Demonstration 12pm, 4th March – Tavistock Square.
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Make sure to join us on the day to march for a fully funded, publicly owned NHS and Social Care Service. For all information, including transport, leaflets and supporters, go to http://www.ournhs.info. Amongst others KONP will be protesting alongside members and supporters from Health Campaigns Together, The People's Assembly Against Austerity and Unite the Union. A full list of all the Demonstration's supporters to date can be found here you can show your solidarity on twitter - @nhs_demo #ourNHS.
Hunt must go rally on the 12th Januay
Health Campaigns Together, The People's Assembly Against Austerity and Junior Doctor's Alliance, supported by Keep Our NHS Public, called an emergency #Huntmustgo rally outside of the department of Health.
The demonstration highlighted the "serious abdication of responsibility by Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt during one of the most serious crises ever in the history of the National Health Service".
Though the weather was miserable the turn out was strong, thank you to all those who attended.
Hands off our NHS Rally 28th January 2017
Hands off our NHS organised a demonstration outside Parliament and The Department of Health on the 28th January to raise public awareness of £22bn of underfunding to healthcare services and to put pressure on NHS England and Jeremy Hunt to scrap the STPs and to fund and restore our NHS.
Upcoming demonstration and rally in Newcastle
The North East March and Rally For the NHS. Assemble at 11.45am - Framlington Place / Lovers Lane, Newcastle upon Tyne (adjacent to the RVI, opposite the Medical School entrance). Rally at 1pm at Greys Monument, Newcastle City Centre.
Red Cross declares humanitarian crisis
This month the failures of the government to allocate enough funds to our NHS were thrust to the forefront by The Red Cross who stated that the NHS is facing a “humanitarian crisis” as hospitals and ambulance services struggle to keep up with rising demand. This came as a response to the deaths of two patients after long waits on hospital trolleys.
The Guardian quoted Dr Mark Holland President of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine as saying 'We are asking NHS staff to provide a world-class service, but with third world levels of staffing and third world levels of beds.'
The more widely this is reported the better as yet more people can realise the current level of threat to our NHS from the government.
Labour day of campaigning for the NHS
It is good that the Labour Party has organised two national days of action on the NHS (latest on 21 January). We need Labour to back the 4 March demo and mobilise for it please. John McDonnell has agreed to speak at the rally. Labour, please sponsor the ‘Its Our NHS’ demonstration.
Guardian opinion articles
This is an excellent ‘NHS Opinion’ article by Dr Aislinn Macklin-Doherty, junior doctor and supporter of the 4 March Demo, as a member of Junior Doctors Alliance. Aislinn’s article followed the deaths of two patients on hospital trolleys in A&E at Worcestershire Royal Infirmary in early January.
Kailash Chand of the Guardian claims that 2016 was the worst year in NHS History in this opinion article.
At the end of January, NHS England’s plan was to have finalised two-year operational plans of each CCG and the contracts with all providers, within strict financial control totals, equating to the first two years of these damaging and financially punishing and damaging Sustainability and Transformation Plans. Up and down the country, KONP campaigners with others are asking their local councils, councillors, scrutiny panels and CCGs to stop the STPs going through.
They are asking them to challenge the plans that are estimated by the HSJ to be threatening to cut NHS staff by 1.6% by 2020 and to a reduction in registered nursing staff by 2.3% - at a time of rising need and huge nurse vacancies. So please join us in the fight to oppose this vandalism, now, on 4 March and beyond.
Nottingham KONP lobbied against their STP outside Nottingham City Council's Loxley House headquarters on Tuesday and appeared in this write up from the Nottingham post. Good work!
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