Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://secure.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/914/23472

From The Socialist newspaper, 31 August 2016

20bn hospitals funding gap

No NHS cuts or closures

2,000 demonstrate against Huddersfield's A&E closure, photo Iain Dalton

2,000 demonstrate against Huddersfield's A&E closure, photo Iain Dalton   (Click to enlarge)

Mike Forster, Chair, Hands Off HRI (personal capacity) and Aaron Bailey, Huddersfield Socialist Party

The NHS is about to undergo further major cuts and closures, through the government's misnamed 'Sustainability and Transformation Plan'. NHS England alone could face a 20 billion funding gap.

Simon Stevens, NHS England's chief executive, pledged in April 2014 to maintain local hospitals. He feared a vengeful public coming out to fight for their NHS.

Yet that is exactly what will happen now as a result of the 44 regional Sustainability and Transformation Plans. Changes in London, Leicestershire and the West Midlands - including entire hospitals being downgraded or closed - could result in nationwide protests.

Disbelief

NHS bosses say the plans are necessary for the sake of better care, modernisation and financial balance. But an angry, disbelieving public will fight tooth and nail against the loss of vital local services.

Here in Yorkshire, workers and the community continue to resist the proposed Huddersfield Royal Infirmary (HRI) A&E closure through the 'Hands Off HRI' campaign.

On 4 September we will march, followed by an afternoon of bands, stalls, entertainment and speakers. Almost 20,000 has been raised by local people to launch a legal challenge against the closure, backed by several large demonstrations. Two coaches have so far been booked for a visit to the Department of Health and Downing Street on 10 October.

This fight of ours has been fought and won in other parts of the country, such as Lewisham in south London. More areas are starting to mobilise to defend their own services. We are starting to link up with campaigns from all over the country, some of which are joining us in London in October.

The time is now right to unite all these struggles into a huge national campaign to defend the NHS.

The government can be defeated on this issue, but it's urgent that the trade unions take up the struggle now! The unions must build for coordinated, escalating strikes, and name the day for a national demonstration to save the NHS.


We demand:


Hands Off HRI march and 'Sunday Funday'

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


In The Socialist 31 August 2016:


#KeepCorbyn

#KeepCorbyn: For a party that fights for workers

Right's purges and exclusions show we must fight for a party for the 99%

Packed meeting discusses Trotskyism, Corbyn and socialist change

Trade unionists for Corbyn rally in Cardiff


Education fightback

Education: fightback needed

Pressure, lies and head games: being a school student in Tory Britain

Join the student fightback to end education cuts and austerity


No NHS cuts or closures

No NHS cuts or closures

Grantham protest against night-time closure of A&E


Socialist Party news and analysis

Invest in grassroots sports needs

Women still take home 36% less than men

Over a million families in 'extreme problem debt'

Scot schools scandal

Smith v refugees

What We Saw

Them & Us


International socialist news and analysis

France: Burkini ban fuels division

Chile: general strike threat as pensions protests grow


Socialist Party workplace news

UberEats: Angry delivery drivers protest over pay

Solid bus strike for better terms and pay

Southern strike


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Why you should join the Socialist Party today

Socialist Party 'collectathon' to raise crucial cash

Ken Loach and a Socialist seller join Sisters Uncut protest


Socialist Party Summer Camp

Sunshine and socialism at Socialist Party summer camp


Comment

Can Britain have a pay rise?


 

Home   |   The Socialist 31 August 2016   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Audio  |   PDF  |   ebook






Related links:

Huddersfield:

triangleKirklees: Labour and Green councillors refuse to fight the cuts

triangleLaunch of Huddersfield Women's Lives Matter

triangleHuddersfield Socialist Party: '12 years to save the world' - A socialist answer to climate change

triangleHuddersfield Socialist Party: The rise of the populist right in Latin America

triangleHuddersfield Socialist Party: Marxist feminism

Closures:

triangleCoronavirus and school closures: what needs to be done now

trianglePCS union election: For a fighting democratic general secretary

triangleFight the closures save every job!

triangleHealth bosses move goalposts on A&E waiting times: more funds for our NHS now!

Cuts:

triangleNewham campaign set up against council cuts and tax hikes

triangleCouncils must break austerity rules

triangleBook: Why you should be a trade unionist by Unite general secretary Len McCluskey

NHS:

triangleCoronavirus news in brief

Hospitals:

triangleSave the NHS: kick out the Tories

Socialist Party:

triangleCoronavirus: What role could community support groups play?

Yorkshire:

triangleWestex workers win increased pay offer in 11th week of strike

Demonstration:

triangleLondon demo: Protect the right to strike

PFI:

triangleCapitalism fails NHS services in Liverpool: scrap PFI!

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

27/3/20

Coronavirus

The self-employed need 100% of their income, and now!

25/3/20

Coronavirus

Construction site bosses put profits first

25/3/20

Coronavirus

Southampton: University workers win full pay for casual staff

25/3/20

JCB

Bosses not workers should pay for JCB shutdown

25/3/20

The Socialist

Selling the Socialist

25/3/20

Socialist Party

'Meeting' to discuss socialist ideas - more vital than ever during the crisis

25/3/20

Coronavirus

Coronavirus: What role could community support groups play?

25/3/20

Retail

Retail and the coronavirus outbreak - organise to defend workers interests

25/3/20

Coronavirus

Organising in the workplace in the time of coronavirus

25/3/20

The Socialist

Like what we say, help us keep saying it - fund the Socialist

25/3/20

RMT

Transport union RMT demands action for coronavirus tube safety

24/3/20

Coronavirus

Protest against Facebook censorship

24/3/20

Newham

Newham campaign set up against council cuts and tax hikes

24/3/20

Coventry

Coventry socialist candidate wins votes against austerity

23/3/20

CWU

Corona crisis brings new issues into the postal dispute

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: 079 8202 1969

East Mids: 077 3797 8057

London: 07748 534 891

North East: 078 4114 4890

North West 079 5437 6096

South West: 077 5979 6478

Southern: 078 3368 1910

Wales: 079 3539 1947

West Mids: 024 7655 5620

Yorkshire: 077 0671 0041

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


March 2020

February 2020

January 2020

2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999