OUR NHS is under serious threat. It is being covertly privatised, without democratic public consultation and behind a shroud of difficult corporate language. The Sustainability and Transformation Plans being implemented by the government have the potential to change our NHS beyond recognition. STPs are:
•being conducted in secrecy,
•with little consultation with patients or staff,
•not based on clinical evidence,
•driven by £22bn of cuts,
•resulting in massive centralisation of NHS services
•leading to closures, reconfigurations and privatisation.
IW Save Our NHS stands with other Save Our NHS campaigns across the UK, because we believe that our NHS must remain:
•universally available and free at the point of use
•publicly accountable, publicly funded and publicly run
•clinically driven and evidence led
The NHS is the difference between life and death for so many people, and the difference between a life worth living or not for many others. In times of great need, chaos and emergency, the NHS and its devoted staff are there to help, regardless of financial standing or status or colour or creed. Can you imagine a Britain without the NHS? If we stand idly by and watch its demise, we condemn future generations to grow up without the security of knowing that if they need medical care, they will have it, no matter what.
The IW is a particularly special case, because of the (very expensive) stretch of water between us and the mainland, and the huge implications that will have on the health of patients forced to travel such distances for care, as our services are stripped and downgraded. Our particular demographic also throws up issues for transport.
The wider implications concerning the effect on the health of the individual, and the quality, availability and affordability of treatment that outsourcing services, relying on self-care and remote appointments, relying on less qualified staff, or on technology such as Skype, particularly for vulnerable people within our community, are unknown.
OUR NHS IW needs YOU to defend and protect it.
We are fighting an uphil battle against the will of the establishment (e.g to privatise the NHS), made even more difficult because the information is difficult to access, difficult to understand, and difficult to put into a wider context. We believe that if the general public knew and understood what was going on, they would not accept it. Our campaign aims to make people aware of what is happening and where it is likely to lead. We have lots of small-ish but increasing running costs that until now we have covered from our own pockets, and that obviously all add up. The production and printing of educational leaflets, promotion materials for events, materials for marches/demonstrations, travel costs to mainland meetings, the outlay costs of putting on events and the expenses required to secure guest speakers, among many other things. It is becoming less and less viable for us to continue to fund it all alone. If you would like to and are able to spare a £1 to go towards these expenses, we would be very grateful. We will fully account for every penny spent if we do receive any donations. Thank you :)
Please TAKE ACTION today to ensure there’s an NHS tomorrow:
•Sign our PETITION and please SHARE it with friends, via this link:
• Donate towards the cost of campaigning materials. We have been quoted a discounted rate of £120 for 1000 leaflets from an island firm so far. I have set the target at £300. This is quite ambitions but should cover the majority of costs for leaflets/campaigning materials and the costs of events we are arranging.
•Write an email or call our MP, Mr. Bob Seely, expressing your concerns for the NHS: firstname.lastname@example.org, Telephone: 07539 173481
Please also share and add your friends. Group link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/IWSaveOURNHS/
For further information on what is happening to OUR NHS: