Take Action-Welcome to Sheffield Save Our NHS

Current Action

There are many ways to get involved, so please scroll down to find out what you can do!
NATIONAL CAMPAIGNS 
Crowd-funding appeals for legal challenges are multiplying:

One is from 999 Call for the NHS against the Accountable Care Organisation contracts, in particular the budget formula, details here
The second is also about ACOs, in particular the lack of public consultation  and parliamentary scrutiny, details here
Another from Dorset about bed closures, unsafe travel times for A&E and Maternity, and a misleading consultation, details here and on Facebook.
Watch this space as the challenges mount up.
LOCAL CAMPAIGNS: thanks for supporting our campaign to save our Minor Injuries Unit
Next regular meeting: we usually meet upstairs at the Central United Reform Church on the first Monday of the month at 6pm.
Next meetings 5 November and 3 December 2018
Other events coming soon:
Saturday 27 October public meeting in Barnsley Town Hall at 2pm
about threats to Maternity and Children's Services in the Hospital Services Programme: see here.
Saturday 17 November Social Care conference in Birmingham organised by Health Campaigns Together.
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MORE THINGS YOU CAN DO:
Write to local politicians telling them about your concerns about our NHS.  Major concerns about Integrated Care Systems are:

  • They are being introduced without adequate public involvement or consultation, and with serious underfunding of NHS and social care.
  • They are being implemented beyond any legal framework, creating problems of governance and accountability.
  • They have no robust evidence base to support their use in our NHS in England.
  • They will help strip NHS assets, such as land and buildings, allowing private companies to profit from them.
  • They will apply unprecendented cuts in spending (22bn by 2020) and transfer the funding shortfall to new local areas.
  • They incentivise rationing of services, and even denial of care, undermining the values of social solidarity, equity and universalism that underpin our NHS.
  • They increase the potential scope of NHS privatisation, with multiple procurements being replaced by a single, major, long-term contract for each local area.
  • They rely on unrealistic expectations, for example about collaboration and risk-sharing between private and NHS providers.
  • They will 'transform' the NHS workforce, replacing some experienced clinicians with technologies, and introducing new lower-skilled and lower-paid jobs.

Joinyour local GP practice Patient Participation Group.  Don't be afraid to ask questions there about commissioning and other policy matters as well as on issues about the specific practice.
Get on the Sheffield CCG consultation list by registering on their website: http://www.sheffieldccg.nhs.uk/get-involved/involve-me.htm
Follow the activities of Sheffield Healthwatch, the official patient watchdog for health and social care.  http://www.healthwatchsheffield.co.uk/ 
Keep an eye on what is happening in any contact you have with the NHS and let us know at teamssonhs@gmail.com if you have any concerns.
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