Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/928/24058

From The Socialist newspaper, 7 December 2016

NHS: Stop the Tory vandals

Elaine Brunskill, Socialist Party Northern secretary
Tory cuts are aimed in part at destroying public confidence to soften the service up for privatisation, ward photo Yuya Tamai (Creative Commons), scissors photo Wikimedia Commons, composite James Ivens

Tory cuts are aimed in part at destroying public confidence to soften the service up for privatisation, ward photo Yuya Tamai (Creative Commons), scissors photo Wikimedia Commons, composite James Ivens   (Click to enlarge)

The Tory plan to privatise the NHS via the back door has given way to smashing in via the main entrance.

Their next attack is NHS England's shadowy 'sustainability and trans-formation plans' (STPs). Under these ruthless schemes, the government aims to make a further 22 billion of NHS cuts by 2020, with dire consequences for patient care.

If you haven't heard of these proposals - don't be too hard on yourself. Despite their huge impact, a survey of 310 members of doctors' union BMA revealed a third had never heard of STPs.

Meanwhile, the NHS is still suffering from the hammer blows inflicted over 30 years by successive Tory and Labour governments.

The Guardian recently reported that seriously ill children were having to be transported long distances in order to receive intensive care. This included London where all the beds for paediatric intensive care across seven hospitals were full to capacity.

The number of patients waiting for over an hour for an ambulance to arrive has almost tripled over the last two years. And the nightmare isn't necessarily over once the ambulance turns up, as many patients have to wait for hours in the ambulance for beds to become available.

Undoubtedly this callous Tory government hopes the severity of the cuts will turn people against the NHS, making handing it to their big business friends seem the only option available. However, even with all its current problems, the NHS remains incredibly popular.

People understand that every local attack needs to be fought. Campaigns to save local services are springing up in towns and cities across Britain.

In Leicester, tens of thousands have signed a petition to save the Glenfield heart unit. Huddersfield's campaign to save its A&E organised a huge demo earlier this year. A campaign in North Tyneside against proposals to close walk-in centres is about to mushroom.

These local campaigns will be a springboard for the national 'It's Our NHS' demo on 4 March 2017 in London. Now is the time to fight and fight again!

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


In The Socialist 7 December 2016:


What we think

No more concessions to Labour right!


Socialist Party news and analysis

Fight for a socialist Brexit

Conservatives humiliated in Richmond

Newham council to sack up to 1,300

Slump in unfair dismissal cases - scrap tribunal fees!

Workers can fight Uber-style care

Compensation disabled

Them & Us


Food banks feature

Food banks and the real Daniel Blakes


NHS crisis and fightback

NHS: Stop the Tory vandals

Hundreds protest the decimation of Devon NHS

Massive support in Stoke for action to save the NHS

Health campaigners in Yorkshire protest "slash and trash plans"


International socialist news and analysis

Victory at Standing Rock: US authorities agree to re-route oil pipeline

Spain: Government forced back by Student Union mobilisations

Italy: Establishment routed - workers alternative needed

Portugal: No to witch-hunts - fight the capitalists not socialists

Austria: Far right temporarily halted

Sudan: General strike in defiance of regime


Socialist Party workplace news

Durham TAs force Labour to suspend pay cuts

Protest against Glasgow Labour's scab workforce plan to defeat Unison strike

Crossrail action in defence of victimised union rep

Unison members barely earning the living wage in some universities

Sacked bakers' union rep Kumaran Bose calls for living wage 'protection'

Workplace news in brief


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Bolton council gives 300k to solicitors while making swingeing cuts

Reading TUSC writes to Labour councillors to demand cuts fight


John Sharpe: 1953-2016

Obituary: John Sharpe: 1953-2016


 

Home   |   The Socialist 7 December 2016   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Audio  |   PDF  |   ebook






Related links:

NHS:

triangleSheffield Socialist Party May Day meeting

triangle1,400 beds empty as patients lay in corridors: health unions must act now

triangleLeeds TUSC: How can we stop NHS cuts & privatisation?

triangleLeeds TUSC: How can we stop NHS cuts & privatisation?

triangleLeeds TUSC: How can we stop NHS cuts & privatisation?

Ambulance:

triangleWelsh NHS crisis - we cannot go on like this

triangleSustained mass movement needed to stop Tories wrecking our NHS

triangleSave our NHS

triangleMassive failings led to Grenfell Tower fire - Rapid, fully funded action now

Cuts:

triangleCoventry TUSC: Council cuts - how can we fight back?

triangleLewisham & Southwark Socialist Party: What would a socialist council look like?

triangleBristol South Socialist Party: How can councils protect public services?

Socialist Party:

triangleWaltham Forest Socialist Party: Our local TUSC council challenge

triangleWirral Socialist Party: A socialist housing policy

Tyneside:

triangleTyneside walk-in closures postponed after rally

Doctors:

triangleNHS we're ready to fight

Hospitals:

triangleNorthern health campaigns conference discusses the fightback

BMA:

triangleBMA doctor's union in shift to left at conference

Huddersfield:

triangleHuddersfield TUSC takes on the Blairites

Leicester:

triangleLeicester: Blairites block Labour Party democracy

News and socialist analysis

News and socialist analysis

18/4/18

Racism

Enoch Powell's racist 'Rivers of Blood' rant 50 years on

18/4/18

Them & Us

Them & Us

18/4/18

Super-rich

Billions for the bosses, benefit cuts for us

18/4/18

NHS

1,400 beds empty as patients lay in corridors: health unions must act now

18/4/18

Housing

Young people need homes

18/4/18

Labour

For a fighting, democratic Labour Party

11/4/18

EU

A socialist approach to Corbyn and a customs union

11/4/18

Child poverty

Child poverty to hit 5m by 2021 - strikes can stop the cuts

11/4/18

Equal pay

Gender pay gap figures show need for trade union action

10/4/18

Young people

Alienation and austerity behind London deaths - fight for socialism

4/4/18

Labour

Fight the Tory enemy

4/4/18

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland: peace process on the brink

4/4/18

Brexit

Right-wing Vote Leave campaign may have broken spending laws

4/4/18

Retail

Retail crunch: even giants not immune as 21,000 jobs disappear

4/4/18

Elections

End the housing crisis! We can't wait till 2022!

triangleMore News and socialist analysis 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: 0784 114 4890

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


April 2018

March 2018

February 2018

January 2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999