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From The Socialist newspaper, 13 September 2007

Leeds - no more deficits and cuts

A protest in Leeds against Health cuts

A protest in Leeds against Health cuts

OVER THREE years, there have been big cuts in every hospital making up Leeds Teaching Hospital NHS Trust. Many wards were closed, over 200 beds lost and up to 1,000 jobs lost by not replacing leaving staff.

Alan Turner, Leeds Socialist Party

The trust has a 50 million deficit, which has to be cut in the two financial years from April 2007. So far the axe has fallen at Chapel Allerton hospital where three wards have closed since April with many beds lost.

Patients and staff welcomed plans to reorganise heart and respiratory services on single sites, but both cardiology wards 6 and 7 have shut in the process at St James Hospital with the loss of 40 beds. The old part of Leeds General Infirmary (LGI) is being completely closed, to be sold off with its grounds for development with six wards and many beds lost.

Already part of Leeds NHS Trust has been turned over to the private sector through PFI schemes. The oncology ward at St James', due to be the biggest in Europe when it opens next April, has been built with PFI money costing a staggering 26 million a year for the next 30 years!

PFI goes hand in hand with deficits and cuts due to the huge yearly payments involved. Leeds NHS Trust has had three years of deficits and cuts already. We cannot accept any more.

Join the demo - 3 November

THE NATIONAL trade union-led demonstration for the health service on 3 November cannot come quickly enough for NHS campaigners. It is true that, as the union leaders say, we need to celebrate the creation of a publicly owned NHS, free at the point of use.

But the protest's main aim must be to defend the NHS against privatisation and marketisation, otherwise there will be no NHS left to celebrate as it reaches its 60th birthday next year.

The demo needs to support health workers in their fight against cuts in jobs and services and should also be a springboard towards launching a new workers' party.

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The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.

The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.

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In The Socialist 13 September 2007:

Fighting Unions Need a New party

Postal workers: "We have the power!"

TUC conference: Standing up to Brown's attacks

Needed: a combative trade union movement


War and terrorism

Iraq: Get the troops out now


Workplace news and events

Tube workers' strike scores victory

Bosses get away with murder


Socialist Party NHS campaign

Nurses strike

Manchester cuts maternity services

Leeds - no more deficits and cuts


APEC summit

APEC summit: Thousands defy police crackdown


Socialist Party news and analysis

Overcrowded prisons, overworked staff

Keeping tabs on the millions?

A life of debt and poverty?


Socialist Party feature

Tory party struggles to recapture territory taken by New Labour


International news and analysis

Impressions of China


Socialist Party review

Robert Blincoe - a life that illuminates an age


 

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