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From The Socialist newspaper, 26 November 2014

NHS campaigners must fight all cuts

On the NHS Jarrow March, I spoke to one of the organisers. The march was creating incredible awareness about selling off the NHS. I said we must oppose all cuts, that the anti-cuts movement and all defenders of the NHS should be clear that the NHS isn't deemed as more important than other services offered.

The organiser then said that, although many agree with that position, the march was in fact a single issue campaign solely to defend the NHS.

Knock-on effect

But, working as a student nurse on the wards, you can see how cuts to other services have a direct effect on the NHS. Numerous hospital beds countrywide are filled with medically fit patients in beds because there aren't the care packages in place to safely discharge them. Cuts to services for those with mental illnesses resulted in an increase in hospital admissions with increased medical problems.

This is a direct result of a lack of support. A lack of homeless support and shelters will result in more avoidable hospital admissions as people are forced to sleep on the streets due to the crisis of capitalism.

Cuts to what are termed as 'luxury services' show they are key in delivering effective care to society. All campaigners should stand united in calling for no cuts to any services.

Matt Whale

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The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.

The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.

The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.

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14 day deadline to breadline

Hands off our NHS

Rochester: 'Business as usual' politics falling apart

World economy - heading for the junkyard

Them & Us


International socialist news and analysis

Anger erupts in Ferguson over acquittal of killer cop

Ireland: establishment attacks water tax protests

Anger grows over missing Mexican students


Socialist Party features

Housing crisis! What do socialists say?

Education: "a hurricane of ill thought initiatives"


Socialist Party youth and students

Students march for free education

Victories against sexism in Leeds

Fast Food Rights campaign


Socialist Party workplace news

Health workers walkout in second NHS pay strike

UCU pensions: reinstate the action!

Workplace news in brief


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Are you a socialist?

Council beaten on austerity tax

TUSC says no to cuts in Notts

Way to go, Watford!


Socialist Party reviews and readers' comments

Assassin's Creed Unity

The People Speak: Democracy is not a spectator sport

NHS campaigners must fight all cuts


 

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