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FOOTPRINT-wide protest January 20
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NHS IN CRISIS - FIX IT NOW
Day of Action February 3Read the statement from Health Campaigns Together and People's Assembly
More than 60,000 people marched through London on 3 February.
Reports and pictures HERE
There were 54 other events across England, and solidarity events in Wales, in Scotland and in Northern Ireland.
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Statement from Health Campaigns Together and People's Assembly
On January 4 Prime Minister Theresa May joined Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt in issuing a hollow apology for the state of the NHS.
This comes after almost eight brutal years of frozen funding by their government has reduced spending on health and the numbers of hospital beds to the lowest of any equivalent country – bringing front line health services in many areas to “third world” conditions.
There’s no point in apologising when the problem comes from deliberate government policy, which has not changed since George Osborne imposed the funding freeze in 2010 – despite repeated warnings from NHS Providers, the NHS Confederation, the health unions and almost every NHS professional body.
Eight years of frozen real terms funding – while cost pressures have increased by 4% each year and the population has grown by 4 million – mean our NHS has been starved of funding with inadequate investment in staff and resources.
8,000 front line beds and 20% of mental health beds have closed, leaving no spare capacity for peaks of demand – while 8 years of below inflation pay settlements have left 100,000 vacant posts for nurses, health professionals and doctors in all parts of the NHS, increasing the pressure on the dedicated staff who remain.
This is why on December 31 more than half the acute hospitals had at least 95% of their beds full, and 8 out of 10 hospitals emergency services were over 90% full, with emergency admissions crowding out elective surgery until at least the end of January.
It’s why ambulances queue for hours seeking to hand over seriously ill patients, why corridors and other spaces are now routinely used as desperate, dangerous last resort areas for patients to wait for beds, and it’s why despite all the government’s warm words mental health patients are being taken hundreds of miles to find a bed.
We don’t want apologies, we want changes:
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