On Friday 11 March, the National Health Service Bill 2015-16 will have its second reading in Parliament, tabled by Green MP, Caroline Lucas. It currently has the support of 76 MPs including Lucas, Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell. We need your support to get more MPs to be present. Please support the Day of Action that day.
The Health & Social Care Act 2012 (HSCA) was implemented by the Coalition Government in April 2013 and it has thrown England’s NHS into a destructive, dangerous, disorganisation. It has ended the right to healthcare for all who need it (universal access) and there is no longer the right to a full range of health services (comprehensive healthcare). The principle of healthcare to all, free at the point of use, has been shattered by the legal changes of the HSCA including enforced tendering and private contracts, the vanguard projects of Hunt and Stevens (‘Five Year Forward View’) and now Osborne’s devolution pilots. We must win back our NHS; stabilise and secure its future; and reorganise it back to health from condition critical.
BMA STRIKE DATES ANNOUNCED
- 8am on Wednesday 9 March to 8am on Friday 11 March
- 8am on Wednesday 6 April to 8am on Friday 8 April
- 8am on Tuesday 26 April to 8am on Thursday 28 April
The BMA is set to launch a judicial review into the Government’s decision to impose a new contract on junior doctors in England, claiming it failed to follow due process. It has also announced new dates for industrial action.
The judicial review is being sought because of the apparent failure of health secretary Jeremy Hunt to undertake an EIA (equality impact assessment) prior to its decision to force new terms and conditions on junior doctors in August.Read more
STOP TRIDENT DEMONSTRATION SAT 27 FEB 12:00PM MARBLE ARCH
CND's Kate Hudson makes the case for investing in society not in Weapons of Mass Destruction.
Why does the government say there is no money for jobs, health, education, social services – but there is always money for nuclear weapons and war?
We know how expensive the wars and interventions of this century have been – over £40 billion to the British taxpayer.
Now the government plans to spend as much as £183 billion on replacing Britain’s nuclear weapons system Trident. This figure is based on £41 billion on building the four submarines that carry the system, (the MoD’s own figure) plus the lifetime cost calculated by Crispin Blunt MP (chair of the Foreign Affairs select committee) on the government’s own formula: 6% of the defence budget which is based on a NATO commitment of 2% of GDP, with GDP growing at a rate of 2.48%, the historic growth rate between 1956-2015 = £142 billion. So that’s £183 billion based on government figures – not a wild figure made up by CND!Read more
Student Nurse and Bursary or Bust campaigner Anthony Johnson writes why supporting the Junior Doctors is about supporting all NHS staff and Students and defending the existence of the NHS as a whole.
Tonight’s Meeting hosted by the People’s Assembly, ‘Not Without a Fight, Save Our NHS’ at Conway Hall at 6:30 in central London, matters because our entire NHS is under threat.
The Junior Doctors are under attack and they are OUR Doctors. They may very well be your Doctor right now. And the situation is getting worse in other areas of the service too. Our healthcare students can't afford to train, and we’re all worse off without them.Read more
Junior Doctor Mona Kamal says the fight against the the unfair and unsafe contract must be stepped up and also linked to the wider struggle against austerity, especially after the imposition. This is a fight for the very survival of the NHS and the welfare state as a whole.
After the negotiations for a proposed junior doctors’ contract broke down late last year, Jeremy Hunt has repeatedly threatened us with forcible imposition and last week, immediately after the second inspiring and undeniably successful day of industrial action he went ahead with this self-proclaimed ‘nuclear option’. In doing so Jeremy Hunt has wilfully ignored months of vehement opposition which united medics and allied health professionals alike and mobilised vast swathes of doctors many of whom were previously unfamiliar with political activism. He is knowingly sabotaging NHS workers by disregarding our concerns about patient safety and threatens to destabilise the service- all as a pretext to selling it off. In fact this imposed contract appears to be a crucial step in the wider process of NHS privatisation.Read more
Government plans to axe maintenance grants for poorest students without Commons vote and debate ‘frightening and undemocratic’
The Government looks set to officially scrap maintenance grants today - without a vote and debate in the House of Commons - and will be spoken about by just 17 MPs through a legislation committee, a move some politicians have labelled “shocking,” “undemocratic,” and “frightening.”Read more