NHS not for sale

 article by respected NHS journalist and campaigner, John Lister

Should politician’s summer reading list include ‘unthinkable’ ideas for the NHS?

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Stop distracting us with the ‘health tourism’ sideshow, by Kailash Chand OBE of the BMA
On TTIP and the NHS, they are trying to bamboozle us, by John Hilary of War on Want
Take our ‘treatment’ or we’ll stop your benefits, Tories threaten mentally ill, by Louise McCudden
Time to get even with Stevens – the folly of personal budgets, by John Lister


Defending the NHS – Stop the Health & Social Care Bill

Saturday 3rd September 2011 Queens Square Wolverhampton

stall organised by Labour Party and its Trade Union and Labour Organisation (made up of the fifteen trade unions that are affiliated to the Labour Party).

Cameron and Clegg want to destroy the NHS we know and love. They are wasting millions of pounds on NHS reorganisation that will lead to worse patient care, more privatisation and more red tape.
That’s they’re organising the Big NHS Weekend on September 3rd and 4th, before the Health Bill comes back to Parliament.

In towns and cities across the country, we’ll be sending a message to Tory and Lib Dem MPs that they need to think again about their plans to destroy our NHS.



All Together for the NHS –  WBTUC Armchair Army 2nd Chairborne Division Campaign

Under the banner of ‘All Together for the NHS’, unions and campaigning groups are coming together to call on the Government to think again. 

 ‘All Together for the NHS’, with health workers and service users are getting together to lobby key MPs in their constituencies and campaigning to raise the profile of the issue through events all over the country.

 Email your thoughts and feelings (or use the ready-made letter by clicking the email links below), about saving the NHS from massive cuts and privatisation to:

Nick Clegg – nick.clegg.mp@parliament.uk
David Cameron – camerond@parliament.uk

W’ton SE MP Pat McFadden – mcfaddenp@parliament.uk
W’ton NE MP Emma Reynolds – reynoldse@parliament.uk
W’ton SW MP Paul Uppaluppalp@parliament.uk


Do sign the online petitions being run by 38 Degrees and Save Our NHS.

 No excuse to not join in this campaign – it’s designed for the chairborne! You only have to move a mouse!

 “The NHS will last as long as their are folk left with the faith to fight for it.” Aneurin Bevan
All Together for the NHS is a joint campaign co-ordinated by the TUC,bringing together unions and campaigners from across the health sector.

The 26 March demo was just the beginning of the campaign for an alternative for public services.
The government is currently pushing through huge changes, which will change our National Health Service beyond recognition and we need to act urgently.

 Across the UK,local groups are planning activities to stand up for the NHS and raise awareness about the threat of the proposed changes.  Whether it’s visiting your MP, holding a workplace meeting or setting up a stall on your high street, every activity is essential to protecting our NHS.
The speed and scale of the proposed changes to the NHS are massive. Ultimately patients and staff will be the losers.

They will mean:
Big cuts in health spending. These are being taken from patient care and leading to job losses – including clinical staff – across the NHS.
Opening up the NHS to private profit. Taxpayers’ money destined for NHS patients will be diverted into shareholder profits.
NHS patients will be pushed to the back of the queue because the proposed Bill will take the cap off the amount hospitals can earn from private patients.
It means competition, not co-operation. The government wants to run the NHS through competition between different health providers and market forces.
It will create a huge postcode lottery. The care patients can expect will vary from place to place, increasing costs and health inequalities and hurting vulnerable people the most.

No-one voted for this. The NHS is working and public satisfaction with the NHS is at an all time high.
There is an alternative for the NHS.
 Please support the All Together for the NHS 

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