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From The Socialist newspaper, 17 October 2007

Save our NHS

10,000 march in Sussex

TEN THOUSAND people marched in Haywards Heath in rural Sussex on 13 October. They were opposing cuts in Accident and Emergency services and Maternity care at Princess Royal Hospital, reflecting the strength of feeling across the country over the cutting of the NHS.

Derek McMillan

The Medical Care Research Unit's Sheffield Survey came to the conclusion that "Increased journey distance to hospital appears to be associated with increased risk of mortality… a 10km increase in straight-line distance is associated with around a 1% absolute increase in mortality." To put it another way, more people will die.

Both major parties aim to cut NHS spending. The Conservative MPs for Sussex hypocritically opposed cuts at Princess Royal. But they promise massive tax cuts, which can only mean cutting services and so-called "efficiency savings".

When they were in power the Tories cut the NHS. Thatcher openly boasted she could get "the doctor she wanted at the time she wanted" because she could afford to pay.

As for New Labour, their spokesmen's instant response to the Sheffield Survey was to say the data – the most up-to-date available – was "out of date" and that the situation had improved since the survey was conducted.

There were Unison banners on the march and the local Unison branch is in the forefront of the campaign. Unfortunately Unison's national leaders remain soft on New Labour and soft on the causes of New Labour. They continue to pour members' money into a party which attacks their members.

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In The Socialist 17 October 2007:

National Health Service Cutbacks and privatisation kill

National NHS demo

The vultures are circling ever closer

10,000 march in Sussex

Swansea fights the cuts

Rally for Socialism


Postal dispute

Exposing Royal Mail's lies

Postal workers waiting to assess Royal Mail deal

Fighting Royal Mail management's attacks

Solid unofficial action in East London

National Shop Stewards' Network meetings

Daylight robbery in Scotland!

Save Bolsover Post Offices


Socialist Party Marxist analysis

Brown's blues


International Appeal

Students on trumped-up charges


Socialist Students

Scrap fees for all students


National Shop Stewards Network

Young workers and students need to get involved

"You've got to stick together"

Stop the placement rip-off now!


Campaign for a New Workers Party

Tony Benn evades the issue


Trade Union Freedom Bill

Trade Union Freedom Bill: Banishing Thatcher's anti-union legacy?

Working longer hours for less pay


Socialist Party women

ITV2 - making a good deal out of women's bodies


International socialist news and analysis

Workers' struggle and political instability sends Polish government into meltdown

Australia: Liberals v Labour - no choice for working people in election


Socialist Party news and analysis

Children's homes at risk of buy-outs


 

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