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(tune: Teddy Bears’ picnic, words: Liverpool Socialist Singers/)

If you go out for a walk today

You’d better not catch a cold

You’ll end up going to hospital

And finding that it’s been sold

Cos Lansley’s cut the National Health

And sold it off to private wealth

Today’s the day we’re gathering for a fightback.

Boom time now for companies

The private sector spivs are having a lovely time today

Public sector wages freeze

And lots of jobs for them to take away

We won’t let our service die

You told a lie, that’s why

We’re making a lot of noise

Your time is up, Grim Reaper is coming

To take you all away

Because you’re sick little Tory boys

All health workers who have been good

Are in for a big surprise

When every part of the NHS

Will vanish before their eyes.

They’ll have to watch their patients die

While PFI is pie in the sky

Today’s the day we’re gathering for a fightback

Boom time now for companies The private sector spivs are having a lovely time today

Public sector wages freeze

And lots of jobs for them to take away

We won’t let our service die

You told a lie, that’s why

We’re making a lot of noise

Your time is up, Grim Reaper is coming

To take you all away

Because you’re sick little Tory boys (repeat last line)

 

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One Comment

  1. socadmin says:

    We can’t just campaign against the Government. We need a positive vision as well. The NHS was pretty good in 2010, but it wasn’t perfect, and Lansley is right when he says the NHS needs to change. We don’t think the Government’s changes will help. In fact we think they will, over time, ruin our NHS.

    We are in a position to feed into Labour’s health policy for the next General Election, and we want to hear from our members, supporters and critics.

    Firstly we don’t think any government has put enough emphasis on preventing illness by public health measures. People who don’t smoke, drink in moderation, take enough exercise and eat enough fruit and veg live on average 16 years longer than people who don’t. We could do a lot more to make it easier to live healthily. But the real problem is economic. Poorer people don’t get quite such good service from the NHS as richer people, but that is a small part of the problem. There is a fairly steep economic gradient on access to most things – decent housing and good education for a start. As the top 1% have increased their proportion of national wealth our society has become less mobile. The life chances of people at the bottom have hardly improved over the last 20 years. Life expectancy for the rich has increased enormously. For the poor by very little. This cannot be remedied by the application of healthcare.

    The key public health issues we think need to be tackled include:

    Wellbeing and mental health
    Abuse of drugs, smoking and alcohol
    Food policy, especially in relation to children
    Transport and exercise
    In health and social care it may take some time before we can see clearly what effect the Government’s reforms of the NHS have had, but we think the key issues include:
    Social care — the boundary between health and social care, the personalisation agenda, supported housing andresidential care, and our response to the Dilnot Commission
    The balance between central and local health care and the future of the District General Hospital. Developing community services, telecare etc.
    Competition, markets and choice, the role of the private sector, commissioning and the internal market
    Family support, health visiting and dysfunctional families
    Integrated care, continuity and primary care
    Quality standards and regulation, transparency, safety, dignity, whistle blowing, mortality rates, Hospital acquired infections— and consideration of the factors which hamper the spread of innovation. This area is going to be dominated by the fall-out from the Stafford enquiry.
    Democratic accountability and patient involvement (both individual and collective), role of local authorities, Community Development, central and local decision making
    Rationing, and the comprehensiveness of health services

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