RESIST THE BREAKUP OF THE NHS THROUGH PRIVATISATION AND CUTS!
BRIEF UPDATE April 2018
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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 increasingly 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 campaigners 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.
THE NHS IS 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
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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 http://tinyurl.com/oo8qoc3)
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
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 http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/health/local-health/campaigners-take-to-sheffield-streets-in-fight-to-save-nhs-1-7132981
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.
24th JULY 2014 Public Meeting jointly with Sheffield Medsin
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. http://999callfornhs.org.uk/ Thanks to everyone for helping and joining in.
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 www.sheffieldsaveournhs.co.uk
Wednesday, 5 December 2012
Come and join us at the lobby or at our next meeting on Monday 10th December - 7pm Victoria Hall.
UPDATE More than 30 supporters made it to NHS Sheffield despite the timing and the weather. The Star described it as an army of protesters interrupting the CCG meeting. There was also coverage in the Yorkshire Post, Postcode Gazette, and Radio Sheffield. The petition was handed over and questions asked of the CCG. We will report on the replies later. Please come to our next meeting on Monday evening (7pm at Victoria Hall 10th Dec).
Sunday, 18 November 2012
Wednesday, 7 November 2012
The 38 degrees call was to influence CCGS to undertake not to contract NHS services out to private contractors, and if possible to get them to put this in their constitution. However it seems that even CCGs which are sympathetic would not take the legal risk of formalising such an undertaking and this is likely to be true also of Sheffield CCG whose leaders have said publicly that they will not seek out new providers from the private sector unless existing services prove inadequate or they are instructed by the government (e.g. Any Qualified Provider). They also curbed the attempt by the walk-in centre to introduce a charge for whiplash assessment.
However the crunch will come as more cuts bite next year and the CCG finds itself faced with potentially unpalatable decisions. We will be campaigning with all willing parties to save NHS services in Sheffield.
Tuesday, 16 October 2012
Thursday, 19 July 2012
Recently the Walk-In Centre (itself run by One Medicare for the NHS) has introduced a charge of £25 for patients wishing to be seen for whiplash. Although it is entitled to do this under road traffic legislation, and there is a broader concern to deter false claims, it is not clear how this charge will be collected (e.g. upfront from patients or with later billing for possible payment by insurers). If the former, then it contravenes the principle that care should be free at the point of delivery.
SSONHS is concerned that this step is merely the precursor for the introduction of charges for many other services which are deemed by the Department of Health, local commissioners (the CCG) or even providers not to be part of essential health care. Cuts and the need to generate income will generate pressure for charges within the NHS while private providers will want to introduce charges for services which will generate more profit.
Join the protest outside the Sheffield Walk In Centre at Broad Lane on 24th July (4.30-6.00 pm).
Wednesday, 4 April 2012
Earlier this year the Council announced the proposed closure of three more dementia care units, Norbury resource centre in Norwood, Hurlfield View in Gleadless Common and Bolehill View resource centre in Crookes. The homes are managed by Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust on behalf of the council, which aims to save £385,000 from the closures. Again this is based on buildings and costs. However other options included reducing management costs and cutting paid time off for trade union duties
Possible as a result of this the decided to defer the formal consultation of closure of these 3 units and open a more general consultation on dementia services - from which further proposals for reconfiguration (including possible closures) will emerge. See https://www.sheffield.gov.uk/caresupport/policy/dementia-support.html.
SSONHS will be making a response - all ideas and contributions welcome - post a comment here or email email@example.com .
Saturday, 24 March 2012
Today's protest outside the town hall was similar. We had good support from the Green Party and Sheffield Pensioners Action Group as well as some other groups and some supporters who haven't been able to come to meetings for a while made a big effort to turn up. It was also good to welcome some new supporters.
We have designed a pledge which says:
- fight for the NHS to remain as a publicly owned service true to its founding principles,
- oppose the introduction of competition particularly from the profit-making sector and
- resist cuts which threaten a comprehensive service with access for all according to need, not ability to pay.
We'll be going to the SACA workshop on 31st March to discuss how we can build this up on a regional basis, and nationally as well.
Tuesday, 28 February 2012
Doctors' organisations are now beginning to queue up for urging that the Bill be dropped and public opinion is getting more strongly against it. Nigel Crisp, a moderniser in his time as head of the NHS under Blair, has called it a confused and confusing mess. Tower Hamlets Clinical Commissioning Group has broken ranks and written to Cameron urging him to drop the Bill. We have asked Sheffield CCG if it will follow.
All is still to play for even if time is getting tight. Take whatever action you can either via the links to 38 degrees at the top of this blog, or by taking part in events and demonstrating your opposition more publicly.
Monday, 13 February 2012
We expect 38 degrees to mobilise something quite soon and in the meantime are plugging the epetition: http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/22670.
Any other events which draw attention to the feeling against the Bill will surely help - including the Yorkshire TUC protest against the cuts on Saturday 25th February in Leeds.
Outside Sheffield Town Hall on Saturday, there was still plenty of support - although Saturday shoppers are not as numerous as they used to be!
Monday, 23 January 2012
Saturday, 14 January 2012
Clive Peedell is continuing his run to London where, on Sunday, he will be supported by other health professionals.
Sign the epetition at http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/22670