Serious questions surround increased NHS funding – an inadequate response for cash-starved service We still need to fight for Our #NHS. #Derbyshire #Derby Cuts still looming. Joint press release by Keep Our NHS Public, Health Campaigns Together and The People’s Assembly Against Austerity 17 June 2018
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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/
- The People’s Assembly Against Austerity
- 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
#DERBYUK The Silk Mill Turn Out: Sat JUNE 23rd A Solidarity Summer Festival with great politics, the March, great open air music , food and drink, stalls of every kind and kids entertainment. A “must go to”
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DERBY: The Silk Mill Turn Out
SATURDAY JUNE 23rd 2018
A Solidarity Summer Festival with great politics, the March, great open air music , food and drink, stalls of every kind and kids entertainment. A “must go to” 1834-2018
“Remember our Past and Fight for the Future” – the annual Silk Mill Turnout event.
The day’s events commemorate the historic 1833/34 Silk Mill strike for fairness at work, which led to the formation of the whole Trade Union movement in Britain – and the world!
Meeting in Derby Market Place at 10 am, the marchers will be led off by a very colourful, loud and energetic Bhangra dance troupe who will perform along the way to Cathedral Green.
At each end of the march there will be rousing speeches from Moz Greenshields, Secretary of Derby Trades Union Council, Chris Williamson MP, Doug Nicholls General Secretary of the General Federation of Trades Unions, Sally Asquith of People’ Assembly and Dr Sally Ruane of Health Campaigns Together.
A Chaplet will be laid to commemorate the Silk Mill Turn Out, and celebrate the centenary of Votes for Women
The Festival fun will start at Cathedral Green at 1pm, with two performance spaces
Attila the Stockbroker – stand-up comedy and performance poetry
Three live bands – Alex Blood & The Diggers, Eastfield and Addictive Philosophy
Granny Turismo – a hilarious troupe, riding motorised shopping trolleys
Bombay Baja – an Indian Brass Band
Richard Garaghty – a contortionist street dancer who must be seen to be believed
Kids’ Activities – face painting, a strolling magician, henna “tattoos”
30 Community group stalls and activities
Food – Burgers – Vegan – Indian Snacks – Ice Cream
Drink – specialist beers, lager, cider – and a Gin and Prosecco Bar! Also the Silk Mill pub is on site
Community singing by all the crowd to round the day off at 4.30pm
So to celebrate Derby’s historic role in developing the Trade Union movement, to “remember the past and fight for the future”, and for a fantastic day out for all the family ABSOLUTELY FREE, make sure you are there!
Book seats for coaches from #Derbyuk to People’s Assembly Against Austerity Take Back Manchester Festival | 30 Sep – 4 Oct 2017: Email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Take Back Manchester Festival | 30 Sep – 4 Oct 2017
Book seats for coaches leaving Derby for Torres Out demonstration by email email@example.com or text 07889274723
Planned to coincide directly with the Tory Party Conference in Manchester we will be holding 5 full days of protest, music, comedy, direct actions, meetings, events and a whole lot more…
This is will probably be the most ambitious event the People’s Assembly Against Austerity have ever undertaken. We will make sure the Tories, can’t move through Manchester without feeling the full force of opposition to their austerity policies.
The week of action will include:
National Demonstration – Sunday 1 October 2017
Tories Out | No More Austerity | Scrap the Pay Cap
For Decent Health, Homes, Jobs & Education
Assemble: 12:00pm, Castlefield Arena, Rice Street, Manchester – March to the Conference Centre
This is the main event in the week which coincides with the opening of the Conservative Party conference. Coaches and transport is being arranged from across the country for the day.
If you can organise a group of people to travel from your organisation, workplace or community then please get in touch – we can put you in touch with people in your area and advise on best transport options.
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The week will be packed full & we’re encouraging as many people as possible to stay for the whole week. Book time off work now – we will be arranging accommodation for people in a community centre. This will be basic but will be very cheap. Full details and booking available soon.
Other events in the week will be announced every few days so keep an eye on our website and the event on Facebook.
Also check out our transport page here. These are the few coaches already booked and don’t forget to keep checking back as more come in… Also please send us your coach details as soon as you have them to office @thepeoplesassembly.org.uk so we can add them to the site.
To take on this task we need to raise a huge amount of money. The more money we raise, the more venues we can book, protests and demonstrations we can organise, events can take place.
We need to raise a minimum of £70,000 but once we hit that target we won’t stop fundraising – we’ll just go bigger and bolder with the events we can plan.
Please make a donation and help make this huge!
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Bring your drums, horns, whistles and plasters. Join the #march4nhs before it’s too late. You’ll regret it otherwise.
New Statesman: Labour votes to match coalition spending totals for 2015-16: More Cuts and Austerity this time from #Labour
Labour’s National Policy Forum has just ended in Milton Keynes, with Miliband’s team pleased with a weekend notable for the degree of consensus achieved. Against some expectations, there were just one contentious amendment put to a vote (after agreements were reached on key issues such as rail, Trident, housing and free school meals), calling for the party to hold an emergency Budget if elected and to reject the coalition’s spending totals for 2015/16. Proposed by Yorkshire delegate George McManus, it was rejected by 125 votes to 14 with 6 abstentions – a margin of 86.2 per cent to 9.65 per cent.