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The Socialist 28 February 2018

Workers strike back!

The Socialist issue 984

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Save Our Square occupation: "This land is our land!"

Three major West Wales hospitals could close

Corbyn didn't collaborate with Stalinism - but with Trotskyists against it

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KFC delivery crisis: make the bosses pay, not the workers!


Resist the Tory war on women


Workers strike back!

Lecturers strike around country in defence of pensions

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Unite victory in EDF meter workers' union recognition fight


Corbynism shows 'Clause IV' still relevant a hundred years on


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200 years of Marxism meeting


United States: young people demand change after latest mass shooting


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Union-led campaign beats Blairite attacks on homeless

Belper hospital threatened

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Three major West Wales hospitals could close

Corbyn and unions must fight Labour right

NHS photo Paul Mattsson

NHS photo Paul Mattsson   (Click to enlarge)

Beth Webster, nurse, Cardiff West Socialist Party

Three major hospitals in West Wales could close under proposals by Hywel Dda University Health Board.

Until now, Welsh Labour has denied there is a crisis in the Welsh NHS - despite reports similar to those in England of waits of over 12 hours for ambulances and patients dying in corridors.

Management is considering various options. But potentially all three hospitals, with at least 850 beds collectively, will close.

In their place would be just one new hospital and various 'community hubs', with dangerous reductions in intensive and emergency care facilities.

The health board promises to 'consult' staff and the public, but offers only choices between which facilities to close, not how to prevent closures in the first place.

This will have a devastating impact on a vast area of West Wales, with the mainly rural population already having to travel vast distances for care.

Residents could be facing an hour's drive on rural roads to the nearest urgent care facility. That's assuming they have their own transport - public transport across Wales has faced massive cuts by Welsh Labour in recent years.

Pressure was already piled on to these hospitals a few years ago during an extensive 'restructure'. This saw the closure of the A&E at Prince Philip Hospital in Llanelli, the special care baby unit in Withybush General Hospital, Haverfordwest, and the whole Mynydd Mawr Community Hospital in Tumble.

Underfunding

Hywel Dda Health Board ascribes closures to lack of community care facilities, understaffing and underfunding. It has the highest level of overspend of any health board in Wales at 70 million.

The Welsh Government has repeatedly refused to bail out struggling health boards, refusing to acknowledge longstanding problems in recruitment and increased demand.

Wales has an ageing population living with complex, chronic conditions, and worsening economic deprivation.

The Welsh NHS spent 19 million on healthcare from private providers in 2014-15 and this can only have increased since.

Labour MPs in the area have stated they are "closely monitoring the situation," meaning they will do nothing.

The true nature of Welsh Labour can no longer be denied. Corbyn must make a stand against the Blairites.

There will be massive public outcry if these closures go ahead. If Corbyn won't bring Welsh Labour to account, working class voters will lose faith in him.

And the unions need to lead a fightback too. We need mass action across the health service and public sector, with coordination of union action, for the working class to retake ownership of our NHS. No cuts, no closures, no privatisation!


In this issue


What we think

Corbyn's customs union dividing line: now stand firm for pro-worker Brexit


Socialist Party news and analysis

Save Our Square occupation: "This land is our land!"

Three major West Wales hospitals could close

Corbyn didn't collaborate with Stalinism - but with Trotskyists against it

Stormzy is right to slam Tories for Grenfell

KFC delivery crisis: make the bosses pay, not the workers!


International Women's Day

Resist the Tory war on women


Workplace news and analysis

Workers strike back!

Lecturers strike around country in defence of pensions

University bosses rocked - strikes can save staff pensions!

Unite victory in EDF meter workers' union recognition fight


Labour

Corbynism shows 'Clause IV' still relevant a hundred years on


Socialist Students

Socialist Students conference highlights successful work

200 years of Marxism meeting


International socialist news and analysis

United States: young people demand change after latest mass shooting


Socialist Party campaigns

'Anti-austerity' Bristol Labour passes 34 million cuts budget

Newham: teaching workers and parents determined to halt academies

Building fund appeal: Behind the scenes at the Socialist Party office

Mary Jackson: funeral and memorial meeting

Union-led campaign beats Blairite attacks on homeless

Belper hospital threatened

Selling the Socialist in Stoke


Opinion

What's behind the surge in eating disorders?

The Socialist inbox

Socialist anti-war exhibition opens in Kingston


 

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