The NHS – Don’t Mourn, Organise!

On Friday 12 February 2016 a meeting jointly organised by Defend Our NHS York and York People’s Assembly entitled “NHS Privatisation – this is the Big one!” was held at the Priory Street Centre in York. The speakers were introduced to the full house of over a hundred people by DoNHSY’s own Anne Leonard.

The Member of Parliament for York Central Rachael Maskell MP spoke of NHS miracles happening every minute, of every hour, of every day and year and produced with statistics that confirmed this, including it being the fourth largest employer in the world. Her mention of the Junior Doctors contact dispute brought a round of applause from the audience. She also spoke of economic inequality leading to health inequality and the need to take back control of the NHS, along with other public services, into public hands to provide a good life for everyone.

Rachael Maskell MP

Rachael Maskell MP

Professor David Hunter supporting what Rachael had stated and gave some history of the current state of the NHS following years of Neoliberal policies being applied to it, from the 1989 ‘internal market’ to the marketisation under New Labour and the Lansley reforms under the previous Coalition government. He stated that it does not have to be like this and that “there is always another way”. He proposed that there are too few people involved in politics and every one of us needs to get involved to reclaim the NHS and public service.

Professor David Hunter

Professor David Hunter

Dr Clive Peedell, leader of the National Health Action Party (NHAP), a consultant oncologist in Teesside, stood against David Cameron in the 2015 general Election to raise the profile of the NHS and what was being done to it. Clive spoke strongly about the damage done from from 1983 onwards when the financial markets were deregulated developing a “race to the bottom” for those nations who took part and the move from 45% of GDP being spent on public services to 35% resulting in the massive loss of money from that sector to the multinationals. He also pointed out the use of PFI by New Labour that was costing the NHS billions, and that this and similar measures had prevented them strongly opposing Lansley’s 2012 Act that had wrought havoc. He also highlighted the massive contradictions in government policy that was creating confusion and waste in the NHS. He emphasised that what was being done to the NHS was a political choice and the public needed to work together with the health professions to counteract it.

Dr Clive Peedell

Dr Clive Peedell

Following the three talks the floor was opened for questions and comments. An enthuse audience heard feedback from GP’s, junior doctors, student nurses and mental health professional health professionals, all concerned as to what could be done to reverse the government actions. The conclusion to this audience member was quite clear – “It’s OUR NHS – Don’t mourn, get out there and organise”

 

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4 Responses to The NHS – Don’t Mourn, Organise!

  1. Andrew Field says:

    Having attended the meeting and thought all 3 speakers were excellent and also that it was fantastic to see the hall so full I really want to get involved, maybe contribute some coordination of medics (I’m a GP) and lend whatever energy I can to the organisation. Who can help me to get in contact, get organised, get coordinated? Dr. Andrew Field

  2. Dorothy Nicholson says:

    Thank you SO much for this – almost as good as attending, My friend (whose brother is a doctor) and I intended to but we just couldn’t make it out into the cold at a time when we normally cooked …blah blah. We were also fearful of ‘just ending up more depressed’ as my friend put it (we’d been to the Fracking meeting, marched against war & I went with my union to march in March 10 against austerity) but it sounds like we’d have been energised by FACTS from inside, rather than ‘media stuff’. We’ll try to ‘do’; something next time.

  3. Jan Condr says:

    I would like to be a part of the group…how can I be in the loop for events,action,meetings etc. I am a just retired matron and want to support and do everything I can to stop privatisation. Thankyou.

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