Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/541/6256

From The Socialist newspaper, 9 July 2008

Defend the NHS!

The Socialist Party

The Socialist Party's 'Grim Reaper' and a fat cat join the Keep Our NHS Public 'Defend our health service' protest outside the Department of Health on the 60th anniversary of the founding of the health service, photo Paul Mattsson

LAST SATURDAY, 5 July marked the 60th anniversary of one of the greatest gains of the British working class, the introduction of the National Health Service.

Wylie Hume, Devon Socialist Party

Unfortunately the erosion of the NHS' basic founding principles: free provision at the point of use, the service being financed by central taxation and universal eligibility for treatment, began not long after its introduction.

The 1950s saw the introduction of a 1 dental care charge and a one shilling prescription charge. These are fees that have increased continuously since then. The latest attack has come in the form of polyclinics.

The plan is to centralise services into 'specialist centres' which means closing many GPs surgeries and other facilities and merging them into one so-called 'super-hospital' covering a regional area and will usually be owned and run by the private sector.

Photo Paul Mattsson

Photo Paul Mattsson

The policy will save money in public spending while creating plenty of profit for big business, just what New Labour want. This will be at the expense of patients who will be treated by doctors who don't know them because of short term contracts for commercial health companies, that is if the patients can even get to the polyclinics in the first place.

The polyclinics will lead to further distance to travel for primary health care, especially difficult for those who use the NHS more than anyone else, the elderly. Polyclinics will lead to primary health care being run in the interests of profit not patients.

Most health workers are not paid a decent wage, having been given effectively a pay cut because of inflation over the next three years. They face more attacks in the future including the increasing privatisation of the NHS. We need an alliance between communities and health workers to prevent further attacks and reverse those already carried out.

There is genuine support for the NHS. We should celebrate its 60th anniversary by continuing to fight the cuts, closures and privatisation of what is one of our basic human rights.

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


In The Socialist 9 July 2008:

Striking back against low pay


Campaign for a New Workers Party

The working class needs its own party

CNWP conference: Wanted - a new mass workers' party


Socialist Party news and analysis

UK economy sliding into recession

Rich get richer: Why should we pay the price!

MP backs student fees campaign

Bonuses for chiefs, pay restraint for civil service workers

Government lies on public-sector pay

High farce from Boris Johnson

G8 leaders' 'world hunger' banquet

On the other side of the financial divide...


Socialist Party NHS campaign

Defend the NHS!

Property deals threaten private nursing homes

Cancer vaccines: who decides?


Marxist analysis: history

Terry Fields: A socialist voice that rocked Whitehall


Socialist Party LGBT

Marching against homophobia & racism


Socialist Party workplace news

Argos warehouse workers vote to strike

DWP strikes bring talks

National Shop Stewards Network Conference: Organising migrant workers

A day in the life of a call centre worker

Call centre charter: A framework for workers' rights

RMT conference discusses crisis of political representation


Shop Workers' Union Usdaw

Socialist stands for Usdaw general secretary


 

Home   |   The Socialist 9 July 2008   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  




Related links:

NHS:

triangleNasty party imploding...drive out the Tories

triangleCarlisle NHS campaigners hand in petition to MP

triangleNHS meltdown - fight the Tory cuts

triangleToo much to cross the Mersey

triangleTories wreck our NHS

Health:

triangleOne in four teenage girls depressed - crisis made worse by cuts

triangleStrike to save our NHS!

triangleTragic death highlights Chatsworth ward closure risk

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

Polyclinics:

triangleNo to privatised polyclinics

trianglePolyclinic courts Branson

triangleHands off our NHS!

Privatisation:

triangleCWU fights court attempt to stop national strike

triangleHousing crisis: Corbyn's positive measures blanked by Labour's right

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