Everyone must take urgent action to save the NHS
Do it NOW, before the Autumn statement
In just five years time all Derbyshire health care could be delivered by private companies. That’s how close we are to losing the NHS, warn an alliance of local groups campaigning to keep the NHS.
An ACTION PLAN that we can all take part in was launched at a public meeting in Matlock this week.
Here's what we are facing: Community hospitals and wards closing, 535 hospital beds in Derbyshire are being scrapped including acute beds in Royal Derby and Chesterfield Royal, the closure of Newholme, Babington and Bolsover hospitals, the closure of a ward in the Whitworth hospital and the loss of dementia day care centres such as the one at Walton Hospital in Chesterfield.
Health managers across the country are being told to ‘think the unthinkable’ and slash provision. A government report (the Naylor Report) is encouraging NHS bosses to sell off NHS land (our publicly-owned land) cheaply and quickly to private developers – and the money won’t come back to the NHS.
Did YOU agree to this? Local groups are joining together to fight back. Here’s what we can do:
PROTEST SOSNHS Derby is doing this outside health authority meetings. The next one is 22 September at 12.30 outside the Health Authority HQ, Cardinal Square, Nottingham Road, Derby.
SIGN PETITION https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/no-to-cuts-to-our-derbyshire-nhs and download a copy so your friends, family and fellow workers can sign it. Encourage people to include their email addresses so they can be kept up to date with the campaign.
WRITE TO YOUR MP This is part of a national push to contact MPs before the Chancellor’s autumn statement (around the 2nd week of November) and before party conferences. We need to put this unstable government under pressure to fully fund and reinstate our NHS. This means challenging all MPs to commit to putting back the £22 BILLION that has been taken out since 2010, and to commit to reinstating the NHS.
- A template letter is attached below, please feel free to adapt it to your own experiences:
- Make connections between any experience you and your family and friends have to what is happening in the health service. What is happening to your GP and how that impacts on you.
- Do you have a question for Health Minister Jeremy Hunt? Did you know that you can ask your MP to ask the Health Minister a question? Tell your MP that you know it is their duty as your MP to pass on questions to the minister.
VISIT YOUR MP when they hold a local surgery. You can book an appointment with them to tell them about your concerns and your experiences of the health service.
Template letter to MPs (please adapt and include your own experiences)
Dear . . . . .
I am / We are writing to you as your constituent to seek your support for a proper funding settlement for the NHS.
On 5th July this year, members of the public joined with health workers [in your constituency, or insert hospital name] to celebrate the 69th birthday of our NHS but also to raise concerns about the impact that the unprecedented 10-year funding squeeze is having on our health service, the people who use the service and those who provice them.
The Health Foundation estimates theat based on spending plans set out in the 2017 Conservative Manifesto, the NHS is facing a funding gap of £22bn by 2022. We will continue to see the NHS exhorted to find impossible “efficiency savings” in order to plug the funding gap. And we will continue to see service rationing, cuts and reconfigurations driven by financial imperatives, not financial need.
I am asking you as my MP to write to the Chancellor in advance of the budget and ask for a new financial settlement for the NHS that ensures:
- A fully funded, publicly owned and provided Bnational Health Service
- No cuts of cash driven closures
- Fair pay for all NHS staff
I am/We are keen to meet you and would welcome the opportunity to discuss these issues with you at one of your surgeries ahead of the budget in November.
Please let me/us know if this will be possible and if you are minded to write to the Chancellor in line with my/our request.