Engaging with your local council can seem a daunting task but it's easier than you think and it's a vital step in our campaign actions.
SCRUTINY COMMITTEES - Adults, Children & Young People, Health Overview (sometimes Joint - with other councils) - these are one group of meetings that campaigners would be good to attend and engage with as these committees have the remit to scrutinise, examine and protect our services from damaging proposals and changes.
Good news it is working!
Campaigners in Devon haved worked hard and it's paid off. Asking friends family and local communities to send emails of concern to their Scrutiny Committee has this week led to a delay in plans to set up a single Integrated Care System
To find out more visit our DEVON page.
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3. With NHS &Local Authority managers
Hospital Trust Chief Execs and Clinical Commissioning Group officers are being told
to impose cuts and changes they really don’t like. We need to be approaching these
individuals to contest the status quo.
2. With Elected Trust Governors
Hospital Trusts have Governors on their Boards who have been elected
by Trust members - and anyone in the area can be a Trust member.
We need to work with these Trustees who are representatives of the public.
1. Engaging with your Council
Councillors by & large are NOT standing up for our NHS.
They do have powers, and the duty to use their powers, to scrutinise
and refer significant NHS changes to the Secretary of State for Health.
Forcing the local issue to become a national one is important.
We need to push them to use these powers.
You can download the Rough Guides for Local Councillors:
4. Your MP
We need to demand that our MPs' and elected representatives stand up our NHS.
They should be safeguarding its principles and practice of providing publicly funded,
managed and run comprehensive health care for all, free at the point of need,
and free of profiteering and commercial interests.
STOP PRESS!! 30th April a debate on ACOs
has been triggered by overwhelming public response to a Parliamentary Petition.
5. With Your Neighours/Street
Telling everyone what’s going on, building people power on a street-by-street basis.
People ready to help you put real pressure on Councillors and grassroots support
for all the other elements of the campaign.
Many more people are now seeing the real effects of the cuts, mergers and downgrading that is being carried out under the guise of "improving health". For whom?
If you have personal experience - either direct or as a witness - of the damage being done to patients and families please write to us (in strict confidence). You stories will be collected to create new evidence to support campaigners' work in fighting the Americanisation of our NHS.
Click on the DUCKS to download our
(tongue firmly in cheek we assure you)
INTEGRATED QUESTION SYSTEM
EXTRA! Working with your local Trades Union Council
You can download a motion here to present to your local TUC. It has already gathered a lot of positive attention in Yorkshire where our sister organisation CK999 found the motion was voted in - it will now go forward to the national conference.
DOWN LOAD THE MOTION and adapt it to your local situation: