PEOPLE'S CONVENTION FOR THE NHS - National Conference

unnamed.jpgWe invite you and your organisation to support and participate in the People’s Convention for the NHS, to be held on April 11th, Emmanuel Centre, Marsham Street, London. 

The Convention has been called by a broad coalition of campaign groups and individuals including Keep Our NHS Public, People’s Assembly, People’s March for the NHS and various trade union and local NHS campaign groups who have been involved in defending our National Health Service from the relentless campaign of cuts and privatisation waged by the Coalition government.

It is being organised around support for five key demands, as adopted by People’s Vote for the NHS:

1 REPEAL THE HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE ACT. HALT AND ROLL BACK THE PRIVATISATION OF THE NHS. NO TO TTIP.

2 END THE NHS FUNDING FREEZE: INCREASE SPENDING TO MEET GROWING NEED FOR HEALTH CARE.

3 NO MORE UNSAFE CUTS AND CLOSURES TO SAVE MONEY.

4 DON’T LET PFI COSTS KILL OFF LOCAL SERVICES! RENEGOTIATE ON THE BASIS OF FAIR VALUE.

5 FAIR DEAL AND FAIR PAY FOR NHS STAFF.

The Convention aims to bring together all those who are fighting for our NHS activists into a united campaign and welcome all who want to be involved.

There will be plenary sessions on TTIP, NHS Privatisation, How to Fight it and Win, NHS Reinstatement Bill, Political Campaigning and Mental Health Cuts.

We have had suggestions for actions which we will discuss and finalise at the Convention.

Speakers/workshop facilitators confirmed so far include:

John Hilary, War on Want and Jean Lambert, Green MEP on TTIP

John Lister, co-author of NHS 4 Sale on PFI

Martin Booth, Stop the NHS Sell-Off in Cambs on NHS Privatisation, How to Fight it and Win

Sam Fairbairn, People's Assembly National Secretary

Jos Bell, Chair of London Socialist Health Association

Sue Richards, co-Chair of Keep Our NHS Public

Owen Jones (tbc)

Rehana Azam, co-founder of People's March for the NHS/GMB National Officer for the NHS

More to be announced.

We want the broadest possible range of organisations and individuals committed to defend the NHS to be represented at the Convention, so we are asking you and/your organisation to register (see form below or online via the website www.nhsconvention.org.uk).

We are also asking for financial support to cover the costs of the Convention and the campaign to build it.

If you want to take an active role in building the Convention please let us know (on the form below or via email at nhsconvention@gmail.com), and we will notify you of Planning Group meetings.

We are facing the biggest threat to the existence of the NHS since its foundation – the People’s Convention is essential in bringing together all those who are determined to defend it. Please support it!

Yours sincerely,

Steve Sweeney

People’s Convention for the NHS

nhsconvention@gmail.com

www.nhsconvention.org.uk

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