Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/526/3938

From The Socialist newspaper, 25 March 2008

Save our hospitals!

HOSPITAL TRUST bosses in south east London have put forward a package of closures and severe cuts to services. 5,000 people recently protested against threats to Queen Mary's Hospital in Sidcup (see The Socialist 523). Another demonstration on 29 March will protest at threats to Lewisham Hospital's accident and emergency (A&E), acute surgery, maternity and children's in-patients departments.

Roger Shrives, Lewisham Socialist Party

The Picture of Health document proposes a series of options that could lead to the closure of one or more of four hospitals in Lewisham, Bromley, Woolwich and Sidcup and would hit services in all of them.

Far from having too many A&E units, attendances at south-east London's A&Es went up by 28% between 2002 and 2006. Queen Elizabeth hospital in Woolwich would be expected to increase its emergency admissions by 40% under these plans even though it often diverts ambulances to Queen Mary's in Sidcup because of lack of beds!

These attacks are clearly designed to cut public spending and get private companies to profit from health services. A Picture of Health claims that south east London hospitals work at a 400,000 a week 'deficit'. But that's far less than the extra weekly costs of the private finance initiative (PFI) schemes at Lewisham and Bromley hospitals! These plans put private profit before local people's health.

Local pensioners' groups and other campaigners have been fighting NHS cuts for some years and aim to keep all hospitals and A&Es in the area open. But the forthcoming London mayoral and Assembly elections are leading mainstream politicians such as Lewisham's Labour mayor Sir Steve Bullock and Tory London mayoral hopeful Boris Johnson to say how much they want to save one or other hospital.

What we really need is a massive campaign to save all the hospitals and all the services they offer. If it is a question of money, then why not take action against the private contractors who make huge profits from NHS hospitals?

Bromley Hospital Trust has the highest deficit of any NHS trust in Britain, largely due to charges coming from the PFI scheme at Princess Royal hospital. Hospitals in Lewisham and Woolwich also have huge PFI bills.

This is destabilising NHS finances but making a fortune for some fat cat business people. We say cancel all these PFI contracts and end the process of privatisation and marketisation of services that is ruining the national health service across the country.

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


In The Socialist 25 March 2008:

Iraq: five year nightmare


Socialist Party NHS campaign

Save our hospitals!

Agenda for Change: Hospital workers' victory

A socialist alternative


Socialist Party workplace news

Teachers balloting for strike action

Northern Rock: Workers 'gutted' at the scale of job losses

Shelter workers angry at management

My bullying boss


Socialist Students

Our year of fighting back


Socialist Party news and analysis

A revolt against council tax?

Workers' flame burning brightly in Liverpool


International socialist news and analysis

Chinese regime suppresses Tibet uprising

Greece: Government pension attacks provoke general strike

Solidarity with Kashmir workers


Socialist Party Marxist analysis

World events and their repercussions


 

Home   |   The Socialist 25 March 2008   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  




Related links:

Hospitals:

triangleTories wreck our NHS

triangleChatsworth ward campaign replies to Tory MP's intervention

triangleTragic death highlights Chatsworth ward closure risk

triangleDeal concludes Barts health strike - "We have raised our heads high"

triangleBarts strike - 'Up the ante' if necessary

Hospital:

triangleNHS meltdown - fight the Tory cuts

triangleBerlin hospital strike

triangleHuddersfield A&E closure goes to judicial review

triangleDetermined protest against Chatsworth Ward closure

Lewisham:

triangleSchools and teaching: A perfect storm of cuts, underfunding, excessive workloads and low pay

triangleLewisham 1977: When socialists and workers defeated the far-right National Front

triangle'Ana Key MP' - Socialist artist responds to attacks

London:

triangleTower Hamlets Socialist Party: "You can't have capitalism without racism" (Malcolm X)

triangleTower Hamlets Socialist Party: Capitalism in Crisis - is Corbyn the answer?

NHS:

triangleNasty party imploding...drive out the Tories

PFI:

trianglePlans to bring A-levels back to Knowsley abandoned

Boris Johnson:

triangleThe Tories must be driven out

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

12/10/17

Cleaners

Justice for Tube cleaners demo

11/10/17

Salford

Salford Unison condemns pay cuts

11/10/17

Royal Mail

CWU fights court attempt to stop national strike

11/10/17

Carlisle

Carlisle NHS campaigners hand in petition to MP

11/10/17

Green

Don't wreck our rec! Campaigning to save green space in Standish

11/10/17

Fire

No more fire deaths - ensure safety now!

11/10/17

Cardiff

Cardiff Socialist Students confront 'Parasite' Jacob Rees-Mogg

11/10/17

John McDonnell

Manchester rally discussed unionisation and nationalisation

11/10/17

Orgreave

Join the Orgreave Halloween rally

11/10/17

Union

Workplace news in brief

11/10/17

Democratic rights

Who's watching who?: The fight for justice, trade union and democratic rights

6/10/17

Northern Ireland

Boeing bust-up threatens thousands of skilled jobs

5/10/17

Runcorn

Too much to cross the Mersey

4/10/17

Royal Mail

Set for national strike action

4/10/17

London

Supporting the general strike in Catalonia

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


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

triangle13 Oct The end of the Tories?

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

triangle11 Oct CWU fights court attempt to stop national strike

triangle11 Oct The fight against racial discrimination is tied to fighting against...

triangle11 Oct Catalonia: Workers can finish what Puigdemont won't

triangle6 Oct Boeing bust-up threatens thousands of skilled jobs

triangle4 Oct The nasty party turns on itself... but the Tories must be driven out

More ...

triangle16 Oct Teesside Socialist Party: After the party conferences

triangle17 Oct London: TUC lobby & rally; and London march

triangle18 Oct Warrington & St Helens Socialist Party: 1917-2017; the October Russian Revolution

triangle18 Oct Hackney Socialist Party: 100 years ago - the Bolshevik-led revolution

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