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Jonathan Ashworth MP, Shadow Secretary for Health, will be joining our one-day conference in September this year to take a closer look at the mental health crisis.

Saturday 28 September 10am - 5pm Royal Free Hospital School Of Medicine NW3 2PF

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Health Campaigns Together newspaper No. 15 - New issue out now!

Issue 15 of our quarterly tabloid newspaper, 12 pages filled with news, analysis and comment, is available to DOWNLOAD FREE, but if you want printed copies for events between now and the end of September you need to order now: stocks are limited. Order bundles ONLINE NOW.

TOP INSIDE STORIES include * Centrespread on fighting privatisation; * Shropshire campaign winning ground; * Over 500,000 say keep NHS out of any trade talks; * NHS Implementation Framework; * Mental health summit September 28; * Reclaim Social Care launches as a campaign; * West London spin doctor on axing of closure plan; … and much more

Our next issue will be out early in October: order early to avoid disappointment. Get any articles to us at healthcampaignstogerher@gmail.com by September 23.

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Online NHS news bulletin - The Lowdown

Here is the LATEST downloadable pdf of a FREE access fortnightly NHS news analysis for health union activists and campaigners, including: * Halted: plans to privatise urgent care in Halton; * Can the front-runner as next PM be trusted with our NHS?; * Birmingham & Solihull staff united against WOS; * BED SHORTAGE forces NHS to look to private sector - and much more.

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Reclaim Social Care campaign

The campaign that has been built from our successful conference in Birmingham last November is now developing an independent existence as a campaign affiliated to Health Campaigns Together.

Reclaim Social Care is now itself seeking affiliates and supporters, and organising discussions and activities. An organising meeting is taking place in Birmingham on the afternoon of May 2: for details of this, or to join the online discussion send email to reclaimsocialcare@googlegroups.com

Conference reports, background facts, figures, etc available HERE.

CALENDAR of events

Saturday 3rd August 2019

Join Hands For Our Hospital

QEQM Hospital (Accident and Emergency)
Ramsgate Road,
Margate, Kent

Join us on Saturday 3 August from 11am to join hands to save our Stroke, A&E and Maternity services at QEQM hospital.
We are protesting about the closure of QEQM's stroke unit, which is to be moved 40 miles away to Ashford. We'll also be protesting about the plans to cut maternity and A&E at the hospital.
Thanet needs its local hospital. It serves over 145,000 people, it employs 2,000 and is a good hospital.
Bring banners, flags and whistles.
Please share and invite your friends
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Saturday 28th September 2019

Mental Health Crisis Summit

Royal Free Hospital School Of Medicine
Rowland Hill Street
London NW3 2PF

A one-day conference on the crisis in mental health and what must be done to stop it
There is a crisis in mental health services in the UK. It's time to act
Almost 7000 mental health nurses were lost from 2009 to 2018. Meanwhile, the number of doctors in specialist psychiatric training fell by 20%, and beds available for patients with serious mental health issues fell by over 8000.
That's why we're holding a one-day conference in September this year to take a closer look at the mental health crisis - what's driving it, how government decisions have let it worsen over time, and what action we can take to set things right.

Hosted by Health Campaigns Together, Keep Our NHS Public and Mental Health Time For Action

Tickets: Unwaged/Low Pension: £5.00 Standard: £10.00 Solidarity: £20.00
If you’re having difficulty paying and would still like to attend, please contact us at nationaladmin@keepournhspublic.com and we can sort out a free ticket

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Victory for Princess Alexandra domestics on eve of strike

Domestics at Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow today called off six days of planned strikes after their employer dropped plans to outsource their jobs ...

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Info links

Links to important new information on other websites
  • KONP calls for taking hospital catering back in-house A blast of sound policy from Keep Our NHS Public, which points out that we need to unpick over three decades of privatisation and disintegration of services:
    "The process of outsourcing food production from hospitals has been ongoing since the 1980s. Most of the new-build PFI hospitals were only provided with kitchens suitable for reheating pre-prepared meals, not cooking from scratch. The drive has been to cut costs. Staff in private food production firms are frequently paid only the minimum wage. They do not receive NHS pay and conditions. They are not part of the NHS family and cannot be expected to have the same loyalty, and understanding, of the NHS that directly employed staff do."

  • Martin Plackard’s implementation framework Great antidote to the mega serving of bullsh*t in NHS England's Long Term Plan and more recent Implementation Framework. You may weep, but from laughing rather than the straight-faced nonsense that passes for planning.

  • You Tube video of ground-breaking NUJ meeting in Oxford An important meeting challenging secrecy and threats of legal action in NHS England's efforts to privatise specialist PET-CT scanning services in Oxfordshire, Milton Keynes and Swindon

  • 'Abysmal': Patient in SEVEN-HOUR wait for ambulance in Shropshire Shropshire Star article with self explanatory headline: with a change of chief executive in the acute hospital trust it must now be time to drop the plan to axe one of the county's A&E units.

  • Special report: How Oxford’s cancer scanners are being handed to a profit-seeking company More splendid reporting from the Banbury Guardian makes you wish more of the local news media had the staff, resources and know-how to get stuck in and investigate scandals like this.

  • Boris Johnson vows to FREEZE sugar tax on fizzy drinks to reduce food bills for poorest families Daily Mail predictably lining up enthusiastic support for a policy that can shorten the lives of its readers, describing Jonson's questioning of the effectiveness of the sugar tax as "one of his most significant policy announcements to date."

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