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From The Socialist newspaper, 20 April 2006

NHS in crisis: Join the fightback now

OVER 7,000 NHS jobs slashed. Up to 100,000 jobs at risk. Operations delayed, services cut and hospitals facing possible closure.

This is the health service nightmare under New Labour. And yet Tony Blair tells us we have to "hold our nerves" while his market madness wrecks the NHS!

But all over the country local communities and health workers are fighting back against these attacks. The state of the NHS is becoming the main issue in many local election campaigns.

The Socialist Party has been fighting for unity of all the local campaigns against NHS cuts and privatisation.

Socialist Party member Adrian O'Malley successfully moved the following resolution at Wakefield UNISON health branch to go forward to the national UNISON health conference taking place in Gateshead from 24 to 26 April.

THIS CONFERENCE condemns the recent deluge of redundancies announced by trusts across the country. In an indecent rush to balance the books 1,000's of jobs have been lost in Staffordshire, Cornwall, London, Sussex, Plymouth, Leeds and NHS Direct to name just a few.

UNISON is appalled that after reaching every target thrown at them by the government in recent years NHS workers in these trusts will have the added pressure of maintaining these targets with less staff.

Conference congratulates the thousands of community and trade union activists who have organised demonstrations in towns and cities nationwide against the job losses and cuts in local NHS services.

Conference believes that the numerous local campaigns should be brought together in a national campaign of action in defence of the NHS. We congratulate and support the Keep Our NHS Public campaign's call, made at its conference on 25 March, for the TUC to organise a national demonstration against the cuts.

Conference also believes that as the largest and most influential NHS trade union UNISON must be pro-active and take the lead in the campaign. We therefore call on the SGE (section group executive) to name the date for a national day of action against the cuts.

Conference supports and encourages all UNISON branches facing cuts in jobs and services to organise where possible industrial action on the day of action.

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In The Socialist 20 April 2006:


Socialist Party NHS campaign

NHS in crisis: Join the fightback now

New Labour feel the heat on hospital cuts

Super-profits from illness


Housing crisis

Fight to save our council housing!


Socialist Party election campaign

A socialist alternative to privatisation

We need a fighting alternative


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Socialists call for "robust" action to oppose Peugeot job losses

Keep up the pressure on bosses and union leaders

New strikes against DWP job cuts

Kick big business out of education!

Stewards prepare to fight for jobs


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Walmart: the High Cost of Low Price


 

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