NHS CUTS: “PEOPLE WILL DIE”

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SPEECH: NHS campaigner Maria Pizzey

On Friday 9 December 11 people from East Kent interrupted a meeting of the board of directors of the East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust about the Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STP)  which the government has asked all health care systems in England to draw up. One of the protestors, Green Party member Maria Pizzey, delivered the following speech:

We are here today to demand, that this board of directors, whose purpose is to serve the population of East Kent, speak openly and honestly about the STP, which is the government’s tool for further privatisation and the dismantling of our NHS.

East Kent’s draft STP outlines the downgrading of services to leave just one A&E site with a trauma unit to provide care for a populace of 1.5 million people.

This means people will die.

Rife with jargon and terminology, the STP has been designed to be obtuse and inaccessible for the public, so as to present itself as a positive step towards saving the future of our NHS services. When in fact its purpose is to accelerate Simon Stevens’ Five Year Forward View and hasten the privatisation of service delivery.

Nationally, we are seeing the closure of A&E departments and Consultant led maternity services. The 5 year forward view seeks to centralise the expensive, non-profitable elements of the NHS, separating the good investments from the non-profitable, preparing for large scale privatisation. We know how fond Stevens is of private healthcare, having been the president of the largest health insurance company in the United States, prior to being installed as the head of NHS England by a Tory government.

Written in jargon and spin, the draft STP seeks to deceive the public into the ‘case for change’ and a false sense of security that their NHS will be preserved. The £101 million debt that the Trust has accumulated is being presented as an overspend.

This is dishonest.

The members of this board must speak out about the de-funding of the NHS and present this debt as it truly is – an under-funding by central government.

I quote the STP: ‘Your own bed is the best bed’. What this really means is there will be no other bed available for you. Discharged as early as possible, patients will be reliant on social care providers for their recovery. We all know the current unfit state of the privately operated social care sector.

The people of East Kent are depending on this board of directors to truly have their best interests at heart. We know the track record of your CEO, Matthew Kershaw and his attempts at cutting viciously in Lewisham and Brighton. You hold the future of peoples’ lives and health in your hands. The least you owe them is the transparency and honesty to tell them what these plans really mean. Each of you are responsible for ensuring the truth behind these plans is made known.

Don’t lie to us.

Don’t do Simon Stevens’ dirty work.

No closure.

No downgrade.

We will not be betrayed.

FIGHT THE NHS CUTS!

Momentum Thanet is inviting its members and supporters, and all NHS campaigners in east Kent to join us for a meet-up to discuss the NHS cuts coming to the area as part of the Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STP). These plans are out for consultation and will be implemented from April 2017.
A Momentum spokesperson said: “We need to be ready to challenge those parts of the plan that will cut services and reduce accessibility. This is a critical battle for the survival of the NHS as we know it.”
 
The meeting is on Friday 16 December, 5.30pm at the Red Hall. Updates will be available on Momentumthanet.org.uk
The Red Hall, 11 Grosvenor Road, Broadstairs CT10 2BT Tel 07989 070843.

THE LABOUR PARTY SUSPENSIONS

Last week, Sheree Bell spoke at a Momentum Thanet meeting, describing how she was suspended from the Labour Party and her vote for Jeremy Corbyn as leader declared null and void. Here she provides links to sites which provide more information about suspensions from the Labour Party.

If people would like to find out more about Labour Party suspensions then these are the links to look at. The whole point is that THOUSANDS of Corbyn-supporting activists have been knocked out of the system by a small minority who hold control in the Labour Party. There is no due process or natural justice and they seem to make things up as they go along. SO MANY people who are suspended and expelled – often on very spurious grounds  – are encountering injustice and unfairness in the way they are being treated. Labour needs to clean up its house before it can be strong enough to take on the Tories or even UKIP at this rate and support for comrades is paramount. Find out more, including many personal stories, here:

https://shadownec.wordpress.com/members-compliance-support-team-mcst-letter-statement-to-the-nec

http://www.memberscompliancesupportteam.co.uk

https://www.gopetition.com/petitions/demand-for-natural-justice-used-for-labour-party-complaints-procedures.html

EX-REFUGEE TO CHALLENGE UKIP HEAD

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Aram Rawf has been chosen by Thanet Labour Party Broadstairs branch to challenge the local head of UKIP, council leader Chris Wells, in Kent County Council elections.

Aram came to Britain fleeing Saddam Hussain’s Iraq in 1999 and is now a British citizen working as assistant manager at a Broadstairs hotel. He has distinguished himself over the years as a trainer for St John’s Ambulance and recently had a blue plaque dedicated to him and other asylum seekers in St Paul’s Cathedral for his achievements.

Aram has also won awards as tourism champion in Thanet two years running.

He intends to challenge both UKIP and the Conservatives on their policies on austerity.

“Thanet is one of the poorest areas in the UK and Cliftionville, where I lived for four years, has one of the poorest wards in Britain.

“I understand the problems of people coming into Thanet with nothing and also of those who have lived here all their lives struggling to survive in deep poverty. The policies of the Tory government and the UKIP council are making things worse.

“Under Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership of the Labour Party we have the chance of a fresh, new approach to problems in areas like ours.”

Aram is keen to organise a hustings meeting where the candidates can explain their policies and debate the best solutions for the local problems.

“I look forward to debating the local issues with Chris Wells and other candidates. It’s important for the public to be able to judge the very different policies for themselves and ask questions of all the candidates.”

CORBYN – WHAT NEXT?

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Donald Trump, Nigel Farage, Brexit – what should supporters of Jeremy Corbyn being doing to create a fairer society in this fast-changing and worrying world?

This is the subject of a meeting in Broadstairs this Wednesday evening called by Momentum Thanet.

Says Momentum’s Norman Thomas: “We helped get Jeremy re-elected leader of the Labour Party despite dirty tricks, suspensions and smears on an industrial scale.  But what do we do now? Come to this meeting and put your point of view.”

Speakers include Jackie Walker and Sheree Bell.

 

7.30pm, Red Hall, 11 Grosvenor Road, Broadstairs CT10 2BT

JACKIE WALKER WILL CALL FOR INQUIRY INTO SUSPENSIONS “SCANDAL”

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Jackie Walker, Momentum Thanet organiser, will call for an inquiry into what’s been described as a “disgusting blot on the history of the Labour Party” at a public meeting in Broadstairs on Wed 23 November.

Jackie, who has been twice suspended from the party, said: “I believe that I and many others have been subject to nothing less than a witch-hunt to try to stop us voting for Jeremy Corbyn to be Labour leader. People’s characters have been smeared. Members have been suspended for no good reason. We must have a thorough going inquiry to find out who was responsible and hold them to account.”

Another speaker at the meeting, Sheree Bell, will reveal how last summer, having cast her vote for Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, she was shocked to find herself suddenly suspended from the party and her vote declared null and void.

She said: “The reason for my suspension was given as comments made on social media but no evidence of what the comments were or who had complained about these offensive comments was presented. There was no explanation of any process or who was involved in the investigation, no advice about how to appeal.”

Sheree, at the time a resident of Ramsgate, describes the tortuous process she went through to try to find out what she had done and how she was eventually reinstated. She said she then discovered that many other members were suspended in a similar way – people who are known within the party as the “purged”

Sheree said: “We, the purged, have been treated with injustice and disrespect. There have been breaches of natural justice. The whole thing is a disgusting blot on the history of the Labour Party.”

The meeting at which Sheree and Jackie are speaking, CORBYN: WHAT NEXT?, has been called by Thanet Momentum.

Christine Tongue, one of the organisers of the meeting, hopes it  will encourage local people who voted for Jeremy to get more involved in campaigning for him.

“Despite the suspensions, despite everything that was used to try to stop him, Jeremy was of course re-elected. But voting for him as leader is only the start. Next we have to put him in No 10. So now the real work begins.”

The meeting will also include the screening of a film of Mr Corbyn’s rally in Ramsgate in September which was attended by 3,000 people.

The meeting is at 7.30pm on Wednesday 23 November, at the Red Hall, 11 Grosvenor Rd, Broadstairs CT10 2BT. All welcome.

“A BLOT ON THE HISTORY OF THE LABOUR PARTY”

What has been described as a “disgusting blot on the history of the Labour Party” will be discussed at a public meeting in Broadstairs on Wed 23 November .

Sheree Bell will reveal how last summer, having cast her vote for Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, she was shocked to find herself suddenly suspended from the party and her vote declared null and void.

She said: “The reason for my suspension was given as comments made on social media but no evidence of what the comments were or who had complained about these offensive comments was presented. There was no explanation of any process or who was involved in the investigation, no advice about how to appeal.”

Sheree, at the time a resident of Ramsgate, describes the tortuous process she went through to try to find out what she had done and how she was eventually reinstated. She said she then discovered that many other members were suspended in a similar way – people who are known within the party as the “purged”

Sheree said: “We, the purged, have been treated with injustice and disrespect. There have been breaches of natural justice. The whole thing is a disgusting blot on the history of the Labour Party.”

The meeting at which Sheree is speaking, CORBYN: WHAT NEXT?, has been called by Thanet Momentum.

One of the organisers of the meeting, local film-maker Christine Tongue said: “Sheree’s story is a shocking one – and it is only one of many. We must have an inquiry to find out who’s responsible for what I believe is nothing less than a witch hunt.”

Christine hopes the meeting will attract local people who voted for Jeremy to get more involved in campaigning for him.

“Despite the suspensions, Jeremy was of course re-elected. But voting for him as leader is only the start. Next we have to put him in No 10. Now the real work begins.”

The meeting will also include the screening of a film of Mr Corbyn’s rally in Ramsgate in September which was attended by 3,000 people.

The meeting is at 7.30pm on Wednesday 23 November, at the Red Hall, 11 Grosvenor Rd, Broadstairs CT10 2BT. All welcome.