Next Hackney KONP meeting, 6.30pm Tuesday 25th April 2017, at Well St Surgery, 28 Shore Rd, E9 7TA : Scroll down page for details.
The General Election on 8th June 2017 will be critical for the NHS as well as for all our public services. The Tories are determined to make huge year on year cuts to NHS budgets and privatise services. The 2017 election gives us a last chance to support a publicly owned, publicly run and publicly accountable NHS. We urge you to do all you can to support this!
The Tories want to destroy our NHS and bring in a US style system. The latest scheme is the Sustainability and Transformation Plan, STP (Slash Trash and Privatise/Secret Tory Plan!). England has been divided into 44 STP footprints, between them they must "save" £22 billion across the NHS by 2020. The NE London STP covers Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Newham, City of London, Barking, Havering, Redbridge and Waltham Forest. The population is set to grow by numbers equivalent to the City of Leicester, yet health bosses are tasked with "saving" approximately £850 million from a local health service which is on it's knees. To add to this toxic mix social care has seen up to 25% cuts since 2010 and the closure of King Georges A&E in Romford, with 200+ acute beds, is still set to go ahead.
- It is time to say enough is enough!
- NE London STP boroughs are campaigning together to stop this.
- Lobby your local councillors.
- Demand that they oppose the cuts in the STP.
- No to the closure of King Georges A&E and closure of further beds at the hospital
- Join us, bring friends and colleagues. Bring Trade Union banners and placards. Invite everyone you know. This affects all of us.
Junior doctors strike action protesting Government plans to force new contract with seven days' standard working
Homerton cleaning, catering and security staff are facing massive cuts by privatised company
This is the website for Hackney and City Keep Our NHS Public (Hackney KONP).
It includes information about:
It includes information about:
- Government changes that are wrecking the NHS in England, the impact on local NHS services, myths and lies about the NHS
- local issues - including the new plans for NHS Devolution and integrated NHS and social care and threats to services at Homerton Hospital & costs of the Barts and the London PFI
- NHS Transformation - the new 'Sustainability and Transformation Plans' (STPs) that will impose huge cuts and implement 'new models' of care that are untested and potentially unsafe
- national action to restore our once highly effective and cost-effective NHS - including the Campaign for the Pollock-Roderick NHS Reinstatement Bill 2015 (now renamed the NHS Bill).
- Junior doctors' action over Government imposition of new contract
STPs - A Dagger Pointed At The Heart Of The NHS
The effects will be devastating, with the closure of beds, of key units including paediatric, maternity and cardiovascular and of whole A&E departments which are now bearing the brunt of the cuts elsewhere in the NHS. Entire hospitals will close in The Black Country and in Leicestershire, while many others including Cheshire and Merseyside will have ‘fewer beds’.
Diane Abbott speaking in Westminster debate, 14 Sept 2016 (links to article & full speech in Huff Post)
North East London Sustainability & Transformation Plan (STP) (aka Slash, Trash & Privatise plan).
The local NE London plan is one of 44 covering all England. It is secret, by order of NHS England. The NE London plan involves three parts:
Freedom of Information (FoI) request for NE London STP
Hackney KONP have requested detailed information about the version of the STP submitted to NHSE by 21 October 2016. Our previous FoI resulted in a meaningless summary of the June submission expressing healthy intentions. The October submission should give more details.
STPs: a statement from HCT Conference with 150 health campaigners, Birmingham, 17 Sept 2016. Click to read this statement
Don't privatise Homerton Hospital's pathology lab
Contractors building a new pathology lab at the Homerton have gone bust, leaving the Homerton with massive debts. There are huge questions to be answered about the contract with the builders - but most urgently, managers are now considering proposals to privatise the pathology services. Homerton pathology provides an excellent responsive and high quality service. Privatisation is a huge concern. Don't let them destroy our excellent local service.
Sign the petition at the link.
Govt NHS policy has one aim and one aim only: bring system to its knees so sell-off to friends can be sold as answer
Govt imposing £22 bn 'efficiency savings' (cuts) on NHS on top of £20 bn cuts of past 5 years.
click above for Twitter link to National Health Action Party
WHAT'S HAPPENING TO OUR NHS?
The government is tearing the NHS apart through funding cuts and privatisation, putting private profits ahead of patients. We urgently need new legislation to restore our NHS.
NHS POLITICAL HISTORY
Click here for an excellent account by Professor Ray Tallis of the development of the NHS and the political attacks that threaten its very existence. (TLS article, September 2016)
SPENDING ON NHS
Government claims the NHS is 'unaffordable' and 'unsustainable'. Think-tanks funded by vested interests regularly make proposals for NHS payments - £10 for GP or A&E visits, £75 'hotel costs' for an overnight hospital stay and so on. Yet England spends far less on healthcare than France or Germany. And billions of NHS cash is wasted through costs of the NHS market, PFI schemes and private profit.
COSTS OF MANAGING A MARKET IN HEALTHCARE
Before the NHS market was introduced, just 5% of the budget went on administration. The introduction of the market meant splitting the NHS into separate 'purchaser' and 'provider' arms and huge additional legal and administrative costs of buying and selling services, tendering and managing contracts. By 2010 administration stood at 14% of the NHS budget. Since the Health & Social Care Act of 2012 has forced more services to be marketised. Abolishing the NHS market and returning to pre-market administration cost levels would save between £4.5bn- £10bn every year!
PRIVATE FINANCE INITIATIVE (PFI)
Billions of NHS funding is squandered on extortionate PFI contracts. The Department of Health has 118 PFI schemes with a capital value of £11.6bn. But repayments on these schemes will amount to a staggering £79.1bn. PFI repayments are already bankrupting some NHS trusts and the costs are rising steeply.
PRIVATISATION OF NHS SERVICES
More than £12bn worth of NHS contracts have been awarded to the private sector, siphoning NHS funds into private profits. The EU-US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and CETA trade treaties will force all NHS services to be tendered. Sustainability & Transformation Plans will force a huge new wave of privatisation from 2017.
SUSTAINABILITY & TRANSFORMATION PLANS (STPs) - aka Slash Trash & Privatise plans
New STP plans will slash £millions from local budgets through cuts and closures and impose new models of care with fewer hospital beds, less doctors and professional staff, privatised services and risks to patient care and safety.
FUTURE OF THE ENGLISH NHS
These policies are wrecking the NHS. Government is on course to replace our healthcare system with US-style, hugely expensive, privatised and insurance-based healthcare. The NHS will remain, but only as a residual and greatly underfunded service of last resort, and caring for unprofitable cases. Our aim is to stop this!
Until recently the NHS has provided outstanding and very cost-effective healthcare. We've paid less for our healthcare, enjoyed better health outcomes and better satisfaction rates than almost every other country. Click link above for details of the 2014 Commonwealth Fund study, with NHS data up to 2010.
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO SUPPORT THE NHS
Click here to support the Pollock-Roderick NHS Bill that will reinstate the NHS and to email MPs and parliamentary candidates asking them to support this bill.
MODEL MOTION SUPPORTING THE NHS BILL -
for trades unions, political parties, mumsnet, tweeting. Ask your friends and family to promote this Bill too.
We are the Hackney and City branch of the national campaign Keep Our NHS Public (KONP). We are campaigning for a publicly funded, publicly provided and publicly accountable National Health Service, both locally and nationally. We campaign against UK government measures to undermine the NHS by promoting marketisation, privatisation, and fragmentation and against cuts and reductions in NHS services. We aim to highlight and oppose the impact of these UK government policies on our local NHS services. More info.
KONP national demands:
CAMPAIGNING WITH (among many others)
What can we do to save the NHS?
Join our campaigns to save the NHS and protect our rights to comprehensive, high quality health services, free at the point of delivery:
Leigh Day & Co Solicitors have a great record in challenging decisions to cut services. click for link to their helpful guide for campaigners:
Before making a decision to cut or reduce a public service most public bodies must: