Grassroots - No party games
100% run by passionate volunteers
Fighting to Save our NHS from profiteers
We are a volunteer led national campaign group that aims to restore the NHS so that it is
publicly funded, managed, provided and staffed
with the elected government fully responsible for providing the nation with a comprehensive, universal health service
complete with coordinated Social Care as an equal public service partner
with no private commercial companies given management and control
An #NHS4All that is not just about clinical care but is a means to social justice and equality
Since the 1980s the NHS has been systematically dismantled, cut and made vulnerable to profit seeking health corporations who are now fast devouring our health and social care services.
Sadly this is not a quick-fix. Access to healthcare is a right we all deserve and is a symbol of a civilised society. We are determined to continue our campaign.
And we invite you to join us.
Suddenly the stark reality of the NHS situation is revealed for all to see.
We can clearly see that the once solid coordinated NHS and Social Care infrastructre has been so badly damaged by years of underfunding and corporate greed that the impoverished NHS workforce is now almost on its knees, struggling to fight for our lives and theirs with the novel coronavirus.
At this time we are concentrating on communicating honest and verified notices regarding the COVID19 situation. We have much to say about what should be done to restore the NHS to a public service once again free from private company profiteering interference. Those statements will come when the time is right.
If ever there was proof of the need for a fully funded, government run , managed and delivered state health system - THIS IS IT!
At this moment in time we ask you to be safe, find your local NHS Campaign group who may be supporting the local hospital in a positive way eg. helping to maintain good public relations.
Our thoughts are with the community nursing teams who are now also on the frontline in our cities, towns and villages. And to the staff of care homes who are faced with dealing with Covid19 in non-secure surroundings and with little support from employers and local authorities.
To find out more about this map visit the Nurses Notes website
The desperate chaos as a result of fragmentation and a government more concerned with private contract deals than saving lives continues to multiply.
Since April it has become clear that planning and strategy using well-trusted Public Health methodology was continually ignored while the Cabinet fussed and sweated over making the right contracts available to the likes of Deloitte, G4S, Serco, Google and Microsoft.
Even now the Test, Track and Trace system is a shambles because of the obsession with ensuring the system is placed in private hands rather than rebuilding the perfectly good PUBLIC HEALTH teams around the country. The government behaviour has been a disgrace and we are appalled.
Thanks to all the campaigners around the country who are as determined as we are to bring the NHS out of this privatisation madness.
The schools returned this week with yet more confusing information and guidelines issued by the government. The Johnson government have made it abundantly clear that it is not worried about being a "National Disgrace" (Dr.Richard Horton, The Lancet) and that it will continue to create policy that benefits nobody but private contract holders and large corporations.
Various areas of the country have been placed in temporary lockdowns - again with confusing guidelines and instructions.
The government have scrapped Public Health England in favour of a strange National Institute for Health Protection - headed by Dido Harding and a team of people who have no experience in public or clinical health.
(read this excellent OpenDemocracy article for more info)
This Spring/Summer you and friends could be part of something unique.
We would like to invite you to consider being part of our 999 Call for the NHS creative arts activism project. Threads of Survival is about telling the story of the Covid Pandemic in this country, the truths we know and inspiring the future generations to think carefully about our NHS.
To find out more click the link.
We send our deepest sympathies to the familes and loved ones who have lost those dear to them because of their jobs - fighting to save lives.
Our thoughts are with all those on the frontline of the pandemic in A&E, ITUs - nurses, doctors, support workers and hospital staff. There is still little confidence in this government as we enter the Autumn months and the unknown pattern of the pandemic.
It's inevitable given these troubled times that we are being asked "is this a political project?"
We are keen to repeat what we have always stood by - we are NOT attached to ANY of the political parties. Our hearts are focused on saving the NHS from private company control and that is going to need people from all sides to come together and see sense - not party ideology. We will work with people who share our passion and vision.
BUT... Making comment on our lives is POLITICAL. And people having a fair say in how the country is run. That's what we have always been about.
Hard to belive we have been in this position for a year. For those willing to face it the stark reality of private company deals, corruption and cronyism within the Government handling of the pandemic is very painful.
Throughout the 12months all decisions - that should have been about saving lives - have been manipulated and controlled by the obsession with outsourcing, contracting to private interest and grabbing more NHS power for the elite shareholders not the people to which the NHS truly belongs.
There are calls for a Public Enquiry and we 100% support that call. But ask that the Public Enquiry offer full facts that can hold Govt. Ministers to account and that clear actions can be taken to being justice to NHS Staff and patients who have suffered.