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The Socialist 5 July 2007

Brown's government for the rich

Brown's government for the rich

Blair's toadying surpasses all clichés


National Shop Stewards' Network conference: Join the fightback against the bosses' offensive


Campaign for a New Workers' Party: Giving workers a voice

Lively CNWP meeting in Cardiff

Sign up to the CNWP campaign


Unite against war, poverty and terrorism


Postal workers: we're striking to win

Postal workers' strike gets solid support across the country


Under several feet of flood water - after flood defence budget cut

"A new gilded age of inequality"

Stop subsidising private schools

Surplus cash yet cutbacks continue


Why the United Nations fails the test of internationalism

Iran: Riots over petrol rationing

Climate change: socialist international planning needed

George Bush - a get out of jail ticket

Pakistan: Union activist has suspension withdrawn following protests


Tales from the council chamber

'Living in a parallel universe'


UNISON delegates challenge leadership

Victory over bullying management

RMT conference: Fighting a thousand cuts

Not so nice Mr Branson


Socialism 2007


Two plays reviewed by Mark Baker: 'Philistines' and 'The Last Confession'

 
 

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Manchester health

Surplus cash yet cutbacks continue

AS THE health service reaches its 60th year, cuts are still on the order of the day in greater Manchester. Trust bosses who closed two in-patient wards at Altrincham General broke even their own rules on 'consultation'. Campaigners forced a new consultation, to which 80% (over 800 people) responded demanding the wards re-open.

Hugh Caffrey

At the time of writing, the Trust Board has yet to announce a decision on the hospital. Bosses claim it is only viable to keep the wards open with major refurbishment, £2.5 million investment and five extra medics.

But the regional NHS is now £161 million in the black. Why can't this money be found immediately? North West NHS trusts have been amalgamated and centralised in order to ram through cuts. This shoddy structure should be replaced with democratically elected representatives of staff, patients and public to effectively allocate resources and rebuild the health service.

"Making it Worse" is how everyone describes proposed closures of maternity and baby units misnamed "Making it Better". "Healthy Futures" is a sick proposal to slaughter acute care facilities across northern Greater Manchester. Such was the outcry that an Independent Reconfiguration Panel was called in to re-examine these cuts plans and make recommendations to the Health Secretary.

That body reported on 26 June. A week later, it has yet to make public its conclusions but North Manchester General Hospital management are making the cuts a reality on the ground. So much for democracy!

Instead of hoarding cash while units close, NHS managers should use the £161 million to safeguard all threatened facilities. Incompetent boards should be sacked. We should build support for the planned health union-led national demonstration on 13 October and fight to rebuild the NHS to one run by and for the people who rely on it.


In this issue

Brown's government for the rich

Blair's toadying surpasses all clichés


National Shop Stewards Network

National Shop Stewards' Network conference: Join the fightback against the bosses' offensive


Campaign for a New Workers Party

Campaign for a New Workers' Party: Giving workers a voice

Lively CNWP meeting in Cardiff

Sign up to the CNWP campaign


What we think

Unite against war, poverty and terrorism


Postal workers strike

Postal workers: we're striking to win

Postal workers' strike gets solid support across the country


Socialist Party news and analysis

Under several feet of flood water - after flood defence budget cut

"A new gilded age of inequality"

Stop subsidising private schools

Surplus cash yet cutbacks continue


International socialist news and analysis

Why the United Nations fails the test of internationalism

Iran: Riots over petrol rationing

Climate change: socialist international planning needed

George Bush - a get out of jail ticket

Pakistan: Union activist has suspension withdrawn following protests


Tales from the council chamber

Tales from the council chamber

'Living in a parallel universe'


Socialist Party workplace news

UNISON delegates challenge leadership

Victory over bullying management

RMT conference: Fighting a thousand cuts

Not so nice Mr Branson


Socialist Party events

Socialism 2007


Socialist Party review

Two plays reviewed by Mark Baker: 'Philistines' and 'The Last Confession'


 

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