Other speakers will include actors Julie Hesmondhalgh & Sally Lindsay, music from the ska legend Rhoda Dakar who sang on a number of Specials hits, plus unions, health workers, and campaign representatives from across the country.
Jeremy Corbyn, Labour Leader said ahead of the demonstration:
“This Saturday in London, I will be joining The People’s Assembly Against Austerity, Health Campaigns Together, doctors, nurses, unions and tens of thousands of others at Our NHS at 70 march.
It is almost 70 years since the NHS was founded by a Labour government and it’s still our proudest achievement. It was the first comprehensive health service in the world built on the principle that healthcare should be available to all on the basis of need, not ability to pay .
What the Conservatives have done to our NHS, first under David Cameron, and then Theresa May, is appalling. Deliberate underfunding of services, and squeezing the pay of our brilliant doctors, nurses and health staff, has pushed our NHS to the brink. Every day there are shocking stories of unacceptable waiting times, ambulance delays and patients left on trolleys in corridors. And they’ve spent years selling off and contracting out our NHS bit by bit, leaving the NHS to be sued by private companies, like Virgin. Labour will end privatisation because our NHS should be about healthcare for all, not profits for a few.
Last week, the government finally announced some more money for our health service. But you know what? It’s simply not enough. Not enough to make up for the last eight years of slashed budgets and worsening standards, falling morale and loss of staff. In fact, it would barely keep the NHS at a standstill.
A Labour government would give the NHS the money it needs. It would be able to do so because we’re not afraid to ask big business and the richest to pay their fair share of tax.
I hope you’ll join us on Saturday to stand up for our health service and its incredible staff who have carried our NHS on their shoulders these last eight years, while the Government brought it to its knees.”
Make sure you have booked your seat on Derby’s Coaches leaving Derby Bus Station
at 8am PROMPT Saturday 30th June. Tickets £10 waged, £5 low waged, Free unwaged and
The march will assemble at 12pm, Saturday 30 June at Portland Place, London W1A 1AA followed by a procession route to Whitehall. More details here
Participants are invited to bring colourful placards or banners and to dress in bright colours or costumes associated with any of the decades the NHS has been in operation. Sound systems will play music from each decade since the NHS was founded throughout the march route.
Tory NHS Privatiser Theresa May lying to Tory Marr, BBC
Serious questions surround increased NHS funding
– an inadequate response for cash-starved service
Joint press release by Keep Our NHS Public, Health Campaigns Together
and The People’s Assembly Against Austerity 17 June 2018
Theresa May has announced today an increase in NHS funding by 3.4% a year for the next 5 years. The headline 3.4% increase only applies to the NHS England budget and not to the whole NHS budget. Importantly, it also excludes medical and nurse training and public health budgets – these are crucial to the delivery of NHS services. The overall increase promised is in fact only 3% a year.
Even this is a reluctant response from the Government to the unrelenting pressure exerted by campaigners, health unions and the electorate – and even health think-tanks and NHS Providers – to provide desperately needed increased funding for the NHS, left in a critical condition after suffering 8 years of virtually flat funding per person.
While any funding increase is to be welcomed, 3% will not be enough to repair the damage already done to the NHS from years of austerity. At least a 5% real uplift next year would be needed to begin to begin to repair the damage done and at least 4% per year is essential after that to ensure the NHS is fit for the future.
As always with the Conservatives, the devil will be in the detail. We don’t know exactly how this money will be allocated and what strings will be attached. In 2016 the government announced a £10bn a year increase. However, due to some accounting tricks involving moving money around within the Department of Health budget, according to the Nuffield Trust it resulted in only £800m in real terms.
This promised increase must be genuine new money and not a repeat of the ‘smoke and mirrors’ designed to appease the public without resulting in any significant benefits. Resurrection of the tarnished claim of a ‘Brexit dividend’ to fund the NHS is political gamesmanship, when most analysts predict a negative fiscal impact, at least in the short term.
Whilst Theresa May talks of extra funding not being wasted, there are no policy measures to ensure that increased funding actually improves health care delivery rather than paying for the private market and wasteful bureaucracy the Government has created. There must be an end to the fragmentation of the NHS and the enforced contracting out of NHS services to the market. The NHS must be reinstated as a public service. Currently £billions are wasted on market transaction costs and outsourcing to the private sector. NHS efficiency, co-ordination of services and collaborative delivery of care is undermined by competition.
With no promised increase in social care funding any funding increase for the NHS will have limited benefit. Social care has suffered from extremely damaging cuts over the past eight years and this has adversely impacted the NHS. Social care cuts have cause caused real suffering and an increased mortality rate in those who are directly affected. Any new funding settlement for the NHS requires increased funding for social care. Think-tank estimates argue for a 3.9% annual uplift in real terms for social care. There should be no pretence that “integration” of health and social care, without extra funds for both, will solve the problems of either service. True integration will require social care to be brought into the NHS as a public service and to be properly funded.
Health Campaigns Together (1), Keep Our NHS Public (2) and People’s Assembly (3) join with NHS staff, other campaigners and concerned members of the public in continuing to apply pressure on this government to fund the NHS properly and reinstate it as a public service according to its founding principles as this is the most economical way to run the system and deliver high quality care for all. We will be calling for these demands on 30 June at the celebration and protest in defence of the NHS at its 70th Birthday. (3)
Dr Louise Irvine is a GP in Lewisham, south London and co-chair of Health Campaigns Together says:
The Conservative government’s promised funding increase for the NHS is too little too late. It is in fact only 3% a year – they’ve done their usual smoke and mirrors to make it appear more by only counting the increase to the NHS England budget and not the overall Department of Health budget. 4% is the minimum increase needed. 3% won’t be enough to repair the untold damage the Tories have done to the NHS over the past eight years of austerity or secure its future as a high-quality service. I fear that patients will continue to suffer needlessly and staff will continue to leave the profession due to stress and burnout. We’ll see more rationing, cuts and closures and insufficient improvement, if any, in waiting times. Any increase in funding is welcome but its a missed opportunity to put the NHS back on its feet. There’s so much more the Government could and should do. It could stop wasting precious NHS resources on the failed experiment of the market and outsourcing and reinstate the NHS as a public service – the only way to ensure effective and efficient joined up services. And it needs to increase social care spending by at least 3.9% a year because without decent social care the NHS will continue to pick up the pieces for all the elderly and disabled who are not getting the care they need.
Dr Tony O’Sullivan, retired paediatrician and co-chair of Keep Our NHS Public says:
The NHS and social care have been severely damaged by the last 8 years of wilful neglect. NHS workforce planning was abandoned leaving 100,000 vacancies and doctors and nurses working in extremes of pressure and ending up in tears of distress. They do not need more mischievous statements, previously exposed as lies, about ‘Brexit dividends’ that smack more of electioneering than care for the NHS. We need a commitment to respect NHS staff once again, reinstate the NHS student bursary, pay staff properly and to put the NHS back together again alongside a publicly funded social care system.
Health Campaigns Together is an alliance of over 100 organisations including five national unions and Keep Our NHS Public, formed Autumn 2015 to campaign for a fully funded and fully public NHS: https://healthcampaignstogether.com/
Keep Our NHS Public was formed in 2005 to campaign for a fully publicly funded, provided and managed universal and comprehensive NHS: https://keepournhspublic.com/
Rally and demonstration supported by HCT, KONP, The People’s Assembly Against Austerity and the TUC and 13 health unions: Saturday 30 June 12midday, assembling Portland Place, London and proceeding to Whitehall
The last 3 week strike has been a very productive one raising our profile to even greater heights thanks to the increasing solidarity of our comrades across the Nation showing their support throughout our dispute. We have travelled the length and breath of this country from London, Stafford Hospital, York, Newcastle, Liverpool for the TUC Conference, and Glasgow, meeting the ex President of the TUC Mohammad Taj, and also receiving the Royal Seal of approval from Queens Brian May outside the offices of Bridgepoint Capital.
We still continue to be joined by people who have not been on strike before particularly some new directly employed Care UK staff who were made very welcome by the experienced strikers.
We are waiting for a verdict from Care Uk on the appeals by members that have taken place recently.
The Strike Committee are in the process of finalising an Itinerary for the next round of Strike Action. We still remain focused after a massive 69 days of Industrial Action and are strong enough to engage into action once again when the time is right.
REMEMBER – THE WORKERS UNITED SHALL NEVER BE DEFEATED
This video is about The Peoples’ March for the NHS Leicester Rally 30 August 2014.
A group of women from Darlington, the ‘Darlo Mums’, were so concerned about the state of the NHS after multiple attacks by both Labour and Coalition governments in the form of cuts and privatisation by stealth, and seeing that there was no one with the will to take action to defend this essential PUBLIC service, decided to organise a recreation for the 21st century of the 1936 Jarrow March from Jarrow to London. This is to highlight the decimated service and persuade people to fight back for themselves.
As the Darlo Mums put it:
“It is time put the NHS above politics. We need to organise in our communities around the NHS. Since the Health & Social Care Bill brought in under a Tory/Lib Dem Government we have seen cuts to NHS Services, downgrades of NHS services, NHS Sell Off, NHS privatisation & NHS Job Cuts. These attacks are taking place across our NHS every day of every week. We need to build support, campaign and raise awareness to alert the population of what is happening to our NHS. We need people knocking on doors, out on the streets, rallying up and down the country to take the ‘999 Call for the NHS’ across the NHS. We need to build cross community support for the NHS and the amazing NHS workers. Join the thousands already campaigning we all have a part to play.”
The March began on 16 August 2014 and the marchers will reach London on 6 September 2014. Their energy is unbelievable!
Nathan Filer, the mental health nurse who this year won the Costa book award for his debut novel which has as its main character a young schizophrenic, has revealed he would not go back to working on acute wards.
“Mental health services are in a real mess at the moment,” he told theEdinburgh international book festival. “It is increasingly difficult, especially in acute settings, for nurses – it is kind of firefighting now.”
Filer’s novel The Shock of the Fall tells the story of Matthew and his descent into mental illness after the death of his brother. It is a world Filer knows well through his 15 years as a nurse.
“My area of speciality was acute services but this was 2004, 2005,” he told the festival. “I’ve gone back since but I won’t work on them now. I just think they are very dangerous places. They are hugely under resourced and the idea of there being time now to just sit down for half an hour having a conversation with a service user or go for a walk or going to the canteen, it is just unthinkable.
“That isn’t there and these environments now aren’t really places of wellness or places where people get better. I’m very, very worried about how it is.”
Filer was responding to a question about the anxiety levels that exist among staff working in the mental health services today.
Most doctors and nurses are there, said Filer, “to try and do good but under increasingly very difficult circumstances.”
His book was praised for its realistic non-sensationalist portrayal of mental illness.