Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page:

From The Socialist newspaper, 7 September 2006

Socialist Party NHS campaign


Campaign defeats GP services sell-off

A LOCAL pensioner in Derbyshire, Pam Smith, has won her appeal to stop the US's biggest healthcare corporation from running her local GP surgery in the village of Langwith (for more details see the socialist 18-24 May 2006).

Jon Dale, Bolsover Socialist Party

Patients had not been properly consulted, said the appeal court judge, before North East Derbyshire primary care trust (PCT) gave the contract to provide Langwith's GP services to United Health Europe, the British division of the US multinational. The court ordered the PCT to start the tendering process from scratch, with full patient consultation.

This is a great victory for the people of Langwith. Everyone fighting NHS privatisation will share their joy.

It would not have happened without strong local displays of anger at the way the Primary Care Trust was trying to steamroller the community into accepting this giant American multinational as their provider of GP services.

Two public meetings were held at which hardly one person spoke in favour of the deal. The original Judicial Review decision - that the PCT had failed in its duty to consult local people, but that it would have made no difference if they had - was laughable.

But although the courts have backed local protesters this time, it would be a mistake for NHS campaigners to rely on them. More often than not, the judges will back business interests.

It's the strength of campaigns that counts - and they need to be linked up at national level to make them strong enough to defeat Labour's continuing onslaught.

Come to the Sheffield rally

FOUR THOUSAND in two days! That's the number of signatures staff from S2 ward have received whilst petitioning against the proposed ward closure at the Sheffield Childrens Hospital.

Jon Smith, GMB branch secretary, Sheffield Children's Hospital

I have had nothing but support from people regarding our rally and march on 9 September but we need more. The joint unions are calling on everyone opposed to NHS cuts to attend this march and rally.

Our battle at the Children's Trust (where management are cutting 9 million over three years) is the battle of all NHS trusts. 90 million cuts are proposed at the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Trust! Today we must win back our NHS.

Demonstrate Saturday 9 September.

Assemble 10am Weston Park for march and rally at City Hall.

Leeds hospitals protest

TEN MEMBERS of Leeds Socialist Party staged a protest lobby of Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS trust chief, Neil McKay, outside St James's hospital on 31 August.

Nigel Poustie

Over the past three years, this Trust - which runs St James's and Leeds General Infirmary - has cut hundreds of posts, closed nine wards and axed many beds.

A regular flow of people coming off the buses came straight to our stall to sign the petition.

One nurse took our paper to show to her colleagues.

We were told we weren't allowed on the premises - of a public hospital!

We were then told we couldn't see Neil McKay as he wasn't there. So instead chief nurse Maureen Noughton was sent to receive the 3,000 signatures we'd collected on our petition, attacking their policy of privatisation and cuts.

We later found out from student nurses that Neil McKay was on their ward with a clip board.

This reinforces the common opinion that, while patients and staff are suffering, there are: "too many managers, too many management consultants and too many private companies bleeding the NHS dry."

Fighting NHSL sell-off

THE STORES and supplies service of the NHS has now been signed off to DHL/Novation. NHS Logistics is supposed to be run by these private companies from 1 October.

DHL claim of course that they will save the NHS 1 billion over the next ten years, without affecting the quality of the service.

The workforce is more sceptical and are balloting for strike action, the result of the ballot of UNISON's 750-plus members will be known after 11 September.

And UNISON has produced leaflets and posters in Polish to ensure every union member is encouraged to vote for action.

This is another chapter in New Labour's drive for privatisation at any cost.

They want to hive off an award-winning public service to a company like Novation who are already being investigated in the USA because of their procurement activities.

The Socialist Party says

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

In The Socialist 7 September 2006:

Fighting back against attacks on NHS

Campaign defeats GP services sell-off

Campaign for a new workers' party

Come to Socialism 2006

Socialist Party campaigns

Progress on climate change - or just hot air?

Long hours and poverty pay hit students

A searing indictment of capitalism

War and terrorism

End the occupations

Lebanon: Can the UN bring peace?

9/11 - Five years on

Reprint: After the carnage in the USA: World Crisis Deepens

International socialist news and analysis

The politics of aid

New socialist party launched in Scotland

Bangladesh: 20,000 protesters march against British mining company

Socialist Party workplace news

Workers yearn for fighting leadership

2% public-sector pay rise won't cover inflation

The GAMA struggle

Strike victory increases pay-offs


Home   |   The Socialist 7 September 2006   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  

Related links:


triangleUprising to save the NHS!

triangleNo cuts - hands off King George A&E!

triangleObesity epidemic: end food market anarchy

triangleTories scrap the NHS pay cap: now fight for real-terms pay rises!

triangleNasty party out the Tories

Socialist Party:

triangleConference on state spies: who's watching who?

trianglePowerful picture of the Port Talbot steel workers' struggle

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

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'


triangleSheffield Labour council threatens peaceful protesters with prison

triangleJoin the Orgreave Halloween rally


triangleThe Socialist Inbox

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns


North West

Arriva North West bus drivers strike over pay


Democratic rights

Conference on state spies: who's watching who?



Striking back against sackers' charter at Leeds Uni


Royal Mail

Royal Mail bosses block strike - back postal workers



Balloting members on the pay cap



'Dazzling' Bad Art show points to socialist future



Sheffield Labour council threatens peaceful protesters with prison


South West Wales

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



Uprising to save the NHS!



Can you donate to the Socialism 2017 appeal?


East London

No cuts - hands off King George A&E!


North London

North London hospital workers fight cuts and job losses



Nationalise to save jobs at BAE Systems



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



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 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



October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017





















Platform setting: = No platform choice