The numerous NHS reorganisations have led to unnecessary costs, the disproportionate growth in admin and management, disruption, and staff demoralisation. Many of the changes we have seen were solely about making the NHS fit for privatisation. Cameron promised no top-down reorganisation – but that is exactly what we got, along with a £20 billion cut […]

A meeting has been called by Cheltenham & Gloucester Against Cuts and the National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) to defend NHS staff in the South West against the unprecedented attack on the pay & conditions of health workers. Thursday 8 November,   7.30 p.m. Barton Community Centre, 199 Barton St, Gloucester Almost all NHS Trusts in […]

A meeting has been organised in Gloucester to stop local NHS services being broken up and privatised (for meeting details see the bottom of this post) The government’s changes to the NHS have put responsibility for spending NHS money, and deciding what your local health service looks like, in the hands of groups run by […]

Conservative Business Minister Michael Fallon, responding to Ed Miliband’s speech at today’s rally: “By turning up at a rally that opposes every single spending cut that’s necessary to deal with our debts, Ed Miliband has shown that he’s still in favour of more spending, more borrowing and even greater debt. That’s what got us into […]

  The march in London on Saturday October 20th, which goes from The Embankment to the rally in Hyde Park, is a chance to demonstrate our opposition to the government`s undemocratic and unecessary programme of austerity – which is still in its early stages. Other marches are taking place in Glasgow and Belfast The TUC […]

“WE’RE STILL ALL IN THIS TOGETHER” George Osborne, announcing on 8 October 2012 that austerity will last until at least 2018 According to Gloucester’s Tory MP, Richard Graham, failing to push through a radical revamp of the benefits system would be “too awful to consider”. The Citizen reported that in a Common’s speech on the […]

Monday’s decision by NHS Gloucestershire to set up a stand-alone NHS trust instead of outsourcing community health services and hospitals as originally intended, is a victory for anti-cuts campaigners across the county. The county’s eight community hospitals and health services, and the 3000 people employed in them, will not come under the control of Virgin […]

On October 3rd the public consultation on the future of Primary Care Sevices in the Gloucestershire finished, this followed on from the separate staff consultation earlier in the year. Yesterday NHS Gloucestershire released a report stating that the “overwhelming majority of respondents, from all groups, expressed a preference for Option 1 – the establishment of […]

The TUC has called another demonstration in London on 20 October. The National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN) is committed to making this even bigger than last year, but it can’t be the end of the campaign – it must be a new beginning. Last year the NSSN lobbied the TUC conference to call for the […]

Someone asked me recently what I thought of the ConDem government’s management of the economy.  My response?  Like a car crash, only rather more horrific.  Allow me to explain… Back in 2007/8, the UK economy nose-dived.  The uncontroversial cause was the bursting of a credit bubble, which left the private sector with huge debt relative […]