Defend our #Derbyuk #NHS services before it’s too late. The #Conservatives #STPs will break the back of our #NHS

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 The Conservatives STPs will break the back of our NHS

Defend our Derby NHS services before it’s too late.

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Local Health services are required by the Government to rush through plans about reorganising our health services, dividing the NHS into 44 ‘footprints’. These plans are called Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) and they are being drawn up in secret. If we want to have our say on our local NHS services before it’s too late, we need to see every detail. These plans are over-arching, complicated and despite the talk of efficiency gains, these plans will force local NHS leaders to make impossible decisions to save money. Hence we are supporting meetings and protests and signing petitions, flushing the plans out into the open.

LIVES AT RISK
This week yet another shocking report, this time from the Care Quality Commission, told us chronic Government cuts have left the NHS under tremendous threat and is putting lives at risk. And yet the Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) have to drive through another £22 billion of cuts by 2020/21. That works out approximately as half a billion pounds for Derbyshire. (The Government is talking about ploughing more money back in, but it is only talk and but a fraction. Nor is it talking about how much is being siphoned off by big business).

THINGS COULD BE SO MUCH BETTER
Imagine a properly staffed NHS with doctors and nurses who have the time to look after every single patient properly. This is possible, the money is there but WE have to make it happen.

THINGS THAT WE CAN DO!

Help distribute leaflets and gather petitions at Allenton
Allenton (outside the Co-op) on Saturday 22nd October 11 to 1pm
Join the Peoples Assembly stall and gather petitions and hand out leaflets, advertising forthcoming activities.

Sign the petition to your Member of Parliament
showing your concern and asking them to do all they can to make sure that the ‘Sustainability and Transformation Plan’ in your area protects all frontline services and is in the best interests of patients.
Go to this link https://speakout.38degrees.org.uk/campaigns/1309 and pop in your postcode and it will take you to the relevant petition for your area.

Support the Public meeting
7 pm, Wednesday October 26
St Peters Church, St Peters Street, Derby

Sign up for a place at the meeting by clicking on:
https://you.38degrees.org.uk/events/reveal-the-secret-plans-for-the-nhs
The organisers have invited Members of Parliament, a Junior Doctor and NHS leaders from the Southern Derbyshire NHS group to join us. Dr Sally Ruane (Health Policy Research unit, De Montfort University), Keith Venables (Chair of Health Campaigns Together) and Cheryl Pidgeon (President of Derby Areas Trades Council) will be on the panel.

Join the lobby of Southern Derbyshire NHS
10.00 am, Friday 28 October
Derby Arena, Royal Way, Pride Park, Derby DE24 8JB

The local NHS Trusts are in an impossible position. Whatever the government may say, they are facing unprecedented cuts and have hard choices to make if more money is not forthcoming. We will be making sure that there is no reduction of quality.

Tell us that you are coming, and help us gauge numbers, by clicking here:
https://you.38degrees.org.uk/events/lobby-of-southern-derbyshire-nhs-community-commissioning-group-ccg

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These activities are being organised by Derby Area Unite Community Union, and supported by 38 Degrees, Derby Area Trades Union Council, Derbyshire KONP (Keep our NHS Public) and Health Campaigns Together and, of course by Derby Peoples Assembly .
Email marcusjames@unitetheunion.org for more information.

Copyright © 2016 Derby People’s Assembly, All rights reserved.

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