Islington Keep our NHS Public had a great day on Saturday 26 Feb, joining with others in Unite Community, Islington Pensioners Forum, Caribbean Labour Solidarity and the Trades Council to organise Islington’s contribution to this national day of action calling for immediate emergency funding of £20bn to bring about change in the dire staffing situation… Read more
On Saturday 26th February, there will be a national day of action in support of the NHS. Please join us to stand up for our fantastic, publicly owned and run, health service. Details are below, and a national leaflet is attached. Islington rises up in support of the NHS. We need £20bn emergency payment to… Read more
UPDATE: This event is postponed due to the extension of the Covid 19 restrictions and another date is being planned. Please stay tuned for further updates. Islington and Camden Keep Our NHS Public branches are planning to hold a picnic on Saturday 3rd July to celebrate the NHS 73rd birthday, which is on Monday 5th… Read more
There’s less than 24 hours left before trainee nurse Emily delivers this open letter to the Department for Health.
Please triple your impact by getting three more people to add their names today:
Here is an extract of the letter
“I face relentless hours, department cuts and exhaustion everyday at my hospital. There’s a gap of 42,000 nursing jobs in England that are unfilled ……..
Hospitals like mine are on their knees. And it’s no surprise, since nursing bursaries were ended in 2015, applications to be a nurse have dropped by a third. Now if you want to be a nurse, you have to face up to £50,000 in student debt.
“Bringing back nursing bursaries will bring thousands more people back to nursing. It would help the NHS survive and keep our patients safer.”
Stop further cuts on disabled & older patients! Click here to read our letter to The Tribune
LEARN MORE ABOUT WHAT IS HAPPENING TO THE NHS IN ISLINGTON
Islington Keep Our NHS Public organised a public meeting on 11 March 2019 at the Islington Town hall to help locals to learn more about what is happening to the NHS in Islington. Read more about the meeting from links to local newspaper coverage by the Islington Gazette and the Islington Tribune.
RESTRICTIVE SCOPE OF TREATMENTS AVAILABLE TO NHS PATIENTS
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.
For more information, here is an external link to further reading.
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.