Join Demonstration to Save the NHS: 4th March

The NHS will last as long as there are folk left with faith to fight for it
Aneurin Bevan

Please join National Demonstration to save our NHS. 

If you are seeing this notification for the first time I know this is rather short notice, but if at all possible please try and support this demonstration. There are also other suggested actions you can take further down. 

IT’S OUR NHS NATIONAL DEMONSTRATION March 4th

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“JOIN US SATURDAY 4 MARCH, 12:00pm TAVISTOCK SQUARE, MARCH TO PARLIAMENT 

Click the following link for more details including route map and transport information. Also Flyers and posters to download.

http://www.thepeoplesassembly.org.uk/our_nhs

Visit the Peoples Assembly’s home page for further information:

http://www.thepeoplesassembly.org.uk/

Celebs, MPs, Trade Unions, Campaigns join biggest NHS demo in history

Other Actions you can take to help ensure the continuation of the NHS

Keep our NHS public (KONP)
https://keepournhspublic.com/ Suggested actions include joining KONP or a local KONP group, donations,

Sign a petition

Please sign and share the following petition by the People’s Assembly.

URGENT: provide sufficient funding to the NHS NOW!

  • For a fully funded, publicly owned NHS & social care service.
  • No cuts, no closures, no privatisation.
  • End the pay restraint for NHS staff.
We must fight to save the NHS from destruction. The threat is real. It is happening now. Hospitals, GPs, mental health, ambulance and community services are on their knees.

The Red Cross has just declared the impact of the underfunding of A&E wards as a humanitarian crisis. Wards are full because sick people cannot be sent home with no care as they will die. But social care has been cut so home care is rare. People are dying as they wait for a hospital bed. This is an emergency.”

Please read more and sign the petition:
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/120/484/374/
 – Please share widely.

Write to your MP and or the PM.

Contact your MP :http://www.parliament.uk/get-involved/contact-your-mp/

Contact the PM Teresa May: http://www.parliament.uk/biographies/commons/mrs-theresa-may/8

Save Our NHS guide to lobbying

Lobby your MP – top tips on what to say and how to say it
http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/list-of-sectors/healthsector/healthsectorcampaigns/unite4ournhs/saveournhslobbyyourmp/saveournhsaguidetolobbying/

Since its inception in 1948 the NHS has been the envy of the world, it is the only fair way to ensure that everyone regardless of income gets access to treatment.  But it is under threat from privatisation.

We have to save our NHS from being destroyed by the policies of the conservative party who would prefer a private health care system similar to the USA, and we know don’t we how awful and unfair that would be. We do not want our health to depend on how much money we have, whether we can afford insurance or whether the insurance company would wriggle out of paying for our treatment should the need arise.

This concerns us all. Please take as many of the suggested actions above. If you can, please join the Demonstration on March 4th and help to make it the biggest NHS demo in the history.

Related Links
We Stand United With NHS Staff And Patients
“By refusing to properly fund the NHS, the government is making a clear statement of its values, argues Sarah Carpenter“.
https://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-573b-We-stand-united-with-NHS-staff-and-patients

NHS Support Federation
http://www.nhscampaign.org/

 

Petition to Help Lewis Brimble to Get the Medication he Needs

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Remember an earlier blog entry with a similar request to sign a petition to help  Abi Longfellow get the medication she needs.

The is not an isolated case as the child in the petition below desperately needs the same medication which is, as in the case of  Abi Longfellow, being denied him.

Please sign the petition

Petitioning NHS England Commissioning Board

Reconsider your decision to refuse Eculizumab for Lewis Brimble

“My name is Lewis Brimble, I’m 15.

Recently the NHS declined my application for Eculizumab, the only drug that could save my life.

I have had MPGN, a life threatening, ultra rare kidney disease since I was 9 years old. Very quickly after I was diagnosed it progressed into end stage renal failure, so I spent 2 years on dialysis. Eventually, when I was 11 my mum donated her kidney to me, and I slowly got to go back to being a normal boy for a bit.

In March 2013, after 15 months, I found out that my disease had come back and that there was damage to my transplanted kidney. Since then I have been slowly deteriorating. My doctors have made it clear that there is only one drug, Eculizumab, that can stop my disease from getting worse and forcing me to go back to a nightmare half-life on dialysis.”

Read More and please sign the petition
https://www.change.org/p/nhs-england-commissioning-board-reconsider-your-decision-to-refuse-eculizimab-for-lewis-brimble

More action you can take

Please always be polite, this is very important, abusive communications are unlikely to be read or considered.

Write to the NHS commissioning board and ask them to reconsider their decision to refuse Eculizumab for Lewis Brimble

Contact Details

You can contact the Customer Contact Centre in a number of ways:

  • By telephone: 0300 311 22 33 (Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm, excluding English Bank Holidays).
  • Email: england.contactus@nhs.net
  • Post: NHS England, PO Box 16738, Redditch, B97 9PT

More Details
http://www.england.nhs.uk/contact-us/

Website
http://www.england.nhs.uk/2013/03/26/nhs-england/

You could also write to David Cameron and request that both children receive the medication that they urgently require.

David Cameron

Parliamentary

House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA
Tel: 020 7219 3475
Fax: 020 7219 0918

Constituency

West Oxfordshire Conservative Association, Waterloo House, 58-60 High Street, Witney, Oxfordshire, OX28 6HJ
Tel: 01993 702302

Departmental

10 Downing Street, London, SW1A 2AA
Tel: 020 7270 3000

http://www.parliament.uk/biographies/commons/mr-david-cameron/1467

It is more effective to send a postal letter but if this is not possible here is David Cameron’s email contact form:

https://email.number10.gov.uk/

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/David_Cameron

I am deeply concerned over these two children whom it seems are not getting the medication (Eculizumab) that they need because it is too expensive.

How many others are in a similar situation?

Health care is surely a universal right, a human right and no one in any country should die or be chronically ill because they cannot have access to medicine.

These medicines are life saving drugs that each child urgently needs in order to live a full life as in the case of Luis Brimble or to survive as in the case of Abi Longfellow. Surely both these children have the right to have whatever medicine is available regardless of their ability to pay or the NHS’s. The UK is a rich country, denying these children, and no doubt many others, life saving medicine is deeply unethical.

 

 

 

Please Sign a Petition to Allow the NHS to Give a Child Life-Saving Medicine

Please sign the following petition to David Cameron  and Alexion Pharmaceuticals to allow 12 years old Abi to have life saving medicine.

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Because the medication this child requires is not on the NHS approved list 12 year old Abi’s life is under threat.

Please read the following and sign the petition and if you have time please also write to David Cameron and Alexion Pharmaceuticals and ask them to allow Abi her life saving medicine – scroll down for contact details. Also a Go Fund Me link to help raise money for her treatment

“Our daughter, twelve-year-old Abi, has a rare kidney disease that could kill her in five years.

Under lock and key in the hospital where she is treated is the medicine that could save her life.

But thanks to a cruel loophole, doctors are forbidden from giving it to our daughter. That’s why we’ve started a campaign with the Sunday People.

Abi’s one-in-a-million illness is too rare to be covered by NHS England’s drug funding policy but not rare enough to unlock cash for exceptional cases.

And the manufacturer Alexion Pharmaceuticals has refused to drop the eye-watering £136,000-a-year price, ­making it impossible for us to buy the drug privately.

Allow the NHS to give Abi Longfellow her life-saving medicine”

Please read more and sign the petition:
https://www.change.org/p/david-cameron-mp-allow-the-nhs-to-give-abi-longfellow-her-life-saving-medicine?source_location=petition_footer&algorithm=curated_trending

More Action you can take: Contact both David Cameron and Alexion Pharmaceuticals

Please write to David Cameron and ask him to Allow the NHS to give Abi Longfellow this vital medicine.

David Cameron

Parliamentary

House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA
Tel: 020 7219 3475
Fax: 020 7219 0918

Constituency

West Oxfordshire Conservative Association, Waterloo House, 58-60 High Street, Witney, Oxfordshire, OX28 6HJ
Tel: 01993 702302

Departmental

10 Downing Street, London, SW1A 2AA
Tel: 020 7270 3000

http://www.parliament.uk/biographies/commons/mr-david-cameron/1467

It is more effective to send a postal letter but if this is not possible here is David Cameron’s email contact form:

https://email.number10.gov.uk/

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/David_Cameron

Alexion Pharma UK Ltd  Please write and ask Alexion pharmaceuticals to drop the price 

Postal Address

3 Furzeground Way
Stockley Park
Uxbridge, Middlesex, UB11 1EZ
Telephone
+44 (0) 208 744 6600
Email
alexion.uk@alxn.com
Alexion Home page
Please be polite abusive correspondence is rarely read or acted upon.
To help Abi raise money for her life-saving drug visit :
http://www.gofundme.com/Get-Abi-To-Florida
There is no reason, at least no rational or moral reason why the NHS cannot give this life saving drug to this unfortunate child. In fact it is in my opinion highly unethical to deny anymore life saving treatment or indeed any medical treatment that is available. The rules need to change.

The right to the best medical treatment that medical science has to offer should be a basic human right for each and every person on the planet.

 

Five More Years of Hell

What the hell is wrong with the British people?

Why have they voted for five more years of hell under the Tories? Why!!! Why!!!! Is it simply ignorance or greed? Do people think that the improving economy, if indeed it really is improving, is going to make them more wealthy? If there has been any improvement it has been at the expense of the poorest in our society who have been hit the hardest by austerity measures. Also you can be certain that any improvement to the economy will affect only the wealthy. Foolish people have condemned us all to five more years of Tory policy which benefits only the rich.

I cannot tell you just how shocked and angry I am.

If you voted Tory consider:

Just on the issue of the NHS alone you should not have voted Conservative – Your vote just brought us closer to the end of the NHS

Basically if you voted Tory you have voted for the privatisation of our NHS, the eventual end to free health care?

Consider do you really want private profit hungry big business carrying out surgery, performing scans, X-rays and other diagnostic tests. Never forget that with all private business profit is the main motivation. Making private business responsible for your health care is a slippery slope to the end of the NHS as we know it.

So far a third of  the NHS has gone to the private sector, after five more years how much more will be sold off.

If you voted for the Conservatives you also voted for:

Zero hours.

“It’s the uncertainty that gets to me,” Shirley says, despondently. “These contracts only work one way – they don’t offer any flexibility even if you wanted it because if you turn down hours you suffer. One of the girls had her hours permanently reduced because she asked the line manager for a day off to take her child to the doctors. From that day on her card was marked”.

Read More:
http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2013/06/forward-march-zero-hours-contracts-must-be-halted

Low Pay – in 2014 two out of three people took jobs with low pay

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Two thirds of people who “found” work in 2014, ended up in a job which pays less than the living wage (which is not that much higher than the minimum wage). Many have found themselves in work that is “employment” in name only: in zero hours jobs which for many means just that – no hours = no pay. Many have ended up in workfare and training schemes all designed to coerce people into working for little or no pay.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/november5/16568567849/

Food banks – over one million people now use food banks including 330, 000 children

Every day people in the UK go hungry for reasons ranging from redundancy to receiving an unexpected bill on a low income. Trussell Trust foodbanks provide a minimum of three days emergency food and support to people experiencing crisis in the UK.

2013-14 foodbanks fed 913,138 people nationwide. Of those helped, 330,205 were children.
http://www.trusselltrust.org/foodbank-projects

“In spite of the erroneous signs of economic recovery, people are becoming poorer as more people are relying on food banks than ever before.”

Read About food Banks in Maidenhead:

“At just pushing 9.30 AM, the Maidenhead foodbank was rammed with people. Shelves were stacked ceiling-high with tinned food and bags of pasta and it felt more like a UN posting in a war zone than sleepy Berkshire.”
Read More:
http://munchies.vice.com/articles/people-are-relying-on-foodbanks-in-the-uk-more-than-ever – Maidenhead is a well to do town in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead. Not the sort of place that springs to mind when we think of people who need food banks.

The continuation of the unfair bedroom tax – Tories propose to raise this unfair tax.
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/tories-could-raise-bedroom-tax-5642236

More cuts to welfare for sick and disabled people and the unemployed – The Tories want to cut benefits by 12 billion:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-32084722

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Relentless cuts, low pay and welfare sanctions and other policies have sent millions of the already poor into even deeper poverty, and have pushed many into poverty who weren’t before. And for some there have been tragic results. Who thought that in 21st century UK we’d have people driven to suicide, people starving to death, and unnecessary deaths triggered by stress and hardship.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/november5/16753988102/

Homelessness

Since 2010 when the coalition came into power homelessness has risen by as much as 55 percent and in London people sleeping rough has risen even more dramatically by a huge 80 percent since 2010!

HOMELESS levels in England have increased every year since the Tory-led coalition took power, the government’s own figures revealed
http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-a196-Tories-oversee-ever-rising-scourge-of-homelessness#.VUxgE_lVhBc

Continued Austerity

“…the Conservative Party promises to continue cutting government spending by a further 2% over the next two years if it is returned to power. This would not be as fast as the rate of cutting from 2010-2012, but it would be faster than the rate from 2012-2014. This will only serve to hinder British growth further.

According to Oxfam, the government’s austerity policies have devastated Britain’s middle and working classes in a variety of ways:

  • As a result of austerity, an addition 800,000 British children will live in poverty over the next decade.
  • Over the same period, 1.5 million working age adults will fall into poverty.
  • By 2018, 900,000 public sector workers will have lost their jobs.
  • The bottom 10% of British earners will have seen their incomes fall 38% over this government’s five year term.

Indeed, when we adjust for inflation, British workers have seen continual reductions in their wages over the course of this parliament”:
Read More
http://benjaminstudebaker.com/2015/05/02/britain-for-the-love-of-god-please-stop-david-cameron/

https://www.oxfam.org/sites/www.oxfam.org/files/cs-true-cost-austerity-inequality-uk-120913-en.pdf

The Killing of our wild animals

Don’t forget that your vote condemns wild animals to suffering and death. If you voted Tory you have voted for the possible reinstatement of the barbaric so-called sport of fox hunting and the continuation of the badger cull/ massacre.
The badger cull will be extended across the country

Cameron wants to repeal fox hunting ban:
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/david-cameron-says-he-wants-to-repeal-the-fox-hunting-ban-10091571.html

Badger culls would continue under new Tory government:
http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/feb/24/badger-culls-will-continue-under-new-tory-government-liz-truss-says

With regard Cameron’s obsession with repealing the fox hunting bill, ask yourself:
What does this say about the mentality of this man who has the power to affect people’s lives?  With the exception of the very rich, for most of us his policies have been a serious detriment. Most particularly for benefit claimants: sick, disabled and the unemployed. Also for the “hard working people” who are rewarded with low wages and zero hours contracts.

I despair this morning I feel sick at heart at the very thought of five more years of austerity for those of us who are sick, disabled, unemployed, and poor, those whose lives are already a living hell. If you voted Tory, do you not care that the rise in wages are the lowest since Victorian times. Do you not care that your fellow citizens have to use food banks – most are people in work who earn so little they do not have enough to eat!!!!! Do you not care that as a result of the Tories welfare reforms a diabetic died because he had no money to keep his insulin refrigerated , he was sadly was just one of thousands who died as a result of these wicked reforms.

Tory voters: Do you not care that the NHS is falling apart.

Are the British people so selfish that they no longer care for the underdog. Are they so stupid that they are willing to pay more and more for their energy. Are they so ignorant that they really believe life will now improve for us all in this the land of multimillionaires and billionaires who have accured more wealth while the rest of us have suffered under austerity.

Do you Conservative supporters think it is right that the UK now has more billionaires in residence than anywhere else on Earth while people rely on food banks, low income and in some cases no income as a result of benefit sanctions?

It has been announced that BT have made Two and half billion pounds profit , does it not bother you that they are allowed to make this money at your expense while people in our country starve to death? Live in poverty with no hope, no future?

While the Tories strive to end our welfare system they hand out tax breaks to corporations.

Does it not bother you Tory voters that while the government cut vital benefits to sick and disabled people and the unemployed they handed out what amounts to benefits to corporations to the tune of £85 billion.  During the last four years the drastic and unfair welfare reforms instigated by Labour have been progressively slashed still further by the coalition government resulting in thousands of deaths, including suicides, huge increases in homelessness misery and despair with more and more poverty-stricken people needing to resort to food banks. As unbelievable as it is people here in the UK have starved to death as a result of the government’s vicious welfare reforms.

Did you know that our privately run train service is kept afloat as a result of billions of pounds of grants provided by you the tax payer and that Amazon have paid less in corporation tax to the UK than it has received in government grants.

While the poor get poorer the rich get richer aided by government hand outs. Since the last election the wealth of the richest has increased by 11% while most of us have suffered the consequences of austerity measures, the most devastating of which have been the drastic cuts to benefits to sick and disabled people.

… research by the Equality Trust, which campaigns to reduce inequality in the UK, found that the richest 100 families in Britain in 2008 had seen their combined wealth increase by at least £15bn, a period during which average income increased by £1,233. Britain’s current richest 100 had the same wealth as 30% of UK households,

http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/jan/19/global-wealth-oxfam-inequality-davos-economic-summit-switzerland

Do you conservative voters not want a better world where all people have enough to live on, not only the essentials of life but enough to have a quality of life. Doesn’t the rise in capitalist greed and exploitation of our fellow human beings, other animals and the environment disgust you? Don’t you Conservatives feel ashamed that while the one percent own and of course control the majority of the vast resources of our world people die from want of food and clean water. While BT share holders enjoy their two billion plus people struggle to survive in Nepal – this huge amount of money would seriously help the thousands who are left in poverty after the earthquake in one of the poorest countries in the world.

Five more years of a Tory government will see the end of us all, the end of just and fair society.

Shame on anyone who voted Tory while benefits are being stripped from disabled people, people who are too sick to work who can in many cases barely cope with day-to-day living yet are considered fit to work and for non compliance are left destitute with no income, not even the means to obtain food, shelter or warmth, all of which are basic human rights that we all should demand. While food banks open at an alarming hitherto unparalleled rate and people die in their own homes from cold here in the sixth richest country in the world, the rich get richer.

Well I could go on and on the list of misery as a result of the Tory government is long and protracted.

Frankly if I had the wherewithall I would leave this damn country.

…the real victims of the Tory triumph will be the poor, disabled and workers on low wages and zero hours contracts. The welfare state itself is under threat.

The victims will be everybody who relies on a National Health Service threatened by privatisation and cuts.

We fear for everybody who isn’t rich or wealthy.

The Mirror
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/disastrous-labour-election-leaves-poor-5657479

I fear for the future of the NHS and the welfare state, I fear for us all including wild animals and the environment – whats to stop this government steaming a head with fracking our countryside. Nothing absolutely nothing.

Thank you all you self-centred, ignorant, easily led Tory voters,  you have taken us further from social justice, a fair and equal world and a safe environment not only for us but for future generations.

 

Don’t Vote Conservative: Unless You Want to Wave Goodbye to the NHS

“The NHS has been reduced to such a state that, if things don’t change, it could be about to get a whole lot worse.
“The extreme Tory spending plans will see social care further stripped out, pushing hospitals to breaking point.
“And, with the Health and Social Care Act still in force, the next parliament could see the NHS sunk by a toxic mix of cuts, crisis and privatisation.”
Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham

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Download larger sizes:
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Before voting consider the following:

More than 140 top doctors attack government record on NHS

Letter from senior health professionals says coalition has left NHS in weakest position ever and calls on people to use votes to reinstate service

“As medical and public health professionals our primary concern is for all patients. We invite voters to consider carefully how the NHS has fared over the last five years, and to use their vote to ensure that the NHS in England is reinstated,”

“… the NHS “is withering away and if things carry on as they are then in future people will be denied care they once had under the NHS and have to pay more for health services. Privatisation not only threatens coordinated services but also jeopardises training of our future healthcare providers and medical research, particularly that of public health.”
The signatories to the letter

Read the complete article which includes the letter in full:
http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/apr/07/more-than-100-top-doctors-attack-government-record-on-nhs

More extracts from the Doctor’s letter to the Guardian:

“After five years of a government which pledged to protect the NHS, this election campaign makes it timely to assess its stewardship, since 2010, of England’s most precious institution. Our verdict, as doctors working in and for the NHS, is that history will judge that this administration’s record is characterised by broken promises, reductions in necessary funding, and destructive legislation, which leaves health services weaker, more fragmented, and less able to perform their vital role than at any time in the NHS’s history.

In short, the coalition has failed to keep its NHS pledges.”

Here is the most important section:
“We invite voters to consider carefully how the NHS has fared over the last five years, and to use their vote to ensure that the NHS in England is reinstated.”

Please continue reading the complete letter if you have not already done so.
http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/apr/07/senior-doctors-assess-governments-record-on-nhs-letter-in-full

In response, The desperate Tories try to unsuccessfully organise their own letter

“Desperate” Tory plot to organise own letter from doctors exposed in bomb shell leaked email.

“Jeremy Hunt has been left red-faced tonight as a bombshell leaked email exposes a “desperate” Tory plot to organise their own letter from doctors.

It comes just days after more than 100 leading doctors signed a letter accusing the Tory-led coalition of endangering the NHS in England.”
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/nhs-crisis-tory-plot-letter-5488071

5 More Toxic Years? Say goodbye to our NHS

DAVID Cameron’s “ideological prescription” for cuts and privatisation could kill off the NHS within five years, shadow health secretary Andy Burnham warns today.

Writing exclusively for the Morning Star, Mr Burnham insists it is “no exaggeration” to say the future of the NHS as a public service is at risk if the Tory Prime Minister stays in office.

Labour’s health chief says a looming £7 billion funding shortfall combined with the Tories pro-privatisation policy will “create a toxic medicine that may well finish the patient off.”

Read more
http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-899f-5-more-toxic-Tory-years-Say-goodbye-to-our-NHS

NHS charges are certain if Tories win election

“The BMA rightly raises the spectre of the NHS being subject to charges for medical treatment after the election.   This has become a real threat as a result of Tory policy over the last 5 years – partly from the unprecedented imposition of £20bn cuts amounting to nearly a fifth of the entire NHS budget, and partly as a result from a third or more of hospital trusts now being in deficit and a growing minority being cast into actual bankruptcy.   All three political parties deny they have any such plans, and of course it would be politically suicidal if they did anything else.   But are they all credible?   The Tories have hugely increased charging for social care by imposing 40% cuts in the social care of the elderly and disabled.   They have expanded private dental care to such a degree in cost and coverage that DIY dental first aid kit is now growing fast – one estimate now by DenTek, one of the biggest sellers of kits, claims there are already a quarter of a million users.   And there are other reasons too why charging is very likely to be Tory policy after the election.”

http://www.michaelmeacher.info/weblog/2015/04/nhs-charges-are-certain-if-tories-win-election/

12 Things You Should Know About The Tories And The NHS

“12 things that should make anyone who cares about the National Health Service very wary of voting for the Tory party.”

Read More:
http://www.buzzfeed.com/anotherangryvoice/12-things-you-should-know-about-the-tories-and-the-wyf2

Well I could go on the evidence is overwhelming, five more years of Tory government will see an end to the NHS. If you value our NHS and think that free health care is a human right and should not be privatised DON’T VOTE CONSERVATIVE!!!!!!!!!

Stop the Privatisation of the NHS – Please Sign Urgent Petition

Scroll further to sign  Urgent Petition

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Planet of the One Percenters

The Tories opposed the creation of the NHS back in 1947 and have been looking for ways to destroy the service ever since.

Now, as the Party of the 1%, they seem set to do just that unless they are stopped.

Byzantine_K
https://www.flickr.com/photos/november5/16319036702/

With no regard for democracy, knowing that the majority of us are opposed to the privatisation of the NHS, Cameron and the coalition government are hell bent on systematically allowing private corporations motivated by profit over patient care to take over NHS hospitals and other services. I firmly believe that in time if allowed to continue this will eventually lead to an American style system of health care.

Take Action

Please take the following actions to stop the privatisation of our NHS by signing the following petitions.

Urgent please sign!

38degress petition 

STOP THE NHS SELL-OFF OF £1.2 BILLION CANCER CARE IN STAFFORDSHIRE

Cancer patients in Staffordshire should know that the people caring for them are in the business of saving lives, not making money. There’s no justification for privatisation on this scale, ordinary people in Staffordshire haven’t been properly asked what they think, and if this deal goes through, we’ll be stuck with it for 10 years – and it could open the door for sweeping privatisation of our NHS across the country

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/stop-the-nhs-sell-off-of-1-2-billion-cancer-and-end-of-life-care-in-staffordshire

Read More:
http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/mar/16/privatisating-nhs-staffordshire-cancer-care-harm-patients-campaigners-say

Sumofus petition

The first private corporation to take over an NHS hospital is pulling out. The reason? It’s no longer making a profit.

This is a glimpse into the future of a fully privatised NHS — one we can’t afford to meet. Tell the government to stop privatisation and defend the NHS!

Read more and please sign the petition, its time Cameron was left in no doubt as to the extent of public feeling on the matter.
http://action.sumofus.org/a/circle-nhs/?akid=9144.1820923.-0MyR7&rd=1&sub=fwd&t=1

Here is lots more action from 38 degress you can take to save our NHS.

SAVE OUR NHS ACTION CENTRE
http://www.38degrees.org.uk/pages/save_our_nhs_action_centre

The best way we can stop this happening is not to vote Tory in the forth coming elections.

Reasons Not to Vote Conservative in the 2015 General Election: Privatisation of the NHS

During the lead up to the general election here in the UK I am going to include a series of entries under the heading: Reasons Not to Vote Conservative in the 2015 General Election . These periodic postings will as the title suggests concern the many reasons why we should not vote Tory. Each post will centre on one issue, today’s post concerns the privatisation of the NHS and its disastrous consequences.

What should be the glory of the profession is that a doctor should be able to meet his patients with no financial anxiety.
Aneurin Bevan – Labour Party politician best known for his part in the creation of the National Health Service after World War II.

Aneurin Bevan’s stated ambition was to build a health service based on four principles: it was to be free at the point of use, available to everyone who needed it, paid for out of general taxation, and used responsibly.

Sixty-six years on our NHS is under threat from the Conservatives who originally strongly opposed its inception.

If you value our NHS don’t vote Tory in the forthcoming 2015 general election.

Despite pre-election promises and against the wishes of the overwhelming majority the conservatives have steadily and systematically privatised our NHS with disastrous consequences.

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Taking the NHS Along the Road to Ruin

Every pre-election promise David Cameron and the Tories made on the NHS, they broke (no surprise). Damaging cuts, unnecessary and disruptive re-organisations and £ BILLIONS of NHS services contracted out to the private sector even when they cost far more to do the same job (but they’ll still do it worse even then).

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https://www.flickr.com/photos/november5/15631676904/in/photostream/ – larger sizes available of this and other posters with a creative commons license, ideal to spread the word about the coalition’s privatisation of the NHS

The above graphic is a parody of the Tory election campaign poster “Road to Recovery”. You can see the original poster here along with an article about the Tories disastrous policies concerning the NHS:
Labour Slam Tory NHS Plans in Poster Parody
http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-5606-Labour-slam-Tory-NHS-plans-in-poster-parody

If you don’t believe the Tories are privatising our NHS, read the following:

Next time a Tory tells you that what they are doing to your NHS is not “Privatisation”, show them this:B5S09_OIQAAjBzA

Source and more information:
https://twitter.com/EvidenceUK/media

Here is an example of a hospital run by the self-serving profit motivated private sector, in this case health care company Circle.

Hinchingbrooke patients told to soil themselves, Care Quality Commission hears, as Circle hospital branded ‘inadequate’

The country’s first privately-run NHS hospital has been branded “inadequate” in an inspection report, which includes claims from patients that they were instructed to soil themselves.

Hinchingbrooke Hospital, which was taken over by healthcare company Circle in 2012, was given the worst rating possible by the Care Quality Commission in the report published today.

It said they found “significant areas of concern” during their visit in September.

Read more:
http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/Hinchingbrooke-patients-told-soil-Care-Quality/story-25832030-detail/story.html#ixzz3OosO3B6i

Here are the facts about the disastrous consequences of privatisation

 

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NHS – Share the Real Facts

Share the real facts on 5 years of this ruinous, profit obsessed Tory coalition government. They have taken the best healthcare system in the world – the “envy of the world” – which has saved countless lives… and trashed it. For profit.

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More Facts

Below is comprehensive well researched information by Eoin Clarke concerning the impact of Tory polices on the health service:

Here are a few highlights:

“518 GPs surgeries have closed or merged under the Tories. The rate is accelerating with 90 closing in the first 5 months of 2014

Performance at England’s A&Es has fallen to its worst levels since January 2004

3.2million patients are currently languishing on NHS Waiting Lists for treatment. This year’s figures are the highest in at least 6 years

The Tories broke their promise not to have another top-down reorganisation of the NHS. They did so by introducing the Health & Social Care Act that abolished SHAs & PCTS and replaced them with CCGs

Jeremy Hunt has subjected the majority of NHS Nurses to a real terms pay cut over 4 years. Nurses’ pay has declined £2,000 in real terms. It is unacceptable that bankers’ pay now grows six times faster than nurses

1,876 Mental Illness Beds have been axed in little since Q1 2010. At least 7 mental health patients have taken their own lives as a result …”

Now please read the full report including supporting evidence and share widely:

Report: 100 ways the Tories have failed the NHS (evidence based with links to data),

By Eoin Clarke
http://www.greenbenchesuk.com/2014/12/report-100-ways-tories-have-failed-nhs.html

Furthermore Cameron has failed to include the NHS is his list of six election priorities.
http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2015/01/12/david-cameron-priorities_n_6454050.html?icid=maing-grid7%7Cuk%7Cdl1%7Csec1_lnk3%26pLid%3D321630

Action you can take

Click the link below for more information and for actions you can take to save our NHS
http://www.unitetheunion.org/how-we-help/list-of-sectors/healthsector/healthsectorcampaigns/unite4ournhs/

Please sign 38 degrees petition:

SAVE THE NHS: SIGN THE PETITION
http://www.38degrees.org.uk/page/s/Protect_our_NHS_Petition#petition

Use Byzantine_K’s posters t0 spread the word about the coalition’s privatisation of the NHS

The most decisive action may be taken at the general election by not voting Tory

Related Links

The Birth of The NHS
http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/features/the-birth-of-the-nhs-856091.html

12 things you should know about the Tory NHS “reforms”

“The NHS reforms introduced by the Tory party are designed to make the NHS much more like the US system by bringing in ever more private health corporations to take over NHS services. The Tory mantra about bringing in the private sector to “make the NHS more efficient” is just a smokescreen. The real reason for bringing in the private sector is to soak as much profit out of the system as possible, with no regards for the quality or efficiency of the service. ”

Read More
http://anotherangryvoice.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/12-things-tories-nhs.html

Proposed NHS hospital funding changes may lead to ‘avoidable deaths’
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-30594929

This emergency is no accident!

“Four weeks ago the figures for A&E waiting times were the worst since records began. Then three weeks ago they were even worse, until two weeks ago when they were worse still, and finally last week when they became the worst ever recorded… again!”

Read More:
http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/19916/14-01-2015/nhs-in-crisis-this-emergency-is-no-accident

 

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