Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/717/14484

From The Socialist newspaper, 9 May 2012

Health services at risk in Cardiff and Vale

Ross Saunders

Cardiff and Vale Health Board celebrated International Workers' Day by agreeing to slash another 67 million from the NHS services it provides.

The West Wing of Cardiff Royal Infirmary, which treats elderly patients, Rookwood Hospital, which houses specialist facilities for stroke sufferers, and Whitchurch Hospital, a mental health facility, have all been targeted for closure. Many smaller facilities out in the community will also shut unless the plans are stopped.

This latest round of cuts comes after an eye-watering plan to cut 87.7 million was demanded by the Assembly last year. Cardiff and Vale cut funding for diagnostics, when it is missing targets for the detection of cancer; closed the emergency poisons unit at Llandough, when it is missing targets for dealing with emergencies, and cut the budgets of surgery and many more departments.

The board has explicitly admitted that the reason they take too long to deal with emergency patients is that there aren't enough staff or beds.

Even official figures say that 97% of bed space is occupied and that hospitals in the area are 110 beds short - that's before this year's cuts are carried out. Waiting times, already long, are being pushed up, leaving people to suffer in pain needlessly.

Mass campaign needed

The staff left behind after the cuts are under enormous pressure. Stress levels are through the roof. Predictably, sickness has rocketed. The response of the board, however, isn't to make sure there are enough workers in place to do the job, but to bring in a draconian new sickness-management regime, that will be used to force people to come to work when they're ill... in a hospital!

The Welsh Assembly has the power to stop the cuts: it must use it! It is not good enough for ministers to criticise Tory cuts when they are announced in Westminster but then claim that the Assembly is "softening the blow" when it implements savage cuts here in Wales.

Despite NHS facilities being over half a billion pounds short this year, First Minister Carwyn Jones claims there are no cuts in the NHS in Wales! The Assembly must refuse to pass on the cuts to local health boards and instead coordinate the setting of budgets that meet the real needs for NHS services in the community.

To be successful this needs to be combined with a mass campaign of the trade unions and communities involving demonstrations and, if necessary, strike action.

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


In The Socialist 9 May 2012:


Socialist Party election analysis

Legitimacy of Cameron and Clegg further shattered

Election results: How did TUSC do?

Con-Dems battered in Scottish local elections

Labour's best Wales result in 21 years will not stop cuts

London elections - TUSC: A marker for future struggles

Coventry: Socialist campaigner Dave Nellist narrowly loses

4,792 mayoral vote for Liverpool 47 candidate

Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition local election reports

Unison attacks TUSC candidate


International socialist news and analysis

France: A weekend that shocked Europe

Greece: Political earthquake sees pro-austerity parties' support collapse


Socialist Party news and analysis

Water waste of money!

MPs find Murdoch "not fit" to run media empire

Them & Us


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Good result for Socialist Students candidates in NUS elections

Health services at risk in Cardiff and Vale

Privatisation pushes up transport costs in Yorkshire

Care home closures in Sheffield

Police restrict anti-racist protesters in Luton


Socialist Party workplace news

Come to the NSSN conference!

Greenwich libraries - fighting back can win

Exposed: the dirty world of NHS privatisation

Duncan Smith throws insults at Remploy workers

Workplace news in brief


Reviews and comments

Film review: 'Cocaine Unwrapped'

Turning anger into action


 

Home   |   The Socialist 9 May 2012   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   PDF  




Related links:

Cardiff:

triangleRough sleeping crisis: make homes, not arrests

triangleCardiff East Socialist Party: Socialism in the USA

triangleCardiff East Socialist Party: Catalonia, Scotland and Wales

triangleCardiff West Socialist Party: How do Marxists analyse the world?

triangleCaerphilly Socialist Party: Are we heading for an era of war?

Health:

triangleSouth London health bosses' cover-up

triangleTotnes MP uses coffin controversy to distract from brutal NHS cuts

triangleSave our NHS

triangleGlenfield victory shows people power can save our NHS

Cuts:

triangleBradford campaign to save children's services launched

triangleUni market 'failure', two-year degrees - end cuts, scrap fees!

triangleLabour 'purge' furore really just democracy

NHS:

triangleThe Socialist Inbox

triangleTyneside walk-in closures postponed after rally

Hospital:

triangleTyneside to protest against A&E and walk-in cuts

Wales:

triangleThe Socialist Inbox

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

16/12/17

Haringey

Blairite council 'all ears' to rich property developers

16/12/17

North West

Arriva bus drivers' action wins pay rise

14/12/17

Waltham Forest

Stop the rotten redevelopment plan, demand residents

13/12/17

London

Six months on - still no justice for Grenfell

13/12/17

Fracking

Movement growing against fracking giant Ineos

13/12/17

Devon

Totnes MP uses coffin controversy to distract from brutal NHS cuts

13/12/17

Miners

Tory plan to hold dinner at coal mining museum defeated

13/12/17

Bradford

Bradford campaign to save children's services launched

13/12/17

South London

South London health bosses' cover-up

13/12/17

Blacklisting

Unite day of action against blacklisting

13/12/17

Brighton

Brighton victory

13/12/17

Newham

Newham anti-academies strikes

13/12/17

Tamil Solidarity

Tamil Solidarity and Refugee Rights activists meeting

12/12/17

Woolwich

Support the Crossrail Woolwich walkout

7/12/17

Blacklisting

Unite protest against blacklisting

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


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

triangle16 Dec Blairite council 'all ears' to rich property developers

triangle16 Dec Arriva bus drivers' action wins pay rise

triangle14 Dec Stop the rotten redevelopment plan, demand residents

triangle13 Dec Six months on - still no justice for Grenfell

triangle13 Dec Movement growing against fracking giant Ineos

triangle13 Dec Totnes MP uses coffin controversy to distract from brutal NHS cuts

triangle13 Dec Trump's incendiary Jerusalem statement reignites Israeli-Palestinian...

More ...

triangle18 Dec Leeds Socialist Party: Religion and Socialism

triangle19 Dec Bristol North Socialist Party: Christmas social

triangle21 Dec Wakefield Socialist Party: Socialists and the National Question

triangle6 Jan Socialist Party national women's meeting

More ...

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

Archive

Archives:

December 2017

November 2017

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