The Socialist 25 April 2012
We're striking back on 10 May
NHS faces more cuts
TUSC NHS Credit card: The Health & Social Care Act Means: NHS Privatisation
National demo urgently needed
NHS hospitals have been told to make deeper cuts by the health regulator Monitor. They said last year that hospitals should make cuts of 4.6% from 2013. But in a letter to NHS hospitals Monitor now says that these cuts should increase to 7%.
This hike would mean that a typical hospital with a £300 million turnover will have to find savings of £21 million.
Such cuts will seriously impact the delivery of services to patients. NHS workers will be put under intolerable pressure. Their reward will be worsening terms and conditions, including wage cuts and redundancies.
It was recently revealed that the NHS has been targeted to make £50 billion (yes, billion!) in savings over the next decade. Such devastating cost cutting would make the NHS even more attractive to private operators, such as Virgin Care who recently took over care services in Surrey.
Rob Bishop, Gloucestershire Socialist Party & Keep Gloucestershire NHS Public
Activists and their supporters from Save Heatherwood Hospital are holding a range of activities during the week commencing 23 April. Highlights will be the public meeting on 27 April and the march and rally on 28 April.
Speakers at the public meeting will include Steve Bell from the Unison SGE (personal capacity), Terry Pearce representing Save Heatherwood Hospital and Labour MP Fiona McTaggert.
We are channelling local public anger at the hospital closure through meetings, petitions and lobbies. But our campaign is not limited to saving the local hospital - we are also fighting to save the NHS from privatisation.
Terry Pearce, Defend Our Community Services, personal capacity
Two decades ago, the poll tax was made law and implemented, meaning every adult had to pay the same rate whether they lived in a mansion or a one-bedroom flat. It was defeated by a mass campaign organising 18 million people who refused to pay.
We need a similar fight to save the NHS - we can win. The Socialist Party demands:
In this issue
Fighting the government's attacks
Socialist Party news and analysis
Socialist Party feature
Socialist Party May Day Greetings
Socialist Party workplace news
Vote TUSC in May
International socialist news and analysis