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The government's increasingly desperate attempts to defend their record on the NHS have become less and less credible over the last year. This is partly due to in
creasingly effective local and national campaigns and partly to the crisis in hospitals, primary care and social care has forced more and more of those involved to speak out against the damage being caused by austerity. But many of those who are being damaged have no voice. Poor people, disabled people and the chronically ill have fewer opportunities to make their case as their benefit and treatment rights become eroded. NHS staff are generally gagged in one way or another. Exit can be the only escape leaving the NHS still weaker and now less and less able to recruit staff from overseas.

Large national demonstrations and industrial action by junior doctors, nurses and others have made the strength of feeling around the country quite clear, to the extent that even the Conservatives have got worried enough to promise the outlines of a new financial deal this summer. But will it be too late? Certainly it will be insufficient to undo the damage inflicted since 2010. Meanwhile the stress on services which affect the need for healthcare becomes more and more acute. The unspupported costs of Social Care (which is subject to means tested charges) is driving local authorities to bankruptcy.

Another threat is the developing reorganisation into Integrated Care Systems (previously known as Accountable Care Systems) which threaten to become Accountable Care Organisations. In our local area the Integrated Care System covers Barnsley, Rotherham, Doncaster and Bassetlaw as well as Sheffield. (See posts below.) Increasing pressure from campaig
ners and within the Labour Party is deterring local councils to sign up to these in case they become vehicles for further cuts and privatisation.

Across South Yorkshire resistance is building to the threatened implications of the ICS for local services and South Yorkshire Save Our NHS have formed a political party to stand in the Sheffield City Region Mayoral election on May 3rd 2018. See also Barnsley Save Our NHS.

NHS21END_(Small)NOT KILLED OFF YET. Campaigning does work whether on the streets, in the press or, increasingly in the lawcourts. The government's high-handed tactics are being subjected to an increasing number of judicial reviews. At national level these have forced a public consultation on Accountable Care Organisations starting in May 2018.

Cartoons by Samantha Galbraith @sgalbraith47

For more national information see Health Campaigns Together and Keep Our NHS Public


April 14th 2018 11.45 Regional Demonstration to Save the NHS Leeds

April 25th
Soviet Healthcare via Targets: Are Governments Bringing it into the NHS? Roco 2pm or 7pm

April 28th Sheffield Demonstration against proposed closure of the Minor Injuries and Walk-in Centres (see main website for details)

June 27th The NHS is 70 - but what is its life expectancy? Festival of Debate / SSONHS panel discussion and social. Roco 7pm - 11 pm.

June 30th Health Campaigns Together march for the NHS in London See main wesbite for details.

SSONHS planning and information meetings are generally on the first Monday of the month, except for bank holidays. They are usually at 6pm at the United Reform Church. Chapel Walk/Norfolk St S1

To contact us email


In 2016 abnd 2017 we worked with Sheffield Festival of Debate and other colleagues to promote realistic discussion of the issues facing the NHS. On 4th May 2017 we had a lively meeting debating the future of hospitals and in 2016 we mounted an exhibition on NHS privatisation to coincide with a play, A DUTY OF CARE about Labour and the healthcare market. On 22nd November 2016 we held a panel-led debate on the future of the NHS with local NHS leaders, academics and campaigners. We also held a public meeting on 4th July 2016 to celebrate the NHS anniversary, discuss the STPs, the implications for privatisation in South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire and the consequences of the EU referendum result.

In March 2016 we held a successful workshop Taking Back Our NHS

We supported the Junior Doctors throughout their action because we felt they were being unfairly treated and were being treated as the advance guard for Hunt's uncosted, unfunded and misconceived ambition for a 7 day NHS. (For one of our supporter's views at the beginning of the dispute see this column in the Sheffield Star

For our questions to 2017 General Election candidates and canvassers about the NHS see our
website campaign page

2016 8th-22nd November Exhibition on NHS privatisation How come we didn't know by London photographer Marion Macalpine
Theatre Delicatessen, The Moor

22nd November SSONHS Festival of Debate event
Why is the NHS Under so much pressure? How can we save it for future generations?
Speakers included Dr Tim Moorhead, Chair, Sheffield CCG, Kevan Taylor (Sheffield Health and Social Care Trust) and Professor Sarah Salway (University of Sheffield, Public Health) + local campaigners

Taking Back Our NHS SSONHS workshop

Saturday 12th March 2016, 10am - 2pm


Tuesday 22nd September, 7pm screening of Sell Off, attended by well over 100 people.

Campaigning for GP practices at risk of closure

2nd July Successful SSONHS public meeting addressed by Ray Tallis and speakers from Devonshire Green and Unison.

2nd May SSONHS stall in city centre from 11.30 Come and see us.

The 38 degrees ambulance will also be in Surrey Street at 12pm and conveying the 38 degrees petitions to local Hallam candidates at Wesley Hall in Crookes for 3pm.

25th April - March through Sheffield Hallam, with the People's NHS and 38 degrees

28th February 38 degrees petitioning around Sheffield

22nd November Leafleting in Sheffield City Centre from 12.00 pm in support of the NHS strikers. For A5 and A4 copies of the leaflet which has more information on it see the Campaigns Page at our website

24th November NHS picket lines from 7am to 11am. Rallies at the Hallamshire and Northern General (Herries Road) at 10 am.

We were proud to support the Jarrow to London march for the NHS, organised by Darlington Mums passing through Sheffield on August Bank Holiday Monday. Thanks to everyone for helping and joining in.

24th JULY 2014 Public Meeting jointly with Sheffield Medsin

Is our NHS really in crisis? Behind the headlines and soundbites
Panel discussion led by GPs and health experts from the NHS and universities.

For past activities see our website

Friday, 17 June 2011

Sheffield NHS Cutswatch

We are keen to establish a central log of NHS cuts which people are aware of in Sheffield.  We know that the PCT and the Council will prefer not to present cuts as such and the first people know of them is when they can't get a service.  Many will be quite small cuts in themselves, but together they are likely to mount up to huge losses of service, both in the community and within NHS organisations like the hospitals.  We also know that people who work in the NHS are anxious about the personal risks if they report cuts, so we want to establish routes whereby cuts can be reported, verified and put on our website.  Please either contribute to the blog or email us.

At our public meeting on 3rd May, people posted up details of hospital ward closures or bed reductions (elderly care, urology, rheumatology) and cuts to services like midwifery, cataract operations and intensive care rehabilitation.

The mental health services are under particular threat, with proposed losses in psychiatry and the community response team.

For several months two care homes for people with dementia have been running a campaign against closure.  A report to NHS Sheffield this month said that not a single response to their consultation had supported closure.  The Council's Health Scrutiny Committee said it would refer any closure to the Secretary of State.  As a result NHS Sheffield has been preparing other options and a final decision will be taken on 5th July. 

The Health and Social Care Bill June 2011

With the end of the "listening period", the impending publication of the full report of the NHS Futures Forum and the Government's commitment to amend the Bill, there is an eerie pause.  It is rumoured that parts of the Bill will return to committee in the House of Commons between 28\06 & 14/07. The remit is the areas of change from original bill.  Labour are apparently still trying to push for the whole Bill to go back to Committee.  The Bill will then go to the Lords after the summer recess.

At our meeting on 13th June, we agreed that although an amended Bill may not be as obviously life threatening to the NHS as the original version, there is every likelihood that that fudged wording will enable a lot of Lansley's original agenda to go through.  Also it seems to be increasingly obvious that many of the changes don't actually make much practical sense on the ground - the whole thing is becoming infinitely more complex than the PCT system we have now, and seems likely to grind to a halt.  Apart from anything else the argument that trying to reorganise from root to branch while imposing heavy cuts (efficiency or otherwise) is a recipe for disaster.  The battle to save the NHS is not over, and the biggest danger may be if Lib Dems (especially) want to congratulate themselves on securing amendments, and let the Bill slide through.

The Bill must be scrapped, not amended.

There are a host of comments available and bloggers might want to contribute the links they find most helpful.  Wendy Savage's latest comments are at .   See also

We need to ensure that the Bill is kept in the news by continuing active protest, exposing its growing contradictions and dangers and keeping up pressure on MPs.  Keep up with the 38 degrees campaign, keep writing to the papers, contribute to radio through phone-ins - etc etc.   Come to our meetings and actions.

Activating the Sheffield Save Our NHS Blog

Apologies that because of limited resources, this blog has not been active since May.  We are now hoping to make this more of a forum to discuss the Health and Social Care Bill, feed in information about local developments, provide links to important news stories and promote meetings etc.

So please register and contribute and let's see how we go.