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Ballot executed via Election Buddy and postal voting papers running from 24/01/2020 to 30/01/2020 for the Election Buddy ballot and 22/01/2020 to 04/02/2020 for the postal ballot papers ( to allow time for the papers to be delivered and returned. Postal ballots were sent 2nd class and included a SAE ( 2nd class ). 955 Online voters emails and membership number were entered into the EB ballot. 63 postal papers ( plus another 9 for hard bounced email addresses ) were sent out. 325 votes submitted, 1 spoilt and 28 paper votes returned. ( not all paper ballot returned contain […]
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  SHA Scotland Meeting Further to the notice of the AGM to be held on 23 January, I am writing to notify members of an additional agenda item. ·         Scottish Labour Deputy Leader nomination – There are two validly nominated candidates after the first stage – Jackie Baillie and Matt Kerr. The next stage is CLP/Affiliate nominations and SHA Scotland is entitled to make one nomination. The UK Party Leader and Deputy Leader nominations are the responsibility of UK SHA and all paid up members should have received a communication from them on this issue. I look forward to seeing […]
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One on International Trade dispute settlements and the other on Social Care. These are not official SHA policy. Issues for the NHS during UK Trade deal Negotiations As socialists we have an almost irreconcilable set of principles

2 informative and extremely worrying videos from our Vice Chair, Dr Brian Fisher on the dire state of social care in England. Video 1: the current state of social care. This brief video, made for Reclaim Social Care, outlines what social care is and how it operates at the moment in England. https://photos.app.goo.gl/6kqUa7nbCjg2CEjt9 Video 2: the impact of the cuts to social care: This brief video, made for Reclaim Social Care, outlines the impact of the cuts to social care. It ends with a plea to avoid voting Tory – sadly, that aspect is redundant now. The Tories have pledged […]
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I have been requested to post the Scottish Labour Party Manifesto 2019. Scottish-Labour-Manifesto-2019

The National Health Service (NHS) paid for by our taxes provides a strong and secure safety net for all of us in the knowledge that if needed it will always be there for us. Before Aneurin Bevan establishes the NHS, people died because they could not afford to get treated. This video explains exactly why we should keep our National Health Service safe and in our hands . Our thanks go to Central Council member Punita Goodfellow for the video. Please share widely.

Posted on behalf of Carol Ackroyd and Jan Savage A travelling photographic exhibition about NHS-owned private companies and what these mean for staff, patients and the NHS Text by Jan Savage Photographs by Marion Macalpine You are warmly invited to the London launch 25th November 2019,  6pm to 8pm with refreshments Unison Centre, 130 Euston Rd, London NW1 2AY Speakers to be confirmed RSVP to nhssubcos@gmail.com; also for information about access, or any other queries The exhibition is accompanied by a research-based booklet giving additional information. The exhibition will be available for borrowing without charge, contact nhssubcos@gmail.com   Please circulate […]
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David Taylor-Gooby, Secretary of the North East Branch, has asked us to put this information on the website. Dr Williams is a respected as a hard working MP, with a reputation for honesty and integrity.  He is an SHA member, in fact the only NE MP in the SHA.  He still practices as a GP.  He is a formidable SHA campaigner, but only has a majority of 888.  David would like to enlist our support for Dr Williams where we can.   Jean

Report back from the Labour Party Conference, Brighton September 2019 SHA Central Council members spoke to two Composite motions at conference and to a Reference Back. Saturday 21 September. For the Many Not the Few. As some of you may know our delegate Andy Thompson was taken seriously ill on the Friday before the Conference.  He spent the whole time in hospital, and I would like to thank the people who supported him – especially Miro Hussain, Ken Smith, and the West Midlands delegates.  He scared me when I saw him, but I am pleased to report all is good […]
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Very quietly the NHS in North West London has asked GPs and other prescribers to reduce prescribing of medicines and products (under the pretext of promoting ‘self-care’) that can be purchased without a prescription. (List) The medicines patients are now advised to obtain over the counter include: vitamin D, skin creams, nasal sprays (like Beconase and saline solution for babies), lubricant eye drops, haemorrhoid creams, constipation laxatives (like Cosmocol), the commonly used painkillers, or dispersible aspirin to keep blood thin. One GP tweeted: Such a money saving move hits hard vulnerable, elderly, school age children* or those on benefits, who are exempted […]
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Dear HCT affiliates, Please find below our December newsletter. We at HCT wish you all a hearty seasons greetings and look forward to a prosperous new year. Make our NHS Safe for All Campaign Safety in the NHS in terms of safe staffing and provision is a key talking point in our campaigning, especially going into winter where services are stretched to the limit and dangerous situations can often arise. Health Campaigns Together are very interested in collating data around safety in our NHS and we need your help to kick-start our campaign. If you have any information around an […]
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A coalition to defend #ourNHS Follow-up meeting Thursday December 13, 13.30 – 16.00 at Carr’s Lane Conference Centre Birmingham, B4 7SX Please let us know if you will be attending, by emailing reclaimsocialcare @gmail.com   . Jan Shortt, NPC General Secretary Gill Ogilvie, GMB regional organiser Reclaim Social Care Conference Nov 17, Birmingham Speakers included Health Campaigns Together editor John Lister, Eleanor Smith MP who has put forward the NHS Reinstatement Bill aimed at preserving the future of the NHS, and campaigners from the Relatives and Residents Association, North West UNISON Dignity in Care Campaign, “Being the Boss” / Reclaim […]
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