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31 January 2018

NHS we're ready to fight

Heroic health workers and valiant community campaigns have already proven that when we fight, we can win. The ideas and work of the Socialist Party have been a key component in this struggle.
But it's not just about ideas. Socialist Party members have been on the front line of the fightback, turning ideas into action. Help us beat the Tory and Blairite NHS wreckers. Join the Socialists.

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11 January 2017

Sustainability and Transformation plans - a repackaging of cuts

The British Red Cross has described the situation developing in A&E departments up and down the country as 'a humanitarian crisis'. So what has been the response of the government to this crisis?

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14 December 2016

NHS crisis: we're fighting back!

Health workers are bracing themselves for a winter crisis. A tipping point has been reached in recent years. Is it any wonder that around the country a mood of anger and rebellion is rapidly developing?

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26 November 2016

Hands off HRI charts way forward

Over 120 people turned out to our latest Hands off Huddersfield Royal Infirmary meeting

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25 May 2016

Chorley A&E battle

150 bikers blocked the road outside Chorley and South Ribble Hospital, revving their engines in time with the chants of a further 400 protesters on 21 May. They were there for the sixth week in a row since the trust's announcement it would close the A&E department.

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2 March 2016

Support junior doctors' strikes

Stop Tory attacks on NHS: Health minister Jeremy Hunt has declared war on junior doctors by imposing a contract which will remove safeguards to them working more unsocial hours, and for less pay.

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13 January 2016

Doctors battle burnout as 100 full-up GP surgeries apply to shut their doors

GPs want to provide safe, high-quality care for patients. The stress of feeling unable to give patients what they need - while fending off a barrage of increased paperwork and tasks not directly related to patient care - has forced 100 practices to apply to NHS England to close their surgeries to any new patients.

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7 October 2015

NHS cutters pay doctors not to refer sick patients to hospitals

General practitioners (GPs) are being paid to reduce referrals to hospital in some areas.

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photo Paul Mattsson

photo Paul Mattsson

24 June 2015

What next for the NHS?

A new Tory government spells disaster for our already-beleaguered NHS. Socialist Party health workers and service users pick apart the problems the NHS faces - and what needs to happen to save it.

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Over 1,000 people marched in Leeds on Saturday 28 April in defence of the NHS , photo Iain Dalton

22 April 2015

Stop NHS cuts!

30bn NHS funding shortfall: Like a tiny plaster over a gaping wound, promises to improve the NHS made by the establishment parties are worthless

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Unison staff at Pinderfields hospital strike, photo Iain Dalton

Unison staff at Pinderfields hospital strike, photo Iain Dalton

14 August 2013

Hunt attacks NHS staff and patients

Patient groups and health workers' organisations are shocked by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt's recent statement that to set minimum staffing levels for hospitals would be 'artificial' and may jeopardise the need to 'protect NHS budgets', writes Jackie Grunsell.

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Campaigning for TUSC in Swansea, photo by Socialist Party Wales

Campaigning for TUSC in Swansea, photo by Socialist Party Wales

11 May 2011

TUSC shows alternative to Con-Dem and Labour cuts

Roundup: 174 candidates, standing in 50 councils, contested the English local elections under the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) umbrella, polling over 25,000 votes...

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Demonstration to Save Hospital, photo by Paul Mattsson

Photo by Paul Mattsson

26 January 2011

Warning: Government health 'reforms' can seriously damage your health

'EQUITY AND Excellence: Liberating the NHS'... so benevolently named is the government's car crash of a health bill which is going through parliament, that frankly there should be a health warning attached to it! Jackie Grunsell writes.

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Jackie Grunsell, Save Huddersfield NHS campaign councillor and Socialist Party member, photo Alison Hill

Jackie Grunsell, Save Huddersfield NHS campaign councillor and Socialist Party member, photo Alison Hill

12 May 2010

Huddersfield elections: Forging a socialist campaigning tradition

In 2006, Jackie Grunsell was elected as a councillor with a big majority following a high profile campaign to stop NHS cuts in Huddersfield, writes Mike Forster.

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21 April 2010

Colne Valley / Huddersfield: Kirklees' only fighting councillor

SOCIALIST PARTY member Jackie Grunsell was elected to Kirklees council in 2006 after a campaign to protect local health services...

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Jackie Grunsell, GP and councillor, speaks at a Save Huddersfield NHS demonstration, photo Huddersfield SP

Jackie Grunsell, GP and councillor, speaks at a Save Huddersfield NHS demonstration, photo Huddersfield SP

7 April 2010

Making an impact in Huddersfield

"IT'S A shame that they don't have a column on the voting paper that says 'none of the above' when you go to vote" was the comment of one voter who summed up the mood of hundreds of people we met on the Easter weekend of action in Huddersfield, writes Mike Forster.

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Unison Local Government strike 16-17 July in London, photo Paul Mattsson

Unison Local Government strike 16-17 July in London, photo Paul Mattsson

3 March 2010

Women will be at the fore in the fightback!

100th anniversary of International Women's Day: At the turn of the century some feminists celebrated a 'genderquake', the idea that women had finally achieved equality, writes Claire Laker-Mansfield, Sussex Socialist Students.

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Jackie Grunsell, Save Huddersfield NHS campaign councillor and Socialist Party member, photo Alison Hill

Jackie Grunsell, Save Huddersfield NHS campaign councillor and Socialist Party member, photo Alison Hill

30 September 2009

Fight all council cuts

Organise action to save services: "Any managers of a public service who are not planning now on the basis that they will have substantially less money to spend in two year's time are living in cloud cuckoo land." These are the chilling words of the chief executive of the Audit Commission, writes Jackie Grunsell, Defend NHS councillor and Socialist Party member, Huddersfield.

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28 January 2009

Socialist councillor opposes Tory plans for education privatisation

Last week's Kirklees council meeting brought in a new Liberal/Labour coalition administration after a vote of 'no confidence' in the ruling minority Tory cabinet took place, writes Jackie Grunsell, Save Huddersfield NHS councillor.

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17 September 2008

No to post office closures

PLANS TO close nine sub-post offices, vital local services, across the Huddersfield/ Colne Valley area are a hammer blow to these communities, Huddersfield Socialist Party members write.

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