THE NHS IN CRISIS..? REBUILD THE NHS!
Monday 23rd February
The Old Town Hall, Stroud
7.30-9.30pm (doors 7pm)
Is the NHS sustainable?
Is PFI bankrupting the NHS?
What’s wrong with privatisation?
What demands should we make?
How can we rebuild the NHS?
THREE CO-ORDINATORS OF THE CAMPAIGN THAT STOPPED LOCAL COMMUNITY HEALTH SERVICES BEING PRIVATISED AND AN NHS WORKER SPEAK:
Cllr Caroline Molloy - Editor of the OurNHS website, freelance writer, and
Green district councillor for Stroud Central.
Chris Moore - led the local anti-poll-tax non-payment campaign in the 1990s,
Trade Unionists and Socialists against Cuts (TUSC) candidate.
James Beecher - Chair of Stroud Against the Cuts, Economist.
Hannah Basson - an NHS health worker and Equalities Officer for the Gloucester
Health branch of Unite the Union (personal capacity).
Our NHS is under sustained attack
Earlier this year our local A&E department declared a ‘major incident’.
Local non-emergency ambulance services have been handed to a
private company. Health and social care services have seen their
budgets cut, while the government’s 2012 Health & Social Care Act
was just the latest way to introduce privatisation. Morale in the NHS
is at a low ebb and workers deserve better.
We urgently need to develop a concerted campaign to Defend Our
NHS. Join the campaign against NHS privatisation: say “No!” to an
American-style market-based health system.
...but we can resist - and win!
In 2011 and 2012, a determined Gloucestershire-wide campaign led by Stroud Against the Cuts successfully used legal action, petitions and protests to force local NHS bosses to halt the transfer of local community hospitals and 3000 health workers out of the NHS.
What you can do – Raise your Voice!
1. Come to our public meeting on the NHS on Monday February 23rd.
2. Subscribe to our regular email newsletter. We send regular emails to
supporters with news on the NHS, cuts, privatisation, protests and resistance
- to join, just send an email to
3. Put the date of our next public meeting in your diary. We’ll be
discussing the UK economy since the financial crisis and the effects of
austerity in the UK. The meeting will take place at the Old Town Hall on
Monday March 23rd, 7.30pm (doors 7pm).
4. Help us distribute this information: share with colleagues, friends, neighbours, everyone - put it on noticeboards in your community, workplace and online.
5. Show solidarity with health workers demanding fair pay. Whether
you work in health or not, speak to your union rep and ask them to circulate
this information. If you are a health worker you can speak confidentially to a
campaigning member of staff via
• Telephone: James Beecher 07734 058789
• Twitter: @stroudanticuts