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FIGHT TO KEEP NHS PUBLIC GOES TO SALFORD MEDIACITYUK
 

Star date: 24th March 2013

NHS PROTEST TO HIT MEDIACITYUK

Keep Our NHS Public
Tuesday 2nd April
March from Cornbrook Metrolink 7:30am
Protest at MediaCity UK 8am

The campaign to Keep Our NHS Public hits Salford next week, when a march beginning at Cornbrook Metrolink at 7:30am hits BBC HQ in MediaCityUK at 8am.

The protest is against the introduction of the Health and Social Care Act which will mean privatisation, marketization and cuts in the NHS, as Chloe Glover reports…

Full story here…


As the D-Day for the massive overhaul of our health services looms closer, Greater Manchester pressure groups have announced they will be taking their fight onto the media's doorstep to warn the public about the attempted destruction of the NHS as we know it.

Greater Manchester's Keep Our NHS Public (KONP), Greater Manchester Trades Union Council (GMATUC) and Greater Manchester Against Cuts will march to the belly of Media City, outside the BBC Dock and Quays Houses on 2nd April and hold a demonstration.

Campaigners will stage a street theatre action alongside a choir to get the message to the public about how the privatisation, marketization and cuts could effect them after major parts of the 2012 Health and Social Care Act are introduced the day before.

The introduction of the Act comes on top of the £20bn of national cuts that will be inflicted upon services, staff and patients in 2013-14 and hitting Greater Manchester hard (see previous articles - click here and click here), the worries over increased prevalence of Private Finance Initiatives in the NHS and the privatisation of the Greater Manchester Patient Transport ambulance

Amongst the Act's controversial measures is the potentially disastrous impact of the establishment of Clinical Commissioning Groups which, from April, will take charge of controlling health budgets and commissioning services such as emergency care, community and health in local areas.

It also includes the Government's push for all NHS trusts to become decentralised foundation trusts - which has come under attack for shooing in potential inequalities in services throughout the country. Under the Bill there will be no longer be a cap on the amount of private patient income or borrowing trusts acquire, and they will have greater flexibility on pay rates. Those struggling with finances would be allowed to sell off part of their trust if they default on debt repayments.

The groups also want to place the spotlight on the Government decision to try sell-off  the NHS state-owned plasma supplier, which is used to treat patients suffering from major traumas, haemophilia, burns and neurological conditions.

Organisers of the demonstration have called on members of the public to come to the rally to show that the fight to get the Government to scrap the Act and reverse the attacks on the NHS is in many ways only just beginning.

"If we don't keep pressure on the government then the NHS as we know it will just disappear" says Stephan Hall, president of GMATUC "We'll end up with an American style system in its place that will be based on ability to pay. Obviously the grim reality of such a system is that it will just lead to people dying unnecessarily.

"It's not at all too late to save the NHS" he adds "but to be successful we need everyone to pull together in opposition to the changes."

Keep Our NHS Public
Tuesday 2nd April
March from Cornbrook Metrolink 7:30am
Protest at MediaCity UK 8am


More details of how to join the demo can be found on the facebook event here: http://www.facebook.com/events/167913956692590/ 

Words by Chloe Glover

Jonno wrote
at 9:01:18 AM on Thursday, March 28, 2013
@Salford Star - My comment wasn't an attack on your website at all. I did say indirectly and, by that, I meant a lot of posters on the website who link people that work at Media City to the people who own and run Media City. I don't think it's as black and white as that. I understand that many people from Salford feel a bit agrieved at the lack of jobs for people from Salford and I understand that. However, many people from Manchester and the surrounding areas (and yes, I get how that sounds to a Salfordian. . . ) do work there and also,over the comming years, when people from Salford (particularly the younger generation)get the skills and experience to work in the industries based at Media City, I would imagine opportunities will be available to them and wont have to leave for London to get the experience. That's just my opinion and I appreciate your reply. I also understand that people may have been lied to and sold a complete untruth. . . . that goes on all across the country by our political 'leaders' and certainly isn't exclusive to Salford. You probably guessed that I do indeed work at Media City. I also live in Salford, spend my money in local shops and pubs, rent a local property and, sometimes, get a bit weary of the comments I recieve when I tell people where I work. That's how my opinion has been formed.
 
Edward D wrote
at 3:49:50 AM on Thursday, March 28, 2013
I would think the protest is being held at Media City solely to increase the chances of gaining some much needed media coverage. While coalition press releases are readily and routinely repeated the truth about the imminent changes has rarely been heard. This really is a massive failure of democracy. New Labour's use of PFI and the internal market in healthcare paved the way. Health companies have lobbied and donated millions over the last 10 years and this government has lied to the public, and now to the GPs who make up the new clinical commissioning groups. The NHS reforms will provide private firms the opportunity to make big profits out of tax payers money, which should go on providing healthcare, this has been admitted by Mark Britnell one of David Cameron's own advisers who is now doing very nicely thank you as head of KPMGs health division. The healthcare system will be transformed by the Government's controversial reforms to become a state insurance provider, not a state deliverer of care. A recent open letter to the BMJ signed by many doctors views the looming changes as: " part of a wave of healthcare system privatisation forced on European Union countries by Washington’s requirement for legal harmonisation with US laws before the EU-US treaty that David Cameron will sign in June 2013. The rhetoric of these reforms is “the best interest of the patients,” but the reality is a raid on public service budgets and an attempt to open the door to co-payments and the expansion of private health insurance." Nobody voted for privatisation of the NHS and that is what is happening in a very sly, underhand, under reported, slow burning way, hiding under the NHS "brand" logo. Now that really isn't fair.
 
Salford Star wrote
at 10:34:20 AM on Wednesday, March 27, 2013
See Jonno's comment below... The Salford Star has never written anything bad about Media City workers or the BBC for that matter, just the way that Peel Holdings run the show and the lack of jobs for Salford people, a fact now acknowledged by Salford's Mayor. Indeed the Star reported on the BBC strikes a few weeks ago at Media City. The Star isn't involved in organising this demo, only previewing it. We think the idea is to drill home the message on the NHS to the media...
 
Jonno wrote
at 10:27:33 AM on Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Why will the protest be at Media City? Despite the obvious dislike of the place (and maybe also the people that work there - which I suggest is a little unfair - people are just doing a job)is it really fair to disrupt their morning? If the intention is to get the message accross to people who work within media in the hope they will take up the baton and run with it in support, the protest group (and, indirectly, this website. . . . which I like very much, by the way)could do more to build a better relationship with the workers at Media City (The workers, not Peel, the owners)and not slag them off so vociferously on here.
 
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