Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/469/1947

From The Socialist newspaper, 11 January 2007

Manchester NHS: "Making it better" means making it worse

RIDICULOUS NAMES for the savage cuts in Greater Manchester fool no-one. "Healthy Futures" means cutting A&E and emergency surgery, affecting Bury, North Manchester, Oldham and Rochdale. These areas already have over-stretched facilities. The cuts will overcrowd what facilities remain, and deprive many areas of life-saving services. Rochdale will be especially hard hit.

Hugh Caffrey

"Making it Better" means no maternity service in Trafford, Rochdale, Bury or Salford. Only three neo-natal intensive care units will remain (St Mary's in central Manchester, Oldham and Bolton). This will create chaos. For example, Wythenshawe will have more maternity cases to deal with when the Trafford service is cut, but less neo-natal care than it has now because the local unit is being shut!

Hospitals now getting 'Foundation status' such as Wythenshawe and Hope are told this will secure their future. The financial chaos and continual cuts in Stockport (Stepping Hill), one of the first foundation hospitals in the country, is a stark warning that foundation status is no solution.

Other cuts include closing the elderly rehabilitation wards in Bury and at the Manchester Royal Infirmary, cutting and privatising Manchester's community mental health teams, and threatening to shut Altrincham hospital.

Campaigners in Altrincham won a judicial review ordering a new consultation after bosses didn't even follow their own rules! Bury staff and supporters recently demonstrated against the cuts, as did staff at Hope hospital in Salford.

Window posters throughout Wythenshawe, in shops, homes and workplaces, say: "Save our baby unit."

Manchester community mental health nurses lobbied the Trust and drove a cavalcade through town. Meetings of campaigns and 'consultations' have been packed. Reflecting this, several local newspapers have opposed cuts to services in their catchment area; the Salford Advertiser called a rally of several hundred people! In linking these many campaigns and events, an important role has been played by Greater Manchester Keep our NHS Public.

This enormous wave of anger might in the past have been sufficient to defeat individual cuts plans. Wythenshawe's mental health unit was saved after a massive campaign in which the Socialist Party played a key role. Several years ago, we gained Trafford maternity services a reprieve after intensive campaigning in the borough.

But now the bosses are trying to ignore the massive response and seem hell-bent on implementing every attack. This is because they are driven by central government's pro-privatisation agenda. Though mass anger is increasing as more cuts are announced, people are understandably wondering whether it is possible to stop this juggernaut. Manchester Socialist Party says it can be derailed completely, by building decisive mass action across the board.

Industrial action has been discussed already, for example among community mental health nurses. Talk of direct assaults on pay will intensify that. The most effective way to fight all the cuts and threats to our health service is mass action, including industrial action where necessary.

A national demonstration will be a great boost. Unity is strength: we urge all Manchester area campaigns, union branches, and individuals to affiliate to Greater Manchester Keep our NHS Public. Come to its next meeting, get involved and together we will build the decisive action necessary to save the NHS!

Greater Manchester Keep our NHS Public next meets on Thursday 18 January at 7.30pm, Friends meeting house, Mount St, Manchester.

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


In The Socialist 11 January 2007:

Sri Lankan government blamed for violent attack on ant-war rally organiers

Labour to savage NHS jobs

Union action can defend the NHS

Manchester NHS: "Making it better" means making it worse


Socialist Students

Students fight for free education

How to become a fees fighter

ISR and Socialist Students' conference - a political voice for young people


Socialist Party news and analysis

The war for oil profits

Murderous raid on anti-war meeting

Ruthless Ruth Kelly


Violence against women

Ipswich murders lift lid on violence against women


Socialist Party review

Pirates of the Caribbean


International socialist news and analysis

Ethiopia invasion throws Somalia further into crisis

The Lagos oil pipeline tragedy was avoidable

Northern Ireland: New governing executive looks in doubt


Socialist Party workplace news

Time for action on pensions!

Vote 'yes' in PCS ballot

Construction boom - workers organise

We want our buses back!

Public transport and private ownership don't mix


 

Home   |   The Socialist 11 January 2007   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  




Related links:

NHS:

trianglePortsmouth Socialist Party: How can the NHS be defended from the Tories?

triangleNottingham hospital black alert

triangleTories raid 1bn from NHS facilities budget - unions must act

triangleChatsworth ward victory shows we can save our NHS

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

Manchester:

triangleAfter 80 strike days Mears workers achieve victory

triangleManchester Socialist Students: 200 years of Marxism

triangleMajority of kids poor in some areas

triangleMini-strike wave continues and intensifies

Maternity:

triangleWeakened Tories forced into Northern Ireland abortion u-turn

triangleInternational Women's Day

triangleNewham council challenged over 1.8 million cut workers' pay

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

23/2/18

UCU

Lecturers strike around country in defence of pensions

21/2/18

Strike

German engineering strike puts shorter week on agenda - but could have won more

21/2/18

Cardiff

Cardiff Refugee Rights gig success

21/2/18

Nottingham

Nottingham hospital black alert

21/2/18

East Midlands

Lively discussion at East Midlands Socialist Party conference

21/2/18

West Midlands

Tremendous determination on show at West Midlands conference

21/2/18

Wales

Successful Socialist Party Wales conference sets tone for the year ahead

21/2/18

Bradford

Bradford protests against kids' service cuts

21/2/18

May Day

May Day, May Day! Celebrate solidarity!

21/2/18

Kirklees

Labour councillors push through savage cuts in Kirklees budget

21/2/18

Salford

Save Salford nurseries!

21/2/18

Caerphilly

Victory: Pontllanfraith leisure centre saved

21/2/18

Council

Northants council crisis - protesters demand an end to cuts and privatisation

21/2/18

Leicester

Leicester Uni makes Tory fee tripler David Willetts chancellor - sack Willetts!

21/2/18

UCU

Bosses divided - university pension strikes can win!

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