Category NHS campaign

Solicitors letter warns Gloucestershire PCT to consider NHS options or face further legal action

In February, campaigners in Gloucestershire forced local NHS bosses to reconsider their plans to outsource local hospitals and community NHS services to a so-called “social enterprise”, taking Judicial Review proceedings to the High Court and obtaining a consent order which required NHS Gloucestershire to scrap its plans, and to both consider NHS options & involve […]

Cut More Says NHS Regulator

NHS hospitals have been told to make deeper cuts by the health regulator Monitor. They said last year that hospitals should make cuts of 4.6% from 2013. But in a letter to NHS hospitals Monitor now say that these cuts should increase to 7%. This hike would mean that a typical hospital with a £300 […]

Will Martin Horwood pledge to keep Gloucestershire’s NHS public?

The following letter was sent to Martin Horwood on 27th March 2012.  He has yet to respond. ————————- Dear Martin, We are writing to invite you to make the following pledge, which has been launched following last month’s ruling by the High Court that local people MUST be properly consulted on whether our health services […]

Healthwatch – Coming to your county very soon.

It seems to be the view of the coalition government that the Health Service is, itself, in need of a health check. We have all seen the new Health and Social Care Bill and I feel only now that the implications are coming clear.  Daily we are seeing more stories of unexpected consequences of these […]

Public Meeting on future of NHS in Gloucestershire

Stroud Against the Cuts (SATC) has organised a public meeting on Thursday March 15th, 7pm at the Subscription Rooms, Stroud, to celebrate Michael Lloyd’s recent success in the High Court, which resulted in NHS Gloucestershire agreeing to carry out a public consultation on their plans to transfer services in Gloucestershire out of the NHS. The issues […]

PRESS RELEASE: NHS Services Escape Privatisation after High court Drama

Joint Statement from NHS Gloucestershire and Michael Lloyd (Claimant in the Judicial Review) In a joint statement issued Thursday, 9th February, NHS Gloucestershire and claimant Michael Lloyd said:  “Both parties agree that the public of Gloucestershire deserve the best possible NHS services.  We recognise the need for efficient use of public funds and believe that […]


A Gloucestershire resident takes to the High Court in London on Wednesday February 8th in a bid to stop the transfer of all nine of the county’s community hospitals and local health services out of the NHS and into a standalone ‘Community Interest Company’ (CIC). Gloucestershire health bosses’ plans to transfer the county’s community health […]

New Online Petition: Keep Gloucestershire’s NHS Public

Please sign the new online petition to KEEP GLOUCESTERSHIRE’S NHS PUBLIC: Please also pass on this link to as many people as possible, by email, twitter, facebook or in any way you can think of… Petition Text: We the undersigned demand that NHS Gloucestershire reconsider and change their decision to transfer NHS staff and services to Gloucestershire […]

Meeting – Defend NHS jobs, pensions and services

Local campaigners, trade unionists and health workers are invited to a National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) meeting on THURSDAY 9 FEBRUARY, 7.00 pm The Guildhall, Eastgate Street, Gloucester FIGHTING BACK Defend NHS jobs, pensions and services Keep the NHS public ROGER DAVEY, South-West rep on the UNISON Health Service Group Executive, Wiltshire and Avon Health […]

An Open Letter to the Board of NHS Gloucestershire

The following open letter has been sent by Cheltenham Against Cuts to the Chief Executive (Jan Stubbings) and Chair (Ruth FitzJohn) of NHS Gloucestershire, and to the local press. Cheltenham Against Cuts urges members of the public, in particular health workers, to write similar letters to the Primary Care Trust (i.e. NHS Gloucestershire) and their […]