PETITION TO ISLINGTON CLINICAL COMMISSIONING GROUP – Click here to learn more and participate
LEARN MORE ABOUT WHAT IS HAPPENING TO THE NHS IN ISLINGTON
Public meeting, Council Chamber, Town Hall, Upper Street, Islington
7.00 – 9.00 pm, Monday 11 March 2019
Come to this meeting and hear more from national and local speakers about changes to the NHS. Cuts in funding are leading to restrictions on services offered, longer waits for essential surgery, and pressure to leave hospital at the earliest possible time, no matter what conditions people are going back to.
Nationally, 10% of all nursing posts are not filled. Just under 10% of hospital doctor posts are not filled. This leaves those who are working in the NHS having to do hours of unpaid overtime, and people are getting burned out. We are on a vicious cycle of overwork, burn-out and people leaving their jobs for an easier option. And large numbers of doctors and nurses who had come in from Europe to fill the gap are now going home, feeling they are not welcome here after the referendum.
We all love the NHS but it is now in a major crisis. Join our campaign to defend it. Come to our public meeting and find out what you can do.
We meet every first Thursday of the month at 7 pm at 124 Canonbury Road (terraced house next to Canonbury School). Help Islington Keep Our NHS Public plan the next stages of the campaign. Click here to see the leaflet.
Islington Clinical Commissioning Group and the CCGs in the other four boroughs of North Central London voted on 7 March 2019 to restrict the scope of treatments available to NHS patients. This change is called ‘Procedures of Limited Clinical Effectiveness’ but this is a euphemism as many of the treatments being banned are very effective. In particular, this change will make it more difficult to get hip and knee replacement surgery and also cataract surgery. This is clearly a cost-cutting exercise and it will hit people who cannot afford to go private. Read more about it here.
STOP THE SUSTAINABILITY AND TRANSFORMATION PLANS
The Government tried to turn the NHS into a privatised market, wasting £5bn a year, but has now abandoned that strategy and imposed a centralised plan, the Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) to remove £22bn a year from the budget, about 20% (Please note, it has not repealed the 2012 Health and Social Care Act so may return to privatisation at any time.)
‘FOOTPRINTS’ – SECRET PLANS
Each of 44 areas (‘footprints’) has been required to plan in secret, with no public involvement, to remove this money. We already spend less as a proportion of GDP than comparable countries in Europe – at least 1%, which amounts to £20bn per year.
Only now are these plans surfacing across the country. In our footprint, which includes Camden, Haringey, Enfield and Barnet as well as Islington by the year 2020 we are meant to make cuts of £900m.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Write to Theresa May at 10 Downing St to tell her we need to spend the European average proportion of GDP on the NHS. ee our template letter.
Please adapt the wording and write it out by hand to ensure it gets read.