Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/542/6285

From The Socialist newspaper, 16 July 2008

NHS - birthday greetings and warnings

A previous NHS protest in Leicester, photo Leicester Socialist Party

A previous NHS protest in Leicester, photo Leicester Socialist Party

IN SOME towns celebrations for the NHS' 60th birthday were official events, but the day organised by the Keep our NHS Public group in Leicester was a much more grassroots affair.

Sally Ruane, Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Keep our NHS Public

A small display in the city centre combined personal testimonies from local patients and NHS workers, a chronology of key NHS events over the decades, extracts from local documents depicting aspects of health care since 1948 and quotations from NHS founder Aneurin Bevan.

The display included pamphlets produced by a local Labour Party as part of a campaign against the Tories' privatisation of the NHS in 1983/84. The irony was not lost on the organisers or many of the public.

The photographs triggered memories for some passers-by. One woman identified a picture of a former isolation hospital where she spent three months as a child. And she and her sister recalled her mother's travails in bringing up eleven children from the 1930s to the 1950s, the youngest of them a 'sickly' child.

They recalled the threepence paid weekly for ambulance cover, the long walk to the neighbouring village for prescriptions, fundraising for the local voluntary hospital and the 'men's health club', held regularly in the local pub.

All speeches at the rally, from health visitors, social care workers, pensioners, the local Trades Union Council, the Socialist Party and Keep our NHS Public acknowledged the NHS' achievements in providing free and universal health care.

But they all gave dire warnings about current government health policy, especially the resources squandered on the extra bureaucracy required in a marketised health system and the threat posed by the encroachment of big business.

No blueprint for action was offered but people agreed that the NHS had been created through the demands and pressures of ordinary people, so its precarious future could be safeguarded only by them.

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


In The Socialist 16 July 2008:

Global finance crisis deepens

Feature: Price inflation - the sickness of capitalism


Global Warming

Change the system! not the climate


International socialist news and analysis

Sri Lanka general strike

Military threat to Iran stepped up


Socialist Party NHS campaign

NHS - birthday greetings and warnings

Ambulances - calls doubled, no extra staff

Polyclinic courts Branson

Ex-Foley-ated! Union bashing NHS boss resigns as staff defeat pay cuts


Socialist Party campaigns

Glasgow East by-election Socialist change needed

Durham Miners' Gala rejects New Labour

One Wales rule for the rich...

Post Office Leeds: Haranguing in the rain

Greenwich: Employers' hypocrisy

Bangor: Bus protest


Workplace news and analysis

Visteon takeover: Workers' determination defends conditions

Shop stewards conference: Workers and war

Workplace news: In brief


Anti-racism

Notts campaign against the racist BNP grows

Anti-racism stall in Wrexham

No to the BNP's attempt to divide Stoke's communities!

'Dear Boris' - we will NOT be silenced!


The Socialist Comment

Government attacks single parents


Socialist Party review

Live Working or Die Fighting: How the working class went global


 

Home   |   The Socialist 16 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"

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 ...

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

triangle18 Oct Tower Hamlets Socialist Party: Capitalism in Crisis - is Corbyn the answer?

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