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From The Socialist newspaper, 11 May 2016

Support for junior doctors at campaign stalls

Carlisle

Carlisle campaign stall, 30 April

Carlisle campaign stall, 30 April   (Click to enlarge)

People were queued up to sign our petition to stop NHS privatisation and defend the junior doctors against attacks by Jeremy Hunt in Carlisle on 30 April.

Recent revelations in the Cumberland News about the state of the local infirmary highlight the seriousness of the problem. Staff are overworked, and the number of beds available inadequate.

This is not the fault of the workers, but is rather due to management failures, PFI debts and chronic underfunding from central government. Trusts all over the country are experiencing similar problems.

It's SOS time for the NHS. Hunt's new contract would make already overstretched doctors work dangerously long hours, leading to demoralisation in a profession where it is increasingly difficult to recruit. Many doctors would seek employment overseas or leave the profession entirely if the contract were imposed on them.

It is also part of a wider attack on NHS staff, preparing the ground for complete privatisation. Contracts awarded to the private sector rose by 500% in 2015, largely to for-profit groups.

We support the doctors 100% in their fight to protect patient care and defend our National Health Service against a government hell bent on destroying it

Robert Charlesworth, Carlisle Socialist Party

Leicester

In Leicester we hold a 'super stall' once a month from 11am until 3pm.

On 30 April we sold 62 copies of the Socialist and raised 96 fighting fund, campaigning on the junior doctors' dispute for which there was great support and the headline 'bring down the Tories' was also popular.

Heather Rawling, Leicester Socialist Party

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In The Socialist 11 May 2016:


Socialist Party news and analysis

Tories retreat: now drive them out!

No to the bosses' EU, yes to international solidarity

Teachers force Tory academies u-turn

TUSC announces '20-city tour': the socialist case against the EU

Independent inquiry into Orgreave now!

Blair played matchmaker between Saudi oil barons and Chinese dictators

What we saw

Them & Us


Socialist readers' comments and reviews

John Mann's Israel hypocrisy

Council estate exhibition shows the full picture

Film review: Eddie the Eagle

The Socialist postbag


Elections 2016

Elections showed anger and fragmentation

TUSC election campaigns show opposition to cuts

Over 1,700 votes for TUSC in Warrington

Scotland: SNP wins but new openings for socialist alternative emerge

Wales: no change and all change

Northern Ireland elections: positive moves against sectarian politics

Over 1,800 votes for TUSC candidate in Bristol

Third anti-cuts councillor elected in Southampton

TUSC increases vote in Coventry by 25%

Fourth place for TUSC in Liverpool


Workplace news and analysis

Blacklisted workers win millions in legal victory

Government blinks first in junior doctors' dispute

Trade Union Bill becomes law

Prison officers walk out over health and safety

Potential new steel bosses refuse to take on pensions

Workplace news in brief


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Let kids be kids: children 'strike' against Sats tests

What way forward for Tamil rights?

Save Paignton Hospital campaign launched

May Day demo says: no cuts to childrens' centres!

Support for junior doctors at campaign stalls


International socialist news and analysis

Greek general strike: more needed to defeat austerity

How to trump Donald


 

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