Film of Sussex Defend the NHS recent Our NHS going, going
..... public event attended by over 200 people. Use Youtube link to the right.
We can't stand by and watch while politicians and corporate interests dismantle our NHS creating profit for the few - it's time to stand up and fight for what we believe in - a fully public NHS, properly funded and publicly provided and accountable.
Our NHS: Going, Going…far from Gone.
Thurs 30 June, Defend NHS Public meeting:Speakers include; NHS workers, campaigners, local politicians., 7-9 pm. St Georges Church, Kemptown. see facebook link
See image of leaflet below and download leaflet from pdf link t the right
FIGHT FOR OUR NHS! DELIVERY CAMPAIGNERS NEEDED URGENTLY
We recently recruited a fantastic team of committed campaigners, who delivered over 5,000 leaflets door to door. And it ran like clockwork!! WE CAN DO IT AGAIN? See leaflets below. Or download from file to the right.
JOIN THE PROTEST AT THE BRIGHTON AND HOVE CLINICAL COMMISSIONING GROUP about STP
ON TUESDAY 24TH MAY 12 30 PM onwards
BRIGHTHELM CENTRE, NORTH ROAD Down load flyer from the file on the right. Or see it below.
Willows Surgery Bevendean demo.
25th April at 11.55 March from War Memorial to Brighthelm
We will gather at the War Memorial at the Old Steine at 11.55am and then march/walk up North St and then along Queen's St until we reach the Brighthelm Centre. We will gather outside there until the start of the meeting at 1pm.
We need to further highlight the community's need to retain health care in Lower Bevendean!
We must NOT let it get severed!
Please can you join in if you have a free hour on Monday and please spread the word!
The Tories are wrecking our NHS. Don’t let them get away with it!
March to Royal Sussex County Hospital Tues 26 April 8.00 am. March to RSCH 9am
Gather in front of Brighton Centre (venue for Unison Health Conference)
Flier can be downloaded to the right.
The Tories are wrecking our NHS. Don’t let them get away with it!
The Government is trying to bully Junior Doctors by imposing a new contract which is UNSAFE and UNFAIR.
Other NHS workers and their patients are already paying the price for new contracts – reduced staffing, worse hours, service cuts – imposed through outsourcing and privatisation. We’ve got to stop this attack on working conditions and quality of care in the NHS.
Junior Doctors are withdrawing all labour for 18 hours from 8am -5pm on 26 & 27 April. They’ve been forced to take this unprecedented action. If they lose, all NHS workers face losing their national terms and conditions. Forced academisation of schools is intended to have the same effect on teachers.
Junior doctors are fighting for our NHS. Now all of us – NHS workers, patients, teachers, council workers, transport, construction workers– need to show our SOLIDARITY with them in their fightback.
Bring union banners and all supporters.
Called by Brighton Hove and District Trades Union Council. firstname.lastname@example.org, local BMA and supported by Sussex Defend the NHS http://defendthenhssussex.weebly.com
THE SUSTAINABILITY AND TRANSFORMATION PLAN
Potentially THE ENDGAME FOR THE NHS. Flier can be download from the right.
What is the STP?
Like the rest of the country it is unlikely you will have heard of it. That is because there has been no coverage in the media at all.
This is the government plan for a destructive, England-wide, top-down re-organisation of the NHS, which will result in the wholesale fragmentation of the NHS into semi-autonomous regions.
COME TO THE “SPECIAL MEETING” OF B&H HEALTH AND WELL-BEING BOARD WHERE THE STP WILL BE DISCUSSED. TUESDAY 19TH APRIL at 3pm for 4pm PORTSLADE TOWN HALL, VICTORIA ROAD, BN 41 15D
These are the facts:
The whole of England has been divided into 44 STP regions known as “footprints”. Each region is to take over full responsibility for provision of NHS services and social care services.
Detailed 5 year plans and budgets to achieve this have to be submitted to NHS England by THE END OF JUNE.
As part of the budget for the Plan all deficits have to be shown to be paid off. The £37 million deficit recently announced by the Brighton hospitals Trust will come directly off whatever budget NHS England allocates our region.
Such is the haste to implement this Plan, new models of care as set out in NHS England’s Five Year Forward View (5YFV) are being imposed, although in many cases they are completely unproven clinically and organisationally.
What is wrong with the STP?
This is the NHS and public service– hating Tory party’s ultimate dream. MOST PEOPLE’S ULTIMATE NIGHTMARE
Breakdown of the NHS The “transformation” the STP will bring will move us much closer to a US style healthcare system; unlimited access for the private sector; greater cuts to staffing and services, with inevitable massive impact on patient access.
The “deficit” trap NHS trusts round the country are in excess of £2 billion in deficit (at a conservative estimate). “Footprints” will only receive funding once they demonstrate how deficits are to be paid. How much will disappear from the budgets of most “footprints” before they even come into operation? This is the government hiving off all financial responsibility for the NHS and for accumulated debts.
Negative impact The unproven new models of care being proposed and the pared down infrastructures to support them have untold negative staffing and funding implications.
No Parliamentary approval and absolutely no public or professional consultation This is NHS England diktat on the government’s behalf. Advice is urgently being sought on the possibility of legal challenge by NHS campaigns and networks round the country.
Composition of the footprint boards Alongside local authorities, healthcare trusts and CCGs - private healthcare providers and consultants will be involved in decision-making to an increasing degree.
What can you do?
For more information contact Sussex Defend the NHS:
Support Junior Doctors Action 6 April.
Show your solidarity with the junior doctors on their next day of strike action - 6th April. Assemble 8.00am in Barts Square for a march to Royal Sussex County Hospital. BRING BANNERS - TELL YOUR FRIENDS! Called by Brighton Hove and District TUC.
The march should arrive at RSCH 8.30-9 where there will be a rally and (tbc) a showing of the Kent miners' lamp awarded to the Junior Doctors this year by Brighton Trades Council, for their contribution to trade-unionism. https://www.facebook.com/brightontradescouncil/
The implications of the Junior Doctors' dispute run wide; we all have a vested interest as patients; the attack by Hunt is on all NHS workers and students and a defeat would be devastating for the NHS itself and for all trade unionists. We need to stand together. Please make sure your Union branch or Community Group is represented on the march and bring banners, bands, placards etc. Spread the word, respond via Facebook, contact Trades Council (email@example.com) or reply to this email with ideas or contributions to event - leaflet for event to the right. Can be downloaded to print or share.
Caroline Lucas presents NHS Reinstatement Bill to Parliament.
See report from Brighton and Hove News or download audio file of parliamentary debate to the right.
or read it from this site
Die-in Actions on 5th April 2016
Mobile die-in event attracts crowds in Brighton
Despite a chill wind today, campaigners from Sussex Defend the NHS this morning staged a ‘die-in’ around Brighton and gave out over 2000 leaflets telling shoppers about the crisis that is hitting our NHS. From the junior doctors striking to save the NHS and fight the imposition of an unsafe contract, local GP surgeries threatened with closure, the withdrawal of student nurse bursaries and concern over contracting local ambulance services to the private sector, the action was a timely one in the city.
A group of about 40 gathered at the Clock Tower in Brighton and proceeded to Churchill Square where, dressed mainly in black, some ‘died’ to represent the dying national health services while ‘Dr Death’ and ‘Nurse Hero’ presented the facts about the running down, breaking up and selling off of our health services both nationally and locally. With their colourful placards the group then moved on to Ship Street and New Road before a spontaneous performance in Sydney Street and a finish in London Road.
There was a lot of support evident from passers by. One said,’ It’s so important what they are doing. This is very serious and it’s something that affects us all.’ Another shopper said how much she admired what the group were doing.
Students from the medical school and universities have started a group Sussex and Brighton Students for the NHS. They have produced a spectacular banner which attracted a lot of attention and was used as an impromptu stage area for those ‘dying’.
The focus of the street performances was the NHS Bill which, sponsored by Caroline Lucas and Jeremy Corbyn, has its 2nd reading in the House of Commons this coming Friday. The Bill aims to halt the market operating within the NHS, reinstate the service as a publicly owned, managed, funded and provided public service. Sussex defend the NHS are planning a Big Send-Off for the Brighton Pavilion MP as she leaves for parliament on Friday morning and all are welcome to come along 07:40 - 08:15 on 11th.