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The Health and Social Care Act 2012, which provides a legal basis for charging and providing fewer services – in effect abolishing the NHS – has in fact removed the word “accident” from “accident and emergency services”. The significance of referring only to emergency care is now becoming apparent. full article here…..

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Our protest at Media:City yesterday was a great success! We achieved the media coverage we wanted on the BBC with other news coverage (e.g. Salford Advertiser) to follow. Here’s the BBC article and there were short clips shown yesterday at 1.30 and 6.30pm which you can see using the “watch again” facility on BBC website. Here’s video footage shot by KONP supporters and here’s the Salford Star report. There’s also photos plus these and other links on the Facebook event page.

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news

http://www.salfordstar.com

From 1st April – The Secretary of State will no longer have a duty to provide comprehensive healthcare  only to promote it. read more…

Our NHS is the envy of the world we are allowing it to be broken up and turned into an American style system (one of the most expensive in the world with some of the worst outcomes).

Markets and competition are not conducive to providing an integrated and sustainable health service only to siphoning off public money away from frontline care into private profits. But its ok because the NHS logo will be used so no one need know till it’s too late.  So don’t do anything , just keep it to yourself. Or….

WAKE UP – STAND UP – SPEAK UP

Come and join us to show your support for our NHS before it’s too late.

Tuesday 2nd April

Media City Manchester

8 O’clock till 9 O’clock in the morning.

Meet at 7.30am at Cornbrook Station

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Section 75 regs withdrawn then hastily re-written.  Please write to your MP today  sample letter here…

Section75 is the device which the government wanted to make absolutely sure would force total privatisation through their Health & Social Care Act. It is the fuse which arms the bomb of privatisation due to come into force on 1st April.  The re-written section changes almost nothing as expected, and  is being hurried through just weeks before the Act comes into force.   Please ask your MP to sign the new Early Day Motion http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2012-13/1188

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Please sign this petition to lobby for safer staff nurse to patient ratio in order to provide the dignified, compassionate care that NHS nurses strive to give. Here….

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The government has decided to sell the Plasma service. They are  currently seeking a purchaser. Initial information has mentioned a few companies showing an interest, all foreign multinationals. more here….

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Doctors at a Nottinghamshire GP practice have warned they are being “pushed beyond the point of safety” to save money for their clinical commissioning group. read more…

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Salford campaign USUC new e-petition

E-Petition by United Service Users Committe (USUC) calling on Salford City Council and Greater Manchester West Mental Health Trust to keep drop-in centres open with Community Care Workers’ Involvement. Sign it online.

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The Spirit of ’45 – new Ken Loach film

KONP are now national partners with the film, see that and all about the film here.

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New NHS anti-privatisation website

Have a read of it here – loads of information about what’s been privatised etc. It’s been done by NHS Support Federation who explain:

It is crucial to spread the word about what’s happening to our NHS. We are launching a new website to publicise the evidence around NHS privatisation. Ministers deny it, but they are radically changing how our healthcare works, without public agreement. We are putting the facts, stats and stories on line for all to see, using graphics rather than jargon, as it’s crucial to raise public awareness.

Much of the NHSforsale site is based upon our own design and research, produced with the help of our supporters. Three features that you may find useful are:

Profiles on the new private providers taking over NHS services, such as Virgin, Serco, Care UK and others

A privatisation tracker to tell us which services are being outsourced in your area

Infographics to clearly demonstrate what is happening to our healthcare:

What’s next? We will shortly launch a community database to collect and publicise examples about the impact of all the government’s changes. It is crucial to protect patients against poor services and run the NHS according its founding principles not the profit motive.

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3 March 2013

NHS ‘privatisation’ reform ‘could place people in danger’

Exposing more of the NHS to private competition could cause a “dangerous” fragmentation of health services in England , the chairman of the Academy of Royal Medical Colleges has said. full report here…

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A new fight over NHS privatisation has just begun. Jeremy Hunt is trying to use new powers, hidden within last year’s controversial NHS laws, to force local GPs to privatise more health services. [1] This is one of the things we were afraid might happen – and now our worst fears are being confirmed. We need to do all we can to stop it.

Jeremy Hunt’s new privatisation plot is contained within “NHS competition regulations”. [2] Usually these kinds of rules get quickly rubber-stamped by Parliament. This time, we need to get MPs and Lords to stand up to Hunt and block his plans. [3]

It’s a long shot, but we have a chance of stopping these changes because Hunt is breaking promises made to MPs when NHS laws were voted through last year. [4] If we generate a huge, public outcry to put pressure on the politicians who clung on to those promises last time the government attacked our NHS, we can convince them to stop these new laws.

Sign the petition against Jeremy Hunt’s new NHS privatisation plan here – we’ve got just a couple of days before we’ll need to deliver it:
https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/nhs-section75

Hunt’s new regulations (Statutory Instrument 257 under Section 75 of the Health & Social Care Act 2012) are like a catalogue of our worst fears. [5] GPs would have to open up every part of local health services to private companies, whether or not it’s what they or local people want. It would speed up the break up of the NHS, giving profit-hungry companies new rights to muscle in.

Last year, the government promised it wouldn’t go as far as forcing privatisation on local health services. Lots of MPs and Lords said these promises convinced them to vote for the NHS law. Now, we need to go back to these same MPs and Lords, and tell them to find some backbone. If they really voted for the law because of those promises, now they’ve got no excuse not to put a stop to Hunt’s latest privatising move.

Let’s build a petition to hand in to each of the MPs and Lords who believed the government’s promises on privatisation:
https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/nhs-section75

3 March 2013

NHS ‘privatisation’ reform ‘could place people in danger’

Exposing more of the NHS to private competition could cause a “dangerous” fragmentation of health services in England , the chairman of the Academy of Royal Medical Colleges has said. full report here…

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A new fight over NHS privatisation has just begun. Jeremy Hunt is trying to use new powers, hidden within last year’s controversial NHS laws, to force local GPs to privatise more health services. [1] This is one of the things we were afraid might happen – and now our worst fears are being confirmed. We need to do all we can to stop it.

Jeremy Hunt’s new privatisation plot is contained within “NHS competition regulations”. [2] Usually these kinds of rules get quickly rubber-stamped by Parliament. This time, we need to get MPs and Lords to stand up to Hunt and block his plans. [3]

It’s a long shot, but we have a chance of stopping these changes because Hunt is breaking promises made to MPs when NHS laws were voted through last year. [4] If we generate a huge, public outcry to put pressure on the politicians who clung on to those promises last time the government attacked our NHS, we can convince them to stop these new laws.

Sign the petition against Jeremy Hunt’s new NHS privatisation plan here – we’ve got just a couple of days before we’ll need to deliver it:
https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/nhs-section75

Hunt’s new regulations (Statutory Instrument 257 under Section 75 of the Health & Social Care Act 2012) are like a catalogue of our worst fears. [5] GPs would have to open up every part of local health services to private companies, whether or not it’s what they or local people want. It would speed up the break up of the NHS, giving profit-hungry companies new rights to muscle in.

Last year, the government promised it wouldn’t go as far as forcing privatisation on local health services. Lots of MPs and Lords said these promises convinced them to vote for the NHS law. Now, we need to go back to these same MPs and Lords, and tell them to find some backbone. If they really voted for the law because of those promises, now they’ve got no excuse not to put a stop to Hunt’s latest privatising move.

Let’s build a petition to hand in to each of the MPs and Lords who believed the government’s promises on privatisation:
https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/nhs-section75

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March and Rally – Sunday 29 September 2013

Supporters of the National Health Service and all those who want to defend jobs, services and a decent welfare state will be marching in Manchester to deliver a clear message to Conservative Party Conference that we mean to Save Our NHS from cuts and privatisation.

A march and rally have been called by the North West TUC, backed by unions and NHS campaign groups. They’ll be assembling at Liverpool Road (M3 4FP) from 11am, and marching to a rally in Whitworth Park.

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TRAFFORD Council is to seek a Judicial Review of Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt’s decision to close A&E and other vital services at Trafford General Hospital.

Councillors voted unanimously to take the first step to putting Mr Hunt in the dock at the High Court, after hearing local people demand action to save Trafford General.

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Lewisham victory – http://www.savelewishamhospital.com/

The High Court has found that the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt MP, had acted outside his powers and therefore unlawfully, in deciding to substantially cut services and close departments at Lewisham Hospital.

In today’s judgment Mr Justice Silber said that the decision of the Secretary of State must be “quashed” as he had acted outside his powers as Secretary of State, and in breach of the National Health Service Act 2006, when he announced to Parliament that services at Lewisham Hospital would be downgraded and closed.

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COME AND JOIN US NHS Party in the Park

Urmston Greater Manchester



Our NHS is 65. Where better to mark the 65th birthday of our NHS then its birthplace – Trafford General Hospital.
When: Friday, 5 July 2013 from 2.00 pm onwards (meet at 1.45 pm)

Where: Trafford General Hospital, Moorside Road, Urmston, Manchester, M41 5SL
Followed by a short march to Golden Hill Park, close to Urmston town centre, for a ‘NHS Party in the Park’ with tea and cake and lots of activities for the kids. Live music from local 50’s band The Debonaires and 4-piece guitar group, The Rainband from Manchester.
We are celebrating 65 years of our NHS – the greatest social benefit of any government – but our message is serious.
If we don’t act to save it – we will lose it.
The coalition government’s pro-privatisation NHS shake up coupled with a multi-billion pound funding squeeze is putting our NHS at grave risk.
Local communities are losing A&E units, hospital beds, maternity wards, and other NHS services. Waiting queues are growing, rationing is rife and, staff not sacked, are being overstretched to breaking point.
Picking up the pieces are private companies who are set to make billions of pounds from our health.
Join us to help celebrate our brilliant NHS.

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Book launch: NHS SOS How the NHS was Betrayed – and how we can save it.
Greater Manchester Keep Our NHS Public  has organised a book launch and tea party on 12 July at 5.30pm at the Working Class Movement Library in Salford.   Professor Raymond Tallis, co-editor with Dr Jacky Davis,  of the new book NHS SOS How the NHS was Betrayed – and how we can save it will outline  how successive governments have undermined this much cherished British institution, and then open a discussion on  how the public can campaign to take back the service.
Professor Tallis trained as a doctor at Oxford University and at St Thomas’ in London before going on to become Professor of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Manchester and a consultant physician in Health Care of the Elderly in Salford. He retired from medicine in 2006 to become a full-time writer, though he remained Visiting Professor at St George’s Hospital Medical School, University of London until 2008. Raymond  is also a philosopher, poet  and writer. His website is http://www.raymondtallis.com.
In the book he says “we must not allow this jewel  in the crown of the welfare state to be destroyed by those whose rapacious self-interest has rendered them unable to comprehend any nation of the public good or public service”.

NHS SOS: How the NHS was betrayed – and how we can save it, edited by Jacky Davis and Raymond Tallis  – Reviewed by Bernadette Hyland..

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World’s largest private healthcare company HCA plans expansion into NHS

The world’s largest private healthcare company co-owned by the assets management firm whose profits helped fund Mitt Romney’s presidential campaigns is looking to expand further into the NHS, according to newly published documents by the Competition Commission.

The Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) already caters for around half of all private patients in London and runs three joint NHS ventures, renting building space from public hospitals for exclusively private treatment. HCA told the commission’s ongoing investigation into the private healthcare market that it wants more NHS partnerships….full article here

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Urgent…..

You may not of heard of it yet, but you will : The United States / European Union Trade agreement      read more…
Another body blow for publicly owned National Health Services, another failure of democracy and high on David Camoron’s agenda.
Lord Owen condemns “conspiracy of silence” on the EU-US trade deal.     more…
The upcoming EU-US and EU-Canada trade deals have serious implications for the NHS.     read more..

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On Saturday 8 June from 11am in Ashton Town Centre the Tameside Keep Our National Health Public (KONP) group will be running a street stall and asking local people to join their campaign.

Tameside KONP are part of the national KONP which is campaigning to challenge the privatisation of the NHS that started from 1 April 2013. The campaign has organised groups across the country to ensure that:

* · The new organisations that will take over running the NHS locally, the Clinical Commissioning Groups, are accountable to local people

* · local hospitals, such as Tameside, to be provided with the finance to provide a high quality service for local people

They are calling on local GP’s to join the campaign and choose NHS services, rather than contracting with the private sector. Recently the group met with Jonathan Reynolds MP to raise their concerns particularly about the lack of accountability and transparency of the new local Clinical Commissioning Groups in Tameside and Oldham.

Local campaigner, Bernadette Hyland, said: “We want the National Health Service to be run for the public, and not for profit, and we are therefore asking people to join us to defend a much loved part of the British way of life.

The campaign can be contacted at TamesideKONP@gmail.com

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The Conservatives are floating plans to cap the number of times we are allowed to visit our GP. [1] If we run out of visits – because we’ve got a sickly child or long-term health condition, for example – we could be forced to pay to go elsewhere.

At the moment it’s just a proposal. [2] But if the Conservatives don’t see a big public backlash, it could soon be a grim reality. So let’s raise an outcry as quickly as possible and push them to drop the idea immediately.

Please sign the urgent petition now: tell health minister Jeremy Hunt to rule out limiting our access to NHS GPs:
https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/dont-cap-GP-visits

Jeremy Hunt will be watching the public’s reaction carefully. He is an ambitious politician with an eye on his own popularity. If he sees a huge petition growing fast, he’ll realise this is damaging his ratings. So if enough of us sign, we could play a key role in getting this idea dropped.

Being able to visit the family doctor when we need it is a bedrock of a decent health system. GPs are often our first port of call when we’re ill. [3] Limiting access to GPs could mean a dangerous illness is left undetected until it’s too late – unless of course you’ve got private medical insurance…

But this isn’t just about GPs. This is about a principle at the heart of our battle to protect the NHS. Since the NHS was created, everyone in Britain has been able to rely on visiting a doctor as often as we need to. Limiting access would undermine the NHS at its very foundations. So let’s send the Conservatives a strong message: drop this terrible idea.

https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/dont-cap-GP-visits

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25,000 march for Lewisham, 50,000 march for Stafford

If you would like to follow what is happening then visit Support Stafford Hospital face book page, or www.supportstaffordhospital.co.uk website

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Campaigners from Tameside Keep Our NHS Public have reacted to press reports that construction firm Balfour Beatty made millions from the sale of its share in Tameside Hospital to another company.
According to a report in Manchester  Mule published yesterday, Balfour Beatty “made £9m from the deal having contributed an original £7m equity in 2007 to build new facilities including ward space for older people with mental health issues, an energy centre and a surface car park. Public payments for the PFI will now be made to HICL, which is registered in the notorious channel island tax haven of Guernsey”.
Bernadette Hyland, of Tameside  Keep Our NHS Public,  criticised  the deal, saying “this is another example of allowing big companies to buy and sell assets of the NHS. It is outrageous at a time when users of the NHS are suffering threats to local hospitals and are being told that resources need to be rationed. People should come before profit.”

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37 per cent rise in death rates for emergency patients from Newark in Nottinghamshire, where the Accident and Emergency unit closed two years ago. 
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‘Nursing the nation’ – by Molly Case
Molly Case, an RCN student from London, received a standing ovation from Congress 2013 following a reading of her poem ‘Nursing the nation’. You can follow Molly on Twitter at @RI_Macey and go to her…
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The Bevan Prize

The Bevan Prize will be awarded in recognition of an individual and group or organisation in any part of the UK who have made an outstanding contribution to health and wellbeing in their field in 2012, who promote the founding values of the National Health Service and work to ensure equality of access and equality of health outcomes.
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> The aim is to establish the Prize as an annual event to celebrate the values of the NHS.
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> The Foundation is seeking nominees from a wide range of backgrounds. Nominees could include health care practitioners; voluntary and support groups; campaigners and activists; journalists, authors or bloggers; scientists, academics or researchers. The prize will be awarded this summer at an event in London on 1 July. Nominations are open until 22 May. Further details can be found here :
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> http://www.bevanfoundation.org/2013/03/the-2013-bevan-prize-for-health-and-wellbeing/

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NHS faces increasing privatisation, greater inefficiency, wasted money and rising waiting lists, following last night’s vote in the Lords, says NHA Party

 The leader of the National Health Action Party says the NHS is now facing increasing privatisation, greater inefficiency, wasted money and rising waiting lists, following last night’s vote in the Lords.

A Labour motion to annul controversial privatisation regulations was defeated by 145 votes to 242, with Lib Dems siding with the Tories.

 Dr Clive Peedell, who co-founded the NHA Party in the wake of widespread and serious concerns at the Health &Social Care Act, said the repercussions for the NHS were grim and the vote last night was an outrage:

 “Last night’s defeat of Labour’s motion to annul the S75 NHS privatisation regulations was an affront to the democratic process. Many who voted had vested interests in private companies, which will benefit from these marketising and privatising regulations.

 “The ambiguity of these regulations will create a goldmine for lawyers. CCGs will fear the risk of legal challenge from private companies if they don’t put services out to tender. With cash strapped budgets, they cannot afford the potential legal costs if such actions.

 “The NHS now threatens to be increasingly privatised and fragmented over the coming years. This will lead to greater inefficiency and wasted resources, which should be spent on frontline care. The NHS is already under huge financial strain and these changes will lead to greater rationing of care, service closures, hospital mergers, less patient choice, rising waiting lists and ultimately a move towards a mixed funding system of health care. There was no democratic mandate for this. The public deserve better than this and the National Health Action party will do its upmost to highlight this betrayal of the electorate.

 “The main priorities now are to raise public awareness of the privatisation of English healthcare services, support Lord Owen’s NHS reinstatement bill, and pressurise the Labour Party to stick to their promise of making the NHS the preferred provider of NHS services.

 “This is a very sad day for the NHS but we simply must not give up on a much loved institution that forms the heart of the social fabric of this nation. We will continue to strive for an NHS that is publicly funded, publicly provided and publicly accountable. That is the most efficient and fair way to deliver a healthcare service for all.”

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On 24th April the House of Lords voted through the NHS ‘section 75’ regulations, which open up the NHS to far more private sector competition. The  overwhelming opposition from grassroots campaigners and NHS workers fell, ultimately, on deaf ears. So where do we go from here?  Open democracy..

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The framework for wholesale privatisation of the organisation, supply, finance and distribution of our healthcare is now in place.  GP Paul Hobday resigns in protest……here

So the unelected House of Lords quietly waves through the regulations to privatise our NHS .  Their level of self interest would cause outrage at a local council level yet goes unchallenged by  the main stream media.

  • 206 parliamentarians have recent or present financial private healthcare connections
  • 142 Lords have recent or present financial connections to companies involved in healthcare
  • Report into Lords and MPs financial interests in providing private healthcare here…..

How they voted in full …..click here……..

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 Thursday, 18 April, 2013 – Controversial competition regulations should be withdrawn and replaced, says BMA ahead of crucial House of Lords debate.  BMA Press Release here

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Within a week of the legislation coming into force, the adverts began.  As the NHS shrinks under more and more cuts, the private companies creep in, bit by bit, profiting from the sick and the dying, hiding under the trusted NHS logo  – no big announcements will be made.

Care UK Self Pay

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BMA plans public information campaign over potential damage from NHS reforms
Doctors have the opportunity to act now – they must take it  read more here…
Deputy Chair of the British Medical Association signs Keep Our NHS Public petition in Tameside….
The Spirit of ‘45 DVD is released!

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If you want to know what’s happening to our NHS please watch this video and forward to everyone you know.  This is something that everyone in the country should see, simply and clearly put by Dr Lucy Reynolds…..

The transcript is online in full here

Update: 

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The Health and Social Care Act 2012, which provides a legal basis for charging and providing fewer services – in effect abolishing the NHS – has in fact removed the word “accident” from “accident and emergency services”. The significance of referring only to emergency care is now becoming apparent. full article here…..

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Our protest at Media:City yesterday was a great success! We achieved the media coverage we wanted on the BBC with other news coverage (e.g. Salford Advertiser) to follow. Here’s the BBC article and there were short clips shown yesterday at 1.30 and 6.30pm which you can see using the “watch again” facility on BBC website. Here’s video footage shot by KONP supporters and here’s the Salford Star report. There’s also photos plus these and other links on the Facebook event page.

konp mc2KONP mc1konp mc3

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news

http://www.salfordstar.com

From 1st April – The Secretary of State will no longer have a duty to provide comprehensive healthcare  only to promote it. read more…

Our NHS is the envy of the world we are allowing it to be broken up and turned into an American style system (one of the most expensive in the world with some of the worst outcomes).

Markets and competition are not conducive to providing an integrated and sustainable health service only to siphoning off public money away from frontline care into private profits. But its ok because the NHS logo will be used so no one need know till it’s too late.  So don’t do anything , just keep it to yourself. Or….

WAKE UP – STAND UP – SPEAK UP

Come and join us to show your support for our NHS before it’s too late.

Tuesday 2nd April

Media City Manchester

8 O’clock till 9 O’clock in the morning.

Meet at 7.30am at Cornbrook Station

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Section 75 regs withdrawn then hastily re-written.  Please write to your MP today  sample letter here…

Section75 is the device which the government wanted to make absolutely sure would force total privatisation through their Health & Social Care Act. It is the fuse which arms the bomb of privatisation due to come into force on 1st April.  The re-written section changes almost nothing as expected, and  is being hurried through just weeks before the Act comes into force.   Please ask your MP to sign the new Early Day Motion http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2012-13/1188

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Please sign this petition to lobby for safer staff nurse to patient ratio in order to provide the dignified, compassionate care that NHS nurses strive to give. Here….

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The government has decided to sell the Plasma service. They are  currently seeking a purchaser. Initial information has mentioned a few companies showing an interest, all foreign multinationals. more here….

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Doctors at a Nottinghamshire GP practice have warned they are being “pushed beyond the point of safety” to save money for their clinical commissioning group. read more…

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Salford campaign USUC new e-petition

E-Petition by United Service Users Committe (USUC) calling on Salford City Council and Greater Manchester West Mental Health Trust to keep drop-in centres open with Community Care Workers’ Involvement. Sign it online.

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The Spirit of ’45 – new Ken Loach film

KONP are now national partners with the film, see that and all about the film here.

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New NHS anti-privatisation website

Have a read of it here – loads of information about what’s been privatised etc. It’s been done by NHS Support Federation who explain:

It is crucial to spread the word about what’s happening to our NHS. We are launching a new website to publicise the evidence around NHS privatisation. Ministers deny it, but they are radically changing how our healthcare works, without public agreement. We are putting the facts, stats and stories on line for all to see, using graphics rather than jargon, as it’s crucial to raise public awareness.

Much of the NHSforsale site is based upon our own design and research, produced with the help of our supporters. Three features that you may find useful are:

Profiles on the new private providers taking over NHS services, such as Virgin, Serco, Care UK and others

A privatisation tracker to tell us which services are being outsourced in your area

Infographics to clearly demonstrate what is happening to our healthcare:

What’s next? We will shortly launch a community database to collect and publicise examples about the impact of all the government’s changes. It is crucial to protect patients against poor services and run the NHS according its founding principles not the profit motive.

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3 March 2013

NHS ‘privatisation’ reform ‘could place people in danger’

Exposing more of the NHS to private competition could cause a “dangerous” fragmentation of health services in England , the chairman of the Academy of Royal Medical Colleges has said. full report here…

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A new fight over NHS privatisation has just begun. Jeremy Hunt is trying to use new powers, hidden within last year’s controversial NHS laws, to force local GPs to privatise more health services. [1] This is one of the things we were afraid might happen – and now our worst fears are being confirmed. We need to do all we can to stop it.

Jeremy Hunt’s new privatisation plot is contained within “NHS competition regulations”. [2] Usually these kinds of rules get quickly rubber-stamped by Parliament. This time, we need to get MPs and Lords to stand up to Hunt and block his plans. [3]

It’s a long shot, but we have a chance of stopping these changes because Hunt is breaking promises made to MPs when NHS laws were voted through last year. [4] If we generate a huge, public outcry to put pressure on the politicians who clung on to those promises last time the government attacked our NHS, we can convince them to stop these new laws.

Sign the petition against Jeremy Hunt’s new NHS privatisation plan here – we’ve got just a couple of days before we’ll need to deliver it:
https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/nhs-section75

Hunt’s new regulations (Statutory Instrument 257 under Section 75 of the Health & Social Care Act 2012) are like a catalogue of our worst fears. [5] GPs would have to open up every part of local health services to private companies, whether or not it’s what they or local people want. It would speed up the break up of the NHS, giving profit-hungry companies new rights to muscle in.

Last year, the government promised it wouldn’t go as far as forcing privatisation on local health services. Lots of MPs and Lords said these promises convinced them to vote for the NHS law. Now, we need to go back to these same MPs and Lords, and tell them to find some backbone. If they really voted for the law because of those promises, now they’ve got no excuse not to put a stop to Hunt’s latest privatising move.

Let’s build a petition to hand in to each of the MPs and Lords who believed the government’s promises on privatisation:
https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/nhs-section75

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