HOW CAN WE SAVE THE NHS? Monday, 15 April, 7.30 p.m. in 8 Milsom St, Cheltenham A strategy for local campaigns together with the unions & NHS staff. Open to all local people who want to save the NHS and fight the cuts, as well as trade unions, local campaigns, including anti-cuts groups in Stroud, […]

CHELTENHAM GENERAL HOSPITAL`S ACCIDENT & EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT IS UNDER THREAT OF CLOSURE – A protest rally has been organised by health campaigners across the county to oppose the downgrading of Cheltenham`s A&E to a minor injuries unit which would reduce the county`s A&E capacity to a dangerously low level. The rally will take place on […]

In January, Cheltenham GP Dr Phillip Fielding, chair of the county’s local medical committee told the Echo that Cheltenham`s A&E “will close”. 1 in 10 A&Es in England are under threat as a massive £20bn is cut from the NHS budget, some have already closed with devastating results. The closure of A & E at […]

Lack of funds means changes will be of little benefit                     On 11 February Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health, announced changes to social care funding in England based on the Dilnot report. These proposals, which apply only to funding residential care, were brought forward by the Tories and will now be included in the […]

Claude Mickleson, Anti-cuts activist, Forest of Dean ‘The old are money-grabbers who want something for nothing and fuss when they don’t get it.’ … ‘The young won’t do a fair day’s work and laze around causing trouble.’ While the middle aged and “baby boomers” were ‘brought up with unrealistic expectations’ and ‘demand more than the […]

Organised by 38 degrees & Gloucestershire anti-cuts groups (Stroud, Forest of Dean and Cheltenham & Gloucester Against the Cuts) with the participation/support of various union branches and individual union reps and activists. Workshop – Saturday 16 February at  8 Milsom Street, Cheltenham A series of information & discussion sessions (broad outline of topics below) starting […]

Cheltenham LibDem MP Martin Horwood`s “House Notes” column in the Gloucestershire Echo on January 7th was a highly misleading attempt to put some distance between his party and the Tories. Martin told readers that he was: “never persuaded to support Conservative Health Secretary Andrew Lansley’s plans to reorganise the NHS” and pointed out that the […]

Despite the results of this year`s staff and public consultation showing overwhelming support for services remaining within the NHS, the GP Out Of Hours Service (OOH) is being put out to tender by NHS Gloucestershire. Please sign the petition and spread the word on yet another threat to our NHS. Petiton text (in italics) and […]

WE ARE ONE NHS OPPOSE THE SOUTH WEST PAY CARTEL Join the protest in Bristol Saturday 1st December From 11am. Local pay will splinter the NHS, hit the quality of patient care and ease the way for privatisation KEEP THE ‘N’ IN THE NHS! Sign and share the national petition to stop the South West […]