Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/1001/27554

From The Socialist newspaper, 27 June 2018

Fight to save Devon hospital services

Totnes NHS demo, photo South Devon SOHS, photo South Devon SOHS

Totnes NHS demo, photo South Devon SOHS, photo South Devon SOHS   (Click to enlarge)

Alex Moore, Torbay and South Devon Socialist Party

Dartmouth Hospital was closed with 16 beds last year on a promise to provide some beds at Riverview Care Home. But it turns out Riverview is owned by a hotel group and they only built it so they could later apply for a 'change of use' and turn it into a hotel!

The deal with the local NHS clinical commission group (CCG) - if there ever really was one - collapsed and now there is no provision in the town. Over 500 turned up at a meeting called by the CCG to demand the hospital be reopened.

To add insult to injury the sale value of the hospital in this prime site is only 2 million. This is a riverside plot on the embankment with potential to cram in many properties and a few hundred yards along the embankment family homes go for more than a million each. People are furious and rightly so.

On 11 June 250 turned up to endorse setting up a 'health action' group. I gave my greetings from Save Our Hospital Services and was well received but unfortunately the meeting was dominated by speakers who wanted to "keep politics out of it" and think the way to win is not to ask for too much in the first place.

But then the meeting came alive when someone said: "Where I come from people stand up and fight. It was our hospital and we want it back - we want it back and made even better!" That is telling it as it is I thought, so at the end of the meeting I asked her and her friends to join me in the pub for a chat.

Lynn told me more about the background to the closure and her feelings about the meeting: "They shouldn't take the crumbs, they should take the cake, after all we made it and no one is entitled to take it away.

"This was all planned and now the plan is being implemented. The full responsibility falls on the Tory party who want to asset strip the NHS."

Now Lynn and her friends are coming along to our next Socialist Party public meeting.

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


In The Socialist 27 June 2018:


NHS SOS

30 June NHS demo: prepare for a mass movement

Fight to save the Wales NHS

Gosport opioid deaths scandal: we need democratic control of our NHS


Socialist Party news and analysis

Walk out on 13 July against 'Kid Cager' Trump

Tottenham block evacuations a test for 'Corbynista council'

The bosses are 'dishonest' - not Militant and its supporters

Them & us


International socialist news and analysis

The gathering new world disorder

Turkey's 'strongman' Erdogan tightens grip on state power


Socialist Party women

Defending women's services


Workplace news and analysis

PCS union pay strike ballot - win the vote, win the claim

Unite union conference - drive out the Tories!

East Dunbartonshire council workers strike to stop pay and leave cuts

Unison union conference: delegates can't be cowed

NHS Mid Yorkshire strike suspended

NSSN conference, 7 July 2018: fighting back against the Tories and bosses

Homes and Communities Agency workers vote to strike over pay cuts and inequality


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Thousands snap up issue 1000 of the Socialist

Fighting for rights for Windrush generation and other migrants

Fight to save Devon hospital services

Support growing against incinerator in Washington

Hull unions organise 'Engage for Change' festival

Huddersfield set to lose two town centre post offices


Opinion

Prison: life inside a living hell

Blairite cuts and restructures make social work dangerous

The Socialist inbox


 

Home   |   The Socialist 27 June 2018   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Audio  |   PDF  |   ebook






Related links:

Devon:

triangleHands off Teignmouth Hospital!

triangleSouth West Socialist Party conference

triangleTotnes MP uses coffin controversy to distract from brutal NHS cuts

trianglePlymouth PCS members fight relocation threat

triangleProtest outside Ukip conference against German far-right speaker

Hospital:

triangleYes to NHS - No to PFI!

triangleGosport opioid deaths scandal: we need democratic control of our NHS

triangleStop the Tory NHS wreckers

triangleUnison ballots workers at Yorkshire hospitals at risk of privatisation

NHS:

triangleNHS Leeds: Campaigners halt outsourcing... for now

triangleBig victory for Wigan NHS strike against privatisation

triangleWelsh Labour NHS hypocrisy at Tredegar rally

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

17/7/18

Swansea

Victory for Swansea postal workers against management victimisation

16/7/18

Far-right

Confronting the FLA pro-Trump demo - build a workers movement to defeat the far-right

13/7/18

Socialist Students

School students protest and walk out against Trump

11/7/18

National Shop Stewards Network

NSSN conference 2018: Mood for fighting action and coordination

11/7/18

Donald Trump

Hit the streets against Trump and capitalism

11/7/18

The Socialist

Issue 1000 drive shows sales potential

11/7/18

Fighting Fund

Tories fractured... election possibility... give us the resources!

11/7/18

NHS

Yes to NHS - No to PFI!

11/7/18

Leeds

NHS Leeds: Campaigners halt outsourcing... for now

11/7/18

Domestic violence

Women's Lives Matter launched in Leeds to fight domestic violence service cuts

11/7/18

Unite

Unite conference sees union go in a fighting, socialist direction

11/7/18

Tyneside

Tyneside shopfitting plant lays off 61 workers

11/7/18

Huddersfield

Summer of discontent on the cards in Huddersfield bin workers' dispute

11/7/18

Hackney

Hackney traffic wardens strike for better pay and protection at work

11/7/18

PCS

Campaign in full flow to squeeze out every last Yes vote in pay ballot

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: 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


July 2018

June 2018

May 2018

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