Our local hospitals and services closer to home are under threat.
Over the last 4 years, campaigning groups and unions have been working together
to hold back the privatisation of the NHS which comes from the Health and Social Care
Act (2012). In doing this we join the national organisation Keep Our NHS Public, which
started in 2005 under Blair's and Brown's marketisation and introduction of PFI.
Our work collecting signatures and taking action showed that the vast majority of the
population do, in fact, want to keep the NHS public. However, the Conservative Party
won the election and became the government, continuing to privatise. Didn't voters
realise that to vote Conservative meant this would happen?
So, campaigning has continued, including a major dispute in which the Junior Doctors
have been opposing the imposition of a new contract that is not safe for patients or
fair for staff, and now the Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) are being drawn
up. STPs will mean cuts in services and jobs across the NHS.