Extraordinarily, given the enormous strain the hospitals are under, the CEO of Western Sussex Hospitals Marianne Griffiths, who now also heads up Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals Trust, is steaming ahead with a merger of both Trusts and a major reorganisation of facilities and services. So-called 'mergers' always lead to hospital closures in the name of 'rationalisation', BSUHT staff will face contract transfers, and staff and patients are likely to have to travel further. Campaign groups across Sussex have called for a halt to these plans until there has been a full and meaningful consultation with the public and a detailed impact assessment.
Show your support for #NHSPay15 and Brighton NHS Campaign for Pay Justice - get in touch and join their twitter feed, sign their petitions or join their work actions. Meet with other NHS workers on line through Keep Our NHS Public Staff Voices. Even if you are not a health worker, this support is crucial.
Portering staff are fighting back at a hospital in Birmingham Heartlands Hospital against unagreed changes to their contracts - how you can support them and sign their petition here and see the video from Red Banner theatre.
Migrants still face being charged for health care and their access to the Covid vaccine is threatened. More info and suggested actions - email us or contact MedAct or Patients Not Passports. Very vulnerable Asylum Seekers are being held in old army barracks in the UK and denied human rights: read more and sign the petition
Join in with events listed (see Calendar page) including this one, a patient-led campaign.
The Government response to the Covid crisis has exposed the true face of its strategy for the NHS with £ billions handed over to the private sector, much of it wasted. The first session will give us the opportunity to consider, discuss and with a short quiz test our knowledge of the nature and extent of the private takeover and its implications for NHS staff and patients.
The ultimate aim of Government strategy for the NHS and the accelerated privatisation drive, has always been the introduction of charging for NHS services. It is also the major stumbling block. The second session will explore the ways in which the Covid crisis is being used to further the charging agenda, the role played by the rapidly expanding use of digital applications and how we can combat it.
Summary of FUB session on Friday 13th November: here
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