At its most recent executive, the Young Labour’s largest regional organisation London Young Labour passed the following motion:
LYL notes NHS England’s 18 August announcement that all new GP contracts will be short-term APMS contracts. GP leaders have warned this marks the death knell of traditional life-long general practice, promoting corporate take over of services.
LYL notes that last year £10 billion of NHS spending went to private providers like Virgin and Care UK.
LYL notes that while PFI expenditure building hospitals was £12.2 billion, the NHS has had to repay £70.5 billion.
LYL notes that responding to NHS privatisation cannot wait until the election. We welcome Clive Efford’s private member’s bill if it reverses the worst privatisation.
LYL welcomes countrywide demonstrations in defence of the NHS, including the August-September Jarrow-London 999 march.
LYL supports the Living Wage campaign of Care UK workers in Doncaster, who struck 29 July-11 August against wage cuts imposed by the private-equity firm which owns their employer. Such struggles show the need for a public care system.
LYL supports the following policy commitments from Labour:
1) Repeal the Health and Social Care Act and competition regulations promoting market forces and privatisation
2) Restore ministerial duty to provide comprehensive services
3) Reverse outsourcing and privatisation in any stream of the NHS, including allied health professions and clinical services
4) Exclude healthcare from international free trade agreements
5) Rebuild a publicly owned, publicly accountable, publicly (and adequately) funded NHS
6) End PFI and liberate the NHS from crushing PFI debts
7) Ensure any integration of health and social care is a public system
8) Ensure decent conditions, including a Living Wage, for health and care staff
9) Review the standards of nursing within the NHS, with a goal to reduce waiting times and guarantee a minimum patient-nurse ratio of 4:1.
1) To publicise our commitment to this policy on the LYL website, newsletter twitter and facebook accounts
2) For LYL committee to ask Young Labour National Committee delegates to vote in support of the motion at Labour Party conference
3) For LYL committee members to request that their CLPs support this motion at Labour Party Conference
4) To attend and publicise the Labour NHS Lobby outside Labour Party conference on Sunday 21st September, 2.30-5.30pm, Manchester Central, Conference Centre, Windmill Street, M2 3XG (labournhslobby.wordpress.com)