The following motions were passed overwhelmingly at the conference of the Socialist Health Association, the health campaign which is an official Labour Party affiliate, on 5 March in Manchester. They were both proposed by supporters of Momentum NHS. We’ll report more on the conference soon.
In the light of the support of Labour’s Leader, Shadow Chancellor, of many other Labour MPs, and of many SHA members, SHA should do everything in its power to support the NHS Bill prior to its second reading on March 11. This should include emails to all Labour MPs informing them of SHA’s support for the Bill, and similar support messages on the SHA website, Facebook and Twitter.
Proposed: Alex Scott-Samuel
1.That at this pivotal moment in the fight to save the NHS, the Labour Party can play a crucial and irreplaceable role.
2. That Labour’s policy and stance on the NHS and health is in a number of respects stuck in the pre-Corbyn era:
– Inadequate support for the junior doctors’ strike and NHS student bursary struggles.
– Failure to make a clear commitment to reversing cuts, outsourcing and privatisation and reinstating the NHS as a universal, comprehensive, publicly owned, funded and provided service meeting clinical need.
– Promoting the idea of integrating health and social care, without making clear if this would mean social care becoming a free public service. Otherwise integration could mean extending privatisation in the NHS.
1. To campaign for Labour to commit clearly to reversing cuts, outsourcing and privatisation and reinstating the NHS as a comprehensive, publicly owned, funded and provided service meeting clinical need. This should include an end to the use of PFI and a serious solution to the problem of PFI debts; and an expansion of democratic control in the NHS.
2. To campaign for the party to commit to social care becoming a free, publicly owned, funded and provide service.
3. To campaign for much stronger Labour support for the doctors’ strike, the NHS bursary fight and other health workers’ struggles – including by Labour MPs and Shadow Ministers attending picket lines, and by the party working with the TUC to organise a national demo in support of the BMA.
4. To work on this with other Labour NHS campaigns, including Momentum NHS.
Proposed: Nik Barstow