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The Socialist 26 April 2017

Kick out the Tories! Fight the bosses' establishment

The Socialist issue 946

A bold socialist campaign could get rid of the Tories


40% of GPs plan to quit - reverse all NHS cuts and sell-offs!

Cuts, profit and bureaucracy lead to 50% rise in mental health deaths

200,000 empty homes - 250,000 homeless - end property speculation

Benefit bullies

Refugee rescue

Tory trouble

What we saw


The real origins of May Day


Mélenchon result shows potential for building a mass left force


Strikes can end nurses' poverty pay

Len McCluskey re-election - a defeat for the right

Usdaw ADM 2017: Left challenge needed to end assault on retail jobs and conditions

PCS Left Unity says get rid of the Tories!

BMW strikers determined to win pensions dispute

Forest Hill School demonstration

Workplace news in brief


How Blairism sank its claws into the Labour Party


Jobstown trial begins - call on Corbyn to support the defendants!

Health Campaigns Together meets to chart the way forward

Protests in solidarity with LGBT+ people facing persecution in Chechnya

Doncaster TUSC: TUSC's programme for local jobs and Services

Peter Taaffe speaks in Birkenhead

East London tenants fight 40% rent hike


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Health Campaigns Together meets to chart the way forward

Health Campaigns Together called and jointly organised the 4 March NHS demo, photo Mary Finch

Health Campaigns Together called and jointly organised the 4 March NHS demo, photo Mary Finch   (Click to enlarge)

Mike Forster, HCT vice chair (personal capacity) and Huddersfield Socialist Party

The largest ever gathering of Health Campaigns Together (HCT) took place on 22 April at its annual general meeting in London.

60 delegates attended from all over the country representing around 50 community groups and organisations. It shows the campaign has obviously grown out of the hugely successful 4 March demo to save the NHS and, of course, this has raised the standing and authority of HCT. A number of proposals were therefore in front of the meeting to chart a way forward.

The looming general election has now changed the entire political landscape and dominated the debate. It was agreed the campaign group will rush out an election special newspaper to address the central health issues in the election and to call on all supporters to make the NHS a central theme (which the Tories will not want).

An organising resolution was passed calling on all local groups to extend and develop their networks and to lobby councils and MPs about the sustainability and transformation plans and cuts and closures. A conference will be called later in the year but there will be a mobilising focus on the NHS' birthday on 5 July.

Inevitably, the main debate focused on the general election and how to build on the 4 March demo. After much debate and discussion, it was agreed to support the proposal from Hands Off HRI in Huddersfield that we call on the Labour and trade union movement to back a larger national demo in defence of the NHS within 12 months.

The meeting also agreed to approach the National Union of Teachers (NUT) about a possible joint demo on health and education. A demo like this could have an electrifying impact on the outcome of the election.

It was also agreed we should develop wider regional networks of HCT across the country and also support any health unions which take action in support of their members.

Action

An action committee has now been delegated to take ideas about the elections and 5 July forward which will develop more detailed plans. A quick get together of the committee took place after the meeting which heard about the excellent initiative already taken by doctors and nurses to target marginal seats with a very strong message about saving the NHS.

A group of officers has now been elected, including myself as vice chair, who will continue the work of the campaign. A huge challenge faces us, along with the major health unions: to galvanise and mobilise popular support for the NHS into a mighty force that can blow away the Tories and their plans to kill off our health service.


In this issue


What we think

A bold socialist campaign could get rid of the Tories


Socialist Party news and analysis

40% of GPs plan to quit - reverse all NHS cuts and sell-offs!

Cuts, profit and bureaucracy lead to 50% rise in mental health deaths

200,000 empty homes - 250,000 homeless - end property speculation

Benefit bullies

Refugee rescue

Tory trouble

What we saw


May Day

The real origins of May Day


International socialist news and analysis

Mélenchon result shows potential for building a mass left force


Socialist Party workplace news

Strikes can end nurses' poverty pay

Len McCluskey re-election - a defeat for the right

Usdaw ADM 2017: Left challenge needed to end assault on retail jobs and conditions

PCS Left Unity says get rid of the Tories!

BMW strikers determined to win pensions dispute

Forest Hill School demonstration

Workplace news in brief


20 years since Blair's election

How Blairism sank its claws into the Labour Party


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Jobstown trial begins - call on Corbyn to support the defendants!

Health Campaigns Together meets to chart the way forward

Protests in solidarity with LGBT+ people facing persecution in Chechnya

Doncaster TUSC: TUSC's programme for local jobs and Services

Peter Taaffe speaks in Birkenhead

East London tenants fight 40% rent hike


Socialist Party comments and reviews

The Socialist inbox


May Day greetings


Solidarity greetings in the Socialist for International Workers' Day 2017


 

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