Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://secure.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/1157/33366

From The Socialist newspaper, 24 November 2021

Tories responsible for NHS staff shortages

Photo: Steve Eason/CC

Photo: Steve Eason/CC   (Click to enlarge)

Holly Johnston, Sheffield Socialist Party and health worker in GMB union

Health secretary Sajid Javid has announced that vaccinations will be made mandatory for health service workers in England by the spring.

We cannot afford for NHS and care staff to be reprimanded or taken off the frontline for not having a mandatory vaccine in the middle of a national crisis and during the winter period.

Around 93% of healthcare workers have been vaccinated. I would encourage all staff to have the vaccine, but do not agree that it should be compulsory. Staff will simply leave and we cannot take that risk on top of the staff that are leaving already and the 100,000 plus vacancies that already exist.

There are many reasons why some healthcare workers are hesitant, many are worried about feeling ill from the side effects of the vaccine and not being able to work or arrange childcare for example. There are also cultural reasons. Many are in precarious zero-hour contracts and cannot afford to take time off.

There needs to be a clear public health message about the vaccine and prevention-based management of Covid cases. Mandating vaccines is not a substitute for the management of the spread of Covid, for workplace safety and the correct PPE.

The vaccines as a whole cannot be used as a reason to act prematurely with the relaxing of social distancing and wearing masks in public spaces for example. As a trade unionist and a campaigner, I have been fighting hard to change the government guidance and provision of PPE since the beginning of the pandemic, exposing the corrupt crony contracts and PPE provision that was based on what was available rather than what was needed.

Compulsory vaccines for healthcare workers is proving to be another dividing tactic and we need to stick together and have the backing of our unions. We cannot let the government demonise healthcare workers.

The handling of vaccinations for staff in the health and care services is another example of why we need democratically controlled, publicly owned health and care services.

If staff felt more valued, if there was more transparency and clear public health messages around the vaccine, if working conditions were less terrible and the issues of pay were less pressing, we would see more of an uptake of people having the vaccine.

The Tories will try to blame staff shortages on the unwillingness of some staff to be vaccinated. We must be clear that chronic staff shortages predate the pandemic and are a consequence of low pay and poor working conditions. That's why members of the health unions have rejected the pitiful 3% pay offer and why my union, GMB, is balloting its members in the NHS for strike action. A decent NHS pay rise would be a big step towards reducing worker shortages and improving healthcare for all.

Donate to the Socialist Party

Finance appeal

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 Socialist Party's material is more vital than ever, so we can continue to report from workers who are fighting for better health and safety measures, against layoffs, for adequate staffing levels, etc.
  • We must be ready for the stormy events ahead and the need to arm workers' movements with a socialist programme - one which puts the health and needs of humanity before the profits of a few.
Inevitably, during the crisis we have not been able to sell the Socialist and raise funds in the ways we normally would.
We therefore urgently appeal to all our viewers to donate to our Fighting Fund.

Please donate here.

All payments are made through a secure server.

My donation

 

Your message: 

 


In The Socialist 24 November 2021:


News

Workers' action can defeat weak and divided Tories

Working class strangled by price rises and pay cuts

Poorer pensioners fleeced by social care cap

Tories hammer nail in pensions triple lock coffin

HS2 eastern route cancelled: Fight for a workers' plan for public transport

Cricket's history of racism and elitism


NHS

Midwives march against unsafe staffing and for adequate funding

Tories responsible for NHS staff shortages


Violence against women

End sexism and violence against women


Socialism 2021

Socialism 2021: A steely determination to change society

What did you think of Socialism 2021?


Workplace news

Support uni workers' walk-out on pay and pensions

RMT to strike in London night-tube dispute

Panasonic workers strike against pay freeze

Tesco warehouse workers ballot for strike action

Sage care home workers' pay victory


International news

Historic victory of India's farmers

Sudan: "Hamdok has sold the revolution!"

USA: Right-wing vigilante Rittenhouse acquitted - capitalist courts will not defend the working class!


Working class history

Chartism: The world's first working-class movement


Neurodiversity

The struggle for accessible workplaces and an inclusive society


Obituary

Obituary: Ted Austin (1940-2021) - working-class socialist stalwart


Campaigns

Victory! Hackney children's centres saved!

West Sussex: Payouts for council bosses, cuts for us

Newham: Durning Hall - another shameful act of Labour gentrification

Slough: Adult service cuts will leave vulnerable homeless

Northampton: Phoney consultation to mask cuts

Selling the Socialist


 

Home   |   The Socialist 24 November 2021   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Audio  |   PDF  |   ebook






Related links:

NHS:

triangleBarts NHS workers strike back

triangleSelling the Socialist

triangleWakefield TUSC - Fighting for low-paid workers and NHS

triangleNews in brief

triangleTory vaccine sacking threat set to deepen NHS staffing crisis

Tories:

triangleWe need a workers' alternative to big business Tories and Labour

triangleNo trust in Tories to keep us safe

triangleTories on the ropes - Build a workers' alternative

triangleTories hand cash to private health profiteers

Health:

triangleLow pay, stress and Covid drive: NHS staff crisis

triangleFree prescriptions? Maybe when you're older

triangleBarts health workers to strike for a pay rise

Vaccine:

triangleEmployers use vaccine excuse to attack sick pay

triangleTV review: Vaccine Wars: The Truth About Pfizer

Workers:

triangleSomers 'slaughterhouse' Forge

Healthcare:

triangleDeaths of despair: Health crisis - capitalism in the dock

News and socialist analysis

News and socialist analysis

27/1/22

Birmingham

Former MP colleague of Jeremy Corbyn to stand in Birmingham Erdington by-election

26/1/22

The Socialist

We need a workers' alternative to big business Tories and Labour

26/1/22

Government

News in brief

26/1/22

Protest

Lords reject parts of anti-protest bill

26/1/22

Nationalise

Social care providers put profit before residents' needs - nationalise care now

26/1/22

Tax

Cost of living crisis

19/1/22

NHS

Tories hand cash to private health profiteers

19/1/22

TUSC

Want to fight austerity?

19/1/22

NHS

Tory vaccine sacking threat set to deepen NHS staffing crisis

19/1/22

Socialist

Tories on the ropes - Build a workers' alternative

19/1/22

Covid

No trust in Tories to keep us safe

19/1/22

Vaccine

Employers use vaccine excuse to attack sick pay

19/1/22

Inequality

News in brief

19/1/22

Welfare state

Mutual aid, the welfare state and the fight for a new mass workers' party

13/1/22

Socialist Party

Pamphlet: What the Socialist Party stands for

triangleMore News and socialist analysis 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: [email protected]

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: 020 8988 8786

North East: 078 4114 4890

North West 079 5437 6096

South West: 077 5979 6478

Southern: 078 3368 1910

Wales: 077 7221 5281

West Mids: 024 7655 5620

Yorkshire: 078 0983 9793

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


January 2022

2021

2020

2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999