Save the NHS! Contemporary resolution for Labour Party conference 2013

We are promoting the following resolution on the NHS for Constituency Labour Parties to submit to Labour Party conference 2013 (22-25 September, Brighton). The deadline for submission is noon on 12 September. The world limit is 250. Each CLP can only submit one resolution. To let us know you are submitting the text, or if you want any help with this process, get in touch by emailing nhsliaison@yahoo.co.uk or ringing 07904 944 771. For more on what happened at last year’s Labour Party conference on this issue, see earlier posts on this blog at labournhslobby.wordpress.com

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Save the NHS!

Conference notes the 8 August announcement on A&E funding: an attempt to hide cuts and dismantling of the NHS.

Days before, the High Court overturned the closure of Lewisham Hospital, following sustained campaigning involving thousands of residents.

One cause of the South London crisis, as elsewhere, is debts resulting from the obscenely wasteful Private Finance Initiative.

On 1 August it was revealed the NHS paid Clinicenta £53m to end a Treatment Centre contract in Stevenage, after investigations into three deaths. Yet parent company Carillion may receive a £425m PFI contract at the Royal Liverpool.

In line with last year’s unanimously-agreed policy, the party should step up campaigning against cuts, privatisation and fragmentation in the NHS, including takeover of services by private companies, led by scandal-ridden Serco and G4S, or by charities.

We stand for universal provision for need and democratic accountability and control, through a publicly-owned, publicly-run NHS: not an NHS logo covering a profit-driven healthcare market.

We commit to:

Repealing the Health and Social Care Act and associated “competition regulations”.
Reversing other policies that have shifted the NHS towards a market system – including the wasteful “internal market”, the “any qualified provider” rule, widespread outsourcing/subcontracting.
Restoring the ministerial duty to provide a comprehensive service.
Excluding the NHS from international competition frameworks.
Cancelling PFI debts and replacing PFI with direct funding.
Reversing cuts and providing adequate funding to rebuild the NHS.
Making sure any integration with social care is under “NHS principles”: public, universal, funded free through taxation.

[250 words including title]

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6 Responses to Save the NHS! Contemporary resolution for Labour Party conference 2013

  1. Nicholas says:

    “Restoring the ministerial duty to provide a comprehensive service” even Ed Miliband has said he would do this now. Would it not be a good idea to recognise that, however briefly, in the text?

  2. Hi Nicholas,
    There’s a problem about the very tight word limit. Did you mean in order to hold Miliband to what he’s said?

  3. Nicholas says:

    Hi,
    Yes, exactly. In the spirit of “We applaud/welcome [in this case Miliband]’s commitment to restore the state’s duty to provide comprehensive healthcare” (though fewer words I imagine!).

    I had managed to ask Andy Burnham about restoring this and he was unconclusive about whether or when/how they would ever make such a public statement, however Miliband then did so and it’s a core point in the market vs public service equation.

    Is 250 words the limit?

  4. linda kaucher says:

    There is no specific reference to an exemption of the NHS from the US/EU Trade and Investment Partnership (free trade agreement). This is needed otherwise the Act is irreversible – despite Labour Party bleating.

    Because it represents a radical deviation from the secretive and encompassing EU trade agenda though, it needed to be spelt out.
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  5. Shirley Murgraff says:

    1. Good resolution in general but: a) “Excluding NHS…” should have read “EXEMPTING NHS..from ALL…….”; and b) Removing the superfluous words would have made room for the essential “Cancelling PFI debts WITHOUT COMPENSATION…”
    2. And it’s not just the LP that needs to commit to these things: the TUC and almost all the TU leaderships colluded with the New Labour horrors for 13 years (with very little reward for their “loyalty”!), and are now seriously dragging their feet on even recognising, let alone informing their members and the public about, the devastating dangers of the looming EU-US Free Trade Agreement. We must demand that they get on with this crucial task – NOW!

  6. david13 says:

    WHO CONTROLS SERCO ?
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serco_Group

    SERCO IS WELL CONNECTED WITH THE BRITISH ROYAL FAMILY.
    1) ” And in their spare time Serco organises the Queen’s flights around the world and makes sure that Greenwich Mean Time is ticking over nicely.”
    ” SERCO has a hand in flights made by almost every passenger from the Queen and Prince Charles to ordinary holidaymakers. It supports the Ministry of Defence at RAF Northolt, the base of the Queen’s Flight and which is regularly used by Prince Charles. ” http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/so-you-thought-it-was-tony-and-gordon-in-charge-580043

    2) ” Mr. Alastair David Lyons, CBE., is Non-Executive Independent Chairman of the Board of Serco Group Plc.”
    ” He was awarded the CBE in the 2001 Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to social security. ”
    http://markets.ft.com/research/Markets/Tearsheets/Directors-and-dealings?s=SRP:LSE

    3) ” Christopher Rajendran Hyman CBE (born 5 July 1963 in Durban, South Africa)[1] was Chief Executive of Serco Group plc from 2002 to October 2013.”
    ” Hyman was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2010 Birthday Honours for services to business and charity.”
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_Hyman https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commander_of_the_Order_of_the_British_Empire
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/honours-list/7822829/queens-birthday-honours-the-full-list.html

    THE BRITISH ROYAL FAMILY IS A FRONT OF THE ROTHSCHILDS.
    ” Lord JACOB ROTHSCHILD, the behind-the-scenes controller of the Inter-Alpha Group, was a partner at Rothschild at the time he set up the Inter-Alpha Group in 1971, using its resources and then leaving in 1980 to continue his special mission, which includes advising the genocidal British Crown and managing the funds of Prince Charles’ Duchy of Cornwall, to finance his kooky, “green” schemes.”
    http://unitednationsoffilm.com/?p=1728
    ” Prince Charles already played polo with EVELYN DE ROTHSCHILD in his student years and later set up the Interfaith consultations with him. ”
    http://www.gnosticliberationfront.com/people_with_the_endless_bios.htm
    EVELYN DE ROTHSCHILD ” In 1989, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II,[2] for whom he serves as a financial adviser. ” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evelyn_Robert_de_Rothschild
    THE BRITISH ROYAL FAMILY HAS THE CONTROL OF THE ROYAL BANK OF SCOTLAND. http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/prince-charles-dumps-rbs-boss-372885
    BUT THE ROYAL BANK OF SCOTLAND IS RELATED ALSO WITH THE EDMOND DE ROTHSCHILD OWNED BY BENJAMIN DE ROTHSCHILD ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_de_Rothschild ) AND BY HIS WIFE ARIANE DE ROTHSCHILD ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ariane_de_Rothschild ).FOR EXAMPLE THROUGH THE PERSONS OF LAURA SCOLAN AND MARK PHILLIPS,ETC..
    http://www.linkedin.com/pub/laura-scolan/a/ba1/7b7 http://www.linkedin.com/pub/mark-phillips/4/5b9/772 http://www.lejdd.fr/Economie/Images/Les-plus-grosses-fortunes-de-France/Benjamin-de-Rothschild-206941
    http://wikimapia.org/6825620/fr/Chateau-de-Pregny http://www.panoramio.com/photo/77169200 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waddesdon http://www.waddesdon.org.uk/ http://www.thefullwiki.org/Waddesdon_Manor http://www.thefullwiki.org/Ascott_House http://www.breathingenglishair.blogspot.fr/2012/04/ascott-house-buckinghamshire.html

    BUT THERE ARE MANY OTHER LINKS BETWEEN SERCO AND THE ROTHSCHILDS………..

    Meet Serco, the private firm getting $1.2 billion to process your Obamacare application
    http://bullionbullscanada.com/bulletin-boards/21-geopolitcal-news-talk/28152-meet-serco

    Serco has seen a large amount of criticism involving its private prisons and detention centres. In particular, the Union of Christmas Island Workers has said about the Christmas Island detention centre, which hosts many refugees as well as 1,000 children who have tried to immigrate into Australia, “Serco’s failure to perform is huge.” Serco has been accused of beating prisoners, not adequately maintaining their physical and mental health, and allowing suicide and self-harm incidents to increase over time. Australian ombudsman Allan Asher said to the Australian radio show AM, “In the first week of June when I visited Christmas Island, more than 30 incidents of self harm by detainees held there were reported.” Serco, in a company memo leaked to The Australian, blamed the detainees for “creating a culture of self harm,” and using it as a “bargaining tool.” Serco has been fined for breaches of contract every month it has managed detention centres in Australia, leading to a total of $4 million in fines in early 2011. Also, Serco’s Christmas Island detention center was reported by its own former manager to be “typically 15 staff members short every day.”
    Serco has also gained criticism for its inefficiency in its pathology labs. Its laboratories in St Thomas’ Hospital saw an increase in the number of clinical incidents, such as patients getting inappropriate blood when their medical history was not flagged by the system or patients’ kidney damage results being calculated incorrectly. A Serco employee later revealed that the company had given false reports to the National Health Service 252 times over its medical services in Cornwall.
    In September 2013, Serco was removed for consideration in a contract in Ireland because of its involvement in a multi-billion pound fraud in Britain.
    In September 2013, Serco was accused of covering up extensive sexual abuse of immigrants at its Yarl’s Wood prison in Bedfordshire, England. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serco_Group
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/10272109/Serco-staff-investigated-by-police-over-prison-van-fraud.html
    http://uk.news.yahoo.com/serco-vows-fix-british-government-contract-woes-071634299.html http://dearkitty1.wordpress.com/2013/08/23/british-children-ill-treated-in-private-jails/
    http://dearkitty1.wordpress.com/2013/05/14/british-serco-private-prison-scandal/

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