Introduction   The  SHA Council agreed to pull together some of the existing policies on prevention and public health, introduce new proposals that have been identified and put them into a policy framework to influence socialist thinking, Labour Party (LP) manifestoes and future policy commitments. The SHA is not funded by the industry, charitable foundations or by governments. We are a socialist society which is affiliated to the Labour Party (LP) and we participate in the LP policy process and promote policies which will help build a healthier and fairer society within the UK and globally. An SHA working […]
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Defend our NHS Wirral has organised a local film festival about the NHS to which all are invited and welcome. There will be a Q and A after each film They are really good films, free to attend though we welcome donations as we have to pay for them and the venues. They are as follows: 7.00  Mayer Hall Bebington  17 Feb ‘Under the Knife’ 6.00  Birkenhead Town Hall   25  March  ‘The great NHS Heist’ Dr Bob Gill, who made the film will be there and lead a discussion. 7.00  Mayer Hall Bebington  23 April  ‘The dirty war against the […]
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  Make the UK the safest place world to have a baby! Why is the UK still not in the top ten countries for infant mortality and for maternal deaths? Why? We are a rich country. We have an established high-quality health service. Healthcare is supposed to be accessible to all. How come babies and mothers die or are badly hurt at birth? How come Black and Ethnic minority babies suffer most? Why do poor areas have worse outcomes than wealthy areas? Why is infant mortality rising? (The infant mortality rate is the number of children that die under one […]
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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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A Healthier Wales (June 2018) is the Welsh Government’s response to the  Parliamentary Review of the future of Health and Social Care in Wales. It promises a programme of transformative whole system change with a move to a service that focused on health, well-being and prevention – a ‘wellness’ system, which aims to support and anticipate health needs, to prevent illness, and to reduce the impact of poor health and inequality. A key part of the this transformation will be delivered through local primary and community care clusters working with both Local Health and Regional Partnership Boards. There will be […]
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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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Responding to the third tranche of inspections from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Fire and Rescue Services, Matt Wrack, Fire Brigades Union (FBU) general secretary, said: On the national view “This tranche of reports are a complete indictment of the government’s dangerous complacency over the risk of fire, flooding, and other hazardous incidents. Austerity has ravaged our fire and rescue service, leaving residents in many areas at risk. In Gloucester, the inspectorate are clear that changes are needed ‘urgently’, but politicians and fire service management elsewhere must not rest on their laurels. “With no national standards and no national infrastructure coordinating […]
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The long-running Lincolnshire health visitors’ dispute is coming to an end with a pay victory that sees the vast majority of the workforce being upgraded. Unite, Britain and Ireland’s largest union, today (Thursday 5 December) hailed the victory, which will see most of the union’s members move onto the grade 10 pay scale, as ‘highly significant’. Unite regional officer Steve Syson said: “Thanks to the tremendous solidarity that our members have shown since this dispute started in the summer, we have achieved a highly significant and welcome victory. “The health visitors’ determination against what they considered as a gross pay […]
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I have been requested to post the Scottish Labour Party Manifesto 2019. Scottish-Labour-Manifesto-2019

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Staff at Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust, who face being transferred to a wholly owned subsidiary (WOS) designed to avoid paying tax, will strike in protest for a further three days this month. Unite, Britain and Ireland’s largest union, said today (Thursday 5 December ) that its estates’ management, equipment maintenance, catering, portering, procurement and security staff, numbering about 90, will strike from 07.00 on Wednesday 18 December for 72 hours. This latest wave of industrial action follows two days of strike action last month. Unite will be coordinating  the strike action with the GMB union – altogether about 1,000 […]
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A major fire at a Travelodge in Brentford, London, today saw more than 100 firefighters respond. Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, said: “This fire is yet another sign of this government’s utter failure to get to grips with our fire safety crisis. Two years on from Grenfell, there has still been no comprehensive programme testing building materials. “The approach so far has been the agonisingly slow removal of one particular kind of cladding, but that barely scratches the surface. “The Tory manifesto made no new policy proposals to tackle the fire safety crisis – just more of the same indifferent […]
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