You know that crisis the media keep telling us about? The crisis that has been caused by years of deliberate Government DE-FUNDING? Well, guess what? NHS Boss Simon Stevens has an idea how to solve it!
He's going to close MORE A&E Depts, reduce more services because as we all know (because he keeps telling us) in a modern world with an ageing population and complex needs - we don't need as many hospitals!
Even the Daily Mail knows this is ridiculous...
Called the Sustainability and Transformation Plans, the NHS and the country is now split into 44 regional areas - known as “footprints”.
Each footprint has been ordered to produce a plan by 30th June this year to completely change the way the NHS works. Footprint Boards have to prove they can clear their debts within a year. And how do they do that? They cut more services, close more beds, sell off land and hospitals that are public assets.
In 2013 we had 140 full A&E hospitals in England.
When the STPs are complete there will only be between 40 and 70 left.
According to Simon Stevens, to make the NHS affordable and sustainable we, the public, must get used to longer ambulance journeys for emergency care, longer waiting times for treatment and the possibility of paying extra to be seen by a doctor. This was planned in 2013, but shelved until after the 2015 election as being 'politically sensitive'.
Yes our favourite man - CEO of NHS England. 999's NHS Detectives have been on his case since 2015. Click on the picture to join the case.
While everyone is shouting for Jeremy Hunt to stop imposing the new dangerous contract on the Junior Doctors (and eventually all NHS staff contracts) Simon Stevens is imposing an even more dangerous contract on NHS Trusts, Clinical Commissioning Groups, local councils and the voluntary sector.
Simon Stevens previous employment was as the President of Global Strategy for United Health of America where he was a lobbied for healthcare around the world to be included in the infamous Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. He didn't oppose it. He lobbied in favour of it! He wanted it to open up public health services like our NHS to US private health corporations.
Now it seems he has got his wish. As CEO of NHS England he is driving through a change which will eradicate our NHS and replace it with a US style health service in its place. These new organisations will be run by large US corporations, managing and holding our budgets and deciding what care will be provided and who can get it.
This is the reality of Sustainability and Transformation Plans.
It's vital you find a local campaign group, talk to them and ask how you can support them. Many of them have been in existence for many years and there are people who have huge experience and knowledge to help you understand what is going on. But they all need help from new people.
Click on the Network Map logo to find a group near you.
If you can't find a group contact us and think about setting one up yourself with friends and colleagues. That's how we started!
Write to your MP asking if they are aware of the STP and what they think about it. You'll discover that many have not heard of this huge restructuring that has no public or parliamentary approval.
The same for your local district, town or parish councils. Ask them. We will be issuing a "Useful Questions" document very shortly compiled with the help of campaign groups in Yorkshire, Brighton, Bristol, Oxford, Manchester and more.
We don't promote huge amounts of petitions but this one is VITAL!
It can be a fantastic weapon to raise public and press awareness and make the MPs and policy makers listen to the people. We have drafted this petition working with our friends around the country Sussex Defend the NHS, Calderdale & Kirklees 999, Open Democracy & Politics of Health Group. We know this is the last big battle we must fight to save our NHS. If you want it to be there for your children and grandchildren in their time of need then fight now. We must stop the STP from becoming a reality. Don’t let Simon Stevens get his wish
Read the article on Open Democracy
We've collected and created some videos to help spread the word about the biggest top-down reorganisation of the NHS most of the country has never heard of.
Designed for A6 Postcard size these are also for us with A5 size.