Why we need to stop community hospital closures in Derby

Our local hospitals and services closer to home are under threat.

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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.
Keith Venables

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An update from Keith

“We value Our NHS and we will fight for it in Derbyshire. NHS England continues
to underfund and privatise Our NHS, leading to a chaos of cuts, closures and job losses, but
opposition is growing. In Derbyshire, there are threats to Matlock, Newholme,
Bolsover, Babington Community Hospitals as well as the Minor Injuries Services. The privatised

Ambulance Service is failing. Royal Derby Hospital has a massive Private Finance Initiative
Debt. The ‘Commissioning’ process is siphoning off millions of pounds that should be
spent on health care and staff.

What are campaigners doing to combat this?

Firstly, we are fighting these cuts all overDerbyshire, threat by threat.

Secondly, we know that this is part of the Big Picture; the new Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) will wipe £22 billion off the national NHS budget and possibly half a billion from what they call the “Derbyshire Footprint”.

To join up the campaigns, Derbyshire campaigners are planning to go to a special
national conference in Birmingham on 17th September; it’s called “Challenging STPs”
and anyone can book through

http://www.healthcampaignstogether.com/

We also plan to Walk the Walk through Derbyshire soon, telling people as we walk
about threats to Our NHS and what we can do about them.

Keith Venables

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