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Are you a regular, occasional or past NHS patient?
Do you know someone who uses NHS services?
Are you a current, previous or future NHS employee?
WELL THAT INCLUDES PRETTY MUCH EVERYONE IN SHEFFIELD,
SO THIS WEBSITE CONCERNS YOU.
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We are a grassroots movement originating out of the first 38 degrees Save Our NHS campaign in January 2011.  We comprise people from all walks of life and across the political parties who are, or will be affected by the government's austerity measures of spending cuts to NHS Services across England. We strongly oppose the creeping privatisation of the NHS by successive governments and campaigned actively against the Health and Social Care Bill.

We are based in Sheffield and will continue to protest against the 2012 NHS reforms and to take action against NHS cuts for this area. We actively invite both individuals and other groups based in other locations around England with similar aims to get involved. It's now or never: soon there may not be an NHS to save.

WE STAND FOR:        
 
A publicly owned health service that puts people before profit!  
An open, accountable and democratically run health service!     
Quality, accessible health care free at the point of delivery for all


OUR NEXT EVENT

What do NHS Sustainability and Transformation Plans mean for our area?  Can they be challenged?
Monday 5th December 7pm
United Reform Church Norfolk Street S1 2JB

44 NHS STPs are being developed for England.  Our area is South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw. The plans will lead to new formations for the NHS, changes in services and the imposition of centrally dictated funding cuts over the next 5 years. Although broad versions have been published, details remain unpublished and the longer term implications of them remain obscure except in areas where definite hospital closures are planned. Two London Councils are applying for a judicial review. 

F
or South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw see
http://www.smybndccgs.nhs.uk/what-we-do/stp
Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group is being asked on 1 December to agree the 'direction of travel' and to approve the Plan for Sheffield.  NHS Trust Boards and the Council will also be asked to agree the STP this month.  So what is likely to happen? 
Come to our informal discussion where we'll try to tease it out and decide what to do next.



**  Tuesday 22nd November 2016 **

SSONHS_FoD_flyer_Nov_2016Why is the NHS under so much pressure?

How can we save the NHS for future generations?
The Sheffield Festival of Debate provides a setting where issues can be debated in a relatively neutral atmosphere.  As a result SSONHS is delighted that a distinguished panel of local speakers have agreed to take part. 

As well as the speakers advertised on the leaflet we are pleased to announce that the panel will be joined by Kirsten Major, Director of Strategy and Operations at the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Trust.

This is a unique opportunity to hear from, question and debate with Board level members of the Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group, the Sheffield Health and Social Care Trust and the Teaching Hospitals Trust together with respected academics and our own SSONHS campaigners.

The debate is taking place just after the much delayed process of publishing  Sustainability and Transformation Plans - a process closely controlled by NHS England - and the day before the Chancellor's Autumn Statement -


So there's a lot to talk about.

Come along to the Quaker Meeting House on Tuesday 22nd November 7pm.  We've got a good audience but there are still enough places for you to turn up at the door without booking.
Or you can book
HERE
 

Scroll down to see other events coming up in Sheffield anNHS_privatisation_Macalpine_exhibitiond nearby

For national information see
Keep Our NHS Public


Health Campaigns Together

For important NHS meetings coming up click here

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Major plans are in train for a re-organisation of NHS services not just in Sheffield but across South Yorkshire. Some of the intentions sound good but not if there is less money to deliver them than should be needed.
 
We could easily lose services which can't then be replaced. Some of the plans will be subject to formal consultation and debate with the public. It's important that people take part and give their views
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An outline of the local STP has now been published on the Commissioners Working Together website.

Meanwhile we know that NHS staff are under more and more strain as a result of efficiency pressures, shortage of resources and the demand on the service.  There can be no NHS without staff who care for it and are in turn cared for.



Support the Junior Doctors



Jeremy Hunt decided earlier this year to impose a renegotiated contract from October.  The overwhelming vote for strike action last December and the rejection of the final offer in a new ballot during July showed how bitterly doctors feel about their treatment by Jeremy Hunt.  This is not a sectional dispute.  Doctors are clear that this is about the future of the NHS.  Unless Hunt backs down, the whole of our NHS is at risk of meltdown as cuts bite and staff leave. 

Unfortunately the BMA leadership has failed to manage the doctors' side of the dispute effectively.  Rejection by its membership of the contract as it stood in May after acceptance by the negotiators meant that they had either to escalate their action or to be subjected to a muddy and chaotic imposition of terms which doctors found unacceptable. The call for 5 day rolling strikes proved too much for the doctors to achieve on their own and the action has now been called off leaving more anger and bitterness.


We know that doctors embarked on industrial action  with heavy hearts but their resolve was stiffened by Jeremy Hunt's crude attempt to smear them and politicise the strike.  Mistrust has continued to run deep despite some concessions from the employers and it has even spread to senior NHS executives who have distanced themselves from Hunt's decision to impose the contract. Health Education England which runs all national training programme has threatened to fine Trusts which do not follow Hunt's instruction. 


Junior doctors remains subjected to highly demanding and stressful conditions compounded by unreasonable imposition of responsibilities in situations of acute staffing shortages.  Whatever they decide to do now, they still need public and patient support.

JD_SHEFFIELD_STRIKE_POSTER_100216.pdf

For more see the Sheffield Star

and Forge Press
Also o
ur blogspot.

Write to press, join phone-ins, contribute to social media to show your support.


 Since January Student Nurses have been protesting against the government's removal of bursary support for training, which Hunt has just confirmed this July.  This short sighted saving will further jeopardise NHS staffing levels in years to come and we support continuation of the protests. 

See Facebook
and the Guardian report of the first march
The Crisis in Primary Care
Following the Sheffield CCG meeting  on 2nd July 2015 11 GP practices in Sheffield were put at serious risk of financial crisis and closure because of funding reallocations.  These include Devonshire Green (see Dr Graham Pettinger's website petition) and Page Hall Medical Centre, both serving communities with special needs.  SSONHS has actively supported their campaigns for fairer treatment and at a packed extraordinary meeting of the CCG on 16th July, the CCG pledged that no practice would be forced to close and that safety net measures would be enhanced. However any claims for special treatment will be closely scrutinised and the practices affected all face difficult challenges which will interfere with their work for patients.
 

In November the CCG informed Devonshire Green and Page Hall that they were accepted as special cases.  11 practices were not accepted and so face substantial loss of income.  The special cases allowance will still only meet part of their revenue loss.

Contracts for the Clover Group and the Broad Lane Medical Centre were awarded to a partnership of the Health and Social Care Trust and Sheffield Primary Care Providers (owned by Sheffield GPs) but on a 30% budget reduction. Realignment of services such as sexual health is currently being implemented. However the Mulberry Practice has also received recognition that this is a unique service and a special case.

In addition two Sheffield GP surgeries have closed so far during 2016.

Bents Green Surgery closed at the end of April 2016. 

Westfield Health Centre is also now scheduled for closure after a previous well respected local doctor retired and his successors, a small private consortium from outside Sheffield, failed to maintain services and walked away.  No other takers were found by the CCG who have now arranged other care for patients.
                                                                       See our blogspot.



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******  Previous SSONHS Events  ******

Public_meeting_4_7_16Post Referendum what lies in store for the NHS in South Yorkshire? What are the new regional plans? Will there be more Privatisation?

Come to learn more about the local plans; have a piece of NHS birthday cake; join a discussion on what the STPs and the Brexit vote are likely to mean for South Yorkshire and how to build our joint campaigns

We have been supporting the Junior Doctors and now await the results of their ballot.  They have a difficult choice. 
16th April saw one of the largest demonstrations in Leeds for sometime as people from all over Yorkshire took part in the March for the NHS 2016 supporting the junior doctors.
 
Saturday 12th March 2016
Conference/Workshop at Roco, 338 Glossop Rd.

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Keynote Speaker

Dr David Wrigley,
Carnforth GP
member of the BMA Council
and GP Committee


plus regional and local speakers and workshops
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SHEFFIELD SAVE OUR NHS


We are a campaigning group but we also monitor local NHS developments, questioning local NHS organisations including Sheffield CCG and feeding into Sheffield Healthwatch as appropriate.

SO WHAT ARE THE ISSUES?

IN APRIL 2013 THE NHS CHANGED, WITH SERVICES EXPOSED TO TAKE OVER BY THE PRIVATE SECTOR.  NOW THE WHOLE SERVICE IS JUDDERING WITH THE STRAIN OF FLATLINE SPENDING, INCREASING DEMAND AND REFORMS WHICH EVEN THE TORIES ADMITTED WERE THEIR BIGGEST MISTAKE.  


NOW IN 2016 WE ARE FACED WITH TORY ATTEMPTS TO MAKE THE NHS UNWORKABLE BY MAKING IMPOSSIBLE DEMANDS ON THE SYSTEM AND ITS STAFF.  THEIR FIRST ROUTE TO PRIVATISATION FAILED BECAUSE OF THE STRONG POPULAR RESISTANCE. NOW THEY ARE TAKING A MORE ROUNDABOUT ROUTE.  AS A RESULT THE NHS WILL KEEP BEING CHIPPED AWAY WITH MORE AND MORE OF IT FALLING INTO THE HANDS OF THOSE WHO SEEK TO MAKE A PROFIT OUT OF OUR HEALTHCARE.
  • he Crisis in Primary Care
    Following the Sheffield CCG meeting  on 2nd July 2015 11 GP practices in Sheffield were put at serious risk of financial crisis and closure because of funding reallocations.  These include Devonshire Green (see Dr Graham Pettinger's website petition) and Page Hall Medical Centre, both serving communities with special needs.  SSONHS has actively supported their campaigns for fairer treatment and at a packed extraordinary meeting of the CCG on 16th July, the CCG pledged that no practice would be forced to close and that safety net measures would be enhanced. However any claims for special treatment will be closely scrutinised and the practices affected all face difficult challenges which will interfere with their work for patients.
     

    In November the CCG informed Devonshire Green and Page Hall that they were accepted as special cases.  11 practices were not accepted and so face substantial loss of income.  The special cases allowance will still only meet part of their revenue loss.


    Contracts for the Clover Group and the Broad Lane Medical Centre were awarded to a partnership of the Health and Social Care Trust and Sheffield Primary Care Providers (owned by Sheffield GPs) but on a 30% budget reduction. Realignment of services such as sexual health is currently being implemented. However the Mulberry Practice has also received recognition that this is a unique service and a special case.

    In addition two Sheffield GP surgeries have closed so far during 2016.

    Bents Green Surgery closed at the end of April 2016. 

    Westfield Health Centre is also now scheduled for closure after a previous well respected local doctor retired and his successors, a small private consortium from outside Sheffield, failed to maintain services and walked away.  No other takers were found by the CCG who have now arranged other care for patients.
     See our blogspot.
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Here's the March on 25th April 2015 from Endcliffe Park,  part of a national day of action for the NHS 
(image from @sgalbraith47) 

Since the election more and more people have contacted us to ask what they can do. 

The chance to repeal the 2012 Health and Social Care Act has b
een lost for the time being with the Conservative election victory.  However the Conservatives won despite their policy on the NHS not because of it - though some people actually took David Cameron's unf
unded promise of 8.5 billion at his word.  Now we are back with Jeremy Hunt who has to deal with all the financial and other impending crises for which he would have blamed Labour if they had won.
The key questions we developed for voters to ask election candidates are still relevant and our new Sheffield MPs need to be held to what they have said, both in Parliament and within the Labour Party.

The 2012 Health and Social Care Act is not going unchallenged.  Caroline Lucas MP (Green) represented her NHS Bill last July (to reinstate the NHS), supported by Jeremy Corbyn and others, and it is due for debate on March 11th 2016.  However a more establishment counter proposal for a cross-party commission has also been tabled for the same day, which will help to sabotage the NHS Bill.
See this KONP press release


There are major new challenges ahead as the Sheffield Health Services struggle to find an ethical and achievable way forward within the strictures of the Five Year Forward View. There is the looming shadow of devolution measures in Sheffield, which are being discussed in secret and will have significant effects on health and care services.  We will post news as we get it.

Sheffield Save Our NHS will be continuing to campaign hard locally to hold back any further fragmentation and privatisation of the NHS. We don't think the current CCG or Council leadership want to go down this road but there are many pressures, especially in social care.

Watch out for information about future activities and meetings. 



   
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For further information see the leaflets on our campaign page
Privatisation = Profit  NOT Good Patient Care 

Check out the Sheffield NHS News page via the link on the upper left column to find details of local NHS consultation and engagement activities. These help the public to find out what is going on locally and can be opportunities to put the case against competition as the basis for selecting healthcare providers.

We were proud to welcome the 999 Call for the NHS march from Jarrow to London organised by the Darlington Mums. See the page menu link on the left for our dedicated page


We joined the TUC Lobby of the Conservative Party Conference on 29th September 2013 as part of a strong turnout from Sheffield committed to saving the NHS from Tory plans.  But if lobbying / gagging bill is now likely to restrict such events from September 2014. 

In January 2013 we launched a campaign to save the Hallamshire Minor Injuries Unit which is under review.
 We only needed a few shortish signature gathering sessions in the city centre, at Hunters Bar and in Broomhill to collect more than 1000 signatures which were presented to Nick Clegg MP and Paul Blomfield MP. A&E at Northern General is under such pressure that the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Trust that the MIU was finally re-included in local publicity with the NHS forced to say it would not be closed without a consultation.  However the urgent care system is due for review and consultation in June 2015.

For updates see our blog.

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For information about the Government's proposal to centralise your confidential medical records and make versions of them for sale see our blogspot
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Support the BMA e-petition to get the Health and Social Care Act repealed.  Information here

See column on the left or check out our "Take Action" 
and Campaign Dates sections for more details and for other ways to get involved to Save Our NHS


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EVENTS

During 2016 we will be continuing to support the NHS as a publicly owned and publicly accountable service, providing quality care free at the point of delivery.

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SSONHS Meeting to discuss the South Yorks
Sustainability and Transformation Plan

Monday 5th December 2016
United Reform Church
corner of Chapel Walk and Norfolk St 7pm


preceded by our monthly Information and Planning Meeting starting 6pm

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Now until 22nd November
new exhibition on NHS privatisation

How come we didn't know?
Theatre Delicatessen
on the Moor


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22nd November
SSONHS and the Sheffield Festival of Debate

How can we save the NHS for future generations 

Panel including local NHS leaders, academics and campaigners
Quaker Meeting House S1
7pm


BOOK YOUR PLACE HERE


26th November

Labour Party Day of Action on the NHS - various activities in town and local centres.


For other details and for more Sheffield events  see
here

Please see our TAKE ACTION page on this site and our separate BLOG for further dates and information including how to opt out of having your medical records put into a central data system. 

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