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From The Socialist newspaper, 22 November 2006
Swansea says no closures
SWANSEA'S COMMUNITY Health Council (CHC), that acts as a public watchdog on local health issues, has voted for a second time against plans to shut Fairwood hospital and ward 1 at Hill House.
These cuts by the Local Health Board and Swansea NHS Trust are part of a package to get rid of a £12 million deficit built up over years of mismanagement. UNISON, Swansea council, the Royal College of Nursing, the CHC and thousands of signatures on our Socialist Party petitions show the overwhelming opposition to these cuts.
Staff at the two hospitals congratulated Socialist Party members for their help in the campaign.
They now intend to take their fight to the Welsh Assembly Government where New Labour health minister, Brian Gibbons, will make the final decision.
A protest and lobby is planned in the near future.
Swansea Trades Council also decided to hold a public meeting in January to keep up the pressure on the Assembly to stop these cuts.
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In The Socialist 22 November 2006:
Public health not private profit
Nurses against 'natural wastage'
Swansea says no closures
Ipswich campaign saves nurses' jobs
Pensioners lead the way
Socialism 2006 main rally
Films show a world of rising struggles
Socialist Party youth rally
Socialism 2006: a great success
Collection a big success
Socialism 2006 closing rally: defend the NHS
Stop the fat cats! No to Cutbacks! Fight tuition fees!
New Socialist Party publication
Marxism in Today's World
The Socialist Interview
Can Labour be reclaimed?
Homelessness: Privatising the problem
International socialist news
Worldwide protests at MP's murder
Thatcher's monetarist guru dies
Prodi government under siege
US rages but Ortega's victory is no revolution
Socialist Party news and analysis
Queen's speech says 'work till you drop'
Lincoln organises against the far right
Socialist Party workplace news
Local government pensions: We're no April fools!
Disciplinary action against UNISON secretary
JJB Sports workers score a victory
Fujitsu on strike
The Socialist 22 November 2006 |
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