20/03/2020   OPEN LETTER TO THE PRIME MINISTER FROM THE SOCIALIST HEALTH ASSOCIATION Dear Mr Johnson, The pandemic has exposed the steady destruction of our public services and welfare state which has happened over the last 10 years. This is the most unprecedented health challenge in 100 years which is complex and difficult – but as voiced by many experts in the field, we have significant concerns about the way the UK government has hitherto been approaching this national emergency. We hope from now on this will be better co-ordinated. We support frontline staff at this worrying time. However the public […]
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Unite, which has 100,000 members in the health service, strongly supports the call for retired nurses, those who have left the register and students in the last stages of their undergraduate training to volunteer for the fight against the coronavirus. The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), chief nursing officers of the four UK countries, and the Council of Deans of Health as well as health trade unions issued the call today (Thursday 19 March). The two key requests are for: Nurses and midwives who had left the profession in the last three years to join the Nursing and Midwifery Council […]
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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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Interactions between firefighters and the public should temporarily be drastically scaled back to limit coronavirus contaminations, the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has said. Non-emergency work such as fire safety visits and inspections, school visits, and public meetings, should be temporarily suspended to reduce the exposure of firefighters to COVID-19 and to protect at-risk individuals from potential contamination from firefighters. A number of fire and rescue services have already taken measures to restrict interaction between firefighters and the public, despite little directive from central government. Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, said: “While the FBU fully supports public engagement and preventative work […]
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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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Responding to the 2020 UK government Budget, the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has criticised the Chancellor for failing to recognise the role of firefighters in responding to flooding, for failing to provide building safety funding for buildings under 18m and for promising “pittance” to fund firefighters’ crucial fire safety work. Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, said: “This budget once again fails to end a decade of pay restraint for firefighters and the chronic underfunding of the fire and rescue service. “The government has finally recognised that they did not provide sufficient funding to keep people safe after Grenfell and that […]
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The Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) in Boston is the most important yearly scientific meeting for HIV doctors and the global community of people living with HIV. However, this year – and at the very last minute because of the new coronavirus outbreak – the organisers replaced it with a ‘virtual’ conference. HIV i-Base, the London-based HIV Treatment Information charity, regularly attends this conference. Simon Collins and Polly Clayden at i-Base always report on the latest scientific research, including on new drugs for both treatment and prevention of HIV. But importantly his year, CROI have given open access to a special session […]
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29th February 2020 the chairman of the Commons Health Committee, and former Tory health secretary, Jeremy Hunt said that we need to consider the ‘social and economic trade-offs’ we are willing to make to contain Covid-19. TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady has said: Employers have a duty of care to support workers affected by coronavirus. No one should have to worry about making ends meet if they have to self-isolate or if they fall ill. They should be able to focus on getting better. The threat of coronavirus shows why sick pay should be a day one right for everybody. It’s unacceptable that millions […]
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It is truly shocking that life expectancy has stalled in England, and for poorest women it has fallen.  The Marmot Review: 10 years on[1] published this week, shows us in detail how we have failed to improve on most of the indicators that were highlighted in the original review[2] 10 years ago. It points out that this can be clearly linked to the lack of implementation of those evidence-based recommendations. The report looks at five of the six domains that were used in the 2010 report: Give every child the best start in life Enable all children, young people and […]
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Assemble 12:00 Portland Place, London W1A In anticipation of the above march and rally we are making preparations for Unite members  to travel to London to support the above march and rally. Unite are providing day return train tickets for members  from Manchester Piccadilly station and Liverpool Lime Street, anyone requiring transport to the march and rally should contact Lorna Woods Moses at the Liverpool office by email – lorna.woodsmoses@unitetheunion.org Please ensure you provide your name, membership number, contact details and preferred departure point. Please note that block bookings will not be accepted and seats are limited. Bookings will not […]
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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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