More about us

Who are we?
We're 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 oppose the last and current governments' austerity spending cuts to NHS Services and related services across England. We strongly oppose the creeping privatisation of the NHS by successive governments since 2003 and campaigned actively against the 2012 Health and Social Care Act.
We are based in Sheffield and will continue to protest against the 2012 NHS reforms and to take action against NHS cuts both in this area and nationally. However the NHS is also seriously affected by the level of cuts to local authority services and the benefits system. So we also support wider campaigns against austerity budgeting for public services.
We 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.

What do we think is going on?
Major plans are in train for a re-organisation of NHS services across England. These fall under the banner of 44 Sustainability and Transormation Plans (STPs) with ours covering South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw. Some of the intentions sound good and the outline Sheffield Plan predates the STP structure as Sheffield Health Services struggle to find an ethical and achievable way forward. But the bottom line is that within 5 year the STP is supposed to deliver a funding reduction of 14.6 % across the NHS and social care.  Read the Five Year Forward View for NHS England here

This is not acceptable and resistance is building across the country as more and more Councils refuse to sign up to the STPs if they involve this amount of funding reduction, not just in Sheffield but across South Yorkshire. Sheffield Council has indicated that it may be among them.

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.  An outline of the local STP was published on the South and Mid Yorkshire Commissioners Working Together website.  Read more about STPs using our Useful Links.

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. We have supported the junior doctors because we think they have been unfairly treated and because the increasing pressure on staff at all levels, from clinicians to adminsitrative and support workers, is taking its toll not just on individuals but the NHS as a whole.

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.

Privatisation = Profit NOT Good Patient Care