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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A Healthier Wales (June 2018) is the Welsh Government’s response to the 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 […]
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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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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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