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April 2014 Call for Action—for a democratically accountable, membership led SHA The Socialist Health Association’s January Central Council (CC) and March AGM have highlighted serious issues of governance and accountability within the SHA, problems which remain to be addressed. The AGM did not adopt either the Treasurer’s or the Auditor’s report and merely noted the Director’s and Chair’s reports. The SHA is a democratically accountable membership organisation. In the light of concerns about previous elections January CC agreed that the 2014 election would be tightly managed including a more formal and more clearly labelled call for nominations to go out. […]
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Chipping Barnet CLP notes that access to contraception is a fundamental human right underpinning equality, impacting on the health, structure and prosperity of both society and families. The 2012 Health and Social Care Act disadvantaged women, separating much of the funding for contraceptive care from the NHS by moving the responsibility for commissioning into Local Authorities, with NHS providers competing for contracts. As a result, the commissioning of contraception is now separate from the commissioning of other aspects of women’s health, including abortion. From both a woman’s and a clinical perspective, this is illogical. Compounding this, the impact of austerity on Local Authorities […]
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  Reclaim Social Care Conference 17.11.18 final flier Full details also on the Events page. Please circulate as widely as possible.

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Saving the NHS: Planning our fightback Few people know that the North West of England can proudly lay claim to be the conception point of our NHS. It was here at the 1934 Labour Party Conference that the party accepted a paper on the creation of a National Health Service by Labour politician, surgeon and founding President of the Socialist Health Association, Somerville Hastings. He was a primary mover in the fight for the NHS from the mid-1930s, and we in the SHA today remain steadfast supporters of the values on which the NHS was founded, the values of the […]
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  Waiting for Jeremy: Wavertree Chair Alex Scott-Samuel and other invited Merseyside activists on stage awaiting the Leader’s Speech at #Lab18 Note the SHA tee-shirt.  

For everyone who couldn’t make the Conference, here is Alison Scouller’s ( Vice Chair ) speech. An audio file is also posted. Jean Hardiman Smith Hello Alison Scouller here, sorry I can’t be with you. These are my thoughts to accompany the SHA discussion document before you. We decided to write this policy as part of our wider policy work, as we had no statement of the SHA’s perspective on maternity care. I’m a retired midwife who worked in hospital, community and latterly as a midwifery lecturer in South Wales. To devise a policy I took inspiration from the Save […]
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For everyone who couldn’t make the Conference, here is Jessica’s speech to our Fringe meeting on the future of Women’s health that I referred to earlier in a members email. Jean Hardiman Smith   Thank you for inviting me to speak to you today. My name is Jessica Ormerod. I run a research and information organisation called Public Matters with my lovely friend and colleague Deborah Harrington. Although we write about all aspects of the NHS and other public services, I have a particular interest in maternity. I have been writing about maternity issues for seven years since I was […]
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For those who were unable to attend Conference, here is Dr Coral Jones speaking at the conference. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7oiIeuQfqk&feature=share Jean Hardiman Smith

To all members, comrades and friends on behalf of the Officers and Executive: First, I would like to thank Judith Varley for the tremendous support she gave me at the Conference as a disabled companion. It was extra good having an active and interested SHA member as a plus to our usual allocation of 2. Judith was invaluable in discussions, and in looking around the wider fringes and events at conference. I hope she will have her own tale to tell. Thanks also to my SHA fellow delegate, Coral, who was just great to work with. Missing her already. SHA […]
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Abdallah al-Qutati: Family and colleagues of third paramedic killed in Gaza speak out 17 August 2018 In Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP)’s latest film, the family, colleagues and friends of 22-year-old first responder Abdallah al-Qutati, who was shot dead by Israeli forces last week, speak out about the circumstances of his killing and their demands for protection and accountability. Abdallah was the third health worker to be killed in Gaza since 30 March. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Abdallah was volunteering with a team called ‘Nabd Al-Hayat’ (Life’s Pulse), providing first aid treatment and evacuation for injured demonstrators. […]
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National Health Service (Co-Funding and Co-Payment) Bill 2017-19 Type of Bill:          Private Members’ Bill (Presentation Bill) Sponsor:          Mr Christopher Chope Progress of a Bill House of Commons First reading, Second reading, Committee stage, Report stage, Third reading House of Lords First reading, Second reading, Committee stage, Report stage, Third reading Consideration of the Amendments Royal Assent This Bill is expected to have its second reading debate on Friday 26 October 2018. This Bill was presented to Parliament on Tuesday 5 September 2017. This is known as the first reading and there was no debate on the […]
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