What is the Socialist Health Association

What is the Socialist Health Association

The Socialist Health Association is a campaigning membership organisation. We promote health and well-being and the eradication of inequalities through the application of socialist principles to society and government. We believe that these objectives can best be achieved through collective rather than individual action.

We stand for:

  • Universal Healthcare meeting patients’ needs, free at the point of use, funded by taxation
  • Democracy based on freedom of information, election not selection and local decision making
  • Equality based on equality of opportunity, affirmative action, and progressive taxation

We campaign for an integrated healthcare system which reduces inequalities in health and is accountable to the communities it serves.  We are affiliated to the Labour Party. Until 1980 we were called the Socialist Medical Association.

We arrange conferences. We publish policies and reports. We provide a platform for debate on health issues.  We are not a doctrinaire organisation. Our members disagree about many things. This debate informs our contributions to the development of the Labour Party’s Health Policy.   Our Annual General Meeting and the Central Council decide our policies according to our constitution, More details are in our Annual Reports .

This is a small organisation, but we have useful resources.  Chiefly we have our members – about 700 of them across the UK.  They include doctors, nurses, therapists, dentists, managers, pharmacists, academics,  scientists and patients both inside and outside the NHS.  Organisations can affiliate, and Unison, Unite, GMB, the Society of Radiographers, and a number of local Labour Parties and union branches do.  If you want to join there is a membership form here.

Our database of contacts – about 40000 – is the key to our network which spans health, social care and politics.

Youtube our collection of videos

Slideshare – Powerpoint shows, mostly produced by speakers at our conferences. You are welcome to use them, so long as you acknowledge us and the authors.

Issuu – other documents

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Socialism and Health – our magasine for members

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