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This year will mark 70 years of our NHS. The People’s Assembly, Health Campaigns Together, the TUC and the health unions are coming together to organise a massive demonstration, carnival, protest & parade through central London on Saturday 30 June.
We need help with every aspect of this event – making sure it’s as big as possible, setting up activity across the country, help with press work, ideas about what we do on the event and making sure it has the biggest impact possible.
We are hosting a London wide activist meeting this Thursday 10 May for all those who want to get involved. Please come along and invite anyone who may be interested.
Activist Meeting for NHS 70 Demonstration
Thursday 10 May, 18:30, Unite the Union, 128 Theobalds Road, WC1X 8TN (Tube: Holborn)
Please confirm attendance on the Facebook event or reply to this email
Tens of thousands will march for our NHS next Saturday in an emergency demonstration called by The People’s Assembly & Health Campaigns Together. The demonstration will demand an end the winter crisis with a cash injection to restore the NHS budget and a commitment to increased funding each year.
Everyday from now until the demo they’ll be running stories on why the NHS demonstration is so important including interviews from the front line, details of the route and speakers, quotes from organisers, union representatives, celebs and more.
Why are you marching?
We’re asking for people to send in a short quote (under 100 words) about why they’re marching and what the NHS means to them – we’ll include a selection of quotes in the Mirror and use others on our website and on social media. Please also include a headshot of yourself in the email. Send these to: firstname.lastname@example.org
How you can help:
- Invite your friends & share the Facebook event
- If you want leaflets / posters you can download and print from our website, pick them up from our office or we can send by post if you order by the end of the weekend. Please email email@example.com to arrange this
- Pass this model motion in your trade union branch, CLP or campaign group if you have a meeting before the weekend
Other exclusive stories and interviews will also be run in the Morning Star newspaper who have always backed our demonstrations, protests and been central to the anti-austerity movement. Keep an eye on their website and paper for details.
In case you missed it:
The Crisis in our NHS deepens today as leaked memos show that unqualified student health workers are being called upon to step in and help as services continue to fail to deliver. This comes the day after twelve major Trade Unions call on the government to properly fund our NHS.
On top of all that private outsourcing firm Carillion, a major service provider across the transport, construction and health care sectors, faces liquidation this morning after warnings of financial ill health, which could leave thousands of jobs at risk. Most worryingly, quality of care and lives, are also under threat as Carillion is responsible for 200 NHS operating theatres, 11,800 beds and makes 18,500 NHS patient meals a day.
The timing could not be worse for an NHS dragged to the brink of ruin by a wilful Tory government, ideologically committed to privatisation at any cost. We have to get the #ToriesOut of office now.
NHS IN CRISIS – FIX IT NOW
12pm, Saturday 3 February
Assemble Gower Street Central London WC1
The People’s Assembly and Health Campaigns Together have teamed up again to respond to the worst NHS crisis in history.
We’re calling on everyone; all campaigns and local groups, all round the country – to come down to London and demand proper funding, beds and full staffing levels on fair pay.
We are seeking a judicial review to stop the Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt and NHS England from introducing new commercial, non-NHS bodies to run health and social services without proper public consultation and without full Parliamentary scrutiny.
These non-NHS bodies are known as Accountable Care Organisations (ACOs). They will be governed by company and contract law and can be given “full responsibility” for NHS and adult social services.
ACOs were conceived in the US about 12 years ago. They are now being imported into England although they are not recognised in any Act of Parliament.
They will be able to decide on the boundary of what care is free and what has to be paid for. They will be paid more if they save money.
They can include private companies (e.g.Virgin in Frimley, Circle in Nottinghamshire), including private insurance and property companies, which will make money from charging.
They can also include GP practices, in which case people on their lists will automatically transfer to the ACO in order to be entitled to services – new patients will also have to register with the ACO.
They will be allowed to sub-contract all “their” services.
Against the Public Interest
ACOs will fundamentally change the NHS and involve a radical reorganisation of health and social services. They will have control over the allocation of NHS and taxpayers’ money. Their accountability for spending it and their obligations to the public will be under commercial contracts, not statutes. This will not be in the public interest.
It is also against the public interest that they are being introduced by stealth, without proper public consultation and without full Parliamentary scrutiny.
Join us to show the UK Government it’s time to scrap the cap on nursing pay.
RCN members – register for this event and get your travel funded too:
Guest speaker: Sir Tony Robinson
Nursing staff, members of the public, friends and family are all welcome at this event.
Find out more about the campaign:
“The NHS will last as long as there are folk with the faith to fight for it” Nye Bevan, Founder of the NHS
- No cuts, closures or privatisation
- End the pay restraint for NHS staff
- For a fully funded, publicly owned health service
Saturday 4 March 2017, Central London
Full details soon
Our NHS is in a major crisis and this government is doing nothing to stop it. Some say the NHS only has one winter left in it.
On the backdrop of continued cuts and closures, private companies seek to gain even more of a foothold within the NHS.
Continued pay restraint has seen the value of NHS staff salaries reduce by 14% since 2010 and there are now 25,000 nursing and 3,500 midwifery vacancies in NHS England alone.
The Government’s latest plans for Sustainability and Transformation Plans are, in reality, just a smokescreen for £22bn in cuts and it’s latest instrument of privatisation.
The NHS is the single greatest achievement of working class people in Britain. We cannot allow it to be undermined and ultimately destroyed by a Tory government who’s priority is to put profit in the pockets on the corporations & big business.
Please help us make the demonstration as big as possible. Leaflets, posters and publicity will be available soon from the People’s Assembly office. In the meantime, please share and invite your friends on Facebook, discuss with your union branch, local campaign groups and community organisations about supporting the demonstration & book transport to London.
The People’s Assembly Against Austerity
Our NHS is in crisis and under attack, we must stand up and fight for it!
Please come to our Reclaiming the NHS public meeting on the 30th November 7-9pm, Council Chambers, Camden Town Hall Judd Street, London WC1H 9JE.
The junior doctors strike has alerted us all that our NHS is being stolen from us. It can only be saved by a massive public campaign.
80% of NHS staff are women. Over 30% are immigrant. Hear what they have to say on the impact privatisation has already had on the NHS and emergency services.
Find out which local services are threatened by cuts and privatisation (Sustainability & Transformation Plans – STPs).
Plan together what we can do to stop this.
Speakers so far include:
- Dr Aislinn Macklin, BMA & Junior Doctors Alliance
- Bernie Rochford, ex-clinical commissioner
- Noel Finn, whistleblower
- Dr Louise Irvine, Save Lewisham Hospital, Keep Our NHS Public
- Dr Mona Kamal
- Dr Rishi Dhir
Yannis Gourtsoyannis, local junior doctor / BMA Junior Doctors Committee
And others: consultants, midwives, carers, ancillary staff, cleaners, patients, disability & other campaigners, and entertainers are being invited to speak. MPs and councillors will be asked to respond to what’s being raised.
Please share this event!
Called by Camden Momentum. We invite all Momentum groups, Labour Party branches, NHS campaigns, community organisations to endorse this meeting and circulate this information widely.
Contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
More resources eg. leaflets, petitions, postcards and pledges available from here
Jeremy Corbyn has thrown his support behind striking junior doctors with a speech to hundreds of protesters He said: “The government has an opportunity to settle this, they should get on and do so.” He was joined by the shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, who said the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, would eventually have to back down on his threat to impose a new contract.