Updated version of contemporary resolution on the NHS for Labour Party conference

Below is an updated version of the motion we are supporting for CLPs to send to Labour Party conference (referring to more recent events). For more on the motion and how to submit, see here.

NHS: Stop privatisation, save the health service

Conference notes

The late August announcement of a “glut” of closures and privatisations in the NHS, under the so-called “Sustainability and Transformation Plans”, amid what has been widely described as the worst financial crisis in the health service’s history.

That in September the British Medical Association announced plans for a renewed and escalated program of strikes by junior doctors in its campaign to defend working conditions and to defend the NHS.

Conference commits Labour to

Wholeheartedly supporting junior doctors’ and all health workers’ fight to defend themselves and the NHS.
Exposing and fighting rolling privatisation and cuts, including the “Sustainability and Transformation Plans” which are driving them.
Rolling renationalisation of clinical, ancillary and back-office services; creating a universal, comprehensive, publicly-owned, -run and -accountable, and free (including prescriptions, dentistry, optical care) NHS.
Nationalising social care along the same lines to create a free, public system.
Fully publicly funding both, including by reversing expensive and wasteful privatisation and marketisation; increasing taxes on the rich and corporations; borrowing to invest where necessary.
Ending PFI; liberating the NHS from debt.
Reversing attacks on migrants’ rights to healthcare.
Opposing any “trade deal” aiding privatisation of public services or assets.
Improving workers’ pay, rights, training and say in the service; restoring bursaries; guaranteeing safe staffing levels.
Tackling causes of ill health by reversing “austerity”.
Legislation furthering these goals.
Campaigning with unions, health campaigns and the “NHS (Reinstatement) Bill” initiative.

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Over 700 health workers and campaigners sign statement backing Corbyn – please join them

corbynbmaNHS campaigners have launched the following statement in support of Jeremy Corbyn. It will be sent to the press this week (week ending 4 September).

Please add your/your organisation’s name by filling in the form below.

You must be a Labour member or supporter to sign. Continue reading

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Harry Leslie Smith on why your CLP should send this NHS resolution to Labour Party conference

HarrySMith-PAAuthor and campaigner Harry Leslie Smith, who famously spoke about the roots of the NHS and the importance of defending it at Labour Party conference 2014 (see the video here), is backing the resolution to this year’s conference being circulated by Labour NHS activists. Harry says:

“I was born almost a hundred years ago, so I remember Britain before the NHS. It was a time when working families like mine couldn’t afford a doctor or medicine because they were luxuries. My sister died of tuberculosis in a workhouse infirmary. During my childhood in the 1920s and 30s tens of thousands of children didn’t reach adulthood because their families could not afford either a doctor or the medicine needed to keep them healthy and alive. Continue reading

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Model motion for CLPs to send to Labour Party conference on saving the NHS!

This message from Yannis Gourtsoyannis and the model resolution it introduces are from nhsmotions.weebly.com, put together by a range of Labour-supporting NHS activists.

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Labour Party conference takes place in Liverpool at the end of September. Constituency Labour Parties have now started submitting resolutions.

We are asking CLPs to submit the model resolution below on saving the NHS, put together by a wide range of Labour members active in campaigning for the health service. Continue reading

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Add your name to the hundreds of NHS workers and campaigners backing Jeremy Corbyn

corbynbmaNHS campaigners have launched the following statement in support of Jeremy Corbyn. It will be sent to the press soon.

Please add your/your organisation’s name by filling in the form below.

You must be a Labour member or supporter to sign. Continue reading

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How policy motions to Labour Party conference work

Quite a few people have asked us how policy motions to Labour Party conference work. Here is a quick guide. Continue reading

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URGENT – National Policy Forum submissions close today – support needed

You have until midnight tonight to reply to Labour’s policy consultation on health.

Please support the submissions from Momentum NHS and OurNHS, or submit your own.

Labour’s Health and Care Policy Commission is leading a consultation focused on mental health but they also ask questions about the last manifesto, and about health and care generally.

You can reply here in 600 words or less here. Registration is required but it only takes a minute and you don’t need to be a party member.

Time is running out, so we suggest that if you don’t have time to write your own response, you can upvote Momentum NHS’ submission  and  OurNHS’ submission

Registration is necessary to upvote, but it only takes a minute. Both submissions support the NHS (Reinstatement) Bill, so this is an excellent opportunity to back the Bill, which aims to bring the NHS back into public ownership, ending privatisation in the NHS. See http://www.nhsbill2015.org

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