John Morrey explains why we need to fight to defend our NHS
In the two years we’ve been running the #SaveLongtonCottage campaign we’ve seen the beds at Longton, Bradwell and Cheadle taken away, Leek Hospital loses its beds in October and now Haywood has been placed on the list ‘considered for closure’.
The CCG, doing the dirty work for the Tories, argue that Royal Stoke can cope with a huge increase in patient numbers, therefore we have no need for local beds in local hospitals. This is a ridiculous position to take, as the many staff and patients we’ve spoken to are in no doubt that Royal Stoke cannot cope with the workload it currently has. Loading more work onto a hospital that is already stretched beyond reasonable and safe limits is a recipe for disaster.
This situation is not unique to North Staffordshire, the NHS as a whole is facing ever increasing pressure as a direct result of government policy. Their response to the concerns of NHS staff is to dismiss them as ‘complainers and malcontents who are resistant to change’. No. They are dedicated, hard working, conscientious people who see the public service that they love, that they know the true value of, being downgraded, purposely overloaded and all for one reason. To enable the government to claim that the NHS, OUR NHS, isn’t up to the job so let’s bring the private sector in to make it all better. You only need look to the railways and the utility companies to see that privatisation does not make things better, it simply makes money for the private sector, taking profits away to the tax havens of the rich and resulting in a bad deal for the public who provide the funding in the first place.
IT’S OUR NHS! IT’S NOT FOR SALE! FIGHT TO DEFEND IT OR LOSE IT FOREVER!
JOIN THE PROTEST TO CELEBRATE AND DEFEND OUR NHS ON WEDNESDAY 5th JULY
Join us to celebrate 69 years of the NHS and to continue the fight against the government’s under-investment in the NHS and its hard-working staff.
WEDNESDAY 5TH JULY – 12 NOON – 2PM
BLUE CLOCK TOWER, HANLEY
The protest is being hosted by Save Longton Cottage Hospital (SLCH) campaign group and the nurses union, the RCN. It will be just one of the many protests that will take place around the country on 5 July to celebrate our NHS.
We are calling on all local groups, trade unions and individuals who want to defend our NHS and its staff to come along to our protest. Bring your banners or posters if you have them or maybe make some if you haven’t!
- SLCH is affiliated to Health Campaigns Together which helped organise the marvellous demo of over 200,000 in London on 4 March.
- RCN members are taking part in a summer of protest over pay, which has fallen by a staggering 14% in real terms since 2010.