Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/740/15612

From The Socialist newspaper, 31 October 2012

Stop cuts at Dewsbury hospital

Fight to save our NHS!

Dr Jackie Grunsell, Huddersfield Socialist Party

200 protestors march to stop cuts at Dewsbury hospital, photo Yorkshire Socialist Party

200 protestors march to stop cuts at Dewsbury hospital, photo Yorkshire Socialist Party   (Click to enlarge)

Undeterred by the biting cold, 200 protesters took to the streets of Dewsbury in West Yorkshire on Saturday 28 October, marching from the hospital to the town centre to the supportive hoots of passing car horns on the way.

We were demonstrating against plans by the Mid Yorkshire Trust bosses, to remove consultant-led A&E and maternity services from the hospital, along with related services such as the special care baby unit, intensive care unit, trauma surgery and emergency medical services, among others.

200 protestors march to stop cuts at Dewsbury hospital, photo Yorkshire Socialist Party

200 protestors march to stop cuts at Dewsbury hospital, photo Yorkshire Socialist Party   (Click to enlarge)

Dewsbury District General will look more like a cottage hospital once they've finished with it!

One of the local MPs condemned the demo as a 'political, anti-government' march, yet we have managed to unite communities across north Kirklees in a battle to defend these services.

The trust seems to be implementing changes by stealth before the consultation has even begun. We heard of a woman in labour being sedated in order to cope with the ordeal of an emergency transfer to Wakefield so she could get the consultant care she needed to deliver her baby safely.

200 protestors march to stop cuts at Dewsbury hospital, photo Yorkshire Socialist Party

200 protestors march to stop cuts at Dewsbury hospital, photo Yorkshire Socialist Party   (Click to enlarge)

We are calling on the trust to use the 40 million a year spent on a Private Finance Initiative contract to fund the maintenance of services.

This demonstration was just the beginning of a growing campaign. We plan to take our fight to the trust board meetings and demand our elected representatives give their support.

North Tees marches against 're-engagement'

Over 100 NHS workers and their trade union supporters demonstrated outside North Tees Hospital in Stockton on 25 October.

The protest was against the hospital trust's plans to sack and re-engage the whole NHS workforce of 5,500 people on inferior conditions with reduced rates of sick pay (see the Socialist 738).

Members of Unison, Unite, the GMB and the RCN unions, supported by some PCS members, were there with placards, banners and flags. This noisy demonstration was greeted by many 'hoots' from passing motorists.

Alan Docherty, Teeside Socialist Party

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


In The Socialist 31 October 2012:


 

Home   |   The Socialist 31 October 2012   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   PDF  




Related links:

Dewsbury:

triangleTory plan to hold dinner at coal mining museum defeated

triangleUnited show of opposition to NHS cuts in Dewsbury

triangleNew phase of campaign against Dewsbury NHS cuts

triangleStop Mid-Yorks NHS cuts

Hospital:

triangleYork socialists head resistance to NHS outsourcing

triangleTragic death exposes criminal understaffing of NHS

triangleNHS we're ready to fight

triangleNHS: use the 3 February protests as a launch pad for a mass movement

Cuts:

triangleBradford Socialist Party: A strategy to defeat the cuts

triangleScene set for TUSC conference electoral debate

triangleHaringey: now's our chance for a no-cuts council

NHS:

triangleNorth London Socialist Party: Save our NHS - the lessons of the Barts strike

triangleStop press: victory - campaign saves NHS rehab ward

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

16/2/18

Haringey

No fudge with the right wing

15/2/18

TUSC

TUSC statement on sentencing of Derby TUSC agent

14/2/18

Haringey

Haringey protests HDV - but Labour fails to kill it off completely

14/2/18

UCU

Uni strike: coordinate public sector fightback

14/2/18

Cardiff

Enjoyable and successful Cardiff Refugee Rights gig

14/2/18

Carlisle

Carlisle debate - socialism or social democracy?

14/2/18

Firefighters

Staines fire services saved

14/2/18

Surrey

Threat of action defeats pay cut at Surrey council

14/2/18

Woolwich

Woolwich Crossrail walkouts to demand promised bonuses

14/2/18

London

Sadiq Khan's bus drivers' London licence doesn't go far enough

14/2/18

Mansfield

Stop press: victory - campaign saves NHS rehab ward

8/2/18

Newham

Teachers strike again as anti-academy pressure mounts

7/2/18

Unison

Unison national women's conference

7/2/18

Royal Mail

Royal Mail forced back under threat of action

7/2/18

Walthamstow

'Occupy to save the town square'

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: info@socialistparty.org.uk

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 0798 202 1969

East Mids: 0773 797 8057

London: 020 8988 8786

North East: 0191 421 6230

North West 07769 611 320

South East: 020 8988 8777

South West: 07759 796 478

Southern: 07833 681910

Wales: 07935 391 947

West Mids: 02476 555 620

Yorkshire: 0114 264 6551

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


February 2018

January 2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999