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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NOW IS THE TIME...
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:
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:
We have very mixed feelings about NHS England, CCG and Local Council public consultations. Working with other groups and campaigners across the country we are beginning to see a way of engaging with them that the organisers of such events may not like. And that can only be a good thing.