Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/940/25020

From The Socialist newspaper, 15 March 2017

NHS: strikes and protests can stop cuts

Health workers marching on the demo for the NHS, 4.3.17, photo by Mary Finch

Health workers marching on the demo for the NHS, 4.3.17, photo by Mary Finch   (Click to enlarge)

Dave Carr

The NHS, our vital public health service, is under relentless attack. The latest spending cuts in England - 22 billion under the Tory government's misnamed 'sustainability and transformation plans' (STPs) - will mean further A&E and ward closures, fewer GPs and unfilled staff posts.

These cuts are despite regular reports of critically ill patients dying because ambulances are having to go longer distances due to A&E closures.

And even when such patients are admitted to hospitals they can often spend hours waiting on a trolley in a corridor because of bed shortages and a lack of staff.

Thousands of hospital beds have been axed over recent years to save costs. Added to this shortage is the lack of social care places in the community, preventing many elderly patients being discharged - again, because of billions of pounds cut by successive governments.

Yet multi-millionaire health secretary Jeremy Hunt continues to push for cuts and to sign off privatisation schemes that fill the cash tills of private corporations at the expense of draining the NHS budget.

Moreover, Chancellor Philip Hammond's single-minded pursuit of austerity cuts will worsen the social care crisis in local authorities - unless it's Tory-run Surrey council, where Hammond's constituency is located, which got a sweetheart deal.

But health workers and communities have had enough and are fighting back. Proof of this was shown on 4 March in London when at least 100,000 NHS workers, trade unionists, health campaigners and ordinary members of the public demonstrated against cuts and privatisation.

This groundswell of opposition must be built on. The trade union tops must be shaken out of their inaction and Jeremy Corbyn must fulfil his call to defend the NHS 'with all our might'. Every Labour council must refuse to accept the STPs.

Every threat to close or downgrade an NHS hospital must be resisted by a community campaign linked to action by health workers. As the junior doctors' dispute showed, the government will only sit up and listen when confronted by strikes.

And if a health trust closes a hospital it should be occupied by health workers and the public until it's reopened.

Until the cuts are restored and privatisation scrapped, there will be no social peace for Theresa May's government.

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


In The Socialist 15 March 2017:


Socialist Party news and analysis

Scotland 'indyref2' for socialist independence not the capitalist EU

State surveillance of unions: PCS assistant head demands inquiry

TUSC: SWP suspends participation in England/Wales


Save our NHS!

NHS: strikes and protests can stop cuts

Glenfield heart unit: "Children will die" angry parents tell NHS England


Socialist Party congress 2017

Socialist Party Congress 2017 reports


Socialist Party workplace news

2,000 workers on three rail networks strike against driver-only operated trains

Derby teaching assistants' all-out strike against Labour council

Unison HE conference: Delegates give the bureaucracy a lesson in democracy


Fighting racism

Fight racism and austerity


International Women's Day

International Women's Day: taking action against capitalist oppression


Socialist Party comments and reviews

Disabled workers deserve a living wage

'Nurses are angry and we are ready for action'

Women's struggles reduced to perfume sales and career ladder


 

Home   |   The Socialist 15 March 2017   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Audio  |   PDF  |   ebook






Related links:

NHS:

triangleKick out the Tories to save the NHS!

triangleBarts Trust NHS workers vote for action over pay

triangleGMB conference: angry mood from delegates

triangleCarlisle HCT demo warns against cuts and closures

triangleNorth Bristol: angry march in defence of the NHS

Cuts:

triangleThe Socialist Inbox

triangleOpen University facing huge cuts

Health:

triangleLarge turnout to hear Jeremy Corbyn

triangleFight the Tory cuts and changes that take mental health back to Bedlam

triangleTory oil spoils v poisonous air

Workers:

triangleSwansea Socialist Party: What is a Workers' Brexit?

triangleManchester housing maintenance dispute steps up action

Privatisation:

triangleSingle market = TTIP

Hospital:

triangleCorbyn promises to scrap hospital parking fees

Hospitals:

triangleNHS SOS round-up

Doctors:

triangleNHS cyberattack: budget cuts and spy agency to blame

News and socialist analysis

News and socialist analysis

21/6/17

Trade unions

The have-yachts and the have-nots

21/6/17

Education

Open University facing huge cuts

21/6/17

Inflation

Inflation: Workers lose out - time for action

21/6/17

NHS

Kick out the Tories to save the NHS!

21/6/17

Protest

The Queen's Speech; and defending the right to protest

20/6/17

Socialist

Whole establishment exposed for role in Grenfell fire

20/6/17

Brexit

Tories and May stagger on amid crisis - get them out!

19/6/17

Racism

Finsbury Park attack: No to terror, racism, war and austerity!

14/6/17

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland: DUP propping up the Tories

14/6/17

London

Massive failings led to Grenfell Tower fire - Rapid, fully funded action now

14/6/17

Scotland

Scotland - SNP loses but Labour could've won more

14/6/17

Bonuses

City bosses' 40m bonuses as Number of food banks hits 2,000

14/6/17

Low-paid

Low-paid work till lunch to make rent

14/6/17

Trump

Corbyn surge beats Trump

14/6/17

Young workers

Young workers in unions earn 20% more

triangleMore News and socialist analysis articles...


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

triangle24 Jun Camden evacuation - residents expose fire risks

triangle21 Jun Justice for Grenfell and safety for all

triangle21 Jun Cabin crew calls two-week walkout over blacklisting accusations

triangle21 Jun Anger and grief on moving Grenfell marches

triangle21 Jun The Queen's Speech; and defending the right to protest

triangle20 Jun Whole establishment exposed for role in Grenfell fire

triangle20 Jun Tories and May stagger on amid crisis - get them out!

More ...

triangle25 Jun East Midlands Socialist Party: Rebellion - Then and Now

triangle29 Jun Swansea Socialist Party: Dublin - Jobstown verdict; What it means

triangle1 Jul London: Tories Out national demonstration

triangle3 Jul West Cheshire Socialist Party: Prepare for the next steps towards JC4PM

More ...

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

Archive

Archives:

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