Act now to save your NHS

A gathering of health workers on 22 May is an important initiative, writes Neil Faulkner

May 19, 2016 · 2 min read

The political and corporate elite is privatising the NHS. They are doing this to enrich the 1 per cent, by stealth, behind the backs of the people, without any democratic authority.

Despite countless exposés, meetings, and protests over the last 25 years, the demolition of the NHS in England has not been halted. Begun in 1991 with the introduction of an ‘internal market’, it has continued ever since under the Major, Blair, Brown, and Cameron governments.

It is now at a critical stage, and either we act collectively to save the NHS, or we move to a US-style system of private provision and personal insurance – an expensive and wasteful system geared to profit, rather than an egalitarian and cost-efficient one geared to need.

NHS Solidarity is an initiative of rank and file health workers – junior doctors, nurses, and students. The aim is to launch a mass campaign of disruption and direct action to expose, block, and reverse NHS privatisation. This is necessary and legitimate because 85 per cent of the people are opposed to NHS privatisation and all other methods to prevent it have failed.

And time is now running out. Forty-four Sustainability and Transformation Plan ‘footprints’ from health authorities across the country are due for submission to NHS England in June. For ‘sustainability’, read ‘cuts’. For ‘transformation’, read ‘privatisation’. And Simon Stevens, the Privatiser-in-Chief who heads up NHS England, has made it absolutely clear that authorities that fail to get approval for their plans will lose funding.

This is the fast-forwarding of the sell-off. The lying and deceit, the contempt for democracy, the absence of any accountability, the arrogance of the political and corporate elite in relation to the NHS is staggering. So I would urge everyone to get down to the meeting called by the junior doctors and nurses at 1pm this Sunday. This is not just another meeting on the unfolding scandal of NHS privatisation. The aim is to launch a mass protest movement on the streets to confront the state and the corporations head-on. Hope to see you there.

Sunday 22 May, at The Bussey Building/CLF Art Cafe, 133 Rye Lane, London SE15 4ST. Facebook event.


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