We are writing this on the eve of the budget statement, where more money will be announced for the NHS - particularly to reduce waiting lists.
You, as NHS supporters and defenders will know, however, that money for waiting lists is not enough. We need to get the NHS back on track to it's founding principles and end privatisation. In fact, there is plenty of money...the wrong people have control of it and it is being spent on the wrong things. If you are in any doubt, this blistering acttack, from Open Democracy and Centre for Health & Public Interest, on Government pandemic deals with private sector hospitals sets the record straight. (Unbelievably, we still feel shocked at these figures...)
This additional money may be welcome, but it will do little to manage the pre -pandemic (and getting much much worse) staffing crisis. This short film made by NHS Workers Say No is a devastating reminder of how NHS staff currently feel.
Very sadly, there is growing hostility to some NHS staff - fuelled by some main stream media campaigns and, of course, years of mismanagement and underfunding by the Government.
Now is a good time for us to keep showing our support for the NHS and NHS staff. We will be having regular solidarity stalls and leafletting outside the Royal Sussex County as the NHS unions ballot for possible industrial action over the pay award. Keep an eye on our calendar for upcomng events.
The October week of action is at an end, but we wanted to highlight the great resources and information that MedAct have put out. And get involved with the local Brighton group. Everyone welcome.
Health Justice means Climate Justice!
Finally, we are proud to be joining the Health Bloc for Brighton's march on Nov 6th - the Global Day for Climate Justice called by Cop26Coalition.
This is a really important demonstration. Please join Sussex Defend the NHS and Brighton MedAct in the ‘Health Bloc’.
Sussex Defend the NHS