Here’s how you can help save the NHS, our NHS which we, the public, own.
1. JOIN YOUR LOCAL CAMPAIGN GROUP > BECOME INFORMED > TAKE ACTIONS
You can find campaign groups around the country by going to the websites of national campaign organisations: http://www.999callfornhs.org.uk, http://www.healthcampaignstogether.com and Keep Our NHS Public.
The national campaign organisations are very good sources of information and advice on what you can do to help save the NHS.
Find out from your local campaign groups and from the national campaign groups how and why your local healthcare services, including your GP surgeries, are being radically changed and what effects these changes will have on you and those you care for.
Find out about actions you can take to help the campaign locally and nationally.
Note: You my find my blog ‘The True Story Behind The NHS Crisis’ useful: https://johnfurse.wordpress.com/the-true-story-behind-the-nhs-crisis/
2. SUPPORT THE NHS REINSTATEMENT BILL
Legislation that will bring back a fully renationalised NHS and secure it from global predators exploiting international trade and competition law is vitally needed. The NHS Reinstatement Bill, though still requiring work and updating, provides the best yardstick for such legislation. Find out more at: www.nhsbillnow.org
3. ASK YOUR GPs, CONSULTANTS AND NHS STAFF WHETHER THE SERVICES YOU ARE BEING OFFERED/GIVEN ARE BEING PROVIDED BY PRIVATE COMPANIES.
ASK THEM WHAT THOSE SERVICES ARE COSTING THE NHS.
FIND OUT HOW THESE COSTS COMPARE WITH THE SAME SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE NHS. IF THEY SEEM CHEAPER THEN FIND OUT HOW THEY HAVE BEEN MADE TO LOOK CHEAPER (eg. by your NHS hospital making your GP send you to see a costly hospital consultant before granting you a scan rather than accepting your GP’s judgement that you need one).
Most of those doing a wonderful job in the NHS tend to only have a very limited idea of what’s being done to the NHS and why. Tell them what you know. Find out what they know and feel. Give them leaflets with links for further info.
GET YOUR GPs TO HAVE CAMPAIGNERS’ LEAFLETS ON THEIR NOTICE BOARDS AND AVAILABLE FOR PATIENTS TO TAKE AWAY AND CIRCULATE.
4. ATTEND PUBLIC MEETINGS OF YOUR LOCAL CLINICAL COMMISSIONING GROUP (CCG), LOCAL HOSPITAL TRUST BOARD AND COUNCIL HEALTH SCRUTINY COMMITTEE. ASK FOR INFORMATION AND EXPLANATION ABOUT THEIR PLANS AND ACTIONS.
Cross-examine and challenge them about the whys and wherefores of their commissioning of private companies to provide services; about their use of hugely costly private sector consultants; and about their future plans and the reasoning behind them.
Note: You can find out about your CCGs and Hospital Trust Board meetings by googling ‘local CCG finder’ and ‘local hospital trust board meetings’. Your Health Scrutiny Committee meetings can be found by going to your local Council calendar.
5. WRITE TO YOUR LOCAL COUNCILLORS AND MP.
Why are they allowing these radical changes to be implemented without proper parliamentary knowledge and approval?
Do your councillors and MP support the NHS Reinstatement Bill? If not, why not?
6. WRITE TO YOUR LOCAL AND NATIONAL NEWSPAPER, RADIO AND TV OUTLETS.
Why are they not telling he public what’s really happening to the NHS and why?
7. CONTACT YOUR TRADES UNION
If you belong to a trades union find out what it’s doing to help save the NHS. Is it backing the NHS Reinstatement Bill and Labour Party policies that will fully renationalise the NHS? If not, why not?
8. USE YOUR SOCIAL NETWORKS TO PASS ON EVERYTHING YOU HAVE LEARNT Exchange information and ideas on actions to take.
SPREAD THE WORD!
THINGS TO READ AND VIEW
The following sites are recommended:
OpenDemocracy provides excellent, well-informed articles on a broad range of political and social issues that don’t get aired in the mainstream media, with very good NHS contributions including by its co-editor Caroline Molloy.
In Public Matters public policy researchers/advisers Deborah Harrington and Jessica Ormerod provide very readable digests about the US modelling of the NHS, the financing of public spending etc.
The NHS Federation, an NHS campaigning group for over 25 years, provides knowledgeable updates and hard data on what areas of the NHS that are being privatised.
Spinwatch performs a vital role in unearthing how corporate and financial sector PR operators and lobbyists are taking over Government and Whitehall policy making, including NHS policy, and undermining democratic procedures.
Professor Allyson Pollock is one of the most widely regarded and longstanding of NHS campaigners and is co-author with barrister Peter Roderick of the NHS Reinstatement Bill. Her 18-minute 2014 TED Talk is highly recommended:
The following books/blogs are recommended:
A GP’s slimline guide to how the NHS is being privatised: How To Dismantle he NHS in 10 East Steps by Dr Youssef El-Gingihy. Read the updated Second Edition (December 2018).
Economist Ann Pettifor’s slimline, easy-to-read account of what money is, where it comes from, how it is currently controlled, and how we could use it more fairly and productively (eg the NHS): Just Money: How Society Can Break the Despotic Power of Finance by Ann Pettifor
Economist Professor Bill Mitchell, a leading proponent of Modern Monetary Theory and the productive and effective application of State funding, has a readable and thought-provoking blog keeping abreast of current affairs.
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