Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/234/9272

From The Socialist newspaper, 14 December 2001

Hands Off The Health Service!

CRITICAL REPORTS about Coventry's hospitals have piled up relentlessly almost daily the local press reveals yet another failure. The Commission for Health Improvement (CHI) gave its 'most damning report so far', exposing 'dangerous practices' such as putting five beds in four-bed wards. Nurses have told me how demoralising this is for them, as it seriously affects patient care.

Karen McKay, Socialist Party councillor, Coventry city council

Coventry's hospitals got a zero star rating in new league tables and heart bypass mortality rates are among the worst in the country. Trust managers, have been criticised for 'bullying and intimidation' so that senior clinical staff were afraid to raise criticisms. In its dealings with other bodies, the trust was described as arrogant and unwilling to listen.

But Trust chief executive, David Loughton is pleading for sympathy in the local paper, claiming he's a "victim of bullying" by those clamouring for his resignation. Six local MPs have even called in parliament for his resignation but he's grimly determined to cling on.

In a ballot, 66% of consultants declared no confidence in his leadership and demanded that he go - as has the local Community Health Council. But the trust chairman stepped down instead.

While recognising under-investment in our NHS is the main problem, the three Socialist Party councillors put a motion to Coventry council calling for Loughton's resignation. He's on a huge salary but doesn't accept responsibility publicly for the woeful state of our hospitals.

The new chairman worries that "he won't be able to convince patients that they're in safe hands". People have little confidence in our hospitals but praise for nursing staff is high.

CHI accused management of being so busy on the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) deal for a new hospital that they've neglected the running of the hospitals - and it's for the signing of this deal that Loughton is hanging on. Our two publicly owned hospitals will then be replaced by one privately owned which is being built on the outskirts of the city (on a flood plain) against public demand for the current city centre site.

Loughton and the trust aggressively pursued this site to pander to big business. The Socialist Party have campaigned on this for ten years, highlighting the cuts associated with these scandalous PFI deals.

Our motion also called for democratisation of hospital management. Trusts should be opened up to elections with direct accountability and genuine staff and patient involvement. Community Health Councils should not be abolished, but supported and given real power.

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


In The Socialist 14 December 2001:

Fight for socialism

Hands Off The Health Service!

War in Afghanistan leaves conflict and chaos

Racist Blunkett Blames The Victims

Homeless Headcount Farce

Fight Housing Privatisation

No To The Bosses' EU

International Socialist Resistance

Imperialism - Wars Without End

New Labour's attacks on the benefits system: Workers Fight For Safety

Tory Cuts But Better Packaging


 

Home   |   The Socialist 14 December 2001   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  




Related links:

Health:

triangleNHS meltdown - fight the Tory cuts

triangleTories wreck our NHS

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

triangleStrike to save our NHS!

triangleTragic death highlights Chatsworth ward closure risk

Hospitals:

triangleChatsworth ward campaign replies to Tory MP's intervention

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

triangleBarts strike - 'Up the ante' if necessary

triangleDetermined protest against Chatsworth Ward closure

Coventry:

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

triangleCoventry: march following racist police killing

triangleHousing safety campaign kicks off in Coventry

Socialist Party:

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

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

Council:

triangleSalford Unison condemns pay cuts

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