Tuesday, 23 September 2014

PLEDGE YOUR SUPPORT TO THE NHS TOO.


Defend the NHS Sussex has organised a public meeting at BHASVIC to pledge support to the NHS.

Kicking off at 7.30pm on Wednesday 24 September, Caroline Lucas, Nancy Platts, Stephen Mclean and Carl Walker will be speakers at the special event, chaired by comedian Kevin Day.

Inviting both politicians and members of the public to sign the pledge, Defend the NHS Sussex are alerting the public to what is happening to the NHS right under our nose.

As their material on their website www.defendthenhssussex.weebly.com reveals:

“We are concerned with what’s really happening in and to our NHS.  Our aim is to protect the NHS for patients and works in the NHS.  We believe the NHS must be available to all and free at the point of use.”

THE PLEDGE PROMISES TO:

• To the repeal of the 2012 Health and Social Care Act,
• To oppose the dismantling and privatisation of NHS services and
• To support NHS workers fighting reduced pay, terms and conditions.

Having received at 41 pledges on their website to date, prominent politicians in Brighton are coming forward to pledge their support.

CAROLINE LUCAS MP FOR BRIGHTON PAVILLION WROTE:

“Our NHS is a precious and vital public service. I have long campaigned to protect it against privatisation and from being run simply as a market. As an MP I’ve worked with those defending the NHS locally and I have stood up for the NHS in Parliament, voting against its break up by the Coalition. I believe in an NHS that’s universally accessible and free at the point of use, so I’ve challenged other MPs to support free prescriptions, eye tests and dental care. And I believe we need to roll back the damage caused by successive governments, to our health care service and the dedicated staff that keep it running. I pledge to continue to defend the NHS and to campaign for the Royal Sussex and other health care services in Brighton to stay out of private hands.”

INDEPENDENT PARLIAMENTARY CANDIDATE FOR BRIGHTON KEMPTOWN, JOE NEILSON WROTE:

“I am Joe Neilson aNew Candidate for Brighton Kemptown. The NHS has my full backing and I want more services as an Independent I do not have to tow the party line I do not trust Labour over the NHS First Disabled candidate to stand under the Access to Elected Office for Disabled People Fund for Brighton Kemptown Constituency Joe Neilson an Independent who is disabled with Fibromyalgia and Macular degeneration. Joe Neilson has received a grant under the Access to Elected Office for Disabled People Fund.” 

WHILE SIMON KIRBY MP FOR BRIGHTON KEMPTOWN HASN’T YET SIGNED THE DEFEND THE NHS PLEDGE, HE HAS PUBLICLY COMMENTED:

“I have always believed the NHS should be free at the point of use, available on the basis of medical need and not ability to pay. That has been my stance in this Parliament and would be my approach in the next, if I am returned as MP for Brighton Kemptown and Peacehaven. The £420m investment I helped secure for a brand new Sussex County Hospital shows the Government’s commitment to the local NHS in the future.”

MATT TAYLOR, THE INDEPENDENT PARLIAMENTARY CANDIDATE FOR BRIGHTON KEMPTOWN (SIMON KIRBY’S MAIN RIVAL,) KEEPS IT SHORT AND SWEET WITH:

“I pledge to protect the NHS at all costs. The NHS is our Jewel in the British Crown and must remain free at the point of use FOREVER!”

WHILE THE LABOUR PARLIAMENTARY CANDIDATE FOR BRIGHTON KEMPTOWN NANCY PRATTS DRONES ON:

“I passionately believe that everyone has the right to high quality healthcare, free at the point of use. The NHS was one of Labour’s finest achievements and we must protect it at all costs. This Tory Liberal Democrat Coalition has unleashed a tidal wave of market forces into our NHS, allowing a ‘free for all’ with their Health and Social Care Act. They have wasted £3bn on a chaotic NHS reorganisation which could have been spent on healthcare. Labour will repeal the Health and Social Care Act that puts private profit before patients, so that NHS professionals can focus on patient care, not competition law. I will continue to campaign for all NHS services to be returned to the public sector where they belong. I have worked in healthcare charities with people who have long term medical conditions like breast cancer, asthma and diabetes and what they need is fast access to the best quality treatment that is available, not a postcode lottery in services and increased waiting times. From the start of our lives to the very end, the NHS is there for us. Let’s fight for it.”

IT WOULD APPEAR THE ONLY LOCAL POLITICIAN TO COME OUT IN SUPPORT OF NHS PRIVATIZATION IS THE INSIDIOUS GRAHAM COX, THE CONSERVATIVE PARLIAMENTARY CANDIDATE FOR HOVE & PORTSLADE.

“Even with the economic difficulties it inherited the current Government has protected spending on the NHS. To use a wide variety of providers chosen by GPs is a sensible policy which gives patients wider choice and better care. To not do so risks repeating the mistakes made at Stafford and Morecambe Bay, which we all know had terrible consequences. If a private provider can, for example, do hip replacements more quickly and efficiently, then that is good for patients waiting for their operation and makes sure there is more money left to pay for other services. I am keen for a wide variety of providers to deliver services at Hove Polyclinic, and these reforms open up that possibility. This is something which would be welcomed by patients in Hove and Portslade who currently have to travel into Brighton or to Haywards Heath for treatment. The NHS will remain free at the point of delivery and to suggest otherwise is dishonest scaremongering.”

READ MORE: WHO IS GRAHAM COX?

For more information about the public event, the pledge campaign and the NHS campaign in the city generally, check out http://defendthenhssussex.weebly.com

PLEDGE TO SAVE THE NHS

  • BHASVIC Main Hall, Brighton, Hove and Sussex Six Form College, Dyke Road, Hove BN3 6EG
  • Wednesday, September 24
  • 7.30pm

ALL ARE WELCOME.

Disclaimer:

Sussex Defend the NHS and Keep our NHS public are strictly non-party political campaigning groups, who have no connection with, and do not support or endorse any political candidates party or individual. Sussex Defend the NHS and Keep our NHS public would not agree to the use of their campaign slogans and material by anyone without their permission and are concerned to avoid any mis-conception of a relationship between our campaign and any others. The You-tube film promoted at the top of this article does not imply any endorsement of any political party candidacy. The aforementioned You-tube film was made without Sussex Defend the NHS and Keep our NHS public’s knowledge or agreement.


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