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Author Topic: The Need to Begin All Over Again in Our Fight to Safeguard the Future of the NHS  (Read 1715 times)

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From Unison South Tyneside branch Newsletter

As every one knows the election result did not give a deciding mandate to any of the big parties.  What has been hatched up behind the scenes is a Conservative Liberal Democratic government which is now forging ahead with policies that no one voted for.  

The promises of change, renewal, protection of the NHS and pensions if nothing else is also turning out to be  another big lie.  The economic crisis caused by the greed of the financial speculators that over the last decades have wrecked the manufacturing and productive economy are now intent on wrecking public services by picking up the baton of New Labour's purchaser provider split and other privatisation measures.

Daily announcements informing of the billions of pounds profited by the banks, oil and other companies indicate that the rich are not going stop being paid. Yet, in the modern age, the working class and people are going to be forced to accept cut backs to their jobs, pensions, public services, housing,.etc, and be made to pay for the crisis.

This must not pass. The unions are squaring up as we write with the formation of the Northern Public Service Alliance, the Coaliton of Resistance and other campaigns to broaden the whole fight back.  
 
Now is the time to get involved in discussing with each other and together how our workplace, our hospitals and community services and our NHS can be defended and safeguarded.  It is not about re-ordering their world of big business which is in crisis and goes from one reorgnisation of public services to another and creates  organisational anarchy and is exhausting society. It is about fighting for our world and our future and modern arrangements that go with it so that we control the NHS equally with all in society.

Clearly we have to think for ourselves beyond the capital centred NHS of New Labour and the Con/dem government which is turning health care into a commodity, turning patients into consumers and that will bring about huge disasters for peoples health care via privatisation.  Health care is a human right. It is the responsibility of society to provide health care at the highest standard for all and that responsibility is vested in their elected representatives to guarantee that right. There can be no compromise with any government that gives up its responsibility to provide a publicly owned and controlled health care system.  Get involved in the struggle to safeguard the future of the NHS.  Contact us if you wish to get involved in some way in discussing these issues and other events.
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It has now been announced that the “Provider” Services of the entire South of Tyne Primary Care Trust is to be integrated with South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust (STFT).  As we predicted in the last newsletter, the PCT commissioner provider split on which billions of pounds have been spent without improving health care in any significant way is now being prepared for the big axe now it has outdone its usefulness of putting in place such competition for NHS services.  Then it will be handed on to GP consortia by the new government and who knows in whose hands, and where, the billions of pounds of peoples’ taxes will end up.  

As the largest union in both organizations we have fought very hard to represent our members in this complex situation over the last few years.  We believe  that the services should be provided on a  district by district basis with district general hospitals and community services, apart from some  regional specialist centres. Yet,  with the latest twist and turn all of the community services for SouthTyneside, Sunderland and Gateshead will now be provided by STFT.  

At same time, both in the Commissioning side and in the provider side jobs are being shed once again as a consequence of these constant re-organisations.  Also, at the same time in the FT we are facing severe financial restraints by  the anti-public sector mechanisms put in place by the last government and now being gleefully picked up by the Con/dems   

You will be aware of course that if our hard working members  “treat too many emergency admissions” then the hospital is only paid a pittance for such work and it is expected to be paid by cut backs and that is supposed to be the good news. Of course the bad news is not if the hospital  fails to treat these  patients but if it fails to “balance the books”.   Enter Monitor and some fat cat financial consultants apparently they can tell us how to “balance the books" with their “vast experience of cutbacks” but whether the patients get treated is another matter. Welcome to the PCT Members but Keep taking the tablets!     

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