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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

Monday, 7 September 2015

This is the month in which NHS bodies hold their annual meetings which are supposed to be a key part of their accountability to the public. Annual Reports are presented, together sometimes with presentations highlighting a particular piece of the Trust's work. Then there is opportunity for public questions to the Trust Board. The STHFT and SHSCT meetings are usually well attended. Whereas the CCG presents a Commissioning point of view, this is a chance to hear from the Chair and Finance Directors of providers. Expect gloomy predictions about finance. (This is the only chance to question the STHFT Board as it is the only local Trust not to allow questions at the monthly Board meetings.).

Thursday 10th Sept CCG Annual Meeting 1.30 for 2pm at the Source. Details here.

Tuesday 15 September 2015 Sheffield Children's Hospital Annual Members' Meeting 5.30pm refreshments / 6.00pm start
Helena Davies Lecture Theatre, Sheffield Children's Hospital. "The Annual Members' Meeting is a great opportunity to find out about what has been happening at the Trust during the last year and hear about our plans for the future. This year's meeting will also have a special feature on the development of the Trust's Respiratory Team. If you would like to attend please contact"

(TUESDAY 22nd September 7pm SSONHS screening of Sell Off + guest speaker and performance. Theatre Delicatessen The Moor, S1(where the old Woolworth's used to be)

Wednesday 23 Sept 12.30-3.30 pm Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Annual Members Meeting Meeting 12.30 prompt followed by stalls highlighting research in SAHTFT. Sandwiches provided. Lecture Theatre 2, Medical Education Centre Northern General Hospital. It's usually quite full so reserve your place by emailing

Thursday 24th Sept. 2pm - 4pm Sheffield Health and Wellbeing Board 2pm - 4 pm Sheffield Town Hall. Papers will be available on line from 18th Sept here . If devolution of health has featured in the local proposals submitted to government this week, this is as good a place as any to ask questions about it.

Tuesday 29 September 2015 Sheffield Health and Social Care Trust Annual Members Meeting. 12.45pm to 4pm Executive Suites, 2nd Floor, Sheffield United Football Club, John Street, Sheffield. Information about the meeting will be available on the website in the next few days. To book a place email

Tuesday 29 September 2015 Yorkshire Ambulance Service Trust Annual General Meeting (AGM) 10.45am Presentation on NHS 111 Service. 11.15am - 12.30 pm AGM. Trust Board Meeting held in public between 1.00pm and 3.30pm Doncaster Racecourse, The Grandstand, Leger Way, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN2 6BB. If you would like to attend the meeting and lunch, please email or telephone 01924 584416.

Thursday 1st October Sheffield CCG Governing Body meeting in public 4pm Darnall.