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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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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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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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

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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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Boris Johnson’s Queen’s speech includes this statement: “New laws will be taken forward to help implement the National Health Service’s Long Term Plan in England.” A Camden New Journal article ‘Beware false prophets’ published last month, reports: “The most alarming feature of the Long Term Plan, however, is that it completely locks in the contracts on offer through the adoption of Integrated Care Partnerships (ICPs). “These ICPs are the planned outcome of NHS England’s Sustainability Transformation Plans and Accountable Care Organisations, and are non-state organisations with a single management structure. Included within them are hospitals as well as primary and commun­ity […]
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Labour will halt Tory deaths rise and save the NHS   Sunday 22 September, 7.00pm (for 7.15)- 9.30pm Friends Meeting House, Ship Street, Brighton, BN1 1AF Speakers Professor Danny Dorling, University of Oxford; Jonathan Ashworth MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Health; Sussex Defend Our NHS Chair Dr Alex Scott-Samuel, Socialist Health Association Programme Professor Danny Dorling – What Labour must do to halt the Tory rise in baby and early adult deaths in England and Wales Jonathan Ashworth MP – How Labour will revive the NHS and our health Sussex Defend Our NHS – Our fight for a healthy Sussex  

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This article was first published by Simon Collins at HIV i-Base on 2 September 2019. On 2 September 2019, leading HIV charities including HIV i-Base and the UK-Community Advisory Board (UK-CAB), published an open letter to Rt Hon Amber Rudd MP in her capacity as Minister for Women and Equalities, calling for an urgent intervention to include sexual health in the upcoming Government Spending Round. [1] In England, the responsibility for sexual health was disastrously shifted from the NHS to local authorities, whose public health budgets have been cut in real terms by £700 million over the last five years. […]
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Alice Peterson, (2019) If you were Here, London, Simon and Schuster   This is a novel around Huntington’s Disease (HD).  That in itself is a rarity.  Readers may wonder if a novel on such a subject can work. Central to the plot are three women of different generations.  The first in grandmother, Peggy.  Her husband died of HD in the period before the book is set.  The next generation is Beth. Like her father she also died of HD.  However, her voice is important for the plot through her diary.  The youngest is Beth’s daughter and Peggy’s granddaughter Florence, known […]
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