There is a crisis in our NHS from the privatisation of services, the chronic shortage of Nurses with over 40,000 vacancies, the Public Pay cap which devalues and demotivates the incredible NHS staff and the constant erosion of public accountability in how our health services are provided.
It was a Labour government which created the NHS, the first universal free health service anywhere in the world. Every international study since has shown it is the most efficient means to provide a health system. However, the Tories voted against its creation 70 years ago and they continue to seek to erode and privatise it.
At the end of August we arranged a NHS Campaign Day in Durham to highlight these issues, the response from the public was amazing, over 330 people signed our chart showing no confidence in Jeremy Hunt to protect our NHS. Over 150 people have now signed letters to send to Jeremy Hunt protesting about the NHS changes. You can download a copy of the NHS Letter to Jeremy Hunt please sign and post it to him.
And very importantly over 40 Labour Party members came along to support the Campaign, we had fun, with helium balloons, talking to people, leafleting and encouraging new members. Thank-you to everyone for your support.
The NHS is not unaffordable or unsustainable. It’s underfunded.