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TUC and the NHS
« on: September 17, 2008, 06:43:16 pm »

Composite 16 The National Health Service
Congress calls on all affiliates to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the NHS and the enormous benefits to the health of the population that have been seen during this time, delivered through the hard work and dedication of its staff.

Congress recognises that political devolution means the NHS at 60 is now effectively four separate systems.

Congress believes that NHS core values of equity, universality and care free at the point of need must not be compromised and that our staff uphold these values.

Major reforms currently underway in the NHS will have a long-term impact on service users and staff. These include the Darzi Next Stage review, the Carol Black review of the health of the working age population, and the introduction of an NHS constitution to name but a few.

There is much to welcome within these reforms. However, Congress is mindful of the importance of ensuring that the NHS keeps faith with its core principle of being free at the point of need, and does not jeopardise its future through fragmentation and privatisation of services.

Congress recognises the many continuing dangers from the Darzi reform agenda, including:

i) the introduction of multinationals to the primary care sector;

ii) the extension of market incentives through expanded patient choice and the continuation of the payment by results system;

iii) greater encouragement for staff to break away from the NHS to form social enterprises; and

iv) the adoption of personal budget pilots which could be a first step towards bringing means-testing to the NHS.

Congress notes that meaningful trade union engagement secured positive outcomes in education and training and in the NHS constitution which should ensure the future of the service.

Congress recognises issues around the EU directive on cross-border healthcare that would increase inequality and potentially mean the UK NHS paying for private treatment abroad.

Further, Congress recognises the challenges presented by the review into co-payments.

Congress calls on the General Council to:

a) campaign for reforms to be underpinned by robust protective regulation on all employment rights;

b) continue opposing marketisation;

c) call for a proper analysis of the impact of personal budgets on the NHS before extending it;

d) resist any future initiatives around co-payments that would damage NHS values;

e) resist the imposition of European plans for healthcare;

f) support affiliated health unions in their efforts to ensure that members working in the NHS are able to contribute their expertise and be genuinely involved in future decisions on healthcare delivery, through effective partnership working at national, regional and local level; and

g) stimulate a debate among the wider trade union movement about what the latest reforms will mean for the health of workers and their families, with the aim of producing an authoritative TUC position paper on the NHS, to be published as part of the TUC's current series of Touchstone pamphlets.


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Re: TUC and the NHS
« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2008, 06:49:21 pm »

76 Miami Five
Congress deplores the continued imprisonment of the Miami Five in the USA and notes the 2008 Amnesty International Report's condemnation of the appeal process and the denial of the human right of visitation rights to the families of the Miami Five.

The Miami Five are Cuban men who are in a US prison, serving four life sentences and 75 years collectively, after being wrongly convicted in a US federal court in Miami on 8 June 2001. The Five were involved in monitoring the actions of Miami-based terrorist groups, in order to prevent terrorist attacks on their country of Cuba and never directed action at the US government. For 40 years, anti-Cuba terrorist organisations based in Miami have engaged in terrorist activities against Cuba, resulting in more than 3,000 deaths of Cubans, with the knowledge and support of the FBI and CIA.

Congress acknowledges the work of the Cuba Solidarity Campaign in its defence of the Miami Five, urges support and calls for:

i) a prompt retrial of the Five in any venue other than Miami;

ii) full visiting rights for all of the families in the meanwhile; and

iii) work with US unions to bring further pressure on the US administration.

Congress further calls on the General Council to support:

a) an autumn campaign of action, to include national press adverts calling for freedom for the Five, to mark the 10th anniversary of their imprisonment.


77 Cuba
2009 marks the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution and its achievements, including eradicating illiteracy, free education, plus greatly reduced infant mortality rates and increased life expectancy.

Congress expresses support for the right of Cuba to choose its own economic, social and political path and opposes the USA's illegal economic blockade. Congress applauds the 16th annual vote of the United Nations condemning the US trade embargo.

Congress recognises Cuba's international solidarity, with 37,000 Cuban medical professionals working for free in 79 countries; emergency aid in countries like Peru, Indonesia and Pakistan; Cuban medics restoring sight to a million Latin Americans previously suffering from cataracts; and the provision of 30,000 free scholarships to students from 21 countries to study in Cuba.

Congress agrees to support the proposal of the Cuba Solidarity Campaign (CSC) to celebrate Cuba's achievements and agrees to provide publicity and support for events organised under the Cuba50 banner.

Congress agrees to:

i) encourage affiliation to CSC; and

ii) invite a CTC speaker to Congress 2009.

Congress calls upon the General Council to lobby the UK Government to:

a) end its complicity with the US blockade and move to an independent policy respecting Cuban sovereignty;

b) improve trade and bilateral relations with Cuba; and

c) oppose all US extraterritorial threats against UK-based companies.

Congress further calls on the UK Government to send a high level delegation to Cuba, and invite a Parliamentary Ministerial delegation from Cuba to the UK to strengthen links and trade between our countries.

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