REBUILD THE NHS!
Monday 23rd February
The Old Town Hall, Stroud
7.30-9.30pm (doors 7pm)
Is the NHS sustainable
Is PFI bankrupting the NHS?
What’s wrong with privatisation?
What demands should we make?
How can we rebuild the NHS?
FOUR CO-ORDINATORS OF THE CAMPAIGN THAT STOPPED LOCAL COMMUNITY HEALTH SERVICES BEING PRIVATISED WILL BE SPEAKING: Hannah Basson – an NHS health worker and Equalities Officer for the Gloucester Health branch of Unite the Union (personal capacity). Cllr Caroline Molloy – Editor of the OurNHS website, freelance writer, and Green district councillor for Stroud Central. Chris Moore – led the local anti-poll-tax non-payment campaign in the 1990s, Trade Unionists and Socialists against Cuts (TUSC) candidate. James Beecher – Chair of Stroud Against the Cuts, Economist.
Our NHS is under sustained attack
Earlier this year our local A&E department declared a ‘major incident’.
Local non-emergency ambulance services have been handed to a
private company. Health and social care services have seen their
budgets cut, while the government’s 2012 Health & Social Care Act
was just the latest way to introduce privatisation. Morale in the NHS
is at a low ebb and workers deserve better.
We urgently need to develop a concerted campaign to Defend Our
NHS. Join the campaign against NHS privatisation: say “No!” to an
American-style market-based health system. …but we can resist – and win!
In 2011 and 2012, a determined Gloucestershire-wide campaign led by Stroud Against the Cuts successfully used legal action, petitions and protests to force local NHS bosses to halt the transfer of local community hospitals and 3000 health workers out of the NHS.