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From The Socialist newspaper, 29 August 2018
Leeds protest against NHS treatment cuts
Save our NHS, photo Mary Finch (Click to enlarge)
Campaigners from local groups involved in Health Campaigns Together gathered on 22 August to protest outside Leeds Town Hall, where a consultation on plans to remove 17 treatments from the NHS was being held.
These treatments have been dubbed 'unnecessary' by NHS England, who wish to take away the ability of doctors to refer patients for them. It is really a measure about cost cutting, which could push those who want such treatments into the private sector.
The treatments include a number of measures to ease pain, from carpal tunnel syndrome to back pain. One of the treatments, grommets to treat glue ear, is something I had as a child, which made a big difference to my hearing but also my ability to fully take part in lessons at school.
The idea that such treatments will be denied to others is motivation enough to fight this and other penny-pinching measures the Tories have lined up to run down our NHS.
Iain Dalton, Leeds Socialist Party
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In The Socialist 29 August 2018:
What we think
Capitalism is a chaotic, irrational system - we need socialist change
International socialist news and analysis
Trump ally prosecutions
Venezuela: How can reaction and imperialism be defeated?
China: Solidarity with Jasic Technology workers
Working families £50 a week short of paying for kids
Nationalise the energy giants to combat global warming
Them & us
Restaurant tips walkout: "Hold the burgers, hold the fries, TGI are telling lies"
Sunderland: Resolute Liebherr workers in pay strike
Merseyside fire authority forced to postpone night closures
Northern Rail guards continue fight against driver-only operation
East Dunbartonshire council workers back further strikes
Youth and students
Exam factories, cuts and violence - Fight for our future!
CWI School 2018
The ongoing capitalist crisis and the struggle for a socialist world
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
NHS: Mass fightback is needed
Battle growing against Loch Lomond area big business sell-off
Leicester lobby calls for consultation on NHS closure plans
Socialist sales success in Cardiff
EDL sent packing in Worcester
Huddersfield Socialist Party organise counter-protest against EDL
Fracking companies backed by government and courts
Leeds protest against NHS treatment cuts
1918 police strikes
100 years since police went on strike: "never nearer to Bolshevism"
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