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A huge wave of applause from us

Members of 999 Call for the NHS were present at Professor Hawking's

public speech at the Royal Society of Medicine on Saturday 19th August, 2017.

 

To a packed audience of campaigners, NHS Staff and academics

Prof. Hawking challenged the government’s privatisation

and Americanisation of the NHS. We hope this will lead to

the 'honest debate' that politicians keep talking about

- while making sure it doesn’t happen.

 

If you would like to add your group/organisation to our letter please contact us

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We would like to congratulate Professor Stephen Hawking for making it clear in his talk at the Royal Society of Medicine on 19th August that the current NHS and social care ‘crisis’ is due to political choice.

 

We wholeheartedly thank him and recommend all campaigners and NHS Staff follow his example, call out the situation clearly and demand an end to corporate control of the NHS and a return to a fully publicly funded, owned, managed and provided NHS,  as the NHS (Reinstatement) Bill proposes.

 

Prof. Hawking rightly says:

 

“We see the balance of power in the UK is with private healthcare companies, and the direction of change is towards a US-style insurance system.”

 

We thank Professor Hawking for bringing this to public attention and for creating  an opportunity for truthful public debate about the demise of the NHS, that many campaigners are fighting hard to prevent.

 

The  NHS in England has been fragmented into 44  so-called Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships with a collective mission to cut health and social care services by around £24bn by 2020/21, compared to current spending levels.  

 

Each STP is under instruction to move towards becoming an Accountable Care Organisation - an entity with no statutory basis in NHS legislation.

 

Encompassing a number of health and social care organisations - potentially both public and private sector - these organisations would carry the risk of providing hospital, community and primary care services to a designated population on the basis of a fixed contract that would be set at a level that required them to “manage demand”.

 

Accountable Care Organisations would use value-for-money criteria to limit access to so- called elective care; so this would be denied to patients that represented poor value for money, eg in terms of “quality of life years” after treatment.  

 

The outcome would be as Professor Hawking has described: the creation of a two-tier health service: one private for those who can afford it, with the NHS as a version of the US Medicare/Medicaid system for the rest of us.

 

Our task as citizens is to scrap the Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships and reinstate the NHS as a comprehensive, universal, publicly owned, funded, provided and run service that is free at the point of clinical need to anyone.

 

 

A letter of Thanks - August 24th 2017

WITH THANKS

999 Call for the NHS

999 Call Calderdale & Kirklees

999 Call North East

Fighting 4 Life Lincolnshire

Norfolk NHS Action group

Keep Our NHS Public

Hands Off Bedford Hospital

Keep the Horton General

Support the NHS Halstead

Wirral Defend Our NHS

Hands off Hinchingbrooke

North Kirklees Support the NHS

Junior Doctors Alliance

Fighting 4 Hartlepool Hospital

Protect Chorley & South Ribble from Cuts & Privatisation

Support Stafford Hospital

Hands Off HRI (Huddersfield)

Public Matters

Isle of Wight Save Our NHS

Hampshire & Isle of Wight Defend the NHS

Keep Our NHS Public Swindon

Unity March

Doctors in Unite

Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign

Keep Our St Helier Hospital (KOSHH)

Nottingham KONP

Save Southend A&E and NHS

Save Our Services Grantham

Huddersfield KONP

38 Degrees Blackpool Fylde & Wyre NHS Supporters

Socialist Health Association

Momentum NHS

Defend Our NHS - Cheshire

The Letter

Will be delivered to Professor Hawking via the

Centre for Theoretical Cosmology in Cambridge.

Date: (30th August Update) We are waiting to hear back from Professor Hawking directly as their may be a chance he can meet us to accept the letter.

 

We are also in touch with local and national press for weekend publication.

 

This page will be updated regularly with signatories in order for it to be shared online.

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Let us know if you write and what response you get.

Sharing this with other campaigners helps to keep the cause active.

 

Thanks and good luck!

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The ORIGINAL

Guardian Article

To read more of what Professor Stephen Hawking said read his article in the The Guardian 19th August 2017

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Letters Response

Guardian Letters

Jeremey Hunt's response was both rude and ignorant.

Read what others had to say

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STILL A CHAMPION

One Week Later

Jeremy Hunt attacked him on social media and in the Press.

But Prof. Hawking is not backing down - and we should continue to support him. His 25/8/17 article

says even more about the Americanisation of our NHS.

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