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#Labour Leader Jeremy #Corbyn will be among those who will address the crowds at the #OurNHS70 national demonstration and celebration this Saturday #Derbyuk Coaches leaving Derby Bus Station at 8am PROMPT Saturday 30th June. Tickets £10 waged, £5 low waged, Free unwaged and claimants. Book with mozgreenshields@gmail.com or text 07889 274723 as quick as you can. #NHS #Labour #Derbyshire

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Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn will be among those who will address the

crowds at the #OurNHS70 national demonstration and celebration this

Saturday.

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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

claimants.

Book with mozgreenshields@gmail.com or text 07889 274723 as quick as you can.

The People’s Assembly Against Austerity
http://www.thepeoplesassembly.org.uk/

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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.

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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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Keep Our NHS Public

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.

References:

  1. 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/
  2. 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/
  3. The People’s Assembly Against Austerity
  4. 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

Our #NHS is 70 Celebrate and Demonstrate Saturday 30 June 2018  Assemble 12pm, Portland Place, London W1A #OurNHS70 – Free, for all, forever

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Our NHS is 70
Celebrate and Demonstrate Free, for all, forever

The People’s Assembly has teamed up with a huge coalition of unions, campaigns and organisations which will be hosting a massive celebration and national demonstration to mark the 70th anniversary of our NHS this year. On Saturday 30 June in Central London tens of thousands will join a parade of music, protest, carnival and street party. Make sure this is one event you don’t miss out on this year!

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Our NHS is 70
Celebrate and Demonstrate
#OurNHS70 – Free, for all, forever

Say yes to:
– A publicly owned NHS that is free for all
– Proper funding and proper staffing
– Support for our NHS workers
– World class services for every community

Saturday 30 June 2018
Assemble 12pm, Portland Place, London W1A (nearest tubes: Oxford Circus / Great Portland St)
Parade route to 10 Downing Street, Whitehall

Please invite your friends to the Facebook event

Organised by: The People’s Assembly, Health Campaigns Together, TUC, Unison, Unite, GMB, RCN, BMA, BDA (more tbc)

#OurNHS is a loved and cherished part of every community. Come out and celebrate with us on 30th June. Bring your family, your friends, your loved ones and anyone who cares about the future of healthcare in this country.

The NHS belongs to us. Access to healthcare is a human right. Our post-war generation created a National Health Service that delivered world class care to all on the basis of need. For 70 years #ourNHS has set a shining example to the world of what can be achieved when we make the choice to look after the collective good.

But #ourNHS is under attack. A decade of austerity, underfunding and top down reforms have stretched our health service to breaking point. Services are being cut and cancelled, hospitals and wards are closing, there are staffing shortages across every part of the system and increasing parts of our health service are being outsourced to private companies.

Never has there been a more urgent time in her 70 year history to stand up and defend what is yours. For what the last generation built. You have paid for it. You deserve it.

Transport being arranged across the Country we will post details soon.

#Free4allForever
#OurNHS70

The People’s Assembly Against Austerity
http://www.thepeoplesassembly.org.uk/

#DerbyUK People’s Assembly: Happy New Year, welcome to the first newsletter of 2018 People’s Assembly and Health Campaigns Together called an“Emergency Demonstration” in London on Saturday 3 February

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Happy New Year, welcome to the first newsletter of 2018


People’s Assembly & Health Campaigns Together called an“Emergency Demonstration” in London on Saturday 3 February

This is in response to the worsening Winter Crisis in the NHS. Jeremy Hunt has been promoted, he should have been sacked in the recent ministerial reshuffle. Read the joint statement from The People’s Assembly & Health Campaigns Together
http://www.thepeoplesassembly.org.uk/hunt_should_be_sacked

Help make this a success

Share our Facebook Event, share widely and invite your friends. Click here: https://www.facebook.com/events/174477699821503/
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NHS Winter Crisis: Thousands left in ambulances
16,900 people in a week kept in NHS ambulances waiting for hospital care. The highest number of people this winter were forced to wait in back of ambulance during Christmas week in England. http://www.thepeoplesassembly.org.uk/nhs_crisis1

Carillion collapse highlights need for ending privatisation in the NHS
Health campaigners are urging the Government to stop rewarding private sector firms with NHS contracts and restore the health service to a publicly owned and controlled national resource, in the wake of the Carillion debacle. Read more here: http://www.thepeoplesassembly.org.uk/carillion_nhs

300,000 people on low incomes missing out on the benefits they’re due.
The Resolution Foundation said that numbers are “falling through the cracks” in the system and not claiming benefits worth at least £73 a week. Click here for article:
https://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/article/300%2C000-people-on-low-incomes-missing-out-on-the-benefits

Get in touch, we all need to do our bit to help defeat austerity, defend the NHS and begin to invest in people and services. Still a political choice to cut and destroy rather than protect, invest and build for the long term. There are alternatives.

Derby People’s Assembly

SOS NHS Derby End the winter crisis with a cash injection to restore the NHS budget Commit to increased funding each year End the cap on NHS pay No cuts, no closures, no privatisation – #SOSNHSDerby #NHS in Crisis: Fix It Now! Transport to London February 3rd #NHS Emergency Demonstration #NHS30218 #Derby People’s Assembly Against Austerity: #Derbyuk #Derbyshire

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*End the winter crisis with a cash injection to restore the NHS budget
*Commit to increased funding each year
*End the cap on NHS pay
*No cuts, no closures, no privatisation

Join the demonstration in London On Saturday 3 February.



Dear Friends

Our NHS is in a serious crisis. Ambulances queuing for hours to hand over seriously ill patients, patients left in corridors waiting for beds, operations postponed, and mental health patients taken hundreds of miles to find a bed.

Theresa May & Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt issued a hollow apology and deny any crisis! But the problem comes from deliberate government policy of cuts, bed closures, pay restraint and privatisation.

Our NHS has been starved of funding with inadequate investment in staff and resources. 8,000 front line beds and 20% of mental health beds have closed. Eight years of below inflation pay settlements have contributed to 100,000 vacant posts for health professionals – leaving no spare capacity for peaks of demand & increasing the pressure on the dedicated staff who remain.
We don’t want apologies, we demand change.

On 3 February Health campaigns together are organising a national day of action – an emergency demonstration in London and nationwide protests to demand:

End the winter crisis with a cash injection to restore the NHS budget
Commit to increased funding each year
End the cap on NHS pay
No cuts, no closures, no privatisation

Join the demonstration in London On Saturday 3 February.

Coaches are leaving Derby Bus Station at 8:00am. Book tickets from mozgreenshields@gmail.com or text 07889 274723. Tickets are £10, £5 concessions, and free for the unwaged. SOS NHS DERBY is asking all our supporters to come along.
Coaches are leaving Chesterfield Town Hall, Rose Hill, S40 1LP) at 8:00am. Phone or text 07778480484 to book a seat.

Protest and present the ‘protect the 535 beds’ petition to the County Council on Wednesday the February 7, 1.30 pm.

Don’t forget that supporters from across Derbyshire will be attending the Derbyshire County Council Full meeting on Wednesday 7th February, at County Hall, Matlock, at 1.30 pm.

The plan is to protests outside then present the petition against the plan to cut 535 hospital beds to the Council. (If you haven’t signed the petition please do so, we still need a few hundred signatures to trigger the 30 minute debate). Click on this link to say you will join us

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