New Year’s resolution #1: Keep up the pressure – Defend our NHS!

We rounded off 2011 with a really interesting and useful meeting with the York MP, Hugh Bayley, local councillors and practitioners (see last post). For 2012 the Defend Our NHS group has carried on much where it left off.  We have been busy sending letters to Ed Miliband, York MPs: Hugh Bayley and Julian Sturdy and the York press. These have covered a range of things including an article in the Press ‘Implants illustrate private health risk’ and criticism of Hugh Bayley’s Private Members’ Bill and Labour’s position in general on the NHS. We urge Labour to take a more aggressive policy on the NHS.

We are currently writing letters to John Bercow, the Speaker, to raise and challenge the issue of legality around the changes in the NHS. No law has been passed. The Health and Social Care Bill is still in the Lords, at the Select Committee stage, yet the NHS is currently (and has been for months) being dismantled. This shows a complete disregard for our parliamentary systems and that of democracy.

For the Select Committee’s report see  here and for the British Medical Association’s repose see  here. It will reach Report Stage on 8 Feb 2012.

The York Defend Our NHS group is developing regional links hoping to strengthen the opposition to the NHS.

There is a public meeting in Leeds Wed 15 Feb at 7pm at the Rosebowl which is part of Leeds Met University adjacent to Leeds Civic Hall close to Leeds General Infirmary. All welcome!

25 Feb – Leeds Against the Cuts/Leeds TUC – regional demo when the Tory Local Govt Conference comes to Leeds. Gather from 10.30am at Woodhouse Moor and march to City Square close to the Queen’s Hotel meeting for a short rally.

Defend Our NHS York’s next meeting – Wed 8 Feb (6.30 in the Snug in the Lamb and Lion) Hope to see you there!

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