Wigan and Leigh drug and alcohol staff take strike action

 Strike action involving 31 staff employed by Addaction is set to go ahead after Acas talks did not reach a resolution to their dispute on Wednesday. A 100% vote for strike action was prompted by Addaction’s failure to keep its promise to pay staff the NHS rates for the job. Their union UNISON says that … Continue reading Wigan and Leigh drug and alcohol staff take strike action

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There is a crisis in mental health services in the UK

It's time to act. Almost 7000 mental health nurses were lost from 2009 to 2018. Meanwhile, the number of doctors in specialist psychiatric training fell by 20%, and beds available for patients with serious mental health issues fell by over 8000. That's why we're holding a one-day conference in September this year to take a … Continue reading There is a crisis in mental health services in the UK

Reclaim Social Care- a petition for Greater Manchester

Reclaim Social Care- a petition for Greater Manchester We understand that local authority funding has been viscously cut by successive governments, since 2008.  However we also understand that it is the legal responsibility of local authorities to deliver support and care to vulnerable people within their communities. We call on you, Andy Burnham, as mayor … Continue reading Reclaim Social Care- a petition for Greater Manchester

VICTORY FOR THE NHS OVER CIRCLE HEALTHCARE

Circle Healthcare have failed in their attempt to force local NHS Commissioners to award them the new contract to run the Nottingham Treatment Centre at the QMC. The High Court of Justice in London agreed that the contract should go to the Nottingham University Hospital Trust, as originally proposed. This means that all services at … Continue reading VICTORY FOR THE NHS OVER CIRCLE HEALTHCARE

NORTHERN CONFERENCE Saturday 29th June 11- 4.30 at St. George’s Centre LEEDS LS1 3DL

Health & Social Care for People not for Profit   11- 1. NHS 10 year plans – organising the fight back against Integrated Care Systems: ‘anybody but a doc’approach to primary care, an app a day, shrinking hospitals, rationing, outsourcing, charging migrants ... 1.30-3  Getting the market out of Social Care, pursuing an Independent Living Service, … Continue reading NORTHERN CONFERENCE Saturday 29th June 11- 4.30 at St. George’s Centre LEEDS LS1 3DL

40,000 Air Pollution Deaths A Year – Time For Action Greater Manchester.

Salford, Wigan and Preston showed the highest levels of air pollution in the country today  ( Jan 24th )   yet there seems little concerted coordinated effort being made to tackle this public health emergency.  Levels of nitrogen dioxide, mostly produced by diesel vehicles, have been illegally high since 2010 in the vast majority of urban … Continue reading 40,000 Air Pollution Deaths A Year – Time For Action Greater Manchester.

The Americanisation of the NHS, happening right here, right now

Deborah Harrington We all like human stories and in the NHS there are plenty, tales of everyday – and extraordinary – heroism by its dedicated staff alongside tragedies and failure of the system. There are the immediately understandable stories of privatisation, too, such as Virgin taking over children’s services. But the structures and organisation of … Continue reading The Americanisation of the NHS, happening right here, right now