Are you a regular, occasional or past NHS service user?
Do you know someone who uses NHS services?
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FROM APRIL 1st 2013 THE NHS HAS CHANGED WITH SERVICES NOW WIDE OPEN TO TAKE OVER BY THE PRIVATE SECTOR.
ATTEMPTS TO ANNUL THE REGULATIONS WHICH WILL MAKE THIS EASIER WERE VOTED DOWN IN THE HOUSE OF LORDS ON APRIL 24th
JOIN THE CAMPAIGN TO SAVE THE NHS.
WE STAND FOR:
à A publicly owned health service that puts people before profit!
à An open, accountable and democratically run health service!
à Quality, accessible health care free at the point of delivery for al
SHEFFIELD SAVE OUR NHS
We are a grassroots movement comprising people from all walks of life who are, or will be affected by the government's austerity measures of spending cuts to NHS Services across England. We also strongly oppose the creeping privatisation of the NHS by successive governments and campaigned actively against the Health and Social Care Bill. The group originated out of the first 38 degrees Save Our NHS campaign in January 2011We are based in Sheffield and will be taking action against NHS cuts for this area. We actively invite both individuals and other groups based in other locations around England with similar aims to get involved. It's now or never: soon there may not be an NHS to save.
Privatisation = Profit NOT Good Patient Care
In November 2012 we met with a fresh group of local 38 degrees supporters who have come together as part of the national campaign to get the new Clinical Commissioning Groups to resist the outsourcing and privatisation of NHS services and together On 6th December 2012 we lobbied
the Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group to request their support against privatisation of the NHS. We handed in a petition with almost 3000 local signatures. There was coverage in the Yorkshire Post http://bit.ly/VnSF83 , the Sheffield Star http://bit.ly/VrMOOM, The Postcode Gazette http://bit.ly/TKXrfC and on Radio Sheffield.
In January 2013 we launched a campaign to save the Hallamshire Minor Injuries Unit which is under review. We only needed a few shortish signature gathering sessions in the city centre, at Hunters Bar and in Broomhill to collect more than 1000 signatures which have now been presented to Nick Clegg MP and Paul Blomfield MP. A&E at Northern General is under such pressure that the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Trust that the MIU has finally been re-included in local publicity and the NHS is currently saying there are no plans to close it.
For updates see our blog.
In February the government slipped out regulations governing competition which read as if they will force all contracts to be competively tendered, thus completely marketising the NHS. We joined in the national protests about this by emailing the House of Lords and asking local MPs to intervene. See http://www.keepournhspublic.com/index.php. Unfortunately local and national lobbying was only able to secure amendments; a Lords motion on 24th April that the regulations should be annulled was lost.
On April 22nd, in company with Barnsley Save Our NHS and supporters elsewhere in South Yorkshire, we released an Open Letter to all South Yorkshire MPs asking them to stand up for the local NHS.
In company with other regional groups we are planning for a series of events to commemorate the 65th birthday of the NHS on 5th July 2013 including a regional march in Leeds on 29th June.
Our first action - March 2011
Video of Lib Dem Conference Protest in Sheffield
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