New leaflet from Southend Keep Our NHS Public
Click here to read the latest: Stop GP and Hospital Cuts
The UNISON, GMB and Unite unions in local government, the PCS union
representing civil servants, the National Union of Teachers and the Fire
Brigades Union are
all on strike on Thursday. #J10Strike
We urge all our supporters to look out for local picket lines and show their
solidarity with striking workers. The issues include pay, pensions and working
We also urge you to try and join the Southend rally at midday outside the
Odeon, where strikers from the different unions will come together, hear
speakers and talk to the public.
You are also welcome to join UNISON members at 11:30am outside the Civic
Centre in Victoria Avenue, for a short march down to the High Street rally.
Last year, local Clinical Commissioning Groups (who decide what NHS services will be delivered) wanted to hive off blood and other pathology tests to a centre in Bedford. Public opinion fought that off – but now they’re back for more. This time, the labs at Southend and Basildon Hospitals will be run down to deliver an ‘urgent’ service, while a company called IPP, which includes a private sector ‘partner’, will build a new testing centre ‘between Southend and Basildon’.
The private sector are only interested when they can make a profit – from our services! How long will it be before the excellent hospital labs close for good? How long before gridlock on the A127 or the A13 delays an urgent test? According to the Echo, the new centre won’t just look for work locally – how long before a local service is sacrificed to turning a profit?
There will be cuts to staffing in the new service. That’s what this is about – cuts to funding our NHS and private companies in by the back door. You can download our petition here and a leaflet by Keep Our NHS Public here.
The Southend Clinical Commissioning Group (which runs local NHS services) is having a public discussion about the NHS, led by NHS on a national basis, calling on the” staff, public and politicians to help NHS meet future demand and tackle the funding gap through honest and realistic debate.”
The meeting starts at 1:30pm at Suffolk House in Baxter Avenue.
The public will be allowed to debate the subject for about an hour before the board goes on with its other
Supporters of Southend Against The Cuts and Keep Our NHS Public will meet outside at 1pm to demonstrate our opposition to cuts and privatisation – the debate shouldn’t just be about what is cut but about building a better NHS for all! Those who are able to stay will then take our message into the meeting.