Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://secure.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/652/10871

From The Socialist newspaper, 5 January 2011

NHS cutbacks - health bosses and government to blame

A 'FINAL consultation' meeting of the inner and outer north east London primary care trusts on 15 December decided to close the Accident and Emergency department at the King George hospital in Goodmayes, east London.

Simon Carter, east London Socialist Party

This decision was made against the backcloth of billions of pounds of "efficiency savings", ie cuts, in the National Health Service (NHS) by the coalition government. It further undermines the claim by David Cameron that the NHS will be protected by the government.

The closure of the King George A&E by 2013 (and also the closure of maternity services by 2012) will be a disaster in terms of healthcare provision across four London boroughs and parts of Essex. It will leave one million people with only two hospitals that can provide critical care for patients.

Indeed, at the December PCT meeting an ambulance driver pointed out that even before any closure decision the King George A&E was already being run down, with no admissions of children. However, patients taken by ambulance to the A&E at Queen's Hospital in Romford (several miles away) had been referred back to King George because critical care facilities at Queen's were overstretched.

The PCTs have attempted to reassure the public that a 24-hour 'urgent care' facility will be installed on the King George Hospital site. However, everyone knows that a 'polyclinic' (a minor injuries treatment centre) cannot serve as a substitute for an emergency department.

In reality, the closure decision is a cynical cost cutting measure dressed up as a clinical reorganisation.

It is also common knowledge that the cost of servicing the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) contract, through which Queen's Hospital was built, has left the health trust deep in debt.

The local Tory and Labour MPs in Ilford and the Tory-Lib Dem run Redbridge council are opposed to closure - not because they oppose the market-oriented policies of the previous Labour and present Tory-Lib Dem governments - but because of political 'nimbyism' ie don't close the A&E department in our backyard.

The Socialist Party has for the last four years (the closure of the A&E has been threatened twice before under the last Labour government) been campaigning in the local community against closure.

As part of the campaign the Socialist Party has demanded an end to privatisation policies such as PFI schemes which have wrecked the NHS, and instead called for a publicly owned, fully-funded and democratically run health service. The fight goes on.

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 5 January 2011:


National Shop Stewards Network

We'll resist Cameron's 'hard times'

NSSN anti-cuts conference: Trade unionists to debate the way forward

A real strategy to fight the cuts


Socialist Party youth and students

March together, win together: students and workers join the demonstration in Manchester on 29 January

29 January demonstration in Manchester: Students and young workers unite


Socialist Party feature

2011: a year of sharpening struggle


Socialist Party news and analysis

Rail operators profit from commuter misery

Northern Ireland water crisis: Privatisation agenda wrecks service utility

NHS cutbacks - health bosses and government to blame

Tommy Sheridan trial - guilty verdict is a sham

Private ownership, public pollution


Socialist Party workplace news and analysis

Fight the NHS pay freeze!

Heinz strike again

Birmingham bin workers fight back

More pay strikes at Newsquest papers

Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition conference on 22 January 2011

Trade unions must fight for agency workers' rights


Obituaries

Tribute to John Macreadie, trade unionist and socialist fighter

Grunwick: leader of historic strike dies


Socialist Party review

Fela! the musical


 

Home   |   The Socialist 5 January 2011   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  




Related links:

Health:

triangleTheatre: Banner Theatre's Nottingham 'Free for All'

triangleNHS crisis deepens: Workers' and community action can save our health service

triangleHistoric strike of nurses in Ireland

triangleCash-starved health service ripped off by big pharma - fund our NHS now!

triangleCardiff West Socialist Party: Why capitalism is bad for your mental health

NHS:

triangleWorkplace news in brief

triangleLiverpool Women's Hospital

triangleA&E 4-hour waiting targets scrapped - Save our NHS!

triangleNon-fiction: 'Unhealthy Profits: PFI in the NHS'

London:

triangleExhibition: Don McCullin - a life in pictures

triangleWest London Socialist Party: the German revolution 1918-23

Hospital:

triangleLeicestershire needs NHS beds

triangle'Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor': comedy and tragedy judiciously mixed

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

3/4/19

Hackney

Hackney & Islington Socialist Party: The Winter of Discontent

27/3/19

Hackney

Hackney & Islington Socialist Party: Reform or Revolution

20/3/19

EU

Trade unionists debate the EU

20/3/19

Pay

End austerity. Fight for a living wage!

20/3/19

PCS

PCS: Vote Yes to strike for better pay

20/3/19

Birmingham

Victory for Birmingham bin workers

20/3/19

Women

Stop cuts to women's services in Leicester

20/3/19

May Day

Help build the workers' press: send May Day greetings to the Socialist!

20/3/19

Socialist Party

Socialist Party Northern conference: Workers are sick of cuts and have the power to fight back

20/3/19

Racism

Union fightback key to movement against racism and austerity

20/3/19

Midlands

Midlands machine bearing makers launch all-out strike

20/3/19

Hackney

Hackney school bus workers walk out

13/3/19

Hull

Memorial to working-class fighters who fought fascism

13/3/19

Racism

No to racism - Fight for socialism

13/3/19

Southampton

Southampton: Socialist stand against cuts

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: info@socialistparty.org.uk

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 0798 202 1969

East Mids: 0773 797 8057

London: 020 8988 8786

North East: 0784 114 4890

North West 07769 611 320

South East: 020 8988 8777

South West: 07759 796 478

Southern: 07833 681910

Wales: 07935 391 947

West Mids: 02476 555 620

Yorkshire: 0114 264 6551

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


March 2019

February 2019

January 2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999