The text of our latest leaflet:
Cuts bombshell for Gloucestershire's NHS?
You’ve probably heard lots of news about problems in the NHS.
Now Stroud Against the Cuts have learned that Gloucestershire’s new plans for NHS include a £100 million hole in the budget. This is just one result of the government underfunding the NHS by at least £22 billion between now and 2020.
It’s a threat to our local hospitals and services.
The Gloucestershire Plan offers no guarantees of the future of our district hospitals – even though we’ve lost too many beds and local services already. They’ve hinted to Stroud Against the Cuts that Gloucestershire’s £100m financial hole will be filled by selling off more buildings, withdrawing NHS treatments and services - and more privatisation & PFI.
Gloucestershire NHS and County Council signed off more detailed plans and sent them to government before Christmas – but kept them secret from Gloucestershire residents. Will we only find out the truth after May’s County Council elections?
The government has said that the plans can be stopped by strong objections from councils - and other councils are opposing their local plans. Our Tory-led County Council claims these plans “aren’t cuts”, but in January the British Medical Association wrote to Prime Minister Theresa May telling her that the Tories must stop “presenting cuts as improvements in the face of palpably deteriorating services”.
Gloucestershire’s NHS has already been hit by:
- Privatisation of hospital pharmacy, patient ambulances and more
- Cuts to A&E opening times - Gloucester is now the only 24/7 A&E
- ‘Phone/app-only’ services - replacing the Stop Smoking service
- Bed shortages and longer waiting times – patients left waiting on trollies at Gloucester A&E!
- GPs and other health workers leaving - fed up with government plans
What can you do?
Fill in a postcard to council leaders
Demanding they publicly oppose-the NHS cuts bombshell (‘Sustainability & Transformation Plan’).
Come to the National NHS Protest on Sat 4th March
Book a seat on the coach from Stroud at: tinyurl.com/stroud-nhs-coach or
contact James on 07734 058789 for a place (tickets £15/10/less if needed).
Learn more at our NHS exhibition - February 4th-11th
Come and talk to us and make protest placards to display and take to the March
4th demonstration at the former Millets shop on Stroud High St.
Open 9am-2pm Sat 4th & Sat 11th, 10-6pm Monday 6th-Friday 10th February.
It doesn’t have to be this way! Back the ‘NHS Reinstatement Bill’, to
end privatisation and save a fortune currently wasted on running the NHS as a
‘market’ just so private firms can bid for what they want: www.nhsbill2015.org
no cuts | no closures | no privatisation
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