Past SSONHS events-Welcome to Sheffield Save Our NHS

Previous SSONHS events

4 May Festival of Debate: What does the future hold for our NHS?

Speakers: Mike Simpkin, Nora Everitt and Deborah Cobbett

Mike Simpkin's Presentation NHS_myths_and_the_2017_election.pdf

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. 

  Use the link to view the exhibition: How Come We Didn't Know?

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.

Taking Back Our NHSSaturday 12th March 2016 Conference/Workshop at Roco, 338 Glossop Rd.
Taking Back Our NHS

Keynote Speaker: Dr David Wrigley, Carnforth GP,
Member of BMA Council and GP Committee + KONP activist

plus regional and local speakers

+ contributions on the NHS Bill and local issues and workshops on Primary Care, Working in the NHS, and Mental Health

Our NHS is reeling under the pressure of the new market structures and the financial restrictions introduced by the 2010-15 Coalition government and reinforced by the current Conservative government. What is the impact in Sheffield and what can we do about it?

Sheffield Save Our NHS is hosting a half day event of information, discussion and campaign planning.National and local speakers, including from Keep Our NHS Public, and Junior Doctors, followed by guided discussion and action planning.

The Junior Doctors dispute has shone a light on the discontent felt about the government's agenda by many NHS staff and provided a focus for showing support for the NHS. Find out the latest in the dispute and what can be done to build solidarity.

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 been 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 unfunded 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 in July 2015 (to reinstate the NHS), supported by Jeremy Corbyn and others, and it was 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

Thursday 24th July 7-9pm
We had an interesting and successful public meeting Is our NHS really in Crisis? with a good discussion and debate on some crucial issues including the role of General Practice and Primary Care, the real problems with competition for healthcare provision, and thinking carefully about what it is we want to defend.

A leaflet for the meeting can be downloaded here
We were proud to welcome the 999 Call for the NHS march from Jarrow to London organised by the Darlington Mums.

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 was 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.

We supported the BMA e-petition to get the Health and Social Care Act repealed.