Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/453/5424

From The Socialist newspaper, 7 September 2006

Socialist Party NHS campaign

Derbyshire

Campaign defeats GP services sell-off

A LOCAL pensioner in Derbyshire, Pam Smith, has won her appeal to stop the US's biggest healthcare corporation from running her local GP surgery in the village of Langwith (for more details see the socialist 18-24 May 2006).

Jon Dale, Bolsover Socialist Party

Patients had not been properly consulted, said the appeal court judge, before North East Derbyshire primary care trust (PCT) gave the contract to provide Langwith's GP services to United Health Europe, the British division of the US multinational. The court ordered the PCT to start the tendering process from scratch, with full patient consultation.

This is a great victory for the people of Langwith. Everyone fighting NHS privatisation will share their joy.

It would not have happened without strong local displays of anger at the way the Primary Care Trust was trying to steamroller the community into accepting this giant American multinational as their provider of GP services.

Two public meetings were held at which hardly one person spoke in favour of the deal. The original Judicial Review decision - that the PCT had failed in its duty to consult local people, but that it would have made no difference if they had - was laughable.

But although the courts have backed local protesters this time, it would be a mistake for NHS campaigners to rely on them. More often than not, the judges will back business interests.

It's the strength of campaigns that counts - and they need to be linked up at national level to make them strong enough to defeat Labour's continuing onslaught.


Come to the Sheffield rally

FOUR THOUSAND in two days! That's the number of signatures staff from S2 ward have received whilst petitioning against the proposed ward closure at the Sheffield Childrens Hospital.

Jon Smith, GMB branch secretary, Sheffield Children's Hospital

I have had nothing but support from people regarding our rally and march on 9 September but we need more. The joint unions are calling on everyone opposed to NHS cuts to attend this march and rally.

Our battle at the Children's Trust (where management are cutting 9 million over three years) is the battle of all NHS trusts. 90 million cuts are proposed at the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Trust! Today we must win back our NHS.


Demonstrate Saturday 9 September.

Assemble 10am Weston Park for march and rally at City Hall.


Leeds hospitals protest

TEN MEMBERS of Leeds Socialist Party staged a protest lobby of Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS trust chief, Neil McKay, outside St James's hospital on 31 August.

Nigel Poustie

Over the past three years, this Trust - which runs St James's and Leeds General Infirmary - has cut hundreds of posts, closed nine wards and axed many beds.

A regular flow of people coming off the buses came straight to our stall to sign the petition.

One nurse took our paper to show to her colleagues.

We were told we weren't allowed on the premises - of a public hospital!

We were then told we couldn't see Neil McKay as he wasn't there. So instead chief nurse Maureen Noughton was sent to receive the 3,000 signatures we'd collected on our petition, attacking their policy of privatisation and cuts.

We later found out from student nurses that Neil McKay was on their ward with a clip board.

This reinforces the common opinion that, while patients and staff are suffering, there are: "too many managers, too many management consultants and too many private companies bleeding the NHS dry."


Fighting NHSL sell-off

THE STORES and supplies service of the NHS has now been signed off to DHL/Novation. NHS Logistics is supposed to be run by these private companies from 1 October.

DHL claim of course that they will save the NHS 1 billion over the next ten years, without affecting the quality of the service.

The workforce is more sceptical and are balloting for strike action, the result of the ballot of UNISON's 750-plus members will be known after 11 September.

And UNISON has produced leaflets and posters in Polish to ensure every union member is encouraged to vote for action.

This is another chapter in New Labour's drive for privatisation at any cost.

They want to hive off an award-winning public service to a company like Novation who are already being investigated in the USA because of their procurement activities.


The Socialist Party says

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


In The Socialist 7 September 2006:

Fighting back against attacks on NHS

Campaign defeats GP services sell-off

Campaign for a new workers' party

Come to Socialism 2006


Socialist Party campaigns

Progress on climate change - or just hot air?

Long hours and poverty pay hit students

A searing indictment of capitalism


War and terrorism

End the occupations

Lebanon: Can the UN bring peace?

9/11 - Five years on

Reprint: After the carnage in the USA: World Crisis Deepens


International socialist news and analysis

The politics of aid

New socialist party launched in Scotland

Bangladesh: 20,000 protesters march against British mining company


Socialist Party workplace news

Workers yearn for fighting leadership

2% public-sector pay rise won't cover inflation

The GAMA struggle

Strike victory increases pay-offs


 

Home   |   The Socialist 7 September 2006   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  




Related links:

NHS:

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?

triangleMay elections: a chance to fight attacks on health and social care

Socialist Party:

triangleBuilding fund: 150,000 milestone smashed!

triangleThe Socialist - a fighting, campaigning, workers' paper

triangleGive us your change (and more) to fight for system change!

triangleFor a fighting, democratic Labour Party

Leeds:

triangleVictorious Fearnville Fields campaigners thank the Socialist

triangleLeeds Socialist Party: The fight against zero-hour contracts and low pay

triangleLeeds Socialist Party: Lessons from Liverpool City Council 1983-7

Sheffield:

triangleSave our NHS candidate contesting South Yorkshire mayor election

triangleSheffield tree fellings paused as bully Labour council feels pressure

Derbyshire:

triangleDerbyshire says: No fracking way!

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

18/4/18

UCU

UCU members vote to end pensions dispute

18/4/18

Usdaw

Usdaw conference 2018: time for new era of fighting trade unionism

18/4/18

Leeds

Victorious Fearnville Fields campaigners thank the Socialist

18/4/18

Hull

Hull says no to war, no to austerity

18/4/18

The Socialist

The Socialist - a fighting, campaigning, workers' paper

18/4/18

Socialist Party

Building fund: 150,000 milestone smashed!

18/4/18

Fighting Fund

Give us your change (and more) to fight for system change!

18/4/18

Scotland

Workers' victory over anti-union Scottish council

18/4/18

Newham

Avenue School strikers and parents win judicial review

18/4/18

PCS

Vote for a left, fighting PCS leadership

18/4/18

PCS

PCS rejects Acas offer - further strikes announced

18/4/18

Bromley

Bromley libraries - indefinite strike action continues

18/4/18

Butterfields

Butterfields tenants join TUSC campaign

13/4/18

Cuts

Fighting the cuts to women's services

11/4/18

Health

May elections: a chance to fight attacks on health and social care

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


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