On Wednesday 8th April against the backdrop of the recent Manchester NHS Devolution announcement and just 4 weeks before the General Election, Keep Our NHS Public in conjunction with the Manchester Film Co-op will be screening the film “Sell Off” followed by the Manchester “NHS Public Debate”
Sell Off will reveal how our NHS has been systematically destroyed over the last 20 years:
Corporate interests rather than patient care is driving reform in today’s NHS and will divert money away from YOU – the media are failing to tell you this.
This film is radical. With over a dozen NHS insiders as my witnesses, I tell the alarming story of how the health service as we know it has been quietly abolished. Almost without our noticing, it’s been replaced by a system modelled on the US in which care is delivered by profit-maximising companies that charge patients for treatment which is anyway to be restricted and reduced. One medical reporter the filmmaker knows claims that health reporting today is so poor because few journalists have real sources inside the NHS. Well, this film has a riot of medical sources – including one professor, two consultant radiologists, a cancer expert, a public interest lawyer, and several outspoken GPs. What they all say will be shocking, unusual and brave. Our doctors really strike back in this one.
Two of the experts in the film will join us for the evening to speak about the film and then participate in a public discussion:
Dr Lucy Reynolds – Research Fellow at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, her interests include the way healthcare system structure, financing and health outcomes interact.
Dr Bob Gill – GP in Kent and candidate for the National Health Action Party.
They will then be joined in what promises to be a lively public debate by:
Julie Ward – Labour MEP for North West England
Laura Bannister – Green Party candidate for Manchester, Gorton
Alex Davidson – TUSC candidate for Manchester Central
To discuss the issues raised in the film and the various proposals being put forward to save our NHS which may include:
- Should there be a place for the profit motive in the NHS? is a 5% Cap acceptable ?
- Manchester NHS devolution
- Private Finance Initiative
- The Efford Bill
- The NHS Reinstatement Bill 2015
The bar will be open from 6.00pm serving hot and cold drinks, cakes, crisps etc
International Anthony Burgess Foundation
3 Cambridge Street
Admission: Solidarity (optional) £7, Regular £5, Student/low wage £3, Unwaged: donation.