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  • Our response to Government guidance on COVID and self-isolation Our Senior Legal Officer, Katie Wood, has compiled initial guidance on COVID and pregnant women’s rights at work in light of the Government guidance. It covers health and safety, working from home, sick pay, maternity leave and pay, dismissal and redundancy. Please read and share the blog.We have written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Rt Hon Rishi Sunak MP, about the Government guidance on social distancing and vulnerable adults, including pregnant women. The guidance to self-isolate has clear implications for the income of pregnant women in the workforce during their pregnancy […]
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    COVID-19 Pandemic The SHA wants to contribute to the tremendous national and international debate about controlling and mitigating the worst effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. We will base these thoughts through the lens of a socialist society, which advocated politically in the 1930s to create the NHS in the UK and for other socialist policies, which see the social determinants of health being as important as the provision of health and social care services as we strive for a healthier and fairer society. This blog will be the first of a series and will cover   A global crisis The […]
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    While we welcome the £5bn emergency fund for the NHS and other public services and the open ended commitment made by the Chancellor that the government will provide whatever the NHS needs to meet the challenge of COVID-19; we are concerned to point out three big issues on sustaining an NHS, social care and protecting all workers including those in the gig economy. The Chancellor re-iterated the discredited election manifesto statements about 50,000 more nurses while we know that there are already 43,000  funded nurse vacancies. He repeated the mantra about 50 million more GP appointments while recruitment of young […]
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    Only 4 candidates sent personal statements for the SHA. Angela Rayner Statement Keir Starmer Statement Richard Burgon’s Short statement for the Socialist Health Association Rosena Allin-Khan Statement Here are the links to the candidates profiles on the Labour Party website. Rebecca Long-Bailey( personal leadership weblink) Rebecca Long-Baily ( Labour Party website profile) Lisa Nandy ( personal leadership weblink) Lisa Nandy ( Labour Party website profile ) Keir Starmer Rosena Allin-Khan Richard Burgon Dawn Butler Ian Murray Response to an SHA representative’s question at a Husting’s At a packed meeting last night in Oxford Rebecca Long-Baily

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    “Like everyone else, we feel helplessness, anxiety, and fear.” by Dan Robitzski / 8 hours ago As they try to fight the COVID-19 outbreak, medical staff in China are suffering from the seemingly endless slog of work, new cases, and the coronavirus itself. Nurses in Wuhan, the city where the outbreak began, are fainting on the job, developing painful rashes, sores, hypoglycemia, and psychological exhaustion — and that’s why two of them published an impassioned plea for help from the rest of the world in the journal The Lancet on Sunday. “While we are professional nurses, we are also human. Like […]
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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

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    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

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    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.

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    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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