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120,000 DEATHS LINKED TO #Conservative #LibDems AUSTERITY #Derbyuk #Derbyshire #Labour #Momentum #DCFC

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The Conservatives have been accused of “economic murder” for austerity policies which a new study suggests have caused 120,000 deaths.

The paper found that there were 45,000 more deaths in the first four years of Tory-led efficiencies than would have been expected if funding had stayed at pre-election levels.

On this trajectory that could rise to nearly 200,000 excess deaths by the end of 2020, even with the extra funding that has been earmarked for public sector services this year. Real terms funding for health and social care fell under the Conservative-led Coalition Government in 2010, and the researchers conclude this “may have produced” the substantial increase in deaths. The paper identified that mortality rates in the UK had declined steadily from 2001 to 2010, but this reversed sharply with the death rate growing again after austerity came in. From this reversal the authors identified that 45,368 extra deaths occurred between 2010 and 2014, than would have been expected, although it stops short of calling them “avoidable”.

Based on those trends it predicted the next five years – from 2015 to 2020 – would account for 152,141 deaths – 100 a day – findings which one of the authors likened to “economic murder”.

The Government began relaxing austerity measures this year announcing the end of its cap on public sector pay rises and announcing an extra £1.3bn for social care in the Spring Budget. Over three years the additional funding for social care is expected to reach £2bn, which Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said was “patching up a small part of the damage” wrought by £4.6bn cuts. The study, published in BMJ Open today, estimated that to return death rates to their pre-2010 levels spending would need to increase by £25.3bn. The Department of Health said “firm conclusions” cannot be drawn from this work, and independent academics warned the funding figures were “speculative”.

However local councils who have been struggling to fund care with slashed budgets urged the Government to consider the research seriously. Shadow Health Secretary Jonathan Ashworth said the Government must match Labour’s spending pledges in the Autumn Budget.

Per capita public health spending between 2001 and 2010 increased by 3.8 per cent a year, but in the first four years of the Coalition, increases were just 0.41 per cent, researchers from University College London found. In social care the annual budget increase collapsed from 2.20 per cent annually, to a decrease of 1.57 per cent. The researchers found this coincided with death rates which had decreased by around 0.77 per cent a year to 2010, beginning to increase again by 0.87 per cent a year.

And the majority of those were people reliant on social care, the paper says: “This is most likely because social care experienced greater relative spending constraints than healthcare.” It also notes that a drop in nurse numbers may have accounted for 10 per cent of deaths, concluding: “We have found that spending constraints since 2010, especially public expenditure on social care, may have produced a substantial mortality gap in England.”

The papers’ senior author and a researcher at UCL, Dr Ben Maruthappu, said that while the paper “can’t prove cause and effect” it shows an association. And he added this trend is seen elsewhere. “When you look at Portugal and other countries that have gone through austerity measures, they have found that health care provision gets worse and health care outcomes get worse,” he told The Independent. One of his co-author’s, Professor Lawrence King of the Applied Health Research Unit at Cambridge University, said it showed the damage caused by austerity

“It is now very clear that austerity does not promote growth or reduce deficits – it is bad economics, but good class politics,” he said. “This study shows it is also a public health disaster. It is not an exaggeration to call it economic murder.”

The Department of Health stressed that no such conclusion could be drawn. A spokesperson said: “As the researchers themselves note, this study cannot be used to draw any firm conclusions about the cause of excess deaths.

“The NHS is treating more people than ever before and funding is at record levels with an £8bn increase by 2020-21. We’ve also backed adult social care with £2bn investment and have 12,700 more doctors and 10,600 more nurses on our wards since May 2010.”

And independent academics added that it is hard to prove cause and effect with this kind of study even if the underlying assumptions may be correct.

Professor Martin Roland Emeritus Professor of Health Services Research, University of Cambridge said: “This study suggests that a change happened to cause deaths to stop declining around 2014. This is likely to be a correct finding. However, the link to health and social care spending is speculative as observational studies of this type can never prove cause and effect.”

Cllr Izzi Seccombe, chairman of the Local Government Association’s community wellbeing board, said: “We would urge government to review the evidence behind this analysis. If correct, it would clearly reinforce the desperate and urgent need to properly fund social care

Mr Ashworth, responding to the study, said: “This shocking mortality gap is a damning indictment of the dire impact which sustained Tory cuts to our NHS and social care services have had on health outcomes across the nation.

“Ahead of the Budget, this appalling news must serve as an urgent wake up call to the Prime Minister. She must match Labour’s pledge to deliver an extra £6 billion for our NHS across the next financial year to ensure the best possible quality of care is sustained for years to come.”

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Motorcade and Rally to Save Our #NHS  #Matlock Sat 18th November 11.30 Derbyuk #Derbyshire

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Motorcade and Rally to Save Our NHS    

 

Matlock Sat 18th November 11.30
 
Our NHS is in danger. £22 billion has been taken out of the budget in the last seven years and now Derbyshire is to lose 535 beds. This will affect surrounding districts. Who is making the decisions? Council-led Health and Wellbeing Boards play a part, Commissioning Groups decide who gets the limited money made available but never challenge it, and MPs preside over these cuts and changes.
 
Bolsover Hospital, Matlock Whitworth, Bakewell Newholme, Stockport/High Peak’s Shire Hill, Babington. All for the chop.
 
WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO?
 
Join us on Saturday 18th November, leaving from wherever you are, in colourfully dressed up cars, or just with yourself and your banners. Arrive in the Matlock County Hall Car Park at 11.30

 

Rally for Our NHS

 
Indoor Meeting at 12.00. Speakers.
 
We’ll, to be joined by campaigners from all over the county, plus Sheffield, Burton and Lincoln. We are hoping ITV will be thereThen from 12.00, there will be speakers, discussion, action planning.
 
We must fight for Our NHS.

he People’s Assembly Against Austerity National demonstration Sunday 1 October the day the Tory Party conference opens. New TIMETABLE for 5 days of protest, rallies, public meetings, gigs, comedy and cultural events to protest, the Conservative Party Conference

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The last few months have seen enormous political shifts, a trend that looks set to continue. Theresa May and the Conservative Party have got themselves in a real mess, with a dramatically weakened Government, a divided party, and no obvious way out of the situation.
 
TIMETABLE for 5 days of protest, rallies, public meetings, gigs, comedy and cultural events to protest, the Conservative Party Conference
 
National demonstration on Sunday 1 October the day the Tory Party conference opens which tens of thousands are expected to attend.
 
In less than three weeks time the Conservative Party Conference will take place in Manchester. We’re organising 5 days of protest, rallies, public meetings, gigs, comedy and cultural events to coincide with it – every day they are in Manchester we will be there too putting across the alternative to austerity. The week will include a national demonstration on Sunday 1 October the day the Tory Party conference opens which tens of thousands are expected to attend.
 
Below is the initial timetable of events for the week of action, every day new events are added and details updated – keep checking the website for details. It looks set to be a packed week. We’re asking everyone to do what they can to get to as much of the week as possible, we hope to be able to offer accommodation for those who wish to attend the week from outside of Manchester, if you’re interested please contact office@thepeoplesassembly.org.uk. Derby Coach Booking 

TAKE BACK MANCHESTER FESTIVAL 30 SEP – 4 OCT 2017

NATIONAL DEMONSTRATION – SUNDAY 1 OCTOBER
NO MORE AUSTERITY | SCRAP THE PAY CAP
FOR DECENT HEALTH, HOMES, JOBS & EDUCATION

Sunday 1 October, 12pm Castlefield Arena / Liverpool Road, Manchester

 
TIMETABLE
 
This timetable will be updated daily with new events & details may change so please keep checking the website. If you are organising an event, or would like to, as part of the week please get in touch – office@thepeoplesassembly.org.uk
 
FRIDAY 29 SEPTEMBER
 
19:00 – 21:00 – Speak Out Against Austerity
Spoken word & poetry night
@ TriBeCA
SATURDAY 30 SEPTEMBER
12:00 – 16:30: Working for a World Without Austerity
Day school hosted by Manchester Trades Council (more details to follow)
@ Partisan Collective
 
14:00 – 16:00: Fighting Unemployment, Poverty and Austerity
Public Meeting: hosted by the Mary Quaile Club
Speakers: Sean Mitchell and Charlotte Hughes
@ Working Class Movement Library, 51 Crescent, Salford M5 4WX
 
16:00 – 18:00: Trump: Taking The World To The Brink Of War?
Public Meeting: hosted by Stop the War Coalition
Speakers: Lindsey German, Alan Gibbons, Louise Regan
@ Central Hall Manchester, Oldham Street
 
17:00 – 19:00: Panel Discussion hosted by Momentum (full details tbc)
@ Partisan Collective
 
18:00 – 19:00: Unwelcome the Tories – Flash Mob
@ Piccadilly Station
 
19:00 – 23:00: F**kTheTories Pre-Protest Party
@ Partisan Collective – More details
 
19:30 – 21:30: Saturday Night Live Event
Theatre / Show: Guests include Maxine Peake, Jolyon Rubinstein & Heydon Prowse, more tba
@ Dancehouse Theatre – Registration available soon

 

 

SUNDAY 1 OCTOBER
 
12:00 – 17:00: NATIONAL DEMONSTRATION
NO MORE AUSTERITY | SCRAP THE PAY CAP | FOR DECENT HEALTH, HOMES, JOBS & EDUCATION
@ Castlefield Arena / Liverpool Road, Manchester
 
18:00 – 23:00: Official Demo After Party
Gig: Captain Ska & special guests
@ Manchester Academy – Tickets available soon
 
MONDAY 2 OCTOBER
 
13:00 – 15:30: No to Fracking, No to Climate Change
Protest: Hosted by Campaign Against Climate Change
@ Outside Manchester Central Library
 
14:00 – 16:00: A Media For The Many Not The Few
Public Meeting: hosted by Media Reform Coalition, Morning Star & others
Speakers include Julie Hesmondhalgh, Justin Schlosberg, & more tbc
@ Unison, Arena Point
 
16:00 – 18:00: The Fight Against Fracking And Climate Change
Public Meeting: with Tina Rothery, Fracking Nanas, Andy Burnham (Invited)
@ Unison, Arena Point
 
17:00 – 18:00: Meditation Flash Mob
Hosted by Manchester Awakening
@ location to be announced on the day. For notification sign up on Facebook
 
17:15 – 18:45: Avoiding Apocalypse: Alternatives to a war-based foreign policy
Public Meeting: Hosted by Greater Manchester Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament Facebook
@Partisan Collective, 19 Cheetham Hill Road, Manchester M4 4FY
 
19:00 – 21:00: An Economy That Works For All
Public Meeting: In conversation with John McDonnell MP, Shadow Chancellor
Hosted by The People’s Assembly
@ Manchester Cathedral – Register your place here
 
TUESDAY 3 OCTOBER
 
14:00 – 16:00: Dispossession: The Great Housing Swindle
Film Showing: followed by Q&A
@ Friends Meeting House – Tickets available here
 
17:00 – 19:00: Don’t Let The Racists Divide Us
Protest: hosted by Stand Up To Racism
@ Tory Party Conference (full details tbc)
 
19:30 – 21:30: Ten Takes On Resistance
Theatre: 10 new specially written pieces tackling some of the big issues of our day
Hosted by Take Back Manchester Theatre Collective
@ Central Methodist Hall, Oldham Street – Tickets available here
 
WEDNESDAY 4 OCTOBER
 
11:00 – 13:00: End The Housing Crisis: Grenfell, Homelessness & Insecure Homes
Public Meeting @ Friends Meeting House
 
13:00 – 15:00: Wall Of Sound Around The Conference Centre
Protest during Theresa May’s speech – bring pots, pans, drums, whistles and megaphones!
Assemble: Outside Friends Meeting House, Mount Street
More Details of this or other activities see
 
The People’s Assembly Against Austerity

Solidarity with our #Derbyuk Teaching Assistants: You can help by spreading the word and donating to the strike fund.

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In a major (and very brave) escalation, Derby teaching assistants are now on ALL OUT STRIKE over a 25% pay cut imposed last June. Last week Ranjit Banwait, leader of the Labour council, walked out of a full council meeting rather than face angry parents and TAs. He then walked out early from an ACAS meeting with UNISON the following day – to do prearranged media interviews condemning the negotiations!

Derby TAs are now calling on teachers and heads to help them close schools to bring about a swift resolution to this dispute – you can help by spreading the word and donating to the strike fund.

Make cheques payable to Derby City UNISON Industrial Action Fund and send to: UNISON Derby City Branch, Royal Oak House, Market Place, Derby DE1 3AR.