In 2012 the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats pushed the Health and Social care act through parliament, despite mass opposition from the public and health professionals. Neither party proposed such changes in their manifesto and therefore had no mandate for this top down re-organisation and privatisation of the NHS.
The cost of this programme is £1.4bn, which is taking away money from front line services, resulting in longer waiting lists and a drop in the number of nursing staff. In September 2012 it was reported that almost 6,000 nurses’ posts have disappeared since the 2010 election. The effect of this shake up is also affecting the public approval rating of the NHS – when the coalition came into power in 2010 the NHS had an all time high approval rating of 70%, this has subsequently dropped to 58% in 2012.
This act is creating a two tier NHS, allowing hospitals to give 49% of care to private patients and opening the door for private companies to carve up the NHS, to the benefit of shareholders and to the detriment of tax payers. On top of this, the act removes the government’s legal duty to provide health care for all.
A Yorkshire and Humber ‘Reclaim your NHS’ regional demonstration is taking place on Saturday 6th April, starting at 12 noon outside York Minster. York & District Trades Union Council supports this event and call on the public to join in the demonstration and show your opposition to this unmandated and unwarranted restructuring of the NHS. Further details of the demonstration can be found at defendournhsyork.wordpress.com
The NHS is one of the greatest post-war achievements, we must campaign to keep it and stop the creeping privatisation before it is too late.
Find out more on April 6th in York at a public march and rally
12 noon – 2pm from the Minster to St Sampson’s Square
Assemble Dean’s Park next to York Minster