Retired Surgeon Warns of Damaging Changes to NHS

Tameside reportMilton Peña was a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Tameside Hospital for 17 years, retiring in 2014. He spoke out against staff shortages in his later years there and remains a staunch defender of the NHS. Here he outlines both Labour and Conservative government policy changes, dating back to the 1990s, which unless halted and reversed now, will lead to the disappearance of a truly publicly run and free NHS.

Estephanie Dunn is the North West Regional Director of the Royal College of Nursing. She outlines government decisions which have negatively affected both the numbers of training places for nursing, and the ratio of nurses to patients on hospital wards. She also refers to current proposals to remove bursaries for nurses in training: all of this will not resolve the current serious shortage of nurses in this country.

This report to Tameside KONP’s public meeting in Hyde on 26 May 2016 was from a junior doctor working at Pennine Care mental health service, who was unable to attend the meeting.
Although the report is concise, it is both informative and moving, highlighting the very pressing need for better-resourced mental health services here.



Saturday 9 July at 2pm
Book launch:
The Flight of the Black Necked Swans by Milton Peña
Thackerays Bookshop
12 Market Street,
Civic Square,
Denton, M34 2XW
Tel 0161 320 4220