So you may have noticed that the Health and Social Care is now an Act. Despite widespread and deep-felt opposition from professionals, the public and many politicians it has passed into law.
However, this does not mean the end of ‘Defend our NHS’. Infact we have renewed strength to continue fighting for a good quality National Health Service that is free at the point of use for all. We want this Bill reversed (as promised by Andy Burnham, Labour Shadow Health Secretary) and there is plenty we can do in the meantime, infact it is crucial that we continue as a group and as part of a wider movement. We need to:
1) Find out what the Act will mean in practice, what the structure will look like, who will be accountable and how this will work, especially important because of the shift towards local government.
2) Raise awareness of how things have changed.
3) Monitor things locally to ensure that the Act will not result in backdoor privatisation, lower quality service and increased health inequalities.
4) Fight on a case by case basis where necessary, using the NHS structure, political processes and other campaigning means at our disposal.
We are in this for the long haul.
Because this is a great period of change for all of us, the public meeting on Monday 21 May comes at a vital time. In partnership with York Social Ideas, a panel of experts will explore what the Health and Social Care Act will mean in practice. Come and listen, ask questions and be part of the discussion. Speakers include:
- Prof David Hunter, Professor of Health Policy Durham University
- Kevin McAleese CBE, Chair, York & NY PCT
- Dr David Geddes, Medical Director and Director Primary Care, York and NY PCT
- Dr John Puntis, Consultant, Leeds Teaching Hospital.
7.30 Friargate Friends Meeting House. All welcome! Click here to reserve your place.
We look forward to seeing you there!