the market and PFI and told us he will not renege on this. On Friday evening, he requested we publish this statement on our website (see below).

    In our discussions on 23rd June many campaigners expressed confusion and disappointment at the lack of transparency and communication on this decision by the Labour Party. As campaigners we are not party to knowledge and cannot know the political machinations motivating the above decisions taken by the Labour Party and can only speculate. Ashworth has stated his commitment to Composite 8 from last year’s Labour conference, and we must hold the Labour Party to this.

    HCT is not aligned to any political party and we will continue to lobby, push and drive forward the principles of demanding publicly funded, provided and accountable universal high quality healthcare delivery. We will not compromise on these principles and will do everything in our power to make that happen whatever else occurs.

    We believe the enormous democratic pressure exerted by hundreds of thousands of people getting out on the street and the amazing and tireless work of feet on the ground campaigners and trade unionists has been the most important part of affecting political change.

    We will be meeting with the Labour Party with other campaigners next week and will ensure the strength of feeling on this issue is known. We will not give up until we get our NHS back.

    Please get involved, get out on the streets with us this Saturday and link up with your local groups and lobby your local MP about these issues. Together we can win!

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