999 Call for the NHS exists to stop and reverse NHS cuts and sell offs, and to restore the NHS as a publicly owned, funded, run and provided health service that is free at the point of need and provides the full range of care and treatments to everyone, based on their clinical need.
We are now convinced that the key to solving our NHS Crisis is understanding how the philosophy of economic Austerity with its very simplistic messages of
NOT ENOUGH MONEY
TIGHTEN OUR BELTS
TAX BEFORE YOU SPEND
has wrecked this country and many others around the world.
What's worse it's also wrecked lives and as the ashes of Grenfell Tower still smoulder we can see clearly that Austerity decision making - based on low valuation of public services but high regard for private profit - Austerity is literally killing people.
These articles below are our attempt to begin to understand the full extent of the false propaganda that has infected the political system, the academic system and managed to warp the economic mindset of so many.
Thankfully there are economists now, united around the globe, who are finding their voice to question the Austerity regime that stems from the USA Corporate sector. The creation of money, how an economy works... these are the things we as ordinary people are going to have to get our heads round. Once you do it's easy to see we can afford a publicly run NHS.
We've got a simple message for
all your MPs
BRING THE NHS
BACK INTO PUBLIC HANDS
REMOVE THE COMMERICAL MARKET
THAT IS DESTROYING IT
WE CAN AFFORD IT
WE WANT IT
One UK economist who has a shared interest in the NHS is Richard Murphy.
He visited a 999 Hosted campaign meeting recently where we discussed the need to crack the myths that surround Austerity thinking. Thanks to him for his visit and time with us.
As he said in a recent blog:
"there is no reason why we should not have health care in thirty years time... All we have to do is decide we want it.
Then we can pay for it. It will not be a matter of not affording it. It’s just a matter of setting priorities."
You will see many calls for the NHS to be supported by a specific tax. You'll hear people say "I don't mind paying an extra penny in the pound".
This is - dare we say it - rubbish.
And here's why...
Caroline Molloy points out in
Modern economic thinking is replacing the tired and dangerous mantra of the neoliberal agenda. Economists in Australia, USA and here in the UK are beginning to make sense as they challenge the beilef system that has been ingrained in the public since the 80's...
Another subject that is part of Modern Monetary Thinking is something called
A JOB GUARANTEE. It's not the Universal Basic Income that is also being touted by many politicians around the world. All that does is feed an unemployment culture and an unproductive society. Professor Fadhel Kaboub explains in a very clear talk given at City University London in April.
For us this simple change in understanding how money is created and how it is introduced into our economy is key to fighting the lie - the NHS is unsustainable and we can't afford it.
We hope you enjoy the video from Prof. Fadhel Baboub. It really is worth trying to understand how important this aspect of politics is in our campaigning. Most of us know how difficult it can be to face members of the public who are adament that there are "too many people using it for free" or "well if we want an NHS they'll have to raise taxes" - well this is where the arguments get easier.
Ask those people: Who makes money?
Independent political analysts PUBLIC MATTERS
also explain very clearly
"This will be the period of a slow crash going gradually down and down and the debts mount up - basincally an economic shrinkage until people finaly think of an alternative and fightback..."