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What has been happening?
October saw our Take Back Manchester Festival 2017 – #ToriesOut. The truth is the Tory Government are on the verge of collapse. The protests, rallies, demonstrations and campaigns we’ve all been involved in over the past few years, have played a huge part in creating this situation for the Tories (although the mainstream media & politicians will never admit it).
This includes the hundreds of thousands of us that came on the #OurNHS demonstration in March and the ‘Not One Day More’ demonstration just 3 weeks after the election. And during the election the massive billboard campaign across the country which branded Theresa May as a ‘Threat’ & Captain Ska’s ‘Liar Liar’ song that hit no.4 in the official charts.However weak the Tories are, they remain committed to spending cuts, to privatising our services, to worsening working conditions. Teresa May’s conference speech was seen by Tory politicians and supporters as a symbolism about being unable to communicate vision and offer solutions but the commitment to push on with austerity could not be hidden. An example is cuts to mental health services.
World mental health day was on 10th October and we heard more stories about desperate people affected directly and inciderctly by austerity. One exmaple is the number of young people arriving in A&E with psychiatric problems has doubled since 2009 but mental health services have faced £538million annual cuts (http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/mental-health-figures-depression-anxiety-children-tory-government-theresa-may-pledge-end-stigma-a7517531.html
There are also rumours that in Derby there are plans to close mental health services for patients with severe and complex issues. Please let us know if you know more about this
Derby NHS SOS protest outside a meeting of the Southern Derbyshire CCG . People came from different communities from all across Derbyshire; Copyright © 2017 SOS NHS Derby, All rights reserved.
The aim of SOS NHS Derby is to defend the National Health Service against cutbacks, fragmentation, market-style reforms and privatisation. Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SOSNHSDerbyPage
Read and Share widely our new ‘In Place Of Austerity’ pamphlet
The People’s Assembly organises to win against austerity. This means we have our own ideas and proposals to meet the modern needs of everyone It says a lot that we now talk about the 0.1% not even the 1% – not good really, is it?
We will be having a public meeting in the new year to introduce our new pamphlet and make it clear that there are genuine alternatives For now have a look here and please share widely https://derbypa.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/in_place_of_austerity_pamphlet_2_-1.pdf
Dates for our diaries
Force the Council to debate the planned cuts of 535 NHS beds in Derbyshire
You will know of the savage attacks upon the NHS and we have to do whatever we can to show the anger, and belief that we can reverse the cuts. NHS campaigning groups in Derbyshire have for many months been running a petition against the planned cuts of 535 NHS beds in Derbyshire and in Derby it is possible to force a half hour debate at the council meeting. The intention is have this on November the 22nd. But we need to get 4000 signatures from Derby residents alone. At the time of writing there is a shortfall of about 700 people and this should be possible to achieve.
Can you help?
Please sign the on-line petition on-line 38 Degrees petition https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/no-to-cuts-to-our-derbyshire-nhs and ask your friends and organisations that you may be linked to publicise this as well. Furthermore you can also download a petition: here is the link, and get your friends, family and colleagues to sign. Then send us the completed petitions to the Secretary, SOS NHS Derby, c/o 71 Glengarry Way, Sinfin, DERBY, DE24 9NP
Help SOS NHS Derby gather petition signings on the St Peter’s Street Derby, Saturday the 28th 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Support our stalls in town
Saturday 16th December 10-12 at St Peter’s street (by church) Theme ‘will be Alternatives to Austerity and Derby People’s Assembly would like progressive groups in the city to join them to celebrate the values of public services, justice, compassion and solidarity.
Saturday 13th January 11-1 St Peter’s street (by church) Theme ‘In Place of Austerity’