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SATC and Unite the Union Gloucester Area Health Sector Branch respond to CQC report on Gloucestershire Care Services

Sunday, 27 September 2015 21:23 administrator
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Press Release                            Stroud Against the Cuts                        27/09/2015

Response to CQC inspection of services defended from privatisation in 2011-12

Last week, a team of inspectors from the CQC issued a report detailing their inspection of Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust (GCS), which runs seven community hospitals including Stroud Hospital, health clinics including Beeches Green, and community services for adults, children and young people (1).


In 2011-12, Stroud Against the Cuts led a successful campaign to keep the services now provided by GCS in the NHS (2).


A spokesperson from Stroud Against the Cuts said: “Behind the rhetoric of care closer to home the reality is that here and around the country our local hospitals and services are being run down. We know that health workers are trying their best - but to have safe services we need to stop the expensive bureaucracy of running the NHS as a beggar-my-neighbour competition between fragmented parts and private providers. (3)”


Unite the Union (4), Gloucester Area Health Sector Branch, representing over 500 health workers, issued the following response to the Gloucestershire Care Services (GCS) Care Quality Commission (CQC) report:


"We are delighted that the staff of our community NHS trust have been given the recognition they deserve by the Care Quality Commission.  Our staff are caring and compassionate health providers.


We wish to extend this message from the report to GCS administrative staff and front-line reception staff, and to the porters, drivers and other, less conspicuous, workers.  Our staff, unselfishly, give much time of their own time to the role of enabling our more visible health professionals to carry out the job of keeping the county's population participating in society. 


We take on board what the CQC has said about areas which are struggling, but view this as part and parcel of an NHS set up to work within a competitive market.


The market diverts money meant for caring toward repeated tendering and bidding for services and on outsourcing services or entire trusts and hospitals. Health staff are increasingly spending time undertaking administrative duties that drive this wasteful marketised system. We are, however, grateful that GCS has been able to remain an NHS Trust, having watched as our out-sourced neighbours across the south-west struggle with privatisation, shrinking of services and reduction in staff terms and conditions.  And we are pleased to see the trust is putting in place improvement action plans and look forward to being a part of the process.”


Stroud Against the Cuts is encouraging people to join national protests at the Conservative Party Conference on October 4th - free transport is available via coach from Stroud, organised by Unison's Local Government branch in Gloucestershire - more details at:



Notes for editors:


1. The trust was rated "Good for caring but Requires Improvement for providing services that were safe, effective, responsive and well-led. Community inpatient services provided at the trust’s hospitals were found to be Outstanding for caring. Safety in the urgent care service was rated Inadequate." Read the full CQC report.


2. Stroud Against the Cuts and other anti-cuts groups in Gloucestershire campaigned against plans to hand services to a private company (a so-called 'social enterprise') or conduct a competitive tendering exercise over who would run the services. Across the South West, handovers of similar services to 'social enterprises' did take place. Peninsula Community Health (PCH) - one such body - recently announced it would not extend it's contract in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, blaming a "challenging financial climate".


3. A recent estimate by a group of Liberal Democrat MPs estimated the cost of the market system in the NHS at as much as £30billion a year. Dr Jacky Davis and other doctors and campaigners including the National Health Action Party have put it at £10billion a year. The Centre of Health & the Public Interest put it at a ‘conservative’ £4.5billion a year. Read Stroud Against the Cuts member Caroline Molloy's article "The billions of wasted NHS cash no-one wants to mention".


4. Contact details for Unite the Union in Gloucester


Stroud Against the Cuts on twitter

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Last Updated ( Sunday, 27 September 2015 21:39 )

Travel to the Protests outside Conservative Party Conference in Manchester - October 4th 2015

Wednesday, 16 September 2015 19:29 administrator
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The Conservative Party hold their annual conference in Manchester from 3-7 October this year. The People's Assembly is organising a national protest outside the conference on Sunday 4th October, and a series of protests and events during the conference period.

Free transport is available via coach from Stroud and Gloucester - details below - thanks to a local Unison branch. Booking is essential - please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

link to facebook event for the Manchester protest

As the Conservative government cuts tax credits reducing the income of people already struggling with low pay, cuts what many sick and disabled people newly claiming Employment and Support Allowance receive to live on, attacks the rights of workers to organise collectively and take industrial action, continues to privatise the NHS, and presides over a housing crisis, the People's Assemly say: 

"We want to mobilise the biggest possible opposition on the streets, in our workplaces and communities which can force the Government out of office."


8.00 am - Depart Merrywalks Bus Station - Stroud

8.30 am - Depart Lister Bldg (by Bus Station) - Gloucester

11.45 am - Arrive Manchester Picadilly

12.00 pm - Rally & March begins

5.30 pm - Rally & March ends

6.00 pm - Depart Manchester Deansgate

9.15 pm - Arrive Lister Bldg (by Bus Station) - Gloucester

9.45 pm - Arrive Merrywalks Bus Station - Stroud


Coaches are provided by the Gloucestershire branch of the union Unison's Local Government section.
 "Yes to workers' rights - No to Austerity - 4th October, rally and march - Join us!" Unison image

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 16 September 2015 20:19 )

Reports from the End Austerity Now demonstration, 20th June 2015

Sunday, 21 June 2015 15:40 administrator
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On the 20th June, 2015, The People's Assembly Against Austerity organised a "End Austerity Now" demonstration in London. Stroud Against the Cuts, working with Cheltenham & Gloucester Against Cuts, the Stroud and Cheltenham branches of the Green Party, and local branches of unions Unite and Unison, arranged three coaches to travel from Stroud and Cheltenham, picking up almost 150 people from these towns as well as Gloucester and Cirencester.

Here are some photos and links to reports from the day:

Two photos of the Gloucestershire Group from before the march, in Princes St - round the corner from the Bank of England

People hold the Stroud Against Cuts Banner with slogan "Save Our Services" at the start of the demonstrationPeople hold a Stroud Valleys Against the Cuts banner with the slogans "Defend Workers Rights and Pay" and "Save Our Services"

Video clips and a picture from the march:


Crown holds placards including "People's March for NHS", "Cut War Not Welfare", large foam scissors with "No Cuts" written on them


Thousands of people listen to speeches in Parliament Square, with the Houses of Parliament in the background

Last Updated ( Sunday, 21 June 2015 16:06 )

Defending our living standards and public services from cuts and privatisation - Where Next?

Wednesday, 24 June 2015 18:25 administrator
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Stroud Against the Cuts Public Meeting, Thursday 2nd July

Stroud Old Town Hall, The Shambles, GL5 1AP

Poster for the event
Wages are low and getting lower, and the Conservative government is planning cuts to housing benefit, tax credits, disability benefits and pensions. The NHS is at breaking point, social care provision is being cut, schools are struggling. Public services are being chipped apart and more and more money is diverted from services and to private companies' profits.

Stroud Against the Cuts fought NHS privatisation locally and won in 2011/12 - join us for an informal discussion about what we face in the coming years and how we can support each other and fight back!


You can indicate you intend to come, and help our publicity, by joining the Facebook Event - or sharing information about the event on twitter.


The aim of the meeting is to hear from as many people as possible - gathering ideas and assessing what people would like to focus on.


For more information, email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or text/call James Beecher on 07734 058789.


"End Austerity Now" demonstration, London, 20th June

Friday, 29 May 2015 12:15 administrator
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Poster to advertise coach transportCoaches from Gloucestershire to "End Austerity Now" demonstration

The People’s Assembly Against Austerity is calling a major national "End Austerity Now" demonstration & festival on Saturday 20th June to send a clear message to the Tory government: we demand an alternative to austerity and to policies that only benefit those at the top.

Stroud Against the Cuts is working with other local organisations to arrange transport by coach to the protest.

Coaches will leave from both Stroud and Gloucester (at around 8am on the day).
If you live elsewhere, including Cheltenham or Cirencester, please get in touch - we will arrange pick-up points as most appropriate depending on numbers. Final details will be circulated two weeks before the event, when we have a better idea of numbers. Already 50 people have booked with us to travel from Gloucestershire to London.

Tickets will cost £12 waged, £5 unwaged. No-one will be turned away for lack of funds but PLEASE BOOK your place(s).

If you would a seat on a coach, please contact: Hannah (one of SATC co-ordinators) via email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Alternatively call James Beecher on 07734 058789.

The new Stroud Against the Cuts Facebook page has an "Gloucestershire travels to the "End Austerity Now" demonstration" event where we will regularly share updates about the event, enabling you to help us publicise it ('joining' this will not guarantee you a seat - see above methods). There is also a Facebook event page for the national protest.

Make Banners for the "End Austerity Now" protest together

Banner making fun at the Prince Albert. Ready for the London Anti-Austerity Demo on 20th June.

Two Saturday afternoon sessions have been arranged - make banners and placards on the 6th June and/or make placards and banners on the 13th June (separate links to Facebook Events).

The organisers say: "Bring materials, paints, pens, people and dogs and make some great placards and banners for the March.

Everything made can be stored at the pub until the big day.

Open event. Please share far and wide. Everyone WELCOME!

Last Updated ( Friday, 29 May 2015 12:29 )

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