Monday, 1 September 2014


STEP UP FIGHT TO STOP £1.2 BILLION NHS SELL-OFF OF STAFFORDSHIRE CANCER CARE

The Tories have launched the biggest single privatisation of NHS services by inviting private companies to bid for £1.2bn worth of contracts to provide cancer care across Staffordshire.

Private companies compete to deliver cancer and end-of-life treatment for all - involving diagnosis & treatment such as radiology, radiotherapy, breast screening, chemotherapy, nursing & surgery for patients in hospitals, hospices & at home.

WE NEED ACTION NOW TO DEFEND THE NHS FROM THESE PRIVATE VULTURES!

Ordinary working class people had to fight to win a publicly owned NHS, now we have to fight to save it!

As news of the Tories' plan broke last March the response of Labour ministers reflected a resigned acceptance. Andy Burnham, Labour's shadow health spokesperson said, “David Cameron has placed the NHS on a fast track to fragmentation and privatisation. The next election presents the last chance to change course.”

Labour's recent promise to repeal the Health & Social Care act is a step in the right direction but we cannot trust Labour with the future of the NHS even if they form the next government.

Here are just a few examples to explain why ........................ 

The current £20 billion ‘savings’ being imposed on the NHS by the coalition government actually arose from Labour's plans while former Labour health secretaries Alan Milburn and Patricia Hewitt have earned tens of thousands of pounds a year advising firms specialising in healthcare investments, run private hospitals or provide outsourced services.

To become a Foundation Trust in 2005, Stafford Hospital needed to comply with financial targets set by the then Labour government. This meant 'overcoming' a debt of £10 million while forking out more money on a private finance initiative (PFI) deal to build a new entrance. This was paid for with 160 job losses in 2006 on top of the 100 that had already been cut. But this 'successful' outcome for the Labour government and financial rulers proved to be a disaster for some patients.

The last Labour government saddled the NHS with £65 billion of repayments for big business PFI projects worth only £11.4 billion with Andy Burnham telling us at the time that they were, “the right schemes and offer value for money”(!)

BUILD A MASS MOVEMENT 

Staffordshire TUSC supporters along with Unite and others came together to set up the Cancer Not for Profit (CNFP) alliance. It's already had a significant impact in just three months. For example;

Stoke South Labour MP Rob Flello has been pushed from commenting in March on the, “sheer haste of all this when much thought and sensitivity is needed” to saying in July, “This project must be stopped because it represents a massive extension of the creeping privatisation”.

Labour's council leader has been forced to publicly distance Stoke-on-Trent city council from a reported support for the sell-off.

But of more significance is the 10,000 people who have already said NO to the sell-off by signing the CNFP petition along with the 300 people who crammed into a Cancer Not for Profit public meeting last week in Stoke looking for a way to stop the sell-off of cancer care across Staffordshire.

Just over a year ago 50,000 marched through Stafford against Tory plans to dismantle Stafford Hospital and the fight goes on with a protest camp now well established at Stafford Hospital.

This opposition along with tens of thousands marching in Lewisham and elsewhere, health workers striking in Doncaster etc gives a glimpse of the massive and continuing anger which exists nationwide against NHS privatisation.

But isolated protests and anger alone will not be enough to stop the privatisation juggernaut. It's now more urgent than ever that a plan of action is drawn up nationally by the health trade unions, other unions, local communities, campaign groups etc to plan and carry out an organised campaign against the dismantling and privatisation of the NHS, including strike action if necessary.

Such a plan of action would need to include an end to all privatisation, including the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) and Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) along with a return of privatised NHS services and utilities back into a high-quality, free National Health Service under democratic public ownership and control

Such a campaign would receive support from millions across Britain, have the potential to stop the privatisation crusade and could get rid of this government even before the next general election. It would also be a warning to any incoming government to keep private vultures out of the NHS.
 
 
TUSC joins striking Doncaster care workers and CNFP in support of Stafford Protest Camp


TUSC ACTION AGAINST NHS PRIVATISATION!


Local TUSC supporters were the first to campaign against the £1.2 billion NHS sell-off. We have already held over 80 campaign stalls across the area with over 1600 signing our petition. We have organised TUSC public meetings and are working with campaign group Cancer Not For Profit to organise public meetings and other events.

Last May TUSC candidates stood in local elections in Newcastle with a fighting programme to STOP the dismantling and privatisation of the NHS and will be standing again in the 2015 elections in Stoke, Newcastle, across Staffordshire and nationally.

If you are interested in standing as a TUSC candidate, can help in any other way or just want to find out more call or text 07845893607