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By John Lister information director of Health Emergency


The new coalition government white paper Liberating the NHS could reduce the National Health Service in England from one of Europe’s largest single employers, with around 1 million staff, to near zero by the time of the next general election.

Tens of thousands would face redundancy through wholesale cuts in “bureaucracy” or lose their jobs through so-called “efficiency savings.”

Hundreds of thousands more could find themselves effectively privatised and transferred to non-NHS employers in the biggest shake-up ever to hit this popular public service.

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Work is going ahead in Bracknell to build our, broadly based, anti cuts committee. At a recent stormy meeting of local community groups the area’s National Health Service bosses were given a rough time. As a result of the Coalition Governments cuts we were told that about 450 workers in the local hospitals will lose their jobs. This will result in a loss of beds and services. We have been battling for several years against bed and ward closures at our local hospital; this will clearly need to intensify over the coming period. Val and I led the attack against the health bosses strongly supported by almost all those present. We condemned “care in the community” proposals as merely a cost cutting exercise, likewise the argument that “we are all in this together”. Many people at the meeting aired their distrust at the arguments of the health bosses, especially as they are unelected and unaccountable and in spite of the many promises over the years that we would get our own hospital all we are seeing are staff cuts and cuts to services.

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Wednesday 30 June 2010

by John Lister

One bizarre side-effect of the Con-Dem coalition government has been the belated publication of two documents which the new Labour government stubbornly refused to allow into the public domain.

Both are the result of work by US management consultants McKinsey’s. Both address the issue of the drive for “efficiency savings” (aka cuts) in the NHS to bridge a predicted £20 billion gap between a frozen budget and rising pressures by 2016-17. (more…)

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Here are four trade union responses to the emergency budget.


FBU REACTION TO BUDGET

Commenting after today’s budget address by the chancellor of the exchequer, George Osborne, the Fire Brigades Union’s general secretary, Matt Wrack said:

“A two-year pay freeze for public sector workers, a massive VAT rise and a three-year freeze in child benefits, accompanied by cuts in corporation tax, leave little doubt who is to pay for the crisis under Mr Osborne. It is modestly-paid public sector workers like firefighters who are being made to pay for the failures of the banking system.

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