Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/668/11915

From The Socialist newspaper, 27 April 2011

NHS cuts Leeds: Save Yorkshire's children's heart surgery unit

Michael Johnson, Leeds City Socialist Party

Over the past few weeks, dozens of volunteers and activists have taken to the streets of Leeds in an effort to stop the planned closure of the Children's Heart Surgery Unit at Leeds General Infirmary. The closure threat is part of a planned national 'reconfiguration' of the NHS.

The Unit currently provides its services for all of Yorkshire, Humber and North Derbyshire.

If closed, thousands of seriously ill children (with 370 needing to undergo open heart surgery and 40% needing long-term care) and their families will be forced to travel huge distances to the closest heart unit.

Both their physical and mental well-being would be seriously affected by the closure, just from the stress of travelling alone. And this doesn't even take into account the financial costs of travelling these distances would have, not only on the families but also on the NHS!

The Save Our Surgery group is collecting 50,000 signatures. To sign the petition online go to: www.thepetitionsite.com/6/help-to-save-ward-10-childrens-cardiac-lgi/

Save Our Surgery is also asking for people to lobby their MPs and to attend a public consultation meeting on Tuesday 10 May at 3-5pm or 6-8pm at the Royal Armouries (register online at the above website).

However, this is not the only action needed as the closure of this type of service is a clear part of the government's 'privatisation through the back-door' agenda.

We need united mass action to defend the NHS involving trade unions, anti-cuts groups and service users, including building support for a one-day public sector strike.

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 27 April 2011:


Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition

Fight the cuts: Vote for a socialist alternative

Why I'm standing on 5 May

Fight the cuts - strike, demonstrate, stand against cuts

TUSC election challenge: vote socialist to stop the cuts


May Day Greetings

May day Greetings in The Socialist May 2011


Socialist Party news and analysis

No Health Cuts, No Privatisation

NHS cuts Leeds: Save Yorkshire's children's heart surgery unit

Stop the Connaught closure

Teachers' conference calls for strike ballot to defend pensions

Bristol 'Tesco riot' reveals anger

Royal wedding: Not much bread but there's plenty of circuses

News in brief


Socialist Party workplace news

Striking for jobs

Management failures force school strike

National Shop Stewards Network 2011 Conference

Saltend lockout: Struggle continues

Support the Leeds Fed strikers

Workplace news in brief


International socialist news and analysis

Syria: Assad's regime uses brutal terror to suppress opposition


Socialist history

Manningham Mills 1890-1891: A strike that changed Britain's unions


Socialist Party campaigns

Police assist racist EDL marchers

Opposing the BNP

Swansea says: make the fat cats pay!


 

Home   |   The Socialist 27 April 2011   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  




Related links:

Leeds:

triangle'Dazzling' Bad Art show points to socialist future

triangleStriking back against sackers' charter at Leeds Uni

triangleUniversity of Leeds workers walk out

triangleLeeds Socialist Students marks 'International Safe Abortion Day'

triangleWhy I joined: I wanted to change things

Yorkshire:

triangleDemonstrators see off far-right in Keighley

triangleHuddersfield A&E closure goes to judicial review

triangleThree week Argos strike ends

NHS:

triangleUprising to save the NHS!

triangleNo cuts - hands off King George A&E!

triangleObesity epidemic: end food market anarchy

Cuts:

triangleNorth London hospital workers fight cuts and job losses

triangleYoung people being strangled by debts

Children:

triangleSchools "can't go any further" - stop the cuts: set deficit budgets now

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

19/10/17

North West

Arriva North West bus drivers strike over pay

18/10/17

Democratic rights

Conference on state spies: who's watching who?

18/10/17

Leeds

Striking back against sackers' charter at Leeds Uni

18/10/17

Royal Mail

Royal Mail bosses block strike - back postal workers

18/10/17

PCS

Balloting members on the pay cap

18/10/17

Art

'Dazzling' Bad Art show points to socialist future

18/10/17

Council

Sheffield Labour council threatens peaceful protesters with prison

18/10/17

South West Wales

Hundreds turn out for rally aimed at removing west Wales Tory MP

18/10/17

NHS

Uprising to save the NHS!

18/10/17

Socialism

Can you donate to the Socialism 2017 appeal?

18/10/17

East London

No cuts - hands off King George A&E!

18/10/17

North London

North London hospital workers fight cuts and job losses

18/10/17

BAE

Nationalise to save jobs at BAE Systems

18/10/17

Schools

Schools "can't go any further" - stop the cuts: set deficit budgets now

18/10/17

Swansea

Socialist Students 'welcome' Hillary Clinton to Swansea

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party

triangle19 Oct Arriva North West bus drivers strike over pay

triangle18 Oct Russia, October 1917: When workers took power

triangle18 Oct Tories torn - bin them now

triangle18 Oct Royal Mail bosses block strike - back postal workers

triangle18 Oct Balloting members on the pay cap

triangle13 Oct The end of the Tories?

triangle11 Oct Nasty party imploding...drive out the Tories

More ...

triangle23 Oct Chesterfield Socialist Party: The continuing struggle for abortion rights

triangle24 Oct Liverpool Socialist Party: The October Russian Revolution 100 years ago to the day

triangle25 Oct Salford Socialist Party: The October 1917 Russian revolution

triangle25 Oct Swansea Socialist Party: Mother Jones - A US labour pioneer

More ...

Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Archive

Archives:

October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999

Legal

SP RSS feed RSS

Platform setting: = No platform choice

V2