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The Socialist 8 August 2018

Tories and Blairites must go

The Socialist issue 1005

Corbyn must end false unity with Labour's right


Birmingham home carers strike

Northants Council in total collapse: for a citizens' assembly to draw up a 'needs budget'

Rents soar 60% faster than pay - while spivs plan luxury homes on Green Belt

Tax-dodging tech bosses make billons ... while 6m workers fear the scrapheap

No to Tory plans for radioactive waste under national parks

Them & us


The fight against Labour's Blairites and TUSC's role now


NHS workers angry at reality of mis-sold 'pay rise'

Government fails to deliver on funding and teachers' pay - demand action to win 5%

PCS union: break the pay cap - the fight continues!

Kirklees bin workers' strike forces management back

Ministry of Justice workers angry at barrage of attacks

Take on probation privatisation with union action

Bournemouth train guards' RMT strike

London cleaners' coordinated strike


Israel - Protest rally against the Nationality Law

Deadly fires ravage Greece: austerity contributed to high loss of life and property

Striking Portuguese dockers show the way forward


A mass campaign and trade union organisation can defeat the far-right FLA

Protests win temporary halt to refugee evictions in Glasgow

Why I joined: "I saw the need for Corbyn to stand against the right"

Shropshire NHS - fight the cuts to our services!

Tolpuddle festival: combative trade unionism and anticipation of general election

Trade unions mobilise against EDL in Worcester


A must-read for anyone fighting NHS cuts

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Shropshire NHS - fight the cuts to our services!

NHS demonstration 30 June 2018, photo Paul Mattsson, photo Paul Mattsson

NHS demonstration 30 June 2018, photo Paul Mattsson, photo Paul Mattsson   (Click to enlarge)

John Mann, GMB union (personal capacity)

Shropshire's reorganisation or 'Future Fit' plans are to close an A&E department at one hospital and have an urgent care centre at the other.

Shropshire has two main hospitals - Princess Royal Telford and Royal Shrewsbury. Over a number of years they have come under threat.

Shropshire is a vast county consisting not only of towns but many rural villages and the NHS serves parts of Wales.

Not having access to two A&E departments will inevitably cost lives. 20 A&E consultants are required but there is only funding for nine.

'Future Fit' means 842 staff lost - 20% fewer nurses and midwifes - and a 10% cut to beds, which will lead to more bed blocking and trolley waits for patients.

Conservative MPs have been proud to emphasise the 312 million from central government, but this is a loan. 200 million is repayable and the rest is a type of private finance initiative deal - repayment of this is at least 11 million a year.

Six local constituency Labour Parties have agreed to a joint statement requesting full funding for both hospitals to retain all services. In a recent visit to Shropshire Jeremy Corbyn echoed this need.

But Telford Labour's elected councillors produced a leaflet opting against the joint statement. They supported keeping Princess Royal Telford A&E open but downgrading Royal Shrewsbury - this they said would save 62 million.

A postcode lottery within the NHS should not be supported by Labour councillors who will be asking working class people to re-elect them next May.

Shropshire Defend Our NHS is a grassroots campaign, and has been fighting to reject cuts to both hospitals planned in the Future Fit policy.


In this issue


What we think

Corbyn must end false unity with Labour's right


Socialist Party news and analysis

Birmingham home carers strike

Northants Council in total collapse: for a citizens' assembly to draw up a 'needs budget'

Rents soar 60% faster than pay - while spivs plan luxury homes on Green Belt

Tax-dodging tech bosses make billons ... while 6m workers fear the scrapheap

No to Tory plans for radioactive waste under national parks

Them & us


Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition

The fight against Labour's Blairites and TUSC's role now


Workplace news and analysis

NHS workers angry at reality of mis-sold 'pay rise'

Government fails to deliver on funding and teachers' pay - demand action to win 5%

PCS union: break the pay cap - the fight continues!

Kirklees bin workers' strike forces management back

Ministry of Justice workers angry at barrage of attacks

Take on probation privatisation with union action

Bournemouth train guards' RMT strike

London cleaners' coordinated strike


International socialist news and analysis

Israel - Protest rally against the Nationality Law

Deadly fires ravage Greece: austerity contributed to high loss of life and property

Striking Portuguese dockers show the way forward


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

A mass campaign and trade union organisation can defeat the far-right FLA

Protests win temporary halt to refugee evictions in Glasgow

Why I joined: "I saw the need for Corbyn to stand against the right"

Shropshire NHS - fight the cuts to our services!

Tolpuddle festival: combative trade unionism and anticipation of general election

Trade unions mobilise against EDL in Worcester


Opinion

A must-read for anyone fighting NHS cuts

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