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Author Topic: How do we celebrate 60 years of the NHS?  (Read 1703 times)

Maddy

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How do we celebrate 60 years of the NHS?
« on: July 10, 2008, 10:08:32 pm »

HOW DO WE CELEBRATE 60 years of the NHS

Most of us working in the NHS do not feel that there is much to celebrate at this time. We are stressed, overworked, with value of our pay going down and most importantly sick of not being able to deliver the standard of care that we want to.

What has happened over the last 20yrs? Beds have been cut ensuring that moving patients around the hospital has become the norm even in the early hours of the morning. This has caused the dependency to soar together with bed occupancy which on some wards is above 100% at times! And staffing levels have never risen to reflect this. There has been a never ending list of targets to meet and in doing so patient care has actually suffered.

Yes much money has gone into the NHS. But where has this gone?—administration of an NHS geared now as a business rather than a service, has risen from 4% to 17% and rising. Big monopolies have made huge inroads into the NHS and are being paid above tariff to do operations etc and often being paid for operations they do not even do. Other monopolies have made incredible profits through PFI schemes and LIFT schemes. Every move the government makes on health opens up further our precious health service to the big monopolies to make a huge profit from our money! Now the Darzi report is opening up primary health care to these monopolies with PCTs having to open up to tender new GP services and clinics. Then other provider services currently provided by the PCT will have to be opened up for tender to the private sector.

SO CELEBRATING 60 YRS OF THE NHS WE MUST
FIND WAYS TO SAFEGUARD ITS FUTURE!
Remember it is our health service both as health workers and as users of the service. All health workers whether ancillary staff, admin, or clinical staff etc. must get together and discuss how we are going to safeguard the future of the NHS, taking all our experience and knowledge, uniting with our patients and clients to ensure that on future anniversaries of the NHS we really do have something to celebrate.
OUR HOSPITAL!OUR PCT ! OUR WORKPLACE! OUR NHS!

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