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The Socialist 10 February 2016

Fight council cuts!

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Fight council cuts!

Tories bankrupting NHS

Defiant mood as junior doctors demonstrate

Lawyers defeat Tories' unjust legal aid cuts

Cushy government job for Amazon boss

'Pro-rape' anti-feminist Roosh V humiliated

Liverpool fans walk out against ticket price hikes

Them & Us


Mental health: system in crisis

Mental health: My battle for the help I needed


Cameron's EU renegotiation charade

Don't give money to Ukip and Tory EU campaigners!


Lack of strategy and exclusions threaten Momentum

Birmingham: socialists kicked out of Momentum

Labour right wing blocks call to debate budget cuts


No-cuts strategy needed to save 25,000 council jobs

Local government union backs no-cuts council budgets

Big victory at Small Heath School against academy attack

Cuts to premiums mean no 'rise' in store for Tesco workers

Leicester taxi dispute: Labour's rank hypocrisy

South London: Library workers strike to save services

Continued action in crane drivers' pay dispute

Workplace news in brief


Portsmouth: support for anti-austerity stand

Leeds meeting expresses Corbyn and McDonnell's contradictions

Socialist Party members inspired by conference

Torbay: "A tale of two towns"

Anger against plans to close Bradford libraries

NHS campaign gains support


Sanders' socialist message rattling the establishment

US elections: Clinton coins it

International news in brief

 
 
 
 
 

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Doctors' demonstration 6.2.16, photo by Paul Mattsson

Doctors' demonstration 6.2.16, photo by Paul Mattsson   (Click to enlarge)

Defiant junior doctors' demonstration

Sam Gleaden

Junior doctors from across the country demonstrated in London on 6 February. Medics protested against unsafe changes to working hours, and what are effectively pay cuts.

Thousands attended the demonstration - which comes ahead of a planned 24-hour walkout, with emergency care only, on 10 February.

Doctors' demonstration 6.2.16, photo by  Paul Mattsson

Doctors' demonstration 6.2.16, photo by Paul Mattsson   (Click to enlarge)

The mood of the demonstration was defiant. Morale was also impressive considering this was the third march of its kind since the dispute began.

Doctors' demonstration 6.2.16, photo by Paul Mattsson

Doctors' demonstration 6.2.16, photo by Paul Mattsson   (Click to enlarge)

There were two hours of speakers, followed by a ‘masked march’ on Downing Street from 3pm. In their speeches, NHS workers exposed Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt’s false claims about the “weekend effect”. His lies are just a cover for cuts. Peer-reviewed studies show Hunt’s explanation for needing more staff at weekends to be nonsense.

Doctors' demonstration 6.2.16, photo by Paul Mattsson

Doctors' demonstration 6.2.16, photo by Paul Mattsson   (Click to enlarge)

Doctors correctly see this as part of a wider drive to privatise public services. Speaking to the Socialist, Dr Iona Maxwell from Southampton said: “I think it is definitely a part of the whole picture.

“This is the first step, in a way, to the government privatising the whole NHS. And that’s going to happen all over, to any public service.”

Doctors' demonstration 6.2.16, photo by Paul Mattsson

Doctors' demonstration 6.2.16, photo by Paul Mattsson   (Click to enlarge)

Doctors also agreed with the Socialist Party’s call for coordinated action across the NHS - and other public services - to fight austerity. Junior doctor Scott Farenden said: “I support anyone who is feeling oppression on their working conditions at this moment. I was speaking to a police officer today and they are up against it just like we are.”

Doctors' demonstration 6.2.16, photo by Paul Mattsson

Doctors' demonstration 6.2.16, photo by Paul Mattsson   (Click to enlarge)

Clearly, if the fight to defend the NHS is going to be successful, workers across the NHS need to coordinate and mobilise. Without mass action, different sections of NHS workers risk becoming isolated.


This version of this article was first posted on the Socialist Party website on 8 February 2016 and may vary slightly from the version subsequently printed in The Socialist.


In this issue


Socialist Party news and analysis

Fight council cuts!

Tories bankrupting NHS

Defiant mood as junior doctors demonstrate

Lawyers defeat Tories' unjust legal aid cuts

Cushy government job for Amazon boss

'Pro-rape' anti-feminist Roosh V humiliated

Liverpool fans walk out against ticket price hikes

Them & Us


Socialist Party feature

Mental health: system in crisis

Mental health: My battle for the help I needed


What we think

Cameron's EU renegotiation charade

Don't give money to Ukip and Tory EU campaigners!


Momentum, Labour and the Socialist Party

Lack of strategy and exclusions threaten Momentum

Birmingham: socialists kicked out of Momentum

Labour right wing blocks call to debate budget cuts


Socialist Party workplace news

No-cuts strategy needed to save 25,000 council jobs

Local government union backs no-cuts council budgets

Big victory at Small Heath School against academy attack

Cuts to premiums mean no 'rise' in store for Tesco workers

Leicester taxi dispute: Labour's rank hypocrisy

South London: Library workers strike to save services

Continued action in crane drivers' pay dispute

Workplace news in brief


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Portsmouth: support for anti-austerity stand

Leeds meeting expresses Corbyn and McDonnell's contradictions

Socialist Party members inspired by conference

Torbay: "A tale of two towns"

Anger against plans to close Bradford libraries

NHS campaign gains support


International socialist news and analysis

Sanders' socialist message rattling the establishment

US elections: Clinton coins it

International news in brief


 

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