* Up to five local A&E units across Greater Manchester are under threat of closure or downgrading under the proposed “Healthier Together Review” of how local NHS services are provided and, or as a result of other cutbacks, or alleged efficiency savings or so-called improvements to NHS services.
* The A&E unit at Rochdale has already been closed in recent months. Other local NHS services have also been privatised or face the axe as a result alleged efficiency savings, rationalisation of services, and, or cuts in spending.
* The potential results of the Healthier Together Review are that the Greater Manchester area, which has a population of 2.7 million people, will be left with only 6 A&E units in Bury, Oldham, Stockport, Salford, and Central & South Manchester.
* GMATUC (Greater Manchester Association of Trades Union Councils) believes Greater Manchester needs to retain ALL its present range of NHS facilities, including its A&E Units. The closure of any such units not only increases the chance of potential fatalities due to the additional travelling time of ambulances, but the existence of the remaining NHS facilities at the hospital concerned. In so doing, this also adds to the long term pressures on all NHS facilities at hospitals nearby. A&E Units closures would also clearly add immediate pressure to those remaining. We do not believe ANY of them should close or be downgraded.
In order to help prevent this and to better co-ordinate fight to save ALL OUR Greater Manchester A&Es, hospitals, ambulance and other NHS services – GMATUC in conjunction with Greater Manchester Keep Our NHS Public are organising an Open Conference on the 16th February in Manchester city centre (see details below)
Speakers include: Dr. John Lister (Health Emergency Campaign)
Dr. David Wrigley (NW GP – Keep Our NHS Public)
Local campaigners invited from Save Trafford General, 38 Degrees, Save Bolton & Wigan A&E campaigns, Greater Manchester Keep Our NHS Public, NHS Support Federation, Socialist Health Association, Campaign Against Manchester Ambulance Privatisation, NHS User Groups, Greater Manchester’s Local Health Scrutiny Committees, Local MPs & Councillors, Health Sevice Unions
* How to set up a local NHS campaign group in your area to respond to the GM Healthier Together Review and to stop the the threatened A&E closures or downgrading, and other NHS service cutbacks. Best practice, financial and other assistance available, etc
* The new Clinical Commissioning Groups – What they are and how we can best relate to them.
* How local Councillors and MPs can help to resist cutbacks and privatisation of the NHS
* How to protect our ‘Out of Hours’, Ambulance, & Other NHS Services
* How can we best fight cuts in NHS budgets & creeping privatisation regionally and nationally – How could we organise and fund the NHS? What is our response to the argument that current spending on the NHS is “unsustainable”?
* How can we best support each other across GM?
The final session will include a full Conference discussion on a proposed GM Week of Action in late March or early April, and a possible Greater Manchester Demonstration. Also, the date of a ‘GM Health Emergency co-ordinating committee’ meet up to work on the final detail of latter, and sort out anything else which might need doing, which is agreed at the Conference.
We are urging everyone in every town and village across Wigan Borough, and across Greater Manchester to join the fight in their own local area, in order to defend ALL OUR NHS services and to prevent the NHS being replaced by a US style and predominantly privately supplied healthcare system.
ONLY PEOPLE POWER CAN SAVE OUR NHS!
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