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By 999callfornhs, Jan 15 2017 08:00AM

by a passionate nurse

who walked 300 miles from Jarrow to London

Earlier today I posted about the programme Hospital that aired on BBC last night and it's good to see that I'm not the only one who is horrified by what it showed. We all seem to be in agreement that the NHS is in crisis but, after spending the day working in the NHS on a programme to reduce the incidence of preventable disease, I do feel the need to refute some of the responses made to the post.

The NHS is in crisis due to underfunding

The NHS is in crisis due to funding being siphoned off to the private sector & not reinvested in patient care

The NHS is in crisis due to the political ideology of the current government where everything has to respond to market forces - even the care of the sick and care of the vulnerable amongst us.

It's not Foreigners

Most people who come to the UK do so to get work. They pay their taxes and contribute financially to the NHS, so are perfectly entitled to use it. For those who have come here seeking safety, whether that be from war, oppression or poverty, I am proud to offer them sanctuary and hope that the NHS can lessen their suffering in some way.

It's not people who harm themselves

Those whose mental health has deteriorated to this point deserve treatment and support from the NHS in exactly the same way as people with physical pain and other symptoms.

It's not because people attend A&E with minor illnesses & injuries

They are probably there because they can't get a GP appointment or their local urgent care centre has been closed.

It's not people with a dependence on alcohol or drugs

For people whose lives are so difficult that they have an increasing dependence on something that alters their mood deserve treatment and support as much as anyone else. Apart from anything else it will cost the NHS less in the long run if they get help.

It's not overseas health workers taking our jobs

Those with highly sought after skills are enticed to come and work here to fill the gap left by the government's lack of investment in education and training for our young people. Today I have worked with staff from the Phillipines, India, Hungary and Egypt and feel privileged to share the care of our patients with them.

It's not people who are obese

There are a multitude of reasons why people become overweight, many linked to stress and poverty as well as disease. Judging them harshly or withdrawing their access to care won't resolve the physical or psychological issues they may have.

It's not greedy doctors

Why shouldnt they expect to earn a good wage and still have time to spend with their families like normal people? The junior doctors dispute has highlighted the dangers of doctors having to make life changing decisions whilst tired and overworked. And it seems completely illogical to me that someone with the skills to save your life can't earn as much as someone who has the skills to work in a merchant bank or manage a hedge fund.

It's not people living longer with complex medical needs

People are living longer with complex needs thanks to the NHS, not despite it.

Sorry if I've gone on a bit (or even a lot) but please, don't be drawn into the politics of hate and division. Those of us who work in the NHS don't judge those who need treatment. We just get on and treat them, because that's what the NHS is for. The only way to save it is to stand together, oppose the privatisation of services and support each other. Target your anger and ire at the right people.

Those making the policies that are passing the NHS into the hands of global corporations, not the victims of those policies. Become an activist, join a local NHS campaign and stop being a bystander.


By 999callfornhs, Jul 15 2016 05:00PM

Is the Labour Party taking the NHS seriously at last?

That’s a very good question. And one we should be asking continually it seems. And it’s a reminder why 999 Call has always fought to be independent of ANY political party.

In the midst of the current Parliamentary Labour Party madness nothing is certain other than the lunatics really have taken over the asylum, locked themselves in and given the front door keys to the high-risk security inmates who are now romping in the red rose garden with rather large shiny razor-sharp hedgecutters. There’s a lot of dangerous pruning going on...

This week, on a day where all the mainstream media focused their tired lens on Count Cameron’s departure and the landing of Saint Theresa like an elegant hungry vulture into the post of unelected Prime Minister, an important item was passing into the Commons almost unnoticed. The 3rd presentation of the NHS (Reinstatement) Bill - the only piece of proposed legislation in the political arena that talks our language - a return to a fully nationalised NHS run and owned by us.

Caroline Lucas, the well respected solo Green Party MP, championed it twice before and fought hard to gather a small, enthusiastic group of cross party MPs to support her but at it’s 2nd Reading on March 11th 2016 a noticeable lack of Labour MPs in the Commons meant the Conservative “rent-a-gob” MPs filibustered her and the NHS Bill fell. . The Bill was the only catalyst that saw campaigners nationwide join forces over the winter in a way we have not seen before.

This week MP Margaret Greenwood, (Labour, Wirral West) took up the reins and presented it as a Ten Minute Rule Bill. It passed through to its 2nd Reading on November 4th 2016. Outside a rally of noisy campaigners were joined by newly appointed Shadow Health Secretary Diane Abbott who turned up to take a turn on the megaphone and share her “support for the principles of the Bill”. It was beginning to look sort of good... then a post online by Diane Abbott later that afternoon had a few campaigners raising a Roger Moore Raised eyebrow...

“Of course, no-one wants yet another top-down reorganisation of the NHS.

NHS professionals and staff that I speak to hold up their hands in horror at the prospect. The NHS has already had more than one reorganisation too many.”

Uh-oh here we go... in two difficult meetings with her predecessor Heidi Alexander, Support the NHS camapigners were confronted with this mainstay argument as to why she was NOT a supporter of the NHS Bill (and that Simon Stevens was a nice man doing his best with a very difficult job) so to hear Diane Abbott repeating almost verbatim the statement is a bit of a worry. The whole point of the NHS Bill is to bring a final end to the continual top-down DE-Structuring that is going on right now, creating havoc and distress with staff and patients alike.

And it is not a mistake. The Five Year Forward View is a cold calculated plan designed by NHS CEO Simon Stevens who has learnt all he knows about reconfiguration and redesign to “pay-as-you-get-sick” healthcare from the world’s largest Medical Insurance corporation United Health of America. He spent several years as their Global Strategy President so he should know a great deal about private healthcare. The Five Year Forward View is demolishing any thread of accountable, open, democratic control within the NHS and creating a virtual apocolypse with the breaking up of the NHS into 44 Footprints and their imposed Sustainability & Transformation Plans.

Driven by “effiency savings” Simon Stevens is like a dangerous blood-hungry surgeon with a very sharp scalpel. He knows where to cut, slice, remove and bleed in order to force the infrastructure to reshape itself so it mimics and operates like the USA model he knows so well. Whilst wielding his scalpel the process of his deliberate chaos and destruction NHS Trusts welcome in the likes of McKinsey, Deloitte, Price Waterhouse Coopers, KPMG, Ernst & Young and under the guise of “helping and supporting”, consultancy is draining even more public money into the bank accounts of the global businesses that seem to be dominating politics worldwide.

And Theresa May has shown clear consent to the blood letting by keeping Jeremy Hunt in place as Health Secretary. Make no mistake. As far as the Conservatives are concerned this is the endgame. Hunt is there to make sure Simon Stevens and the corporate machine seals the fate of the NHS by introducing charges, reduced care and top-up payments. Their deceitful and manipulative “transformation”, using positivity and new age corporate ethics to improve the service, is nothing more than the final moves on the chess board to bring the game of privatisation to an inescapable “check-mate”.

“Of course, no-one wants yet another top-down reorganisation of the NHS.

NHS professionals and staff that I speak to hold up their hands in horror at the prospect"

Funny that politicians find one group of staff who can’t cope with the idea of a top-down reorganisation yet we and other campaign groups continually talk to NHS Staff who laugh, shrug their shoulders and say “we wouldn’t notice the difference, it’s being reorganised on a weekly basis!”. (Ask teachers and they will say the same thing about schools).

The NHS Bill is not about another top-down reorganisation - it’s about a fundamental restoration, reinstatement and restitching together of a public service that has been fragmented, ripped apart by the internal market processes that both parties since the 1990’s have allowed to steal from us. If we want to save it, restore it for the generations after us we have to fight for nothing less than making it a 100% public service, there to provide health and wellbeing for all based on making our society a better place not providing profit for offshore accounts and corporate machines.

So Diane Abbott, if the Labour Party genuinely wants a return to a publicly funded, owned, delivered and managed NHS with the private health firms removed from any influence in shaping the health of our nation, our kids’ futures you really are going to have to start saying so clearly and begin talking seriously about bringing it back into public hands. Simple. No compromise. There isn’t time now for any doubts.

Perhaps, given the current red rose pruning carnage, the Shadow Health Secretary is playing it safe, hiding in a quiet cupboard somewhere waiting for the mayhem to die down. The sad thing is that Diane Abbott and the entire Labour Party are missing a trick. Full genuine, open, transparent and strong fierce support for a renationalised public service NHS would be an election winner as far as we are concerned.

Having worked with the authors since 2014 999 Call for the NHS know there are problems with The NHS Bill. The NHS Landscape is continually shifting like quicksand and any proposed bill is going to have weak areas that need development and securing like how to deal with PFI (Private Finance Initiative), Social Care. The one thing we can all be clear about is the ethos behind it. Make it Public. Bring it Back to Public Hands.

By 999callfornhs, Oct 26 2015 11:46AM


Campaigning for the NHS would be so much easier if it were easy to point out to the general public the tactics employed by NHS England and the government of

funding starvation

impossible targets that NHS Staff can only fail in attempting to reach

encouraging public frustration and confusion

deploying a distracting stage show of participation groups

mixed messages about health and wellbeing

blaming the public for being old, fat and mad

(ageing population, obese with dementia)

tactics that are doing a grand job of killing off our NHS. It's all part of the plan.

And that's the hard bit. How do you tell the public that the government and the corporate world behind them, the MPs with interests in private health firms, WANT the NHS to fail? THis is Britain. Not even Tory MPs would do that surely? Believe it. They want it gone and they want a private healthcare, USA insurance style health system in its place.

How do we inspire the public to take action without alarming, scaring the bejeezus out of them that this plan is real, the tactic of "there's no money and we're doing our best to make the savings" is having its planned effect? Well we have to try and an article by Caroline Molloy (clcik on logo at end) is a good start. At last we are beginning to lose our worries about the British sense of decency. Let's start really telling it the way we see it. If we are wrong let them prove it.

They're here...
They're here...

Once you've had your eyes opened to the reality of what is going on - the moving in of American "experts" and consulants to "support the failing NHS" - it is damn near impossible to un-see it. But the trouble is once you've got your head round one attack plan NHS England and government forces are rounding up another attack - Five Year Forward View, Devo, Vanguards, Care Closer to Home, Lean Management, NHS Citizen, NHS Choices... it is endless right now. And that is why we have to keep it simple. Bring the NHS back in to public ownership, management and funding. It's the only way to protect it not only from our own government destruction but also TTIP Trade deals and EU complications.

The Tories and many others with vested interests (in surprising places I might add) will fight back with the obvious "The NHS cant take another top down reorganisation" - right now the NHS is suffering nothing but top down management DISORGANISATION. It needs our help. We don't see putting the NHS back together as a shared, valued public service after 20 years of planned dismantling, disruption and destruction as another top-down reorganisation. It's a rescue plan. Dragging the public body from the bloody jaws of privatisation dogs.

Thanks to Caroline Molloy for the OUR NHS article. Have a read and then think what you might like to do.

To read a fabulous article that says what we all need to know... CLICK HERE

By 999callfornhs, Mar 20 2015 11:33PM

Yesterday we noticed something on Twitter that we feel requires speedy clarification.

Grahame Morris MP for Easington tweeted a link to his blog "Labour fighting for the future of the NHS". We have a lot of time for Grahame. He's a good man and a great MP. Principled and straightforward, so we are sure there was no intent in the choice of photo he used on his blog. However, it did make us sit up and now, in response, write this post.

The photo on the tweet was from an event that 999 organised last year called The People's March for the NHS. It was a group shot of some of our 300 Milers holding up our old march banner. It’s a lovely photo and Grahame did indeed play a part in the 300 mile march from Jarrow to London, and kindly offered us his support. But we need to just state once more for the record and absolute clarification...

999 Call for the NHS is not affiliated to the Labour Party or any other party.

We cannot allow even a hint that we are a Labour campaign group to go unchallenged. I don't suppose this is what Grahame intended to suggest, but objectively looking at the photograph that's how it looks. In fairness, It is confusing to outsiders and we have been asked about it before. This recent event has forced us to speak out.

Since the end of our 2014 march, two new campaign groups (using our old banner colours) called People's Vote for the NHS and (even more confusingly) one claiming to actually be The People's March for the NHS, have emerged.

It’s not for us to say whether they are happy to be seen as aligned and supportive of Labour policy - that is for their organisers & board members to make clear. But the recent blog displays a large photo which lends itself that impression.

And why we have to state categorically 999 Call for the NHS is not affiliated to any political party.

So let’s explain our actual position. Firstly our team consists of a pretty small group of committed NHS fighters within which there is a rainbow of political backgrounds. Greens, Left Unity, Labour, TUSC and NHA supporters. Indeed, some are even standing for election for their own parties.

It would be a ridiculous suggestion that THIS cross party group would or could unite behind Labour 2015 policy. We don't. We are though united firmly behind the NHS and any policies that we all feel would mean a genuine and secure future for our NHS. 999 Call for the NHS is, and will always be, about policy not parties.

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