LABOUR TO HOLD
DEMONSTRATION AGAINST ĎRECKLESSí NHS REFORMS
LIVERPOOL Labour Group have
organised a demonstration against the Coalition Governmentís Health
& Social Care Bill. Local Councillors & Members of Parliament
will be joined by Shadow Secretary of State for Health, Andy Burnham
MP, at a demonstration against the Health & Social Care Bill.
The Royal Liverpool Hospital will provide the backdrop for the
demonstration, as NHS staff team up with trade union members and
Labour Party campaigners to voice their opposition at the
The demonstration is to be held on Friday, 27 January 2012, from 11am
At the demonstration we will be speaking to the public about the
effects the Health Bill will have on their service.
The Bill is now in the Report stage in the House of Lords, and the
debate will begin again in February. Under the proposals,
private patients could be allowed to take up almost half of the
2,400 beds currently reserved for NHS patients across Liverpool.
This means over 1,200 NHS beds could go to private patients.
A senior Liverpool doctor has also slammed the Governmentís
proposals. Dr Richard Wenstone, a doctor at the Royal, has said that
the threat posed to NHS services across the country by the
Governmentís proposals is severe. He said:- "I know that
everyone here in the Royal Hospital, from managers to staff, and
doctors and nurses, will work as hard we can to keep as many of its
beds as possible available to NHS patients.
But not every hospital is like the Royal. In other hospitals across
the rest of the country, NHS patients will find themselves sent to
the back of the queue, at hospitals which are allowed to open up
almost half of their beds to private health care providers. I know
that doctors all over the country are worried that the NHS isnít
safe in the Governmentís hands. I am deeply concerned at the
proposals which the Government are putting forwards, and I will join
this demonstration to demand that Cameron and Clegg stop messing
with our NHS."
Cllr Joe Anderson, Leader of Liverpool City Council, said:-
"We used to warn about privatisation by the back door. But this is
privatisation by the front door. Very simply, the Tories and
Lib Dems want to turn our hospitals into businesses, where profit
will take priority.
Those patients who can afford private health care will be given
priority for almost half of the space in our hospitals, leaving the
other half to everyone else.
This will make waiting lists longer for NHS patients. It will
threaten the elderly, the sick and those who need health care. It
will undermine the basic principles of an NHS which is free at the
point of use for everyone, regardless of their ability to pay."
Labour councillor Jake Morrison, who works as a health care
assistant in a Liverpool hospital said:- "I called for this
demonstration to be held because these reckless plans will effect
people in this City. The NHS will be 64 years old this year,
we must ensure that the Tories donít make it the last.
We must stand up against these reforms before itís too late.
Itís clear that the NHS is not safe in the hands of Tory-Lib Dem
ministers. Iíve got first hand experience of the world class
care the NHS offers to people across Liverpool.
Iíve seen waiting lists reduced under the previous Labour
Government, and there are more doctors and nurses helping people now
than there ever have been. I know how much people in Liverpool
cherish their NHS. It belongs to the people of this city, and all of
us rely on it at some point in our lives. But the Government
is paying no attention to these people. Vulnerable people in this
city will suffer because of this Governmentís reckless plans.
Their plans will push NHS patients to the back of the queue, and
will let private patients in first to try and maximise their income
to make up for Government cuts to their budgets. I am calling
on people across Liverpool to make their voices heard, and help to
defend our NHS.
Labour has launched a petition, at:-
dropthebill.com, where Liverpoolís people
can sign up to help us defend our NHS from the Tory-Lib Dem
Labourís Shadow Health Secretary, Andy Burnham MP, said:-
"This surprise move, sneaked out just before Christmas, is the
clearest sign yet of David Cameron's determination to turn our
precious NHS into a US-style commercial system, where hospitals are
more interested in profits than people.
With NHS hospitals able to devote half of their beds to private
patients, people will begin to see how our hospitals will never be
the same again if Cameron's Health Bill gets through Parliament.
This free-market NHS re-organisation opens the door to an explosion
of private work in the NHS, meaning longer waits for NHS patients.
It takes us straight back to the bad old days of the Tory NHS, when
the only choice patients had was to wait longer or pay to go
Andrew Lansley was forced to reveal this 50% figure in an attempt to
calm nerves in the Lords about his Health Bill. But, in doing so, he
has only succeeded in bringing home to the public the full
implications of his dangerous and flawed plans. What other
free-market plans has he got in mind that he's not telling us about?
Time is running out for the NHS but it's not late. If public and
professions stand together, we can stop this Americanisation of the
NHS. If people want to do one thing to help the NHS this Christmas,
they should take just a moment to sign the 'Drop the Bill'
Our arrogant Prime Minister needs to be reminded that nobody voted
for this re-organisation and that he doesn't have a mandate to
privatise England's precious NHS."
31.9% HAS THE HIGHEST % OF HOUSEHOLDS WITHOUT WORK
IT is high time that the
regionís politicians at local, national and EU level started
standing up for the people who elected them and demanded a change of
approach and stop the public sector job cuts in the pipeline says
GMB. There were 51,000 households in Liverpool that had no individuals
aged 16 and over in employment out of a total number of household of
159,700. That is 31.9% of all households that include at least one
person aged 16 to 64 of working age in Liverpool.
For the North West as a whole there were 482,800 households in the
region that had no individuals aged 16 and over in employment out of
a total number of household of 2,302,600. That is 21% of all
households that include at least one person aged 16 to 64 of working
age in the region.
For the UK as a whole there were 3.9 million households that had no
individuals aged 16 and over in employment out of a total number of
household of 20.5 million. That is 18.9% of all households that
include at least one person aged 16 to 64 of working age in the UK.
These figures come from a new analysis by GMB of the Annual
Population Survey data on households by combined economic activity
status January to December 2010 from the Office of National Statistics
(ONS) published just before Christmas 2011.
After Liverpool, for households
without work in the region:-
Blackburn with Darwen 24.9%,
St. Helens 21.9%
The figures for all 23 areas in the region are set out in the
table below. Cheshire East has the lowest percentage of households
without work at 14.1%.
Number of all
Households without work
As a % of all
||Blackburn with Darwen
||Cheshire West & Chester
Paul McCarthy, GMB regional
secretary for the North West said:- "The Tory Party famously
claimed that ĎIf itís not hurting then itís not workingí. It is high
time that the Tories learned that if someone does not have work it
hurts. It hurts the person, it hurts their families, it hurts their
communities and it hurts our economy.
The areas with the highest levels of households without work are
those areas which were first devastated by the recessions in the
1980s and 1990s. They never properly recovered. They have now been
hit again by the double whammy of the bankersí recession and by
Chancellor Osborne stalling the recovery leading to the region being
mired in a new recession.
I doubt if the electorate had any notion that a change of government
would lead to a loss of 376,000 jobs across the UK and 44,000 in the
North West, in the public sector, in the short time since the
It is high time that the regionís politicians at local, national and
EU level started standing up for the people who elected them and
demanded a change of approach. There is a massive shortage of jobs
as these figures show. A first step is to stop the public sector job
cuts in the pipeline. Policies that increase employment are the only
sure fire route to recovery. The sooner we start on a new course the