The facts about what is happening to the NHS are terrifying, but taking action doesn’t need to be. Every one of us can take a few quick and straightforward steps which will help in the fight to safeguard the NHS.
Please see this five minute video, which summarises some of the campaign activity over the past twelve months. Click here: https://youtu.be/TP78ZC6-L6k
Please read on….. and take as many steps as possible.
Advertisement for Rutherford Cancer Care Centre North East
The advertisement claims that the Rutherford Cancer Centre North East, which is a new private health care facility, is part of a network of new cancer centres, transforming cancer care and supporting patient choice. If you have seen the advert for Rutherford Cancer Care Centre North East, you may wish to write to the Advertising Standards Authority, using some of these bullet points:
- The advert claims Rutherford are part of a network of UK centres, however, currently only one other Rutherford centre is in operation. In contrast, NCCC is networked nationally and internationally, with staff attending academic meetings and trial meetings across the globe frequently.
- Rutherford simply do not participate in, recruit for, provide Principal Investigators or Co-Investigators, for the number of trials that NCCC does – these are the trials that truely transform all aspects of cancer care, and NCCC are involved in tens if not hundreds of such trials, providing international and national Principle Investigators to many trials funded by CRUK. Newcastle Hospitals Trust is the leading recruiter to trials in the UK.
- Rutherford are providing ONE treatment that the NHS Northern Centre for Cancer Care (known as NCCC) does not yet prescribe (proton beam therapy) however, it is a treatment that is not widely applied or widely useful, so it would be inaccurate to call this transformative.
- Rutherford omit to mention that they do not provide one treatment that NCCC do provide – stereotactic radiotherapy that is a newish treatment for a couple of cancers. This method is proven and arguably, more widely useful than the proton beam that Rutherford provide.
- The advert claims Rutherford provide patient choice but patients are also provided with many choices at NCCC.
>>> IN LESS THAN A MINUTE YOU COULD:
Follow our facebook page – please comment, like and share
and you could also check out our twitter feed – please retweet…..regular visits to our facebook and twitter keeps you informed and helps us to get the word out far and wide.
>>> IN 2 MINUTES YOU COULD:
add your name to the national 38degrees petition in support of the NHS Reinstatement Bill More information about this important Bill is here.
>>> In 5 MINUTES YOU COULD:
Watch a couple of great videos that really help to explain what is happening to the NHS:
The real cost of living, a You Tube video from Save Our NHS (3 minutes)
Help us to develop our campaign activity further over the coming months. If you are in a position to help financially with a monthly standing order, then this would be a huge help. All contributions are very gratefully received, however small.
Our bank details are:
Bank – Co-op Sort code – 08 92 99 Account – 65517907 Name – KEEP OUR NHS PUBLIC – NE
Many thanks to all who kindly donate money. This is greatly appreciated, and every penny is used wisely in our campaign to Keep Our NHS Public. It is fantastic to know that we have a committed group of supporters.
>>> IN 10 MINUTES YOU COULD:
Check out the work of another local group – all addresses are on our links page here.
Look at the national Keep Our NHS Public website.
Check out Health Campaigns Together – the national collective of health organisations which work together to save the NHS.
Did you know the government no longer has a legal responsibility to provide healthcare to the British public? Find out more and what can be done about it on the NHS Reinstatement Bill website here .
Read this article about why the NHS model is better than a privatised model, with part 2 of the article here.
Watch this video filmed in the North East in 2016 (10 minutes)
>>> IN 15 MINUTES YOU COULD:
Write to your MP, asking him / her to stand up for the NHS. You can find the email address of your MP by entering your postcode here and there is also a list of local MP email addresses here .
You might like to include some of the following facts, but please use your own style to make the letter unique.
The NHS remains an institution of which the British remain rightly proud.
The failure of the current government to increase spending in keeping with healthcare inflation has led to the worst financial crisis in NHS history; the often quoted £8 billion ‘boost’ is not enough, and is a smoke screen as at the same time cuts of £22 billion are being imposed.
By 2021 we will be spending just 6.6% of GDP on healthcare, as compared to France and Germany, who spend 11%. We cannot expect high standards of care on only 60% of the funding we should expect.
International independent research by the Commonwealth Fund ranked the NHS as the most efficient healthcare system of the fifteen first-world nations it assessed – there is no more ‘efficiency’ to be squeezed out of the NHS.
The Commonwealth Fund has consistently ranked the USA lowest for efficiency, as well as access to care and a number of other crucial quality markers. Yet it is American companies, such as United Health, that are taking over sectors of the NHS.
It would also take around 15 minutes to email your local Councillor, requesting that s/he is proactive in working against any further cuts to health and social services, and please ask for their response to your email. The names and email addresses of your ward councillors can be found on your Councils website, plus please copy in the Chair of the Health and Wellbeing Board, and the Chair of the Scrutiny Committee. This is democracy in action – please ensure that your voice is heard.
>>> IN 20 MINUTES YOU COULD:
Watch this talk on the Privatisation of the NHS by Professor Allyson Pollock (18 minutes)
More reading! Check out NHS For Sale by Jacky Davis, John Lister and David Wrigley, NHS plc by Allyson M Pollock, How To Dismantle the NHS in 10 Easy Steps by Youssef El-Gingihy, or NHS SOS by Jacky Davis and Raymond Tallis
>>> AND ADDITIONAL IDEAS INCLUDE:
Join us on at our meetings and campaign activities – see Upcoming Events page on this website.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to request us to make a presentation or lead a discussion with your Union, political group, church group, community centre, WI, Rotary, Knit and Natter, toddler group…. the more people who hear about these issues the better.
Talk to friends and family about what is happening to the NHS – too many people think the NHS is too loved to be destroyed. Sadly, this is not true and it is important that people understand that the NHS is being dismantled. This is not party political – all political parties have damaged the NHS whilst in power – and we feel strongly that all parties now need to make a commitment to work together to maintain our NHS.