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From The Socialist newspaper, 15 December 2021

Tory cuts and privatisation leave NHS in crisis

15% pay rise - end staff shortages

Fully fund services

Kick out the profiteers

Demanding a 15% pay rise for NHS workers, 8th August 2020, London

Demanding a 15% pay rise for NHS workers, 8th August 2020, London   (Click to enlarge)

Lynn Gunnigle, Devon Socialist Party

Despite already losing 610 NHS beds in Devon, there are plans to cut even more.

A total of £430 million more cuts are planned and being pushed through despite the pandemic and ever-growing waiting lists. But we have nothing left to cut!

Early discharges due to lack of beds have a further impact on the crisis. Patients are readmitted time and time again.

The decades-long dismantling, selling off and privatising of our National Health Service is having its effects on families like my own.

Cancelled

My son was booked in to have an operation to remove his spleen in November 2020. It was then cancelled, rearranged, and cancelled again.

To date, he has still not had the operation. He told me he feels like he is "a walking, ticking time bomb".

A simple wart on the hand of my 13-year-old granddaughter has proved to be an 18-month-long unresolved issue too. After various over-the-counter treatments were tried, our GP advised that removal is no longer done on the NHS.

Time passed, the warts spread and grew. Now her hand is becoming deformed with nine warts in total. Even the local private provider is not licensed to carry out the procedure.

Our town, Dartmouth, has lost all our publicly provided hospital services, including beds. 28 ambulances queueing at our nearest main hospital in Torquay is our new normal. Patients are dying in them without ever entering the hospital building.

Tragedy

Another example of private provision in no way matching up to the National Health Service is the recent shocking death of an eight-week-old baby boy. After two contacts with the privatised 111 service, and twice being discharged from hospital despite breathing issues, the child's mother found him unresponsive in his crib the day after he was sent home.

Now the Omicron Covid variant is adding extra pressure to the NHS. All this cannot be allowed to go on.

That's why the NHS workers fight for a pay rise needs to be supported (see page 5). A fully funded pay rise would be a first step towards solving chronic understaffing. A mass campaign of NHS workers, patients and the wider trade union movement for a huge investment in a publicly funded NHS is what is needed to keep us all safe.

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In The Socialist 15 December 2021:


News

Tory cuts and privatisation leave NHS in crisis

Unions must fight for Covid workplace safety

Councils to make workers pay, again

Assange faces extradition

Global inequality grows


What we think

Split Tories and spineless Starmer


End of the USSR

The legacy of the collapse of Stalinism


LGBTQ+ rights

Stonewall attacked by the establishment


Workplace news

Sharon Graham: 100 days as Unite general secretary - the challenges ahead

Fighting union leadership needed to win NHS pay rise

Support tube workers fighting back

South Wales Stagecoach victory

Yorkshire Stagecoach strikers confidence growing

Welcome support for striking Scunthorpe scaffolders

Guards fight for their grades on CrossCountry rail

London colleges victory

Coventry bin workers strike against Christmas holiday cut

Sheffield couriers escalate and spread action

Uni support staff strike ballot

Tesco strike action latest

Barts health workers to strike for a pay rise

Worksop Wincanton depot strike builds


International news

Sudan: End military rule and poverty


Campaigns

Nana's eviction: Community vs heartless Labour council

London solidarity protest: Rio Tinto out of Serbia

Save St Mary's Leisure Centre in Southampton

Why we joined the Socialist Party

Selling the Socialist - Waltham Cross and Boscombe

Posters, car boot and socialist guided tour - some ideas to raise funds


Readers' opinion

TV review: Vaccine Wars: The Truth About Pfizer


Quiz 2021

Christmas quiz of 2021


 

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