During the election campaign, we urged people to 'Vote NHS' by considering different policies on offer. We asked candidates about their commitments to the NHS:
Get informed! NHS_myths_and_the_2017_election.pdf
- Will you restore the 4% real terms average annual increase in the NHS budget which operated till 2011? (This is needed just to stand still)
- Are you opposed to privatising more NHS services? Will you abolish the internal market?
- What will you do about cuts GP surgeries, hospitals and mental health services?
- How will you ensure adequate staffing, and restore adequate pay and morale in the NHS? Will you fully fund training bursaries? Will you staff the NHS safely and ensure that NHS staff from the EU are safe?
- Will you support legislation to reinstate a publicly owned and run NHS?
- Will you protect the NHS from private takeover under new international trade agreements?
1 May We joined protests in Chesterfield on May Day and supported their Save Our NHS stall
1 April We joined the Yorkshire NHS demo in Leeds - see report in Yorkshire Evening Post
4 March We supported the massive National Demonstration in London #Our NHS
with People's Assembly and Health Campaigns Together
Plenty of Sheffielders among over 200,000 on the Health Campaigns Together march to Parliament on 4 March
protesting against the Government's treatment of the NHS
2016 - We supported the Junior Doctors:
Jeremy Hunt decided early in 2016 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 remain 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.
For more see the Sheffield Star
and Forge Press
22nd Sept Sheffield Save Our NHS presented a screening of Sell OFF (a documentary by Pete Bach , featuring a performance by Heather Morgan and a discussion led by Dr. Bob Gill (a south London GP who appears in the film) at t h e at r e d e l i c a t e s s e n , (formerly the Moor Woolworths) Sheffield 1 SELLOFF_Tdel.pdf
4th October - TUC Demonstration in Manchester outside the Tory Conference
28th March Regional Demonstration in Leeds to support the NHS - assemble 11.30 outside Leeds Art Gallery in the Headrow
The Jarrow march for the NHS organised by Darlington Mums will be passing through Barnsley, Rotherham, Sheffield and Chesterfield.
2nd May 2014 1.00pm St Mary's Bramall Lane
Unison open meeting on possible privatisation of the Learning Disabilities service. Speakers from Doncaster Care UK.
3rd May 12pm Devonshire Green March for Justice led by Janet Alder and Carole Duggan from family justice campaigns, Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign, NAPO who are fighting privatisation and solicitors, fighting legal aid cuts, and strikers from Care UK and SOAS.
5th May1.30pm Chesterfield Council Chamber, Saltergate
Chesterfield and NE Derbyshire SONHS public meeting with speakers from Unite and Unison about the Care UK workers continuing strike against poor pay and worsening conditions and from Derbyshire Ambulance Service
SSONHS participated in the South Yorkshire People's Assembly Information Point on Saturday 15th Feb and handed out information and opt out letters for the care data scheme.
Monday 9th December 2013 7 pm SSONHS meeting Victoria Hall, Chapel Walk, Sheffield 1
31 August leafleting in Sheffield centre
26th July Chesterfield Market Place Fund Raising Stall
On 5th July we celebrated the NHS at 65 by distributing cake outside the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield. In April we handed in a petition to save the Minor Injuries Unit at the Hallamshire Hospital. We have now been told, via Nick Clegg, that the CCG has no current plans to proceed with the previous NHS Sheffield decision to decommission the MIU. However it remains under review as part of the whole Urgent Care system. From January to March 2013 we had campaigned to protect the minor injuries unit at the Hallamshire. A petition to save the Hallamshire Minor Injuries Unit was handed to local MPs. The CCG told us (via Nick Clegg) that they had reversed the previous NHS Sheffield to decommission the MIU. However the Unit remains under review.
We also lobbied MPs and Lords to reject the competition regulations for the Health and Social Care Act.
On Saturday April 6th SSONHS welcomed the National Health Action Party's CLEGGYTHON with Drs Clive Peedell and David Wilson running from Quarry House in Leeds (HQ of NHS England) to Sheffield City Centre and then presenting a death certificate for the NHS to Nick Clegg's Constituency Office.
There was a successful ‘Reclaim your NHS’ regional demonstration, April 6th, York which was organised by our sister groups in Yorkshire and Humberside. Speakers included Sheffield GP and Green Party Councillor Jillian Creasy.
We attended public meetings of the Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group and asked questions.
We held stalls and other events in the town centre to publicise the threats to the NHS.
Thursday 22nd November -
Professor Terence Stephenson, chair of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC), will be speaking at 5pm at Sheffield Medical School. Prof Stephenson wants ministers and NHS bosses to downgrade the status of some hospitals and push through major rationalisation of key services such as major surgery or intensive care, despite local campaigns to save units. (details tbc)
Saturday 24 November - noon:
Gathering signatures for petition to CCG to prioritise NHS provision. at 1) Town Hall 2) Hunter’s Bar. 12 - 2 pm
Thursday 6th December 1.30 pm Lobby of Sheffield CCG meeting – meet outside NHS Sheffield building on Prince of Wales Road. CCG meeting begins at 2pm - there is access for the public.