Link to this page: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/1139/32700
From The Socialist newspaper, 23 June 2021
Leicester private healthcare tragedy
Socialist Party members on the demonstration to save Leicester General Hospital, 16.11.19, photo Leicester Socialist Party (Click to enlarge)
John Merrell, Leicester Socialist Party
Private healthcare is embedded in the provision of accident and emergency treatment at the Leicester Royal Infirmary. That was the nub of a tragic loss by a mother-to-be reported in the 'Leicester Mercury' in March, summed up by the headline "I was losing my baby, but sent home and told to take a painkiller".
The triage was carried out by a clinician working for DHU Health Care, a so-called community interest company. The mum said she was in and out in five minutes, with no checks carried out, and she was told she would not be admitted to A&E and was advised to go home. Astoundingly the clinician was part of a national triage service organised by 'NHS 111 First' initiative.
The tragedy occurred last September, the mother approached the media because of DHU Health Care's dismissive response to her complaint. "They've admitted they should have referred me but not apologised, and in the same letter said I wasn't in pain or bleeding heavily, which I was and I told them that I was".
In the 2019 general election Boris Johnson claimed he would finance the building of 40 new hospitals; the claim quickly became a downright lie when it was revealed that only six new hospitals would be built. This included the proposed hospital reconfiguration in Leicester, where three acute care hospitals will be reduced to two, and the Leicester Royal Infirmary will be the centrepiece.
Unbelievably, under the cover of the pandemic, the NHS Trust has forced through the proposals (see 'Save Leicester General Hospital'). But not without campaigners winning a commitment to more beds than was originally proposed.
The 'Save Our NHS Leicestershire' campaign group, in which the Socialist Party plays a leading role, believes the trust's proposals do not measure up to the growing needs of Leicester's populace. We will continue to campaign for the health service to meet the needs of Leicester's population. Part of that will be joining the NHS day of action on 3 July.
Donate to the Socialist Party
The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.
The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.
- The Socialist Party's material is more vital than ever, so we can continue to report from workers who are fighting for better health and safety measures, against layoffs, for adequate staffing levels, etc.
- We must be ready for the stormy events ahead and the need to arm workers' movements with a socialist programme - one which puts the health and needs of humanity before the profits of a few.
Inevitably, during the crisis we have not been able to sell the Socialist and raise funds in the ways we normally would.
We therefore urgently appeal to all our viewers to donate to our Fighting Fund.
In The Socialist 23 June 2021:
What we think
Chesham and Amersham by-election
NHS in crisis - 'It's time for action'
Outsourced London hospital workers fight for better pay
Leicester private healthcare tragedy
Exeter Trades Council backs NHS protests
Northern Ireland and Brexit
Sacking non-vaccinated care workers will not save lives
Furlough reduction risks job losses
Building back better? Fight for a socialist recovery
Anti-protest bill breaches human rights
Tories deliberately underfund childcare
Unite general secretary contest: Vote for Sharon Graham
NSSN conference 2021
NSSN conference 2021: When given a lead workers will fight
Women and the criminal 'injustice' system
Tory review won't deliver justice for rape victims
Iran's presidential election
Are Biden's immigration policies a break with Trump's?
Interview with newly elected Unison NEC member and hospital worker
Gateshead: Bosses sack sparks protesting for safety measures
Oaks Park school strike against bully bosses
Leicestershire engineers' fifth week of strikes against fire and rehire
DVLA dispute: Escalation needed
Warehouse workers fight 50% cut in redundancy pay
Carmarthenshire: Fighting for trade union recognition at council-owned company
TUSC calls for local 'People's Budget' campaigns
Youth Fight For Jobs: more urgent than ever
London Socialist Party young members' day school
'Socialism is the hope of the world'
Fighting Fund target smashed!
Book review: Shuggie Bain
Response to Observer article on China
The Socialist 23 June 2021 |
Join the Socialist
| Audio | PDF | ebook